ADA Frequently Asked Questions

Category: Title II: State & Local Governments
Question: #23
Is a city required to modify its policies whenever requested in order to accommodate individuals with disabilities?
No. A public entity must make only "reasonable modifications" in its policies, practices, or procedures to avoid discrimination. If the public entity can demonstrate that a modification would fundamentally alter the nature of its service, program, or activity, it is not required to make the modification.

For example, where a municipal zoning ordinance requires a set-back of 12 feet from the curb in the central business district and, in order to install a ramp to the front entrance of a pharmacy, the owner requests a variance to encroach on the set-back by three feet, granting the variance may be a reasonable modification of town policy.
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Last Updated on:
Fri Jul 7, 2017