OEC Americans with Disabilities Act Policy

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Purpose

The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) is committed to providing and promoting equal opportunities in all of its activities and services. This commitment includes following 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. OEC also observes all Connecticut laws and regulations that apply to individuals with disabilities.

OEC strictly prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. Further, it is the policy of OEC not to exclude persons with a disability from participation in any program or activity. Accordingly, it is the policy of OEC to provide access to all of its programs, services and facilities to persons with disabilities in accordance with TitleI I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

What is a disability under the ADA?

Under the ADA, an individual with a disability is any person who (1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; (2) has a record of such an impairment; or (3) is regarded as having such an impairment.

Reasonable accommodations

OEC will reasonably accommodate the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability, unless the accommodation would impose an undue burden. OEC will make every reasonable effort to determine and provide the appropriate reasonable accommodation to a qualified individual upon request. OEC, in its discretion, may require the individual to provide additional information about his or her disability or limitations and the need for an accommodation. The ADA does not require OEC to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.

How to request an accommodation

In connection with current employment at OEC or the interview process: Qualified employees or applicants with disabilities may request accommodations in order to perform the essential functions of their jobs or to gain access to the hiring process. Such requests should be made to the OEC Human Resource Division.

In connection with facility-related matters/accommodations

Qualified individuals with a disability who require a facility-related accommodation should contact Katherine Devine at 860-240-8600 or katherine.devine@ct.gov.

In connection with other programs, services or activities of OEC

Qualified individuals with a disability who require an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity of OEC should contact HR Rep, Theresa Judge, Human Resources Administrator, (860) 713-5319 or the OEC ADA Coordinator, Jordan Kubik at 860-713-5509 for assistance in coordinating the request for accommodation. The individual should be prepared to provide a description of his or her specific needs.

Complaints

Complaints regarding a denial for accommodation or that a OEC program, service, or activity is not accessible to persons with disabilities should be filed in writing with the OEC Coordinator, Jordan Kubik, Equal Employment Opportunity Leadership Associate / Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist 1, Department of Administrative Services, EEO Unit, 450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 1501, Hartford, CT 06103, telephone at (860) 713-5509, e-mail at jordan.kubik@ct.gov.

No retaliation

OEC strictly forbids retaliation against individuals who request an accommodation or otherwise exercise their rights under the ADA or Connecticut law. Agents of OEC shall not retaliate against, coerce, intimidate, threaten, harass, or interfere with any individual exercising or enjoying his or her rights under the ADA or Connecticut law or because an individual aided or encouraged any other individual in the exercise of rights granted or protected by the ADA or State of Connecticut.

Last updated September 2, 2022