Group to help community be more inclusive of people with disabilities

(May 2, 2017) — Helping Allen County and the City of Fort Wayne become more inclusive of people with disabilities is the idea behind the establishment of a new community panel.

The Allen County Board of Commissioners and Mayor Tom Henry today jointly announced plans to form a Fort Wayne-Allen County Disability Advisory Council.  The purpose of the council is to assist in providing equal access for people with disabilities to employment, services, programs and activities offered in the city and county.

“With the diversity that exists within today’s society, it does take all of us to enhance this community’s quality of life,” said Commissioner Nelson Peters.  “The Fort Wayne-Allen County Disability Advisory Council will help to ensure that everyone will have a voice at the table with all of those quality of life discussions.”

“I’m encouraged that we live in a caring and giving community which values and appreciates all residents,” said Mayor Henry. “I’m looking forward to positive outcomes as a result of this proactive collaboration designed to have a lasting and meaningful impact in Fort Wayne and Allen County.”

Some of the council’s responsibilities will include serving as an information resource for city and county elected officials and administrators regarding needs and conditions of people with disabilities, identifying barriers to full community participation, and recommending corrective actions.

“The Northeast Indiana Disability Advocacy Coalition is grateful to both city and county officials who are making the inclusivity of our community a priority for people with disabilities,” commented Shelley Yoder, who chairs the coalition.  “We look forward to working with Mayor Henry, Commissioner Peters, and others to assist in providing information and guidance as we all work together to provide equal access to all people of all abilities in our outstanding community.”

“This new advisory council is reflective of how times have changed from when we were just trying to comply with accessibility requirements in the 1990's to now, when we are striving to be the best we can be at including people with disabilities in the life of the community,” added David Nelson, president and CEO of The League.  “It's a tribute to the leadership in Fort Wayne and Allen County, and another example of our ‘best in class’ thinking.”

The council will consist of nine members.  The Northeast Indiana Disability Advocacy Coalition will appoint a total of five members, two of whom are disabled.  The City of Fort Wayne and Allen County will each appoint one member.  The ADA coordinators for the city and county will serve as ex officio members.  The council is expected to meet at least quarterly and produce an annual report which summarizes its recommendations, activities and accomplishments.

 Fort Wayne/Allen County Disability Advisory Council's Annual Reports

pdf2018 Annual Report

 

City of Fort Wayne Non-discrimination Notice

In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"), the City of Fort Wayne will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities.

 

ADA Appointment

 

Grievance Procedure under
The Americans with Disabilities Act, City of Fort Wayne, Indiana

This Grievance Procedure is established to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilites 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, activies, programs, or benefits by the City of Fort Wayne.

docADA Grievance Form (Word Document)

 

Resolution 100-4-10-13-1


A resolution of the board of public works of the city of fort wayne, indiana adopting the americans with disabilities act (ada)accessibility guidelines for standards for accessible design and guidelines for pedestrian facilities in the public right-of-way.

pdfADA BOW Resolution

 

ADA Transition Plan

 

 

**As of November 2018 the ADA Transition plan is under construction and should be completed in 2019. If you have any questions please contact the City of Fort Wayne's ADA Coordinator Heather VanWagner at 260-427-1176 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. *****

pdfCity of Fort Wayne ADA Transition Plan

 2018 /2019 Updates

pdfParks and Rec 2019 ADA Update

pdfProperty Damage 2019 ADA Update

pdfTraffic Signals and On Street Parking 2019 ADA Update

 

 

 

 

City Of Fort Wayne-Title VI Implementation Plan

 

The City of Fort Wayne values each individual’s civil rights and wishes to provide equal opportunity and equitable service for the citizens of this community.  As a recipient of federal funds, the City of Fort Wayne is required to conform to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI) and all related statutes, regulations, and directives, which provide that no person shall be excluded from participation in, denied benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on the grounds of race, color, national origin, disability, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, low income status, or limited English proficiency.

 

 pdfTitle VI Implementation Plan

docxCity of Fort Wayne Department Head Chart

pdf2019Title VI Goals and 2018 Accomplishments

pdfTitle VI Implementation Plan Exhibits #1-15

Complaint Procedure under Title VI

This complaint Procedure is established to meet the requirements of Title VI. It may be used by anyone who wishes to file a complaint alleging discrimination falling under Title VI.

 Complaint Form

 

If you should have any questions or concerns please contact the Title VI Coordinator:

Krista Maxwell

Title VI Coordinator

200 E. Berry Street, Suite 470

Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Ph: 260-427-6362

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