The Americans with Disabilities Act

Enacted in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a comprehensive, wide-ranging civil rights law which protects people with disabilities from discrimination in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, transportation, and telecommunications. 

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ADA Title II

Title II of the ADA applies to public entities, including Howard County government, and prohibits discrimination based on disability in all aspects of government programs and services.

Title II requires that, on request, county government will provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for people with disabilities.  Title II also requires reasonable modifications to policies, procedures and practices in order to provide qualified individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in all programs and services.

ADA Resources
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Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
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Title II of the ADA applies to public entities, including state and local governments, and prohibits discrimination based on disability in all aspects of government programs and services. Title II requires that generally, on request, state and local governments provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for people with disabilities.  Title II also requires reasonable modifications to policies, procedures and practices in order to provide qualified individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in all programs and services.

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ADA Training
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The Office of ADA Coordination provides training to Howard County Government on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other disability rights laws.

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Sign Language Interpreter Services
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Howard County Government provides sign language interpreter services for County government services, activities and events.  To request sign language services, contact the office or department sponsoring the service, activity or event.

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Documents in Braille, Alternate Formats and Other Accommodations
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Howard County Government encourages all people to participate in the full array of services, programs and activities that it offers. To request documents in Braille, enlarged print and alternate formats, and other accommodations to access County government’s activities, contact the office or department that is offering the service, activity or event.

Disability Information & Assistance
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Howard County Aging & Disability Resource Center
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Maryland Access Point (MAP), the Howard County Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) serves as a gateway for information, assistance and referral for older adults, persons with disabilities, family members, caregivers, and health or business professionals. To contact MAP, call 410-313-1234 (voice/relay), for assistance, or visit the searchable database.

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Locate Transportation Services for Individuals with Disabilities
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Contact RTA Mobility, a specialized transportation service for individuals who are unable to ride fixed route transportation services due to disability or age. RTA Mobility consists of two service components; general paratransit and ADA paratransit. For information about the RTA Mobility Certification Process, call 1-800-270-9553 (voice/relay).

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Obtain a Motor Vehicle Disability Placard or License Plate
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To obtain a license plate or placard for persons with disabilities you must first fill out the MVA's Application for Maryland Parking Placards/License Plates for Individuals with a Disability (form # VR-210). Your physician must complete the disability certification portion of the application.

Commission on Disabilities

The Commission on Disabilities (CoD) increases public awareness of disability-related issues; serves in an advisory capacity on County  ADA programs and policies; and works with County Government to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Team

Michelle Henry
ADA Coordinator
Erica Lewis
ADA Specialist
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Disability

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