Greg Rice, Director
City of Dunedin - Disability Coordinator
Joan McHale, Program Coordinator
The Americans With Disabilities (ADA) Act of 1990 is a law that was enacted by the U. S. Congress, and was later amended with changes in 2009. The ADA is a wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits, under certain circumstances, discrimination based on disability. It affords similar protections against discrimination to Americans with disabilities as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which made discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, and other characteristics illegal. Disability is defined by the ADA as "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity."
The City of Dunedin does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, political affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation and disabled status in employment or the provision of services.
Listed below are links to various services offered to residents.
Family Network on Disabilities - An organization which serves disabilities of all age or disability, programs dedicated to education, healthcare and helping people live independently. Located in Dunedin. Executive Director Rich LaBelle is the Vice Chair of Dunedin's ADA Advisory Committee. Call (727) 523-1103. Website: www.fndusa.org.
Disability Achievement Center - An organization which serves disabilities of all age or disability. Can help with information, referral, independent living skills, advocacy, medical equipment, employment, home modification assistance. Call (727) 539-7550 or (866) 539-7550. Website: www.disabilityachievementcenter.org.
211 Tampa Bay Cares - A guide to all human services. Dial 211 from anywhere, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Website: www.211tampabay.org.
Hearing - Family Center on Deafness - Hearing tests, hearing aid service, hearing help center. Located in Largo. Call (727) 501-2323. Website: www.fcdpinellas.org.
Vision - Florida Division of Blind Services - The State's agency responsible for ensuring that people of all ages in Florida who are blind or visually impaired can live independently and achieve their goals. Call (813) 871-7190 (Serving Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties). Website: www.dbs.myflorida.com.
Vision - Lighthouse of Pinellas - Meeting the needs of the blind or visually impaired for over 50 years. Located in Largo. Call (727) 544-4433. Website: www.lighthouseofpinellas.org.
Transportation - PSTA Bus - Per the Federal Transit Act, the Disabled Special Citizen Program allows eligible individuals to ride regular PSTA bus routes for a reduced fare with a Special Citizen Photo ID Card. To obtain, contact (727) 540-1900 or download off their website at www.psta.net. Hearing impaired may call (727) 540-0603 for TDD. All buses are wheelchair accessible.
Transportation - Demand Response Transportation (DART) - PSTA provides demand response transportation services for people who, because of their disability, are unable to independently use the regular, accessible PSTA buses. Demand response service is a form of public transportation. Passengers will be required to share a ride whenever possible, as is done on the regular bus system. Call (727) 540-1800 for more information, (727) 540-0603 for TDD.
Transportation - Jolley Trolley - The North Coastal Route goes from Clearwater Beach through Dunedin up to Tarpon Springs. Riders with disabilities riders may qualify for reduced fares. All Jolley Trolleys are wheelchair accessible. Call (727) 445-1200. Website: www.clearwaterjolleytrolley.com.
Sailability Greater Tampa Bay - This Clearwater-based organization offers classes, clinics in racing regattas, and seeks volunteers to assist in their mission providing affordable, accessible, sailing activities and education to children and adults of all abilities. Call (727) 489-9468. Website: www.sailabilitygreatertampabay.org.
If we can be of any assistance to you please feel free to contact the office of the Disability Coordinator at 298-3198, or email below.