The mission of the Topeka ADA Advisory Council is to support the civil rights of and full integration into Topeka community life for all people with disabilities. The ADA council seeks to enhance the community through the contributions of persons with disabilities. The intent is to make a positive difference in their relationship with the community by working toward providing full access to facilities, programs, services, activities and employment. The goal is to enable persons with disabilities to participate fully in the social and economic life of the city.
The ADA council shall be comprised of ten members; at least six members being individuals with disabilities and these members shall represent each of the six major life functions identified in the American with Disabilities Act. Members serve for a term of two years and may not serve more than four consecutive terms.
Based on nominations made by individual city council members the mayor shall appoint the ADA Council members and the entire city council shall confirm the appointments. ADA Council members shall serve without compensation. The council shall select by majority vote one of the appointees as the chairperson of the commission. The ADA Council shall meet monthly.
Duties of the ADA council include
- Advise the city manager, mayor and city council on issues affecting people with disabilities.
- Provide a public forum to identify, discuss and address issues relevant to people with disabilities.
- Provide information from the public to the city's ADA Coordinator about disability concerns.
- Provide information, educational opportunities and networking opportunities to all citizens with disabilities, their friends and families.
- Establish criteria for prioritizing the remedial steps to assess the needs within the community.
- Approve Topeka’s updated community transition plan.
- Develop operating procedures for the ADA Advisory Council.
- Review Topeka’s government programs, services and activities to assess for any obstacles that would exclude participants with physical or sensory impairments.
- Review city codes with the City's Legal Department relating to disability rights and access.
At a minimum, the ADA council will meet quarterly in a public forum and may meet more frequently when necessary to fulfill the duties of the council.
Reporting Accessibility Problems Around the City
No citizen will be excluded from participating in any City program or activity or denied any of the benefits offered by the City of Topeka because of a disability. If you have any questions about the City’s ADA policies, or want to ask about your rights and remedies, or file a written grievance alleging non-compliance under the ADA, you may do so with the City’s ADA Coordinator. Click here for Coordinator.