ADA and Accessibility

An accessible Council is one that is inclusive of and learns from people with all types of abilities. The Council is committed to creating accessible environments throughout its buildings, services, policies, procedures, and practices.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990 prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities in areas such as employment, public accommodations, education, transportation, communications, and access to public services.

ADA public notice

In accordance with the ADA, the Metropolitan Council does not discriminate based on disability in its programs, services, activities, and employment practices.

Effective communication

Upon request, auxiliary aids and services for effective communication (such as a sign language interpreter, an assistive listening device, or print material in digital format) or modifications in programs, services or activities, will generally be made. Please contact the coordinator of the event, program, or service.

Modifications to policies and procedures

We will make reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all its programs, services, and activities.

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

Title II ADA grievance procedure

If a person with a disability is unable to access a service or facility of the Met Council, they are encouraged to contact the ADA & Title VI Administrator, who will work with the individual to discuss the issue and explore options for improving access.

Our Title II ADA Grievance Procedure documents the process to file a disability-based grievance. After reviewing the procedure, if you would like to file a grievance, please fill out this Grievance Form. If you prefer to file a grievance in a different format, please contact the ADA & Title VI Administrator.

Employment

The ADA provides job applicants, as well as current and former employees, with certain protections and requires employers to make reasonable accommodations. If you are a prospective, current, or former employee and wish to file an employment discrimination complaint, please complete and submit the Employment Discrimination Complaint Form (PDF) and mail it to:

Office of Equal Opportunity
560 6th Ave North
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Employee-related reasonable accommodations

If you are an employee seeking reasonable accommodations, please contact your manager or occupational health, office of Human Resources.

ADA self-evaluation and transition plan

In 2019, we conducted a self-evaluation of our policies, programs and services, and facilities. The results of the evaluation are included in an ADA Transition Plan that informs us on the necessary changes needed to be compliance with the ADA. See the draft ADA Transition Plan (PDF). For the full analysis of facilities and related issues that led to the content of this draft transition plan, please contact Guthrie Byard at guthrie.byard@metc.state.mn.us.

Comment on the draft ADA Transition Plan

Provide feedback on the plan by February 21, 2020:

Interpreters, translators, and other accommodations

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter or other reasonable accommodations for Met Council events, email your request to guthrie.byard@metc.state.mn.us.

Digital accessibility efforts

We are conducting accessibility testing and user-testing of our websites as well as an organization-wide digital accessibility assessment of our communication practices. This is a multi-year project that will work to ensure we improve our use of digital accessibility best practices across our programs and services.

Transportation Accessibility Advisory Committee

The Transportation Accessibility Advisory Committee (TAAC) advises the Met Council on management policies for public transportation services in the region from the perspective of riders with disabilities. Learn more about TAAC.

Contact us

Guthrie Byard, ADA and Title VI Administrator
Office of Equal Opportunity
guthrie.byard@metc.state.mn.us

Cyrenthia Jordan, ADA Title II Coordinator, Director of Office of Equal Opportunity
cyrenthia.jordan@metc.state.mn.us