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Legislative Counsel Bureau Notice Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), the Legislative Counsel Bureau does not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities.

Employment

The Legislative Counsel Bureau 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 Legislative Counsel Bureau will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in the Legislative Counsel Bureau’s programs, services, and activities.

Modifications to Policies and Procedures

The Legislative Counsel Bureau 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 the Legislative Counsel Bureau offices, even where pets are generally prohibited.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity of the Legislative Counsel Bureau,should contact the ADA coordinator as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before an event.

The ADA does not require the Legislative Counsel Bureau to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.

Complaints that a program, service, or activity of the Legislative Counsel Bureau is not accessible to persons with disabilities should be directed to the ADA coordinator.

ADA Coordinator
E-mail: ADA.Coordinator@legislativecounsel.ca.gov
Address: Office of Legislative Counsel, 925 L Street, Suite 900, Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 341-8330

The Legislative Counsel Bureau 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.

Legislative Counsel Bureau Grievance Procedure Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

This grievance procedure is established to meet the requirements of Title II of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”). It may be used by any member of the public who wishes to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of services, activities, or programs by the Legislative Counsel Bureau.

Submitting Your Complaint

A complaint should be in writing and contain all facts, documents, and other materials relevant to, and in support of, the alleged violation of discrimination, including name, address, telephone number of complainant and location, date, and description of the problem. Alternative means of filing a complaint, 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 as soon as possible, but no later than 60 days after the date of the alleged violation, to the ADA coordinator.

ADA Coordinator
E-mail: ADA.Coordinator@legislativecounsel.ca.gov
Address: Office of Legislative Counsel, 925 L Street, Suite 900, Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 341-8330

Consideration of the Complaint and Response

Within 15 days after receiving the complaint, the ADA coordinator or his or her designee will contact the complainant to discuss the complaint and possible resolutions. Within 15 days after discussing the matter with the complainant, the ADA coordinator will respond to the complainant in writing or, where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant. The response will explain the position of the Legislative Counsel Bureau with respect to the complaint and offer options for substantive resolution of the complaint.

Appeal to the Legislative Counsel

If the response does not satisfactorily resolve the issue, the complainant may appeal the decision to the Legislative Counsel.  Appeals should be submitted within 15 days after receipt of the ADA coordinator’s response. Within 30 days after receiving the appeal, the Legislative Counsel or his or her designee will review the complaint and the determination of the ADA coordinator and respond in writing or, where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant with a final resolution of the complaint.

Document Retention

All written complaints received by the ADA coordinator, appeals to the Legislative Counsel, and responses from the ADA coordinator and the Legislative Counsel will be retained by the Legislative Counsel Bureau for at least three years from the date of the final resolution of the complaint.

Client-Side Settings for JAWS Users

Setting Jaws to read strikeout and italics to review bill amendments.
a) Directions for Internet Explorer
While in IE with jaws running, Open the Configuration Manager INSERT+F2, C, Enter
Open the Voice Aliases Manager: Alt + S (for Set Options), E (for Voice Aliases)
Change ItalicVoice to something different (usually a positive voice). Use arrow key to select, Alt + M to Modify. Tab to select person and rate. Hit OK.
(2) Change StrikeoutVoice to something different (usually a negative voice). Use arrow key to select, Alt + M to Modify.> Tab to select person and rate. Hit OK.
(3) Hit OK
iii) Open the Speech and Sounds Manager: Alt + S (for Set Options), M (for Speech and Sounds Manager)
(1)Choose the Edit Current Scheme button. There are tab pages you can use to modify the way JAWS reads font attributes, font colors, and other HTML attributes.
(2) Press CTRL+TAB to move to the Attributes tab.
(3) For Italics: Click Add button (Alt + A), check Italic box, Next button, select Speak Item, select ItalicVoice for the voice alias, click Next, Finish.
(4) For Strikeout: Click Add button (Alt + A), check Strikeout box, Next button, select Speak Item, select StrikeoutVoice for the voice alias, click Next, Finish.
(5) >Press CTRL+TAB to move to the Color tab.
(6) For blue: Click Add button (Alt + A), select the color blue for foreground color, Next button, keep background color to Anything,
Next button, select the behavior Speak Item Text Using Voice, Next button, select ItalicVoice for the voice alias, click Finish.
(7) For red: Click Add button (Alt + A), select the color red for foreground color, Next button, keep background color to Anything,
Next button, select the behavior Speak Item Text Using Voice, Next button, select StrikeoutVoice for the voice alias, click Finish.
iv Click OK
v) Click OK again
vi) Click Yes to save the current speech scheme
Close the Configuration Manager (Alt + F4)
b)Directions for Adobe Acrobat Reader
Follow the same directions for Internet Explorer, except in this case, make sure your copy of Acrobat Reader is in focus while opening the Configuration Manager (INSERT+F2, C, Enter)