Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission

Civil Rights

TITLE VI – NOTIFYING THE PUBLIC OF RIGHTS UNDER TITLE VI

“Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq., and its implementing regulations provide that no person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity that receives federal assistance”.

“Titulo VI dela Ley de Derechos Oiviles de 1964, 42 U.S,C. 2000d y ss., y su reglamentaciones implementadas establecen que ninguna persona en los Estados Unidos sera, por motivos de raza, color o origen nacional, excluida de participar en, negado los beneficios de, o de otra manera sujeto a”.

The Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, or national origin in accordance with the Title VI Act of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Therefore, the NWARPC does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, age, national origin, religion or disability, in the admission, access to and treatment in NWARPC’s programs and activities, as well as the NWARPC’s hiring or employment practices.  Any person or group who feels that he or she, individually, or as a member of any class of persons, on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, religion, or low-income status has been unfairly deprived of benefit, or unduly burdened by the transportation planning process, or denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination caused by the MPO may file a written complaint with the ADA/504/Title VI Coordinator.

For information on the NWARPC Civil Rights program, or the procedure to file a Title VI complaint, contact the Celia Scott-Silkwood, AICP, Regional Planner – EEO/DBE (ADA/504/Title VI Coordinator), 1311 Clayton, Springdale, AR 72762, (479-751-7125, (Voice/TTY 7-1-1 or 1-800-285-1131, Para llamadas en espanol, marques el 866-656-1842; papr llamadas en ingles, marque el 711 o directamente al 800-285-1131) or the following email address: cscott-silkwood@nwarpc.org.  Si necesita informacion en otro idioma, comuniquese con 479-751-7125.

If information is needed in another language, contact 479-751-7125.  Language assistance is available Free of Charge to all persons. AVISO DE DISPONIBLE IDIOMA SERVICIO A LAS PERSONAS LEP: Ayuda con el idioma está disponible de forma gratuita a todas las personas.

Your Civil Rights:

Title VI, 42 U.S.C. §2000d et seq., was enacted as part of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. It is the full intent of the NWARPC MPO to operate its programs without regards to race, color, and national origin.

Two Executive Orders define populations that are protected under Title VI:

  • Executive Order 12898 is concerned with environmental justice for minority and low-income populations.
  • Executive Order 13166 is concerned with providing equal access to services and benefits for individuals with limited English proficiency.
  • Guidance for the NWARPC’s Title VI program can be found in the FTA Circular 4702.1B, dated October 1, 2012.

The NWARPC MPO is committed to preventing discrimination as defined in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. The Title VI program outlines the procedures in place that help guide the NWARPC MPO in preventing such discrimination. The NWARPC Title VI Program provides information on the various processes which are in place as well as an analysis of the populations and programs impacted by Title VI requirements.

For information on the NWARPC Civil Rights program, or the procedure to file a Title VI complaint or general complaint, contact the Celia Scott-Silkwood, AICP, Regional Planner – EEO/DBE (ADA/504/Title VI Coordinator), 1311 Clayton, Springdale, AR 72762, (479-751-7125, (Voice/TTY 7-1-1 or 1-800-285-1131) or the following email address: cscott-silkwood@nwarpc.org. If information is needed in another language, contact 479-751-7125. Si necesita informacion en otro idioma, comuniquese con 479-751-7125.

LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY

The Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission Limited English Proficiency Plan is found here.

  • NOTICE OF AVAILABLE LANGUAGE SERVICE TO LEP PERSONS: Language assistance is available FREE OF CHARGE to all persons.
  • AVISO DE DISPONIBLE IDIOMA SERVICIO A LAS PERSONAS LEP: Ayuda con el idioma está disponible de forma gratuita a todas las personas.

NWARPC COMPLAINT PROCEDURE AND COMPLAINT FORM

NWARPC has established a process for investigating and resolving complaints discrimination related to MPO services, programs and its office. NWARPC’s ADA/504/Title VI Coordinator is responsible for overseeing investigations and responses to complaints of discrimination based on disability. Please see the following complaint procedures and forms for Title VI, ADA, 504, and general public complaints:

 

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT and SECTION 504

As a recipient of federal funding, NWARPC must comply with a variety of federal and state legislative regulations. Regarding matters of discrimination, NWARPC falls under two federal laws, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (herein after ADA/504). These statutes prohibit public agencies from discriminating against persons with disabilities by excluding them from services, programs, or activities. In particular, The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by public entities. Title I prohibits employment discrimination. Title II of ADA applies specifically to all activities of state and local governments, including MPOs, and requires that government entities give people with disabilities equal opportunity to benefit from all of the programs, services and activities that may be offered. The Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disabilities in programs conducted by federal agencies, in programs receiving federal financial assistance, in federal employment and in the employment practices of federal contractors.

Section 504 states that “no qualified individual with a disability in the United States shall be excluded from, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under” any program or activity that receives federal financial assistance. In general, 504 regulations include reasonable accommodation for employees with disabilities, program accessibility, and effective communication to people with impaired vision and hearing. Please see the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission Self Evaluation and Transition Plan for more information on how NWARPC adheres to ADA/504. The Self Evaluation and Transition Plan document can be found here.

STATEMENT OF NONDISCRIMINATION

The Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission (NWARPC) complies with all civil rights provisions of federal statues and related authorities that prohibit discrimination in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.  Therefore, the NWARPC does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, age, national origin, religion or disability, in the admission, access to and treatment in NWARPC’s programs and activities, as well as the NWARPC’s hiring or employment practices.  Complaints of alleged discrimination and inquiries regarding the NWARPC’s nondiscrimination policies may be directed to Celia Scott-Silkwood, AICP, Regional Planner – EEO/DBE (ADA/504/Title VI Coordinator), 1311 Clayton, Springdale, AR 72762, (479) 751-7125, (Voice/TTY 7-1-1 or 1-800-285-1131; Para llamadas en espanol, marques el 866-656-1842; papr llamadas en ingles, marque el 711 o directamente al 800-285-1131) or the following email address: cscott-silkwood@nwarpc.org. This notice is available from the ADA/504/Title VI Coordinator in large print, on audiotape and in Braille.  If information is needed in another language, contact the Coordinator. Si necesita informacion en otro idioma, comuniqese Celia Scott-Silkwood, cscott-silkwood@nwarpc.org.