Notice Under the Americans with Disabilities Act
In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the City of Biddeford will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in the city’s services, programs, or activities.
Employment: The City does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with all regulations promulgated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Effective Communication: The City will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in the City’s programs, services, and activities, including qualified sign language interpreters, documents in Braille, and other ways of making information and communications accessible to people who have speech, hearing, or vision impairments.
Modifications to Policies and Procedures: The City will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all City programs, services and activities. For example, individuals with service animals are welcomed in City offices, even where pets are generally prohibited, understanding the individuals are responsible for their service animal.
If a citizen requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a City program, service, or activity, please contact the office of the ADA Coordinator as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event: James A. Bennett, Coordinator, 205 Main Street, Biddeford, Maine, 04005; (207) 284-9313.
The ADA does not require the City to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.
Complaints that a City program, service, or activity is not accessible to persons with disabilities should be directed to ADA Coordinator at the contact information listed above.
The City will not place a surcharge on a particular individual with a disability or any group of individuals with disabilities to cover the cost of providing auxiliary aids/services or reasonable modifications of policy, such as retrieving items from locations that are open to the public but are not accessible to persons who use wheelchairs.
This website has been developed to comply as best as possible with ADA/Section 508 standards. While the City of Biddeford is committed to making its web content accessible, it recognizes that making all content accessible from its website may not always be possible or practical. If the format of any material on our website interferes with your ability to access information contained on our site, please e-mail or telephone the appropriate contact listed on the City of Biddeford’s Department Directory. The department or division will attempt to provide a copy of the requested material in either print or an alternate electronic format. To enable us to respond in a manner that will be of most help to you, please indicate the nature of the accessibility problem, your preferred format, the web address of the requested material, and your full contact information so we can reach you if questions arise while fulfilling your request.
About Portable Document Format (PDF) Files
The City of Biddeford uses Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files for many of its documents. PDF files maintain the look of the original document, and they can be viewed and printed on a variety of devices and operating systems. However, to view and print these files, you must download and install the Adobe Acrobat Reader here. Please be sure to use the most current version of this software to ensure compatibility with the PDF files on the City of Biddeford’s site.
Adobe also provides online conversion tools to help visually disabled users whose screen reader software is not compatible with the Adobe Acrobat Reader. These online tools convert PDF documents into either HTML or ASCII text, which can then be read by a number of common screen reader programs.