- FOIA and ADA
FOIA and ADA
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in many circumstances. The law includes five main parts, or “titles,” including:
- Title I, which covers many employment situations
- Title II, which covers all services and programs of state and local governments (public transportation, recreation programs, courts, jails and prisons, libraries, employment, and much more)
- Title III, which covers public accommodations (private businesses that serve the public, such as restaurants, hotels, theaters, doctors' offices, pharmacies, retail stores, taxi companies, museums, amusement parks, day care centers, and many more)
- Title IV, which covers certain telecommunications services
- Title V, which includes some miscellaneous, but significant, provisions
Learn more about the ADA at the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center's website.
The Department of Justice operates a toll-free ADA Information Line to provide information and materials to the public about the requirements of the ADA.
ADA specialists, who assist callers with understanding how the ADA applies to their situation, are available are available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) and on Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Eastern Time). Calls are confidential.
To get answers to technical questions, obtain general ADA information, order free materials, or ask about filing a complaint please call: 800-514-0301 (voice) or 800-514-0383 (TTY)
The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its programs or activities.
Employment: The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with the ADA Title I employment regulations.
Effective Communication: The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities will, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for people with disabilities, including qualified sign language interpreters, documents in Braille, and other ways of making communications accessible to people who have speech, hearing, or vision impairments.
Modifications to Policies and Procedures: The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities will make reasonable modifications to policies and procedures to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy programs, services, and activities. For example, people with service animals are welcomed in the VBPD offices and at all VBPD programs and activities, even where pets and other animals are prohibited.
Requests: To request an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures contact Henry Street, ADA Coordinator, as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the activity or event.
Complaints: Send complaints to Henry Street, contact information below.
VBPD ADA Coordinator Contact Information:
Henry Street, Director of Administration
ADA Coordinator - VBPD Programs and Operations
Virginia Board for People with Disabilities
1100 Bank Street, 7th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Rights and Responsibilities
The Rights of Requesters and the Responsibilities of the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act
The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), located § 2.2-3700 et. seq. of the Code of Virginia, guarantees citizens of the Commonwealth and representatives of the media access to public records held by public bodies, public officials, and public employees.
A public record is any writing or recording - regardless of whether it is a paper record, an electronic file, an audio or video recording, or any other format - that is prepared or owned by, or in the possession of a public body or its officers, employees or agents in the transaction of public business. All public records are presumed to be open, and may only be withheld if a specific, statutory exemption applies.
The policy of FOIA states that the purpose of FOIA is to promote an increased awareness by all persons of governmental activities. In furthering this policy, FOIA requires that the law be interpreted liberally, in favor of access, and that any exemption allowing public records to be withheld must be interpreted narrowly.