Notice Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Notice: In accordance with the requirements of title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"), Catawba County does not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities in its services, programs, or activities.
Employment: Catawba County does not discriminate based on 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: Catawba County, upon request, will provide appropriate aids and services for effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities. Effective communication is essential in the equal participation of Catawba County programs, services, and activities. Available aids and services include qualified sign language interpreters, use of the #711 TDD Relay System, and other ways of making information and communications accessible to people who have speech, hearing, or vision impairments.
Modifications to Policies and Procedures: Catawba County will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that qualified individuals with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in all of its programs, services, and activities. This applies to service animals and other services as requested. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid should contact the office of the Human Resources Director, ADA Coordinator, Cynthia Eades, at (828) 465-8383, CLEades@CatawbaCountyNC.gov, or by mail at Catawba County Government Center, Attn: Human Resources Director, ADA Coordinator, P.O. Box 389, 25 Government Drive, Newton, NC 28658, as soon as possible, but no later than three (3) working days before the scheduled event. "Auxiliary aid" includes services for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity of Catawba County. Individuals with registered service animals only need to provide notice if event accommodations are necessary. The ADA does not require Catawba County to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.
Grievances involving accessibility restrictions for persons with disabilities, that will be utilizing Catawba County programs, services, or activities are handled by the Human Resources Director, ADA Coordinator, Cynthia Eades, at (828) 465-8383, CLEades@CatawbaCountyNC.gov, or by mail at Catawba County Government Center, Attn: Human Resources Director, ADA Coordinator, P.O. Box 389, 25 Government Drive, Newton, NC 28658. Catawba County will not place a surcharge on persons with disabilities to cover the cost of providing auxiliary aids/services or reasonable modifications of policy. This includes retrieving items from locations that are open to the public but are not accessible to persons who use wheelchairs.