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The Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 26!
Individuals, organizations, and faith communities can pledge to uphold the promise of the ADA!
Read Mayor Schaaf's Proclamation recognizing the 25th Anniversary of the ADA last year.
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.