ADA Related Policy and PracticesNon-Discrimination Policy Statement
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company’s non-discrimination policy,
which was adopted and approved by the Board of Directors on December 17, 2004, remains
in effect: “Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to,
treatment of or employment in, its services, programs or activities.” While
the law mandates equal access to people with disabilities, the Company makes it
a priority to create an environment that embraces the spirit of the law
ensuring an optimal experience for all.
Implementation of ADA Policy
The board established its first ADA Committee in 1998 with
the mandate to annually review the Company’s plans for providing access, advise
the board, and respond to all ADA
related issues, such as grievances or complaints. The board reaffirmed its
commitment to this committee in 2004 by confirming the committee as a standing
committee and elected Ellen Simon, a NYS Health Board lawyer to the committee.
part of our non-discrimination policy, the Company actively seeks and
is successful in attracting artistic and administrative staff from a
variety of backgrounds and cultures. The Company is an equal
opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race,
color, national origin, disability, age or sex. The company’s
administrative office is an accessible location and can accommodate
persons with disabilities. The company also allows administrative staff
to work from home. For the dancers, the Company has rehearsal space as
a resident dance company at the Harlem School of the Arts, which is
wheelchair accessible as is the H.S.A. Theater and Gathering Space.
One: Upon receipt of a complaint, the ADA staff coordinator will meet
or speak with the complainant within 7 days of an incident to determine
the nature of the concern, discuss the issue and answer preliminary
questions. Other staff members may be included in the information
gathering process and the tone of the meeting should be positive with a
goal of meeting public need.
If an immediate action is not identified and or the complainant wishes
to lodge a formal complaint, the ADA Coordinator will request a written
description of the formal complaint to submit to the ADA Committee
within 15 days. Additional copies will be sent to Nai-Ni Chen Dance
Company’s attorney and the Board President.
description of the formal complaint must include: contact information,
a description of the complaint including when and where the person was
denied access and the citizen’s recommendation of how the issue can be
The ADA Coordinator calls a meeting of the ADA Advisory Committee to
occur within 15 days of receiving the description of the formal
complaint. The citizen will present his or her position to the
committee for discussion. The committee will make recommendations to
resolve including whom will be assigned to follow through on the
recommendation and the timeline for implementation, the complaint and
vote on the recommendation.
of the ADA Advisory Committee in preparing their recommendations and
findings are: is the complaint valid, why was access denied, is this a
condition that is standard or unusual to the situation, is a new policy
warranted, what are the possible alternatives, what are the mitigating
factors, what is to be done to assure access in the future and who will
recommendations will be presented to the Board of Directors under the
signature of the Complainant and the members of the ADA Advisory
Committee present at the meeting.
At the next scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors, the
recommendations of the ADA Committee are presented and a vote is taken
to accept the findings and implement the recommendations.
the event a problem arises, or the Board of Directors deems the
solution unacceptable, the citizen will be notified and the ADA
Advisory Committee reconvened until a recommended solution is found.
The recommended solution is implemented and evaluated by the ADA Advisory Committee.