- Americans with Disabilities
Americans with Disabilities
The Town of Telluride is committed to providing equal opportunity and access to all persons in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Civil Rights Act, and the laws of the State of Colorado, and as such Town officials continuously seek to identify and address problems that may prevent people with disabilities from gaining equal access to programs, services, and activities. Additional information is available by calling the Town’s Legal Department at 970-728-2164.
In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"), the Town of Telluride will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities.
Employment: The Town of Telluride 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 Town of Telluride will make every effort, upon request, to provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in the Town of Telluride’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: The ADA does not require the Town of Telluride to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden, however, the Town of Telluride 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 Town of Telluride offices, even where pets might be prohibited. The Town of Telluride 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 open to the public but inaccessible to persons who use wheelchairs.
Requests for specific accommodations or modifications in policies, practices or procedures necessary to ensure equal access should be directed to Department Heads overseeing access to the program, service or activity sought a minimum of 48 hours before the event. Requests, considered on a case by case basis, will be promptly addressed, and reasonable accommodations, if appropriate, will be identified and communicated.
Reasonableness of accommodation requests will be considered using the following ADA criteria: 1) the request is not a fundamental alteration of service; 2) the request is not a direct threat to the health or safety of others; 3) the request is needed by the requester to use the service; and 4) the request does not result in undue financial or administrative burden to Town.
Transit specific requests should be directed to Transit Director Jason White by email, or by telephone at 970-728-2179. Transit requests are more easily accommodated in advance, however, flexibility in responding to immediate requests is Town of Telluride policy.
Complaints that a program, service, or activity of the Town of Telluride is not accessible to persons with disabilities should be submitted pursuant to the Grievance Procedure Under the Americans with Disabilities Act and may be directed to the Town Attorney who is also the Town of Telluride ADA Coordinator .