In accordance with the requirements of title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"), the City of Punta Gorda will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities.
EMPLOYMENT: The City of Punta Gorda does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with all regulations promulgated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under title I of the ADA.
Effective Communication: The City of Punta Gorda will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in the City of Punta Gorda programs, services, and activities, including qualified sign language interpreters, documents in Braille, and other ways of making information and communications accessible to people who have speech, hearing, or vision impairments.
Modifications to Policies and Procedures: The Act does not require actions that would fundamentally alter the City’s programs or services or that impose an undue financial or administrative burden; however, the City will make reasonable changes to its policies and programs to ensure qualified persons with disabilities have equal opportunity for its services, programs and activities. For example, individuals with service animals are welcomed in the City of Punta Gorda offices and facilities, even where pets are generally prohibited.
The ADA does not require the City of Punta Gorda to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.
The City of Punta Gorda 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.
ADA Accommodation Requests and Grievances: To make an accommodation request, grievance, or suggestion regarding a City service, program, and/or activity, pleases contact:
City of Punta Gorda, Philip Wickstrom, Human Resources Manager / ADA Coordinator, 326 W Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda, FL 33950; Email: ada@CityofPuntaGordaFL.com; Telephone: (941) 575-3371; TTY: (941) 575-5013; Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8771 (TTY) or for voice, call 1-800-955-9770 (English); 1-877-955-8707 (Spanish); or 1-877-955-8707 (French Cr).
Please give sufficient notice (minimum of 3 business days) and provide the following information if you are requesting an accommodation:
- Your name and contact information
- Your specific accommodation request or suggestion(s)