In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Highlands County will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities.
Employment: Highlands County Board of County Commissioners 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: Highlands County Board of County Commissioners will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in Board 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: Highlands County Board of County Commissioners will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all its programs, services, and activities. For example, individuals with service animals are welcomed in Highlands County offices, even where pets are generally prohibited.
Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity of the Highlands County Board of County Commissioners, should contact the Human Resources Manager/ADA/EEO Coordinator, at (863) 402-6509, or via Florida Relay Services 711, by email HRManager@highlandsfl.gov or by regular mail at 600 S. Commerce Ave., Sebring, Fl 33870 as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.
The ADA does not require the Highlands County Board of County Commissioners to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.
Complaints that a program, service, or activity of the Highlands County Board of County Commissioners is not accessible to persons with disabilities should be directed to the Human Resources Manager/ADA/EEO Coordinator, at (863) 402-6509, HRManager@highlandsfl.gov.
Highlands County Board of County Commissioners 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.
Refer to Policy 904:2 of the Highlands County Personnel Rules & Regulations Manual