Public entities with 50 or more employees are required to designate at least one responsible employee to coordinate ADA compliance. The ADA Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the efforts of the government entity to comply with Title II and investigating any complaints that the entity has violated Title II. At the University of Iowa, the person filling the role of ADA Coordinator is the Compliance Specialist and ADA Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity.
University of Iowa ADA Coordinator
The University of Iowa ADA Coordinator is housed in and reports to the director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity. The ADA Coordinator has a variety of responsibilities on campus, including:
- Being responsible for assuring the university’s compliance with the American’s with Disabilities (ADA) Act (including the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to persons with disabilities.)
- Guiding the university’s efforts to move beyond compliance toward seamless access. As the university’s focal point for disability related initiatives, the ADA Coordinator collaborates with university offices and administrators, governmental agencies, and advocacy groups to inform decision-making and ensure university compliance with state and federal mandates.
- Being a referral point for disability related information, services and resources; provides consultation on policy reviews and facilities planning; conducts workshops and training on disability related topics; serves as a clearing house for disability related complaints; and develops disability related initiatives.
- Serving as the principal planning coordinator for university programs, policies and procedures relating to university compliance and the promotion of university opportunities for persons with disabilities.
- Ensuring that appropriate processes are in place to provide for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints and inquiries from university employees and students, as well as the public regarding compliance with the ADA and other applicable federal and state laws regarding discrimination on the basis of disability.
- Making determinations regarding allegations of discrimination and non-compliance under the ADA and other applicable federal and state laws regarding discrimination on the basis of disability.
- Ensuring that university-related information is readily available on services, accommodations, policies, and demographics relating to persons with disabilities.