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Diversity and ADA Affairs

Our Commitment to Diversity and Equal Access

The Washington State Department of Transportation is committed to fostering a diverse workplace that represents the communities it serves.  Toward this end, the ADA and Diversity Affairs Unit within the Office of Human Resources supports this commitment through:

  • Developing and implementing the agency’s Affirmative Action and ADA/504 Transition plans as required by federal and state law and in accordance with agency policy.
  • Building of partnerships at all levels of WSDOT to promote and increase diversity awareness, equal opportunity and accessibility for people with disabilities with respect to employment and access to public accommodations.
  • Identifying opportunities to increase and enhance a diverse workforce through the development and execution of innovative and contemporary retention and recruitment strategies.
  • Providing programming aimed at increasing diversity awareness across all of WSDOT.
  • Encouraging agency dialogue and accountability for WSDOT’s diversity programs through the use of internal advisory groups and public stakeholder outreach efforts.

WSDOT is committed to equal opportunity and Affirmative Action as well as providing a workplace which is free of discrimination and sexual harassment. To learn more, view Executive Order 1014.04 as well as the Secretary of Transportation’s Commitment to Affirmative Action .


ADA and Accessibility

WSDOT is committed to providing equal access to its facilities, programs and services for persons with disabilities.  View Executive Order 1069.01 for details.

 
View the brochure (pdf 960 kb)


How to Request a Public Accommodation

As a member of the public, you may request reasonable accommodation to access WSDOT programs, services or activities. Requests may include but are not limited to:

  • Printed materials in alternative formats
  • Sign language interpreters
  • Assisted listening devices
  • Web site accessibility/PDF document conversion
  • Public facility accessibility
  • Ferry passenger access

To make a request, fill out the Public Request for Reasonable Accommodation form (pdf 28 kb) or email the WSDOT ADA Compliance Team or call toll-free at 855-362-4ADA(232).


Reasonable Accommodation and Employment

WSDOT will not deny employment opportunities to an otherwise qualified individual with a disability because that individual requires reasonable accommodations to facilitate or continue employment, unless the accommodations would impose an undue hardship on the department. To learn more about WSDOT’s commitment to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities, please contact Sascha Sprinkle, ADA Accessibility Coordinator, at 206-515-3437 or Heidi Mabbott, Diversity Coordinator, at 360-705-7074.


ADA Design and Technical Assistance

The Roadside and Site Development section is part of the WSDOT Design Office and provides:

  • Leadership in project development, policy, research, training, and analysis
  • Technical expertise for effective roadside management
  • Assistance with fulfilling the legal requirements of the ADA
  • Project delivery that integrates ADA requirements into WSDOT facilities

In addition, WSDOT Highways and Local Programs Division, Community Planning and Development section includes online tools and links designed to assist local agencies with their ADA compliance activities.


WSDOT ADA Transition Plan

Comprehensive ADA Transition Plan Update (pdf, 180 kb) (txt, 51 kb)

Disability Etiquette

Learn to interact more effectively with people who have disabilities. View our guide to disability etiquette and respectful language (pdf, 77 kb) (txt, 8 kb) .


Discrimination Complaints and Grievances

Employees who believe they, or another WSDOT employee, have been subjected to sexual harassment or discrimination in the workplace, are encouraged to contact Brenda Reagan, the Internal Equal Employment Opportunity Manager at 360-705-7807.
 
Any individual, group or entity that believes they have been subjected to discrimination based on disability with regard to any WSDOT activity, facility, program, or service are encouraged to consult the WSDOT External ADA Grievance Procedures (pdf 71 kb) or contact the WSDOT ADA Compliance Team to file a complaint. 

Policies and Regulations

WAC 357-25
RCW 41.06.150
RCW 49.60
Governor’s Executive Order 93-07
Title VI
Title VII
23 CFR pt. 230 (c)
FTA Circular 4704.1


Related Links

Washington State Human Rights Commission
U.S. Department of Transportation Civil Rights
Federal Highway Administration Office of Civil Rights
Federal Transit Administration
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Bureau of Labor Statistics


Contact Us

Contact  WSDOT's Diversity and ADA Affairs team.

Persons who are hard of hearing may call Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service (TTY) at 711.
 
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