ADA Grievance Procedure
This Grievance Procedure is established to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"). It may be used by anyone who wishes to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of services, activities, programs, or benefits by Dawson County. The County’s Personnel Policy governs employment-related complaints of disability discrimination.
The complaint should be in writing and contain information about the alleged discrimination such as name, address, phone number of complainant and location, date, and description of the problem. Alternative means of filing complaints, 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 by the grievant and/or his/her designee as soon as possible but no later than 60 calendar days after the alleged violation to:
Dawson County Emergency Services
ADA Compliance Officer
393 Memory Lane
Dawsonville, Georgia 30534
Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the complaint, the ADA Compliance Officer or his designee will meet with the complainant to discuss the complaint and the possible resolutions. Within 15 calendar days of the meeting, the ADA Compliance Officer or his designee will respond in writing, and where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant, such as large print, Braille, or audio tape. The response will explain the position of Dawson County and offer options for substantive resolution of the complaint.
If the response by the ADA Compliance Officer or his designee does not satisfactorily resolve the issue, the complainant and/or his/her designee may appeal the decision within 15 calendar days after receipt of the response to the Director of Planning and Development or his/her designee. Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the appeal, the Director of Planning and Development or his/her designee will meet with the complainant to discuss the complaint and possible resolutions. Within 15 calendar days after the meeting, the Director of Planning and Development or his/her designee will respond in writing, and, where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant, with a final resolution of the complaint. All appeals of the Director of Planning and Development determination shall be presented to the Dawson County Board of Commissioners and or their designee.
All written complaints received by the ADA Compliance Officer, the Director of Planning and Development, and the Board of Commissioners shall be retained by the County for at least three years from the date of Dawson County’s final determination.
Notice under the Americans with Disabilities Act
("ADA"), Dawson County will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities.
Employment: Dawson County 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: Dawson County will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in Dawson County’s programs, services, and activities, including qualified sign language interpreters, documents in Braille, and other ways of making information and communications accessible to people who have speech, hearing, or vision impairments.
Modifications to Policies and Procedures: Dawson County will make all 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 County’s 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 County’s, should contact the office of John Wesserling as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.
The ADA does not require Dawson County 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 Dawson County is not accessible to persons with disabilities should be directed to John Wesserling.
Dawson County 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, such as retrieving items from locations that are open to the public but are not accessible to persons who use wheelchairs.