Objective of an Accessible Recreation Program:
To provide enjoyable recreational experiences to all participants through inclusive programming, accessible facility design and provision of accommodations.
The City of Coral Gables, Community Recreation Accessible Recreation Program is a three-tier initiative designed to identify and meet the recreational needs of underserved populations within the community.
Through the implementation of the Accessible Recreation Program, the Department seeks to provide accessible, inclusive and well-rounded recreational programs at all of its locations: Youth Center, Venetian Pool, Biltmore & Salvadore Tennis Centers & Granada Golf.
The Special Populations Coordinator’s objective is to work with patrons to make recreational experiences fun, meaningful, beneficial, and accessible through inclusion initiatives, individual accommodations, and specialized programming. The Coordinator reports to the Administrative Division of the Community Recreation Department, and is assisted by two Special Populations Counselors with the objective of providing group assistance as well as one-on-one assistance to participants.
Tier One: Inclusion
This phase will provide immediate training and support to maximize inclusion opportunities for participants in existing City recreation programs. It will develop and implement procedures to efficiently identify and meet the needs of incoming and existing program participants through accessibility, accommodations, training, and support.
Tier Two: Adaptive Programming and Events
This phase will establish new programs and events specifically designed to meet the unique needs of special population groups within recreation.
Tier Three: Transition Support
This phase will introduce programs through external partnerships, to support young adults with disabilities to transition from recreation youth programs into volunteer positions to promote self-determination and provide valuable work experience.
CITY OF CORAL GABLES DISABILITY NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY
The City of Coral Gables welcomes individuals with disabilities (residents and visitors). The City is committed to complying with the Americans With Disabilities Act (“ADA”), the Florida Civil Rights Act and related laws. It is the City’s policy that an individual shall not be excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of the City’s services, programs and activities because of that individual’s disability, or otherwise be discriminated against on the basis of disability
The City will provide reasonable accommodations to an individual with a disability, unless doing so would fundamentally alter the nature of the City’s service, program or activity, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden on the City. The review process for determining a potential reasonable accommodation is intended to be an individualized, flexible and interactive process and will involve discussions between the City and the individual requesting the accommodation.
Procedure to Request A Reasonable Modification
An individual with a disability who believes that he/she needs a reasonable accommodation should submit a completed “Reasonable Accommodation Request Form” to the City as indicated below. An individual may also make a verbal request for accommodation. In that circumstance, the City may request that the individual complete the “Accommodation Request Form” to provide the City with the information relevant to the individual’s request.
Reasonable Accommodation Request form - ENGLISH
Reasonable Accommodation Request form - SPANISH
The City asks that an individual submit an accommodation request at least seven (7) days in advance, unless a shorter time period is necessitated by the circumstances. However, the City may need more than seven (7) days to determine and make arrangements for a reasonable accommodation due to the nature of the request or the availability of appropriate outside vendors and resources (if applicable).
For additional information contact 305-460-5344 or via email at ADA@coralgables.com