Americans with Disabilities Act

Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are civil rights statutes that prohibits discrimination against people who have disabilities. While the ADA has broader application, applying to all public entities, Section 504  applies only to employers and organizations that receive financial assistance from any Federal department or agency.  In accordance with these laws, Millcreek Township will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities. Millcreek Township shall make reasonable modifications in policies, practices, procedures, or programs when necessary to avoid discrimination on the basis of disability or to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of the Township's programs, services, and activities. The ADA, however, does not require the Township to take any action or make any modification that would result in a fundamental alteration in the nature of the service, program, or activity or in undue financial or administrative burdens. The Township will not place surcharges on any particular individual or group of individuals with disabilities to cover the cost involved in making programs accessible or providing auxiliary aids/services or reasonable modifications of policy. 

Helpful Resources

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a modification of policies in a program, service, or activity of Millcreek Township should email Sheryl A. Williams or call at 814-833-1111, ext. 314. Requests should be made as soon as possible but at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled event.

ADA/Section 504 Notice

Millcreek Township has adopted and published a Notice Under The Americans With Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (PDF) to make available to applicants, participants, beneficiaries, and other interested persons information regarding the provisions of the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act and their applicability to the services, programs, or activities of the Township, and make such information available to them in such manner as the Township finds necessary to apprise such persons of the protections against discrimination assured them by the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act. 

ADA/Section 504 Coordinator & Grievance Procedure

In accordance with the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act, Millcreek Township has designated the Secretary, Sheryl A. Williams, as the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator to coordinate the Township's efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act. 

Millcreek has also adopted an ADA/Section 504 Grievance Procedure (PDF) that may be used by anyone who wishes to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of services, activities, programs, or benefits by Millcreek Township. 

Transition Plan

Following an initial publication and public comment period, Millcreek Township adopted a Transition Plan in accordance with the ADA and Rehabilitation Act.

This Grievance Procedure is established to meet the requirements of the American's with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA") and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  It may be used by anyone who wishes to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of services, activities, programs, or benefits by the Millcreek Township. 

The complaint should be in writing and contain information about the alleged discrimination such as name, address, phone number of complainant and location, date, and description of the problem and the remedy or relief sought.  Alternative means of filing complaints, such as personal interviews or a tape recording of the complaint, will be made available for persons with disabilities upon request.

The complaint should be submitted by the grievant and/or his/her designee as soon as possible but no later than 60 calendar days after the alleged violation to:

Sheryl A. Williams
 Township Secretary, ADA/Section 504 Coordinator
3608 West 26th Street, Erie, PA 16506

Within 30 calendar days after receipt of the complaint, Sheryl A. Williams or her designee will investigate the complaint, including a meeting with the complainant to discuss the complaint and the possible resolutions.  Within 15 calendar days of the meeting, Sheryl A. Williams or her designee will respond in writing, and where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant, such as large print, Braille, or audio tape.  The response will explain the position of the Millcreek Township and offer options for substantive resolution of the complaint.

If the response by Sheryl A. Williams or her designee does not satisfactorily resolve the issue, the complainant and/or his/her designee may appeal the decision within 30 calendar days after receipt of the response to the Board of Supervisors or their designee.  The appeal shall be in writing and filed with the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, 3608 West 26th Street, Erie, PA 16506.  The appeal must contain a statement of the reasons why the complainant is dissatisfied with the written decision, and must be signed by the complainant or by someone authorized to sign for the complainant.

Within 30 calendar days after receipt of the appeal, the Board of Supervisors or their designee will review the appeal, make a final determination, and respond in writing, and, where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant, with a final resolution of the complaint.

All written complaints received by  Sheryl A. Williams or her designee, appeals to the Board of Supervisors or their  designee, and responses from these two offices will be retained by  Millcreek Township for at least three years.