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About ADA Programs
Join in the City of Oakland’s ADA Self-Evaluation Update
The City of Oakland seeks your feedback as we renew our commitment to equity and inclusion in all City programs, activities and services. We need to hear from individuals with disabilities, their family and friends, and disability service providers and advocates on steps that could be taken to make sure individuals with disabilities enjoy full and equal access to civic life.
There are two ways you can help:
- Take the brief, anonymous online survey at http://goo.gl/forms/FylIf5KW9z by May 1, 2016. The survey is also available in Spanish and Chinese.
- Share your ideas in person. The Unity Council will be hosting the next community forum to discuss the experiences of persons with disabilities with accessing City services on May 20, 2016 (¡en Español!).
Date: Friday, May 20, 2016
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Fruitvale / San Antonio Senior Center
3301 East 12th Street, Suite 201
Please R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org or 510.238.6919. Please indicate any interpretation or accommodations needs (Spanish translation will be provided) when you reserve your spot, and refrain from wearing scented products to the meeting.
Seeking 2016 Applicants for Mayor's Commission on Persons with Disabilities
The Mayor's Commission on Persons with Disabilities has vacancies to fill! Help advise on City policy and monitor the City's compliance with disability civil rights laws. Commissioners serve a three-year term and are asked to regularly attend monthly meetings. Individuals with architectural, engineering, legal or other relevant expertise are especially encouraged to apply. For more information about the mission of the Commission, and for an application packet, click here.
October 15, 2015 Great California Shakeout & ADA 25th Anniversary Celebration
Mayor Libby Schaaf, the Oakland Fire Department, FEMA, Cal-OES, disability advocacy organizations and many other community partners helped us mark the Great California Shakeout and ADA25th anniversary on October 15, 2015. This inclusive event emphasized the importance of including persons with disabilities in emergency preparedness and planning. Speakers honored Richard Devylder, a pioneer in advocating for emergency preparedness by persons with disabilities and the State of California's first Chief of the Office for Access and Functional Needs. If you missed the event, you can access the video of the speakers portion here. Thank you to all our community partners who made this event possible!
You can always be ready to respond to a disaster. View a demonstration of how people with different physical abilities can protect themselves in the event of an earthquake.
The Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 25!
Read Mayor Schaaf's Proclamation here
Access and Functional Needs Shakeout Videos Now Available on YouTube
The Governor's Office of Emergency Services created a series of YouTube videos to help persons with a variety of access and functional needs be prepared in the event of an earthquake. View the Access and Functional Needs Shakeout videos here.
Just In Time Training Library
The Just In Time Disaster Training Library contains resources on disaster related mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery for a wide variety of areas, including responding to access and functional needs. Browse the library here.
Oakland as Model City for Inclusionary Emergency Preparation Practices Webinar
Oakland as Model City for Inclusionary Emergency Preparation Practices Webinar. On Wednesday, January 8, 2014 City of Oakland representatives co-presented a webinar highlighting efforts to include people with disabilities in the City’s Mass Care and Shelter Plan: Oakland’s Journey from Emergency Management Defendant to Model City for Inclusionary Practices. This presentation is part of the "Emergency Management and Preparedness - Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities" webinar series hosted by the Pacific ADA Center. City of Oakland presenters included: Christine Calabrese, ADA Programs Manager, along with Renee Domingo, Emergency Services Manager, Lorraine Rosenblatt of the Mayor’s Commission on Persons with Disabilities and Policy Consultant June Kailes.
Emergency Management Tools
The City has compiled a variety of resources for emergency managers in planning and response for the access and functional needs population. The emergency management tools for serving the persons with access and functional needs resource page includes City of Oakland documents, state and federal guidance and community partner resources.
- SIGN UP for emergency alerts. Receive email, wireless and/or phone emergency alerts and other important City information. You must register for these programs - don't delay - be prepared!
Mayor's Commission on Persons with Disabilities
The Mayor’s Commission on Persons with Disabilities (MCPD) represents and addresses issues faced by people with disabilities in the City of Oakland. Established by City ordinance in 1980, the MCPD is an appointed group of volunteers who are committed to integrating people with disabilities into all aspects of the community. More About the Mayor's Commission on Persons with Disabilities
Publications and Resources
Download ADA publications and link to local resources for persons with disabilities here.
Know Your Rights
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 is a federal civil rights law that ensures persons with disabilities receive the same civil rights protections as all other Americans. Unlike prior disability laws and regulations, the ADA puts responsibility for accommodation on society rather than on the individual with a disability. It is a comprehensive anti-discrimination law that extends to virtually all areas of society and to every aspect of daily living. Read More About the ADA and Other Laws.
How to Get Access
The ADA Programs Division of the City of Oakland serves people with disabilities by making the Oakland government accessible to all and providing physical access improvements such as City building and facilities upgrades, curb ramps and audible pedestrian traffic signals. Find out how to get access to City services.
Learn more about ADA Capital Improvement Programs, the Buildings and Facilities Transition Plan and the Curb Ramp Transition Plan.
City ADA Policies
Read more about the ADA policies that the City of Oakland has worked to implement.
File a Complaint
The ADA Programs Division investigates and mediates complaints about disability discrimination. We mediate by providing appropriate accommodations, coordinating ADA compliance training and education programs to staff, reviewing policy or by using other appropriate methods.