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The United States Department of Justice (Department) initiated this matter as a compliance review of Smyth County, Virginia, (County) under title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12131-12134, and the Department's implementing regulation, 28 C.F.R. Part 35.
The review was conducted by the Disability Rights Section of the Department's Civil Rights Division and focused on the County's compliance with the following title II requirements:
As part of its compliance review, the Department reviewed the following facilities, which – because construction or alterations commenced after January 26, 1992 – must comply with the ADA's new construction or alterations requirements: Animal Shelter, Solid Waste Transfer Facility, County Office Building, and County Courthouse.
The Department's program access review covered those of the County's programs, services, and activities that operate in the following facilities: County Jail & Sheriff's Office, Riverside Community Center, Konnarock Community Center, County Health Department, and Smyth Bland Regional Library.
The Department conducted a program access review of the following polling places: Adwolfe Fire Department, Atkins Elementary School, Chilhowie Town Hall, Northwood Middle School Shop, Saltville Town Hall, Smyth Career and Technology Center, Riverside Community Center, Marion Recreation Department, Marion Senior High School, Sugar Grove Combined School Shop, and W.W. Scott Senior Citizens Center. This review was limited to the areas of the facilities used by the voting public: parking, the route from the parking area to the area used for voting, and the area used for voting. The following polling places were accessible for persons with disabilities: Marion Recreation Department, Marion Senior High School and Sugar grove Combined School Shop.
The Department reviewed the County's policies and procedures regarding voting, emergency management and disaster prevention, and sidewalk maintenance to evaluate whether persons with disabilities have an equal opportunity to utilize these programs.
Finally, the Department reviewed the County's Sheriff's Department's policies and procedures regarding providing effective communication to persons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
For the County:
CHARLES C. CLARKE, JR.
For the United States:
THOMAS E. PEREZ
JOHN L. WODATCH, Chief
Date: June 9, 2010
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