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City of Long Beach Celebrates
Disability History in America!

Have you ever heard of the Gang of 19? Or the Capital Crawl? Did you know that Ugly Laws existed in many cities, the last not being repealed until 1974, that essentially made it illegal for people with certain disabilities to show themselves in public? Have you ever heard of Judy Heumann or the Section 504 Sit-in? Ed Roberts and the Independent Living Movement? Have you ever thought about how all of these events and hundreds of others like it big and small led to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990?

On October 7th, the Citizen's Advisory Commission on Disabilities held a virtual celebration of the historic contributions of America's Disability Community, exploring some of the people and events that helped shaped the disability movement and the narrative of our American story.

Please take some time to visit this link and learn some of this history.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

RAMPSThe Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 provides a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities, and to bring persons with disabilities into the economic and social mainstream of American life.

The City of Long Beach is committed to complying with both the intent and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The City of Long Beach does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services, or activities. Heather Van Wijk, Citywide Accessibility Coordinator, has been designated to coordinate and carry out the City's compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Some of our efforts and resources to better provide accessibility in the City include:



Citizens Advisory Commission on Disabilities (CACOD)

      • The City of Long Beach has a committee made up of citizens and representatives from public and private agencies. CACOD engages in various activities to service anyone who has a physical or mental impairment. Please click on the link above for more information on CACOD.

Additional Accessibility and Disability Resources

Reasonable Modification

In accordance with Title II of the ADA, the City of Long Beach provides reasonable modification to its policies, practices and procedures so that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to access City programs, services and activities.

When requesting a reasonable modification, an individual with a disability is not required to provide medical documentation or a diagnosis to justify the request, but must be able to explain how the disability is related to the requested modification.

Examples of a reasonable modification:

  • Modifying a “no pet” policy to allow a service animal in a City facility.
  • Providing American Sign Language interpreting for a City-sponsored meeting.
  • Allowing a person using an electric wheelchair or other mobility device to access areas where electric vehicles are banned.
  • Assisting someone with a cognitive disability in understanding and filling out a form.

The City is not required to take an action to comply with the ADA if it would result in a fundamental alteration in the nature of a service, program, or activity, or the action would result in undue financial and administrative burdens.

If you would like to request a reasonable modification or have any other questions or concerns regarding Title II accessibility for people with disabilities in the City of Long Beach, please contact Citywide Accessibility Coordinator Heather Van Wijk by email heather.vanwijk@longbeach.gov or by calling (562) 570-6257 or TTY (562) 570-2279.

Upon request, American Sign Language Interpreters and materials in alternative formats are available to the public for City-sponsored meeting and events. All requests should be made at least three working days (72 hours) in advance of the event or meeting date.