City designates American Disabilities Act Title II Coordinator
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo — The City of Colorado Springs has created a new position to address the needs and rights of our access-functional community. Americans with Disabilities Act Title II Coordinator Michael Killebrew will work with local employers, community organizations and City departments to ensure City programs, services and activities are fully accessible.
Killebrew will conduct a self-evaluation of all City programs, services and activities and update the City’s Transition Plan, ensuring the City meets or exceeds ADA Title II standards.
“Mike will be an invaluable asset to our community. His expertise will be very helpful to City staff as they increase access and usability of programs and facilities,” said Patricia Yeager, Executive Director of The Independence Center.
Killebrew, who began working for the City in March, hails from Missouri where he worked for Two Rivers Regional Council of Public Officials and a Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce initiative called “disabilityworks” in Illinois.
The goal of the Americans with Disabilities Act is to provide equal opportunity and access to people regardless of ability. Its origins can be traced to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The ADA was signed into law on July 26, 1990 by President George H. Bust. The ADA which was later updated by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 is comprised of five Titles, of which Title II pertains to local and state government services.