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Accommodations Policy

(For information on finding COG publications, click here).

It is COG's policy to provide equal access for individuals with disabilities and those with limited English skills to programs, meetings, publications, and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided by the Council of Governments upon request with reasonable advance notice. Reasonable accommodations may include translation services, modifications or adjustments to a program, publication or activity to enable an individual with a disability or someone who does not speak English to participate. Examples include:

  • Providing sign language interpreters or other language translation services. COG will make reasonable efforts to accommodate requests. This assumes COG is given adequate time to secure those services and services in a particular language are available within the requested time period;
  • Providing meeting materials in alternative formats (such as translated materials in languages other than English, large print or electronic copies);
  • Providing tables that are suitable for people using electric wheelchairs;
  • Alerting security staff that persons with disabilities will need assistance to the meeting room;
  • Alerting COG garage attendants that a person with a disability will need accessible parking spaces;
  • Offering individuals the ability to participate in meetings through conference calls and other accommodations, as necessary.

Meetings and Events
Translation services in sign language and languages other than English are available upon request with reasonable advance notice for meetings that are open to the public. Other accommodations, such as special seating requirements, can also be arranged. Please allow up to seven (7) business days to process your request. COG will make reasonable efforts to accommodate requests. This assumes COG is given adequate time to secure those services and services in a particular language are available with the requested time period.

Publications
Most publications are available on the website. For information on locating reports, meeting agendas, presentations, and other documents, click here. Alternative formats of publications, including translated documents, are also available upon request. Please allow up to seven (7) business days to process your request.

Advance Notice Requested for Interpreting or CART Services
An individual needing a sign language interpreter, translator or Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) service to participate in a meeting or event should request the interpreter service at least seven (7) days in advance of the event. If the event is more than 12 interpreting hours, such as a two day conference, COG asks that the request be made 14 days in advance. Late requests will be handled based upon the availability of service(s).

To make a request:
Phone: 202-962-3300
TDD: 202-962-3213
Email: Office of Public Affairs

We welcome comments on how to improve accessibility for users with disabilities. Please email us with suggestions.

Finding Alternative Formats of COG Publications

Publications can be found on the COG website in a variety of ways:

By Committee
If you are looking for an agenda, report, letter, presentation, or other document from one of COG’s committees, you can start by looking at the Committee Business Page. Major committees or boards include the COG Board of Directors, the Transportation Planning Board (under Transportation) and the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee (under Environment). Once you find the committee or group you are looking for, click on the link to be taken directly to the committee page.

If you are looking for a document that is part of an upcoming meeting, click on the “Documents” tab at the top of the page. If you are looking for a document that was part of a previous meeting, click on the “Past Documents” tab at the top of the page. Documents are listed chronologically according to the meeting they were part of. Documents can also be grouped by type, such as agendas and presentations, by selecting “document type” in the drop down menu.

By Name
Go to the Information and Publications page and click “View all publications in alphabetical order.”

By Date
Go to the Information and Publications page and click on “View all publications in chronological order.”

By Search Engine
Visit the COG homepage and type key words into the Google tab to search the entire COG website.

For additional assistance in finding specific publications, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 202-962-3200.


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