ADA Accessibility Statement
Website Accessibility Statement
Updated September 2019
Islamorada, Village of Islands is committed to ensuring that all visitors and residents, including visitors and residents with disabilities, are able to access and use all of our programs, services, and activities. We recognize that many visitors and residents are increasingly using our website to access information about what we offer and to take advantage of the website to obtain services.
We also recognize that users of the website who have disabilities may use the website with the assistance of technology, including screen readers, as well as with captioning, transcripts, and the use of other auxiliary aids and services. As outlined below, we want to provide users of our website with information about what we offer, ways to inform us of any difficulties encountered, alternative ways we can offer the services, the time frame for doing so, who to contact, and information about our ADA Grievance Procedure, as discussed below.
Our website offers a wide range of information and services, and we recognize that for users with disabilities, some material on our site may pose challenges. We are interested in hearing from users with disabilities, we want to know about your experiences and want to address the challenges you identify.
We are in the process of assessing our website’s accessibility, with the assistance of experts in web accessibility and in the mandates of WCAG 2.0. We will be engaging in efforts to identify and correct issues, and developing a schedule for this effort.
What to Do If You Encounter A Problem Using Our Website:
Web accessibility concerns, or any other accessibility concerns, should be brought to the attention of our ADA Document Manager via email or you may call directly at 305-664-6412. You may also mail the ADA Document Manager at Attn: Village Clerk, Islamorada, Village of Islands, 86800 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, Florida, 33036. We will respond within one (1) business day.
Please provide the following information:
- Your name
- Your phone number
- Your email address
- The date and time you encountered a problem using our website
- The web page/web address on which the problem occurred
- What occurred/what were you unable to do
- Any error messages you received
We strive to ensure that our website will comply with WCAG 2.0 AA but recognize that alternatives to using the website should be available in the event that a user with a disability encounters a problem using our website. Should you encounter such a problem, we urge you to contact our ADA Document Manager, who will provide an alternative way to quickly obtain the information you are seeking to obtain through the website. In addition, should you wish to file an ADA Grievance to alert us to any problems you may be experiencing, you may also file an ADA Grievance with us.
Ongoing Website Accessibility Efforts:
We are in the process of working with an ADA Accessibility firm to assess our website’s accessibility and will be undertaking efforts to identify and address areas needing improvement. We will be establishing a schedule for enhancing accessible features of the website, and welcome your comments and insights. Please contact our ADA Document Manager at Clerk@islamorada.fl.us or 305-664-6400.
Ongoing ADA Compliance Efforts:
The Village has designated an ADA Coordinator and 504 Coordinator and has also engaged the services of a former Senior Trial Attorney from the Justice Department as an ADA Consultant. We have also developed and published an ADA Grievance Procedure and designated a Web Accessibility Response Team to address website accessibility concerns.
We are in the process of completing a comprehensive review of our policies and practices for ADA compliance and are working to enhance our services to the disability community. We have also developed and published an ADA Grievance Procedure by which the Village can be informed of and respond to any ADA or Section 504 concerns.
Grievance Procedure under The Americans with Disabilities Act:
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 Islamorada, Village of Islands (the Village). The Village’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
- Evie Engelmeyer, ADAC
- ADA Coordinator
- 86800 Overseas Highway
- Islamorada, FL 33036
Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the complaint, ADA Coordinator or designee will meet with the complainant to discuss the complaint and the possible resolutions. Within 15 calendar days of the meeting, ADA Coordinator or 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 the Village and offer options for substantive resolution of the complaint.
If the response by ADA Coordinator or 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 Village Manager or his designee.
Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the appeal, the Village Manager or his designee will meet with the complainant to discuss the complaint and possible resolutions. Within 15 calendar days after the meeting, the Village Manager or his designee will respond in writing, and, where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant, with a final resolution of the complaint.
All written complaints received by ADA Coordinator or designee appeal to the Village Manager or his designee, and responses from these two offices will be retained by the Village for at least three years.