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The County of Humboldt on Jan. 30 named Jasmine Manuel as its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator. The ADA coordinator is a new position within the county, and Manuel is part of the Human Resources Department.
In her role, Manuel will monitor county facilities and programs to ensure public accessibility and compliance to ADA. She will supervise and participate in investigations of complaints relating to proper access, and she will advise county departments on ADA plans and accommodation of disabilities. Her other responsibilities include communicating with state and federal officials, training county personnel in ADA guidelines, laws and programs, and help the county respond to changes in relevant laws and regulations.
One of Manuel’s immediate tasks will be to join the county’s ongoing effort to comply with an agreement with the US Department of Justice regarding ADA projects. This expansive project includes addressing county facilities, policies as well as services.
“The Human Resources Department is excited to have an ADA coordinator on board who will help ensure county facilities and services are accessible,” said Director of Human Resources Dan Fulks. “Jasmine is an incredibly bright person who is dedicated to helping those with disabilities, and we look forward to what she will bring to our team.”
Manuel, a 2009 graduate of Humboldt State, worked for the California Employment Development Department where she provided intensive services to meet the employment needs of disabled veterans. She also worked for the Department of Rehabilitation, which is the largest vocational rehabilitation provider for persons with disabilities in the country. There, she helped disabled persons gain competitive integrated employment, and helped employers meet their needs.