NON DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission (RVARC) and the Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization (RVTPO) gives public notice of its policy to assure full compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and all related statutes.  Title VI requires that no person in the United States of America shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity for which the RVARC and the RVTPO receives Federal financial assistance.

Please choose the link below or contact the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission to request a copy of the Commission’s Title VI program.

Any person who believes that he or she has, individually, or as a member of any specific class of persons, been excluded from the participation in, been denied the benefits of, or been otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity for which the RVARC and the RVTPO provides assistance, and believes the discrimination is based upon race, color, national origin, gender, age, economic status or limited English proficiency has the right to file a formal complaint.

If a complaint addresses a particular service provider, the complaint should be lodged with that provider.   A complaint must be submitted within 180 days of the alleged discriminatory act.  Complaints may also be filed with the US Federal Transit Administration.  If a complaint addresses the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), you may file the complaint through email via the link below , by phone or in writing.

For complainants who may be unable to file a written complaint, verbal information will be accepted by the (your agency name, phone number, and email address) as well as by the individual service providers.

To submit a formal complaint or to request additional information on Title VI obligations, contact the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission, Jeremy Holmes, Title VI Coordinator, P.O. Box 2569, Roanoke, VA  24010, 540-343-4417, jholmes@rvarc.org.  You may click below for an electronic copy of the Title VI Complaint Form.

RVARC/RVTPO Title VI Plan (Adopted 12/10/15)

DRPT Discrimination Complaint Procedures

Title VI Complaint Form

 

NOTICE UNDER THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany-Regional Commission (RVARC) and the Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization (RVTPO) will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs or activities.

Employment:  The RVARC and the RVTPO does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with all regulations promulgated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under Title I of the ADA.

Effective Communication:  The RVARC and the RVTPO will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) programs, services and activities, including qualified sign language interpreters, documents in Braille, and other ways of making information and communications accessible to people who have speech, hearing or vision impairments.

Modifications to Policies and Procedures:  The RVARC and the RVTPO will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of its programs, services and activities.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a RVARC and/or RVTPO program, service or activity, should submit a Request for Accommodations form to the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission ADA Coordinator Bryan Hill, as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.  To submit the form, or for more information and/or assistance in completing the form, please contact the ADA Coordinator, Bryan Hill, P.O. Box 2569, Roanoke, VA 24010, (540) 343-4417 voice, 711 (Telecommunications Relay Service), (540) 343-4416 fax, bhill@rvarc.org. Please keep a copy of the completed form for your records and future reference.

The ADA does not require the RVARC or the RVTPO to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose any undue financial or administrative burden.

Complaints that a RVARC and RVTPO program, service or activity is not accessible to persons with disabilities should be directed to Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission ADA Coordinator Bryan Hill, 540-343-4417, 711, bhill@rvarc.org.

The RVARC and the RVTPO will not place a surcharge on a particular individual with a disability or any group of individuals with disabilities to cover the cost of providing auxiliary aids/services or reasonable modifications of policy.

DRPT’s ADA Grievance Procedure

 

ROANOKE VALLEY-ALLEGHANY REGIONAL COMMISSION/
ROANOKE VALLEY TRANSPORTATION PLANNING ORGANIZATION
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE UNDER THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

In addition to the above Notice, the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission and the Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization have established a Grievance Procedure to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).

For more information, refer to the Grievance Procedure or contact ADA Coordinator Bryan Hill, 540-343-4417, bhill@rvarc.org.

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