The Disability Rights & Services Program, part of the City's Department of Civil Rights, serves Madison residents with disabilities. This program coordinates the City's efforts to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

In 1990, Madison’s City Council adopted Madison General Ordinance 39.05 which prohibits discrimination based on disability by City programs and by City-funded agencies.

The Department of Civil Rights Director, Disability Rights & Services Program Coordinator and the Commission on People with Disabilities (CPD):

  • Work to provide community member input on issues including transportation, recreation, accessibility and housing; and
  • Work cooperatively with advocacy and community-based organizations serving persons with disabilities.

The program works to help the city meet the rules outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act and is focused on ensuring compliance as well as promoting inclusion.

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