City of Benton Policy on Accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act
The City of Benton is committed to non-discrimination and full accessibility of services, programs, and activities for individuals with disabilities. The City intends to uphold the regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) to the highest possible degree. It is the responsibility of the City to ensure that no individual feels excluded, denied benefits, or discriminated against based on a disability.
Employment: The City of Benton does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with the ADA Title I employment regulations.
Effective Communication: The City of Benton will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for people with disabilities so they can participate equally in the City of Benton’s programs, services, and activities.
Modifications to Policies and Procedures: Under the ADA, the City will make all reasonable modifications to policies and procedures to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy programs, services, and activities. For example, people with service animals are welcomed in the City of Benton offices, even where pets and other animals are prohibited.
Public Facilities: The City of Benton will make accessible the public facilities such as, buildings, parks, and pedestrian facilities within the public rights-of-way per the requirements in the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design and the Public Right-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines of 2011 (PROWAG).
The City of Benton will conduct a self-evaluation and transition plan to identify and correct any barriers under the ADA. Furthermore, the City will adhere to ADA design requirements in future construction regardless of funding source.
The ADA does not require the City of Benton to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs, services, or activities, or impose and undue financial or administrative burden.
Requests: Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or modification of policies or procedures contact the City of Benton ADA Coordinator, P. O. Box 607, Benton, AR 72015, (501) 776-5938 as soon as possible, but no later than forty-eight (48) hours before the event.
Complaints: Complaints that a City of Benton program, service, or activity is not accessible to persons with disabilities should be directed to:
Community Development Director
P. O. Box 607
Benton, AR 72015
No Surcharges: The City of Benton will not place a surcharge on a particular individual with a disability or any group of individuals with disabilities to cover the cost of providing auxiliary aids/services or reasonable modifications of policy, such as retrieving items from locations that are open to the public but are not accessible to persons who use wheelchairs.