On July 26, 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The act set a clear and comprehensive national mandate to ensure equity and access to employment, public accommodation, transportation and more for individuals with disabilities.
At the City of Bellevue, we see our diversity as our strength and recognize the importance of the disability community in innovation and entrepreneurship, economic impact of consumer spending, and in the unique skills and diverse perspectives those living with disabilities offer the workforce.
As a way to celebrate 30 years of progress in access & inclusion through the ADA, below are key ways (among many others) each department at the City of Bellevue recognizes and supports the disability community in our services and actions, both in line with as well as above and beyond the mandate of the ADA.
City Manager's Office
The City Manager’s Office at the City of Bellevue is a leadership center for the city, where managers implement policies and oversee all city operations in line with Bellevue’s vision and priorities.
A key part of the city vision is to provide inclusive and accessible services to all who live, work and play in Bellevue. The City Manager’s Office also oversees the Diversity Advantage Initiative team, which includes an ADA & Title VI Administrator.
The City Manager’s Office mission is to connect the organization with the City Council and Bellevue's diverse community. We lead the delivery of exceptional public service, with a commitment to equity, inclusion and core values.
From Compliance to Equity and Back Again
Captioning for All
Keep it Powered
City Attorney's Office
Our mission is to protect lives and property and to preserve and enhance the quality of life of the public by delivering effective and high-quality advice, litigation, prosecution, and risk management services that further the City's policies and programs.
Prosecutors Promote Access
Language Access is Critical
Disability is Diversity
City Clerk’s Office
Our mission is to facilitate accessible, open and transparent government through communication, information sharing and participation by citizens in municipal government, while providing a necessary link between the legislative and administrative functions of the city.
Tech Provides Access
Microphones for All
Our mission is to secure Bellevue’s future as a livable, inspiring, vibrant and equitable community by working collaboratively to create excellent physical spaces, build a robust creative economy, and empower our vibrant, diverse neighborhoods.
Tree Tours Add Access
All Communities are Welcome
Our mission is to protect the quality of public and private infrastructure, the safety and integrity of the built and natural environment, and the livability of the city while facilitating appropriate and timely development.
Formatting Goes Online
Digital Advancements Increase Access
Universal Design at City Hall
Finance & Asset Management
Our mission is to work together to build a better, stronger future through management of the city's finances and various physical assets, ensuring effective use of Bellevue's financial and physical resources.
Let’s Meet up
Communication During COVID
More than Just Finance
Our mission is to assist the public in the protection of life and property by minimizing the impact of fire, medical emergencies, and potential disasters or uncontrolled events.
Our Office of Emergency Management works to empower city employees, the public and regional stakeholders to prepare for, mitigate, prevent, respond to and recover from disasters.
Stay Safe: Shelter in Place
Partnerships Increase Access
Firefighters in the Know
Our mission as a strategic partner is to provide outstanding customer service and stewardship of resources in attracting and retaining a high-performance, diverse, workforce in support of the changing needs of the organization.
Leadership in Employment
Disability Equity in Employment
Disability Allyship for Employees
Our mission is to deliver diverse digital services to Bellevue residents and internal departments in support of the city’s vision to provide inclusive and accessible services to all who live, work and play in Bellevue.
For the past four years, the city has placed in the top five of the Digital Cities Survey, highlighting our collaborative smart cities efforts, digital communications, increased accessibility efforts and effective regional partnerships.
Find your way, Bellevue
Accessibility on the Web
Universal Design is All the Rage
Parks & Community Services
Our mission is to build a healthy community through an integrated system of exceptional parks, natural areas, recreation, arts and culture, and a broad base of community services.
Recreation for All
Challenge Course Access Upgrades
Accessibility at Play
Our mission is to provide a safe place to live, work and visit through quality law enforcement practices delivered by dedicated professionals.
We focus our efforts on reducing crime, reducing the fear of crime, and enhancing the quality of life for all who call Bellevue home by delivering the highest standard of police services to the public through partnering with the community, embracing diversity, building trust and embodying transparency.
Police Training Promotes Inclusion
Resources Officers in the Know
Police Partners for Access
Our mission is to provide a safe and efficient transportation system that supports livable neighborhoods and a vital economy in partnership with our diverse community.
Accessible Signaling Spreads
You Ask We Answer
Transportation is Here for You!
Our mission is to deliver high quality, reliable drinking water, wastewater, storm and surface water, and solid waste services in a manner that is environmentally responsible and cost-competitive.
Utilities Promotes Access
From Outdated to Updated
What a Relief!
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