Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Reasonable Accommodations
The ADA is a civil rights law that protects people with different types of disabilities from discrimination in all aspects of social life. More specifically, Title II of the ADA requires that all programs offered through the state and local government such as the City and County of San Francisco must be accessible and usable to people with disabilities. The ADA and City policy require that people with disabilities have equal access to all City services, activities, and benefits. People with disabilities must have an equal opportunity to participate in the programs and services offered through the City and County of San Francisco. If you believe your rights under the ADA are violated, contact the ADA Coordinator.
Ordinance 90-10 added Section 2A.22.3 to the Administrative Code, which adopted a Citywide Americans with Disabilities Act Reasonable Modification Policy that requires City departments to: (1) provide notice to the public of the right to request reasonable modification; (2) respond promptly to such requests; (3) provide appropriate auxiliary aids and services to people with disabilities to ensure effective communication; and (4) train staff to respond to requests from the public for reasonable modification, and that requires the Mayor's Office on Disability to provide technical assistance to City departments responding to requests from the public for reasonable modifications.
The Board of Supervisors and Office of the Clerk of the Board support the Mayor’s Office on Disability to help make San Francisco a city where all people enjoy equal rights, equal opportunity, and freedom from illegal discrimination under disability rights laws.
Meetings are real-time captioned and are cablecast open-captioned on SFGovTV, via livestream (www.sfgovtv.org), or Government Channel(s) 26, 28, 78, or 99, depending on your provider. Board and Committee meeting agendas and minutes are available on the Board’s website (www.sfbos.org) and adhere to web development guidelines based upon the Federal Access Board’s Section 508 Guidelines. To request sign language interpreters, readers, large print agendas or other accommodations, please contact (415) 554-5184 or (415) 554-5227 (TTY). Requests made at least 2 business days in advance of the meeting will help to ensure availability. If further assistance is needed, please contact Wilson Ng, ADA Coordinator, at Wilson.L.Ng@sfgov.org.
Members of the public can watch and participate in Board and Committee proceedings by attending in-person, or by watching on SFGovTV.
Meeting access information is posted on each agenda, the Board’s website, and published in legal advertisements.
Board of Supervisors’ Rules of Order 1.3.3 does not permit remote public comment by members of the public at meetings of the Board and its committees, except as legally required to enable people with disabilities to participate in such meetings. If you require remote access as a means of reasonable accommodation under ADA, please contact the Office of the Clerk of the Board to request remote access, including a description of the functional limitation(s) that precludes your ability to attend in person.