Equal Opportunities for People with Disabilities

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act

What are my rights?

You have a right to live free of discrimination based on a disability. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against please contact the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) at 206-684-4500 to discuss your options. You may be able to file a charge of discrimination that SOCR will investigate. All our services are free.


What is the Americans with Disabilities Act?

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) is a comprehensive civil rights law that Congress enacted to end discrimination against people with disabilities. It guarantees equal opportunities for people with disabilities in:

  • Employment;
  • Public accommodations;
  • Transportation;
  • State and local government services; and
  • Telecommunications.

Title II of the ADA requires the City of Seattle to provide people with disabilities an equal opportunity to access City services, programs and activities.


Title II grievance process

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Washington State Law Against Discrimination (49.60) prohibit state and local governmental agencies from discriminating against people with disabilities. In addition, the City of Seattle must provide reasonable modifications to existing policies, practices and procedures to ensure equal access to programs and services. Allowing people with disabilities to be accompanied by their service animals onto premises where animals are usually prohibited is a reasonable modification of policy and practice.

If you feel that the City of Seattle has failed to accommodate your disability or provide you with equal access to a City activity, program or service, you have a few options: