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Guide to Disability Rights

Rights for Persons with Disabilities in the San Francisco Unified School District

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SFUSD ADA Office
135 Van Ness Avenue, Room 213
San Francisco, CA 94102

Fax (415) 355-6988

e-mail ada@sfusd.edu

Policy

The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of disability. In accordance with the law, it is the policy of the San Francisco Unified School District (“School District”) to provide equal access and employment opportunities to qualified individuals with disabilities.

Who Is Protected?

The law covers qualified applicants, employees, students, parents and members of the public with disabilities.

A person with a disability may be an individual who:

  • has a physical or mental impairment that limits a major life activity;
  • has a record of such an impairment which is know to the employer;
  • is regarded by the employer as having, or having had, such an impairment;
  • is regarded by the employer as having, or having had, a disorder or condition that has no present disabled effect, but that may become a disability;
  • Impairments that require special education or related services are also disabilities.

What Is A Major Life Activity?

This may include seeing, hearing, breathing, walking, speaking, learning, working, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, lifting, and other physical, mental and social activities, etc.

How To Request A Reasonable Accomodation

In general, it is the responsibility of the individual with a disability to inform the School District that an accommodation is needed. A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a school or work environment, practice or policy that enables a qualified individual with a disability to enjoy equal access and equal employment opportunity.

Job Applicants

To request a reasonable accommodation in the application and selection process, contact the SFUSD Human Resources Department (HR) or the personnel analyst at the number or address on the job announcement as soon as you are aware that an accommodation is needed.

Current SFUSD Employees

Employees should contact the SFUSD Reasonable Accommodations Coordinator at (415) 522-6744 as soon as you are aware that an accommodation is needed.

SFUSD Students, Parents And Members Of The Public

Students, Parents and members of the public should contact the SFUSD ADA Title II Coordinator at (415) 355-7341, TTY (415) 522-8688, Fax (415) 355-6988, e-mail radonovy@sfusd.edu as soon as you are aware that an accommodation is needed.

Confidentiality

Medical-related information shall be confidential, except for those SFUSD employees who have a need to know, such as supervisors, safety personnel, compliance officers, or other specified individuals.

Grievance

Anyone who believes that s/he, or a specific class of individuals, has been subjected to disability discrimination may file an ADA Grievance within 180 days of the alleged violation. Grievances should be filed with the SFUSD ADA Title II Coordinator who will either investigate the matter or forward it to the responsible Department for further handling.

Appeal Procedures

A Complainant may appeal the resolution of the ADA Grievance to the SFUSD Disability Advisory Committee at (415) 241-6121, Fax (415) 241-6012 which will review all information submitted and will provide a written response within twenty (20) days.

Grievance Timeline

  • An ADA Grievance must be filed within 180 days of the alleged violation
  • Within 5 business days of receipt of the Grievance the ADA Facilities Coordinator will send the Complainant an acknowledgment letter.
  • Within 15 business days from receipt of the Grievance the ADA Facilities Coordinator will conduct an investigation and issue a Letter of Findings and Proposed Resolution. An additional 20 business days may be used under specified extenuating circumstances.
  • A Complainant may submit comments or ask for modifications of the proposed resolutions within 15 business days from receipt of the Letter of Findings and Proposed Resolution.
  • The ADA Title II Coordinator has 5 business days from the date of receipt of the Complainant’s comments to complete a Final Resolution.
  • The Complainant has 20 business days from the date the Final Resolution is issued to submit an Appeal to the SFUSD Chief Administrative Officer.
  • The Disability Advisory Committee has 20 business days to issue a decision.
  • SFUSD will be as expedient as possible. The entire ADA Grievance process could take between 180 and 300 days to reach final resolution.

Other Resources

An individual may also file a complaint with the Department of Justice, the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, the California Department of Rehabilitation, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the City and County of San Francisco Mayor’s Office on Disability, or the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing

455 Golden Gate Avenue, Suite 7600
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 703-4175
TDD (800) 700-2320

United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

350 The Embarcadero, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 625-5600
(800) 669-4000
TTY (800) 669-6820.

United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights

50 United Nations Plaza, Room 239
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 556-4275
TDD (415) 437-7786

California Department of Rehabilitation

185 Berry Street, Lobby 7, Suite 180
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 904-7100 (Voice and TDD)

SFUSD Human Resources Department

555 Franklin Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 241-6101
TTY (415) 355-7316
Fax (415) 241-6375

CCSF Mayor’s Office on Disability

4010 Van ness Avenue, Suite 301
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-6789
TTY/TDD: (415) 554-6799
Fax: (415) 554-6159