Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Improvements

Client Background

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability. It affords similar protections against discrimination to Americans with disabilities as the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In addition, unlike the Civil Rights Act, the ADA also requires covered employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities, and imposes accessibility requirements on public accommodations.

Project Overview

The Orange County Sheriff Department (OCSD) has several initiatives for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) related retrofit construction projects, programs, and training of Sheriff’s employees. This includes implementation plans and responses for ADA related issues involving: Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC), Disability Rights California (DRC), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Prison Law Office (PLO), and other ADA related groups and organizations.

Our Role

JOA Group provides project management and helps coordinate among stakeholders including the County Counsel’s Office, Correctional Health Services, Jail Facility ADA Staff, and the Training Division. In addition, JOA Group supports the ADA Program within the Sheriff’s Department. JOA Group works with the Sheriff’s Training Division to make recommendations regarding the ADA training received by all Academy, Custody, Corrections, and Court Commands. This ensures continuity in all ADA-related training courses to comply with the law.