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Legislative Counsel Bureau Notice Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

 

In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), the Legislative Counsel Bureau does not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities.

 

Employment

The Legislative Counsel Bureau 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

The Legislative Counsel Bureau will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in the Legislative Counsel Bureau’s programs, services, and activities.

Modifications to Policies and Procedures

The Legislative Counsel Bureau will make reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of its programs, services, and activities. For example, individuals with service animals are welcomed in the Legislative Counsel Bureau 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 Legislative Counsel Bureau,should contact the ADA coordinator as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before an event.

The ADA does not require the Legislative Counsel Bureau 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 Legislative Counsel Bureau is not accessible to persons with disabilities should be directed to the ADA coordinator.

ADA Coordinator
E-mail: ADA.Coordinator@legislativecounsel.ca.gov
Address: Office of Legislative Counsel, 925 L Street, Suite 900, Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 341-8330

The Legislative Counsel Bureau 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.

 

Legislative Counsel Bureau Grievance Procedure Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

 

This grievance procedure is established to meet the requirements of Title II of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”). It may be used by any member of the public who wishes to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of services, activities, or programs by the Legislative Counsel Bureau.

 

Submitting Your Complaint

A complaint should be in writing and contain all facts, documents, and other materials relevant to, and in support of, the alleged violation of discrimination, including name, address, telephone number of complainant and location, date, and description of the problem. Alternative means of filing a complaint, such as personal interviews or a tape recording of the complaint, will be made available for persons with disabilities upon request.

The complaint should be submitted as soon as possible, but no later than 60 days after the date of the alleged violation, to the ADA coordinator.

ADA Coordinator
E-mail: ADA.Coordinator@legislativecounsel.ca.gov
Address: Office of Legislative Counsel, 925 L Street, Suite 900, Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 341-8330

Consideration of the Complaint and Response

Within 15 days after receiving the complaint, the ADA coordinator or his or her designee will contact the complainant to discuss the complaint and possible resolutions. Within 15 days after discussing the matter with the complainant, the ADA coordinator will respond to the complainant in writing or, where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant. The response will explain the position of the Legislative Counsel Bureau with respect to the complaint and offer options for substantive resolution of the complaint.

Appeal to the Legislative Counsel

If the response does not satisfactorily resolve the issue, the complainant may appeal the decision to the Legislative Counsel.  Appeals should be submitted within 15 days after receipt of the ADA coordinator’s response. Within 30 days after receiving the appeal, the Legislative Counsel or his or her designee will review the complaint and the determination of the ADA coordinator and respond in writing or, where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant with a final resolution of the complaint.

Document Retention

All written complaints received by the ADA coordinator, appeals to the Legislative Counsel, and responses from the ADA coordinator and the Legislative Counsel will be retained by the Legislative Counsel Bureau for at least three years from the date of the final resolution of the complaint.

Overview

The Office of Legislative Counsel Web site has been developed in compliance with California Government Code Section 11135. Section 11135 requires that all electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained, or used by California state governmental entities be accessible to individuals with disabilities pursuant to the requirements of Section 508 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and federal regulations implementing Section 508.

Below you will find information about technology solutions that make our Web site easy to navigate, fast-loading and accessible. To further improve the ease of use and readability of the Web site and the Internet, please review the section below on how to customize your browser.

Accessibility Features of our Site

Navigation

The navigation is consistent throughout the Web site and is accessible by using the mouse or keyboard. The tab key will move the cursor from link to link. Hitting the return key will take you to the new page. The navigation uses lists, making it easier for screen readers to follow.

Font Size

The font size can be changed in your browser using magnification tools or by changing your browser settings.

Style Sheets

The Web site uses cascading style sheets (CSS) for layout and graphical presentation (color, fonts, etc.). You can turn CSS off to access the content without formatting or you can replace the style sheets with your own.

To turn CSS off and access the content without any formatting, download and install the Firefox Web Developer toolbar or the Internet Explorer Developer toolbar. These toolbars turn CSS on and off very easily, and they offer many other helpful tools. If you use a browser other than Firefox or Internet Explorer, do an Internet search to determine the accessibility features for your particular browser.

Access Keys

You can use "Alt" + "S" to access the search box.

Colors

The text and navigation of the Web site have enhanced contrast for our visitors with impaired vision.

The colors on the Web site are designed for usability for our visitors with the following colorblindness conditions:

  • Monochromacy (partial and complete)
  • Anomolous Trichomacy: protanomaly, deuteranomaly, and tritanomaly
  • Dichromacy: protanopia, deuteranopia, and tritanopia

Customize Your Browser

Change font size

In most browsers (example: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Netscape) you could change the font size by following the steps below:

  • Open your browser
  • Click View button from top menu bar
  • Click Text Size
  • Select your option

If your browser uses a different naming convention and you do not see this path, please check the Help menu on your browser. The Help menu is usually the last option on the right on the top menu bar, and it can often be accessed by pressing the keys "Alt" + "H".

In addition, many newer browser versions have a magnifying tool that lets you zoom into a page and display all elements at larger scales. Look for the magnifying tool with a "+" character. This magnifying tool icon is typically located at the bottom of your browser, on the right, or at the top, below the standard menu tools, on the right. The keyboard shortcut to access this tool is: "Ctrl" + "Shift" + "+" to zoom in, and "Ctrl" + "Shift" + "-" to zoom out.

Shortcuts

  • Keyboard shortcuts: This is a list of the most common keyboard shortcuts in Firefox, and the equivalents in Internet Explorer and Opera (from Firefox Web site).
  • Mouse shortcuts: This is a list of the most common mouse shortcuts in Firefox, and the equivalents in Internet Explorer and Opera. The shortcuts are for Windows, but most of the Firefox shortcuts should work in Linux as well (from FireFox Web site).
  • Internet Explorer keyboard shortcuts: This is a list of the most common keyboard shortcuts in Internet Explorer (from Microsoft Web site).

Browser Add-ons

Changing the Browser's Default Cascading Style Sheet

Below are step-by-step instructions on how to change the style sheet file in Internet Explorer. For other browsers, please check the Help menu of the browser:

  • Click Tools from the top menu bar
  • Click the Internet Options button
  • Select the General tab (first tab)
  • Click the Accessibility button (bottom section, Appearance)
  • Click the appropriate checkboxes to ignore all colors and font styles and sizes and/or
  • Click the checkbox titled "Format documents using my style sheet"
  • Browse to your personal style sheet and
  • Click the OK button