CCT: Americans with Disabilities Act Policy

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT POLICY

Purpose
The Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism (CCT) is committed to providing and promoting equal opportunities in all of its activities and services. This commitment includes adhering to the mandates of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), a federal law that makes it unlawful to discriminate against a qualified person with a disability in all aspects of the employment process and in the provision of services and benefits. The Agency also adheres to all Connecticut laws and regulations that apply to individuals with disabilities.

The ADA enables society to benefit from the skills and talents of individuals with disabilities. It provides protections similar to those provided by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, and religion and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which is the foundation for the ADA.

What is a "Disability" under the ADA?
The ADA utilizes a three-pronged definition of disability. An individual with a disability is any person who:

  • has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities,
  • has a record of such an impairment; or
  • is regarded as having such an impairment.

    An individual must satisfy at least one of the three prongs of the above definition in order to be considered an individual with a disability under the ADA.

    Requesting Accommodations
    Qualified employees or prospective employees with disabilities may request accommodations in order to perform essential functions of their job or gain access to the hiring process. Such requests should be made to the ADA Coordinator for the Agency, the Human Resources Office or to the employee’s manager or supervisor. CCT will reasonably accommodate the known physical or mental limitation of an otherwise qualified applicant or employee with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on its business operation.

    Commitment
    The Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. This will ensure the full and fair participation of all employees and the public in all Agency services and activities. All policies, procedures and employees will support and embrace our Agency efforts and State programs that are designed to promote and achieve the principles of the Americans with Disabilities Act and those Connecticut laws and regulations that apply to individuals with disabilities.

    For More Information
    This policy is posted and distributed annually to all employees of the Agency.

    Debby Hearl, Human Resources Representative and Johnette Tolliver, Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist have been assigned as the ADA Coordinators for the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism.

    Johnette Tolliver’s phone number is 860 713-5394.
    Debby Hearl’s phone number is 860-713-5314.
    Both can be located at the Department of Administrative Services,
    5th Floor East, 165 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106.

     

    Signed on December 11, 2009 by Karen Senich, Executive Director