Services Information for People with Disabilities
Louisiana State Capitol

The Louisiana State Capitol supports the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In compliance therewith, this information has been compiled to
apprise employees and the public of the availability and location of appropriate
auxiliary aids and disability services upon request.

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Table of Contents

ADA Overview and Requirements Audio for this section
Procedure for Requesting Services* Audio for this section
Services for People with Visual Impairments Audio for this section
Services for People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Audio for this section
Services for People with Mobility Impairments Audio for this section
Other Disability Services Audio for this section
Helpful Information* Audio for this section
ADA Coordinator*

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Grievance Procedure* Audio for this section
Map of the Capitol*  
*Copies of these pages are available to the public by mail or at the Visitor Information Desk on the first floor of the Capitol.
 

ADA Overview and Requirements 

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. Title II of the ADA covers all activities of state government, requiring that state government programs, services, and activities be provided to and accessible by individuals with disabilities. As part of state government, the Louisiana State Capitol is required to provide an equal opportunity to persons with disabilities in an integrated setting, unless separate or different measures are necessary to ensure equal opportunity. Thus, the services described in this manual have been formulated to achieve the most integrated setting possible.
  • Listed herein are the various types of auxiliary aids and services provided by the Capitol. When an auxiliary aid or service is requested, primary consideration will be given to the type of aid or service requested by an individual. Some services require advance notice. To make a request for services, please refer to "Procedure for Requesting Disability Services."
 

Procedure for Requesting Services

  • Requests for disability services information or requests for any service listed in this manual may be made by telephone or at the Capitol. The following is a list of locations that can be accessed to request any service listed in this manual.

Visitor Information Desk 
(225) 342-7317

House of Representatives, Clerk's Office
(225) 342-7259

Senate Secretary's Office
Lil Luddy
(225) 342-5997

TTY Information Line
(225) 219-4688 in Baton Rouge
(888) 850-6489 statewide

Internet access: www.legis.la.gov

 

Request Services via Electronic Services Request Form

  • If an aid or service is desired at the State Capitol which is not listed in this manual or if any information is desired regarding services at the State Capitol, please contact the ADA Coordinator at (225) 342-0367or for TTY, (225) 219-4688 in Baton Rouge or (888) 850-6489 statewide.
  • For general inquiries regarding state disability services, please contact the Disability Information Access Line at (225) 342-7700 or (800) 922-3425, or visit the web page for the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council at http://www.laddc.org.

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Map of the Capitol

Map of the Capitol

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Services for People with Visual Impairments

  • Braille Printer

Braille printed documents and bill drafts are available at the Capitol both in Grade 1, which is letter for letter printing, and Grade 2, which uses contractions for letters often used together.

Requests for Braille printed materials should be made 48 hours in advance and should specify the grade desired. Requests for lengthy materials may require additional time.

The cost of Braille printed materials is 25 cents for two pages of Braille. If the bill is mailed, a minimum postage charge of $1.50 will be added.

  • Large Type Printers

Written materials and bill drafts are available in large type print. Standard large print is 18 point. Requests for large type print should be made 48 hours in advance. The cost of large type materials is 25 cents per page. Faxing is $1.00 per page, and there is a $1.50 minimum postage charge on any bills mailed.

  • Telephone Bill Status Information

Bill Status information is available by telephone at the Capitol by calling any of the following numbers: (225)342-2456 or (225)342-0769 in Baton Rouge or (800)256-3793 or (800)868-3178 statewide.

  • Elevator with Braille Designations

Inquire at the Visitor Information Desk.

  • Phones with Braille Designated Numbers

Inquire at the Visitor Information Desk.

  • Tour Guides

A Tour Guide can be requested at the Visitor Information Desk.

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Services for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing

 

  • Sign Language Interpreters

Sign language interpreters are available for programs and proceedings at the Capitol, including but not limited to committee meetings and floor proceedings. Interpreters are also available to accompany tour guides for tours of the Capitol.

There are different types of interpreters, and the Capitol will provide the type requested by the person who is deaf or hard of hearing.

Requests for interpreters should be made 48 hours in advance and should specify the type of interpreter desired. Every attempt will be made to accommodate requests made with shorter notice.

 

  • Assisted Listening Devices

Portable infrared receivers with headphones are available for use in the House and Senate committee rooms and in the House and Senate Chambers.

Requests for use of an assisted listening device should be made 1 hour in advance for committee rooms, and headphones will be distributed in the committee room. No advance notice is required for Chamber proceedings. Headphones for Chamber proceedings are available from the Sergeant at Arms Desk.

 

  • TTY Hotline

The Capitol provides TTY hotlines for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. The phone numbers are (225)219-4688 in Baton Rouge or (888)850-6489 statewide. The numbers connect directly to the PULS line. PULS line staff have been trained to answer calls regarding bill status information as well as disability service information.

 

  • TTY Pay Phones

The Capitol is equipped with TTY pay phones. Review the Map of the Capitol for specific locations.

 

  • Internet Service

Bill status and other related information is available on the Internet at www.legis.la.gov

 

  • Video Using a Mac

    IF using a Mac, to watch the streams of any known active roomfromeitherthe Houseor Senate chambers, follow the steps below:
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  • 1. These steps should be accomplished before logging on to the Louisiana Legislature page.

    Make sure that Flip for Mac is updated to the current version.

    2. From System Preferences, Select the Flip for Mac WMV preferences window.

    3. Press VO+space on the browser tab.

    4. Now, VO+right until you hear, Launch Quick Time player".  This will be unchecked by default. Check it by pressing VO+space.

    5. Now, exit the System Preferences window.


    Steps to Stream.

    1. Log on to the House Video page as usual.

    2. Interact with the bottom frame.

    3. Note the active rooms and choose which witch to watch by pressing VO+space on the "VIDEO" link on the House website.

    4.At this point, Quick Time will pop Open. A dialog will appear briefly saying "loading movie". When the stream is loaded, it will begin.

    NOTE: These instructions ONLY work with Safari. Firefox or any other browser interact with VoiceOver differently, but with less functionality.

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    Services for People with Mobility Impairments

     

    • Accessible Entrances

    Wheelchair accessible entrances are located on both sides of the Capitol. These entrances are equipped with automatic doors. Review the Map of the Capitol for accessible routes.

     

    • Video of the Capitol

    A video of the Capitol has been produced which shows the highlights of the Capitol and a view from the observation tower.

     

    • Elevators

    Wheelchair accessible elevators are located on the ground floor. Review the Map of the Capitol for specific locations.

     

    • Telephones

    Wheelchair accessible telephones are located on the ground floor and in Alario Hall. Review the Map of the Capitol for specific locations.

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    Other Disability Services

     

    • Requests for services at the State Capitol not listed in this manual or for any other disability information should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at (225)342-0367or for TTY, (225)219-4688 in Baton Rouge or (888)850-6489 state wide. The fax number is (225) 342-6153, and can be reached at the following mailing address:


    • ADA Coordinator - State Capitol

    • Louisiana House of Representatives
      P.O. Box 44486
      Baton Rouge, LA 70804
       
    • For general inquiries regarding state disability services, please contact the Disability Information Access Line at (225) 342-7700 or (800) 922-3425, or visit the web page for the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council at http://www.laddc.org.

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    Helpful Information

    • Phone Numbers
    • Visitor Information Desk

      (225) 342-7317

      PULS Hotline

      (225) 342-2456; (800) 256-3793

      Legislative Bill Information Line

      (225) 342-0769; (800) 868-3178

      TTY Phone

      (225) 219-4688; (888) 850-6489

      Senate

      (225) 342-2040

      House Clerk's Office

      (225) 342-7259

     

    ADA Coordinator

    • In accordance with 28 CFR '35.107, the House of Representatives has appointed an ADA Coordinator for the State Capitol building. Any information regarding questions, complaints, noncompliance or prohibited actions at the State Capitol according to the ADA should be mailed to his attention at the following address:

    ADA Coordinator - State Capitol
    Louisiana House of Representatives
    P.O. Box 44486
    Baton Rouge, LA 70804

    • For general inquiries regarding state disability services, please contact the Disability Information Access Line at (225) 342-7700 or (800) 922-3425, or visit the web page for the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council at http://www.laddc.org.

    The coordinator can be reached by telephone at (225) 342-0367(voice) or for TTY, (225) 219-4688 or (888) 850-6489.

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    Grievance Procedure

    This Grievance Procedure is established to meet the requirement of the Americans with Disabilities Act. It may be used by anyone who desires to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of services, activities, programs, or benefits by the Louisiana State Capitol.

    The complaint should be in writing, and contain information about the alleged discrimination such as name, address, phone number of complainant and location, date, and description of the problem. Alternative means of filing complaints, such as personal interviews or a tape recording of the complaint, will be made available for persons with disabilities upon request.

    The complaint should be submitted by the grievant and/or his/her designee as soon as possible but no later than 60 calendar days after the alleged violation to the ADA Coordinator:

    ADA Coordinator - State Capitol
    Louisiana House of Representatives
    P.O. Box 44486
    Baton Rouge, LA 70804
    (225) 342-0367(voice) or (888) 850-6489 (TTY)

    Also, click the next link to access a grievance form that may be submitted via the Internet

    Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the complaint, the ADA coordinator will meet with the complainant to discuss the complaint and possible resolutions. Within 15 calendar days after the meeting, the ADA Coordinator will respond in writing, and, where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant, such as large print, Braille, or audio tape. The response will explain the position and offer options for resolution of the complaint.

    If the response by the ADA Coordinator does not satisfactorily resolve the issue, the complainant and/or his/her designee may appeal the decision of the ADA Coordinator within 15 calendar days after receipt of the response to the Clerk of House of Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate.

    Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the appeal, the Clerk of the House or the Secretary of the Senate, or a designee appointed to represent either individual, will meet with the complainant to discuss the complaint and possible resolutions. Within 15 calendar days after the meeting, a response will be made in writing, and, where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant, with a final resolution of the complaint.

    All written complaints and appeals received and all responses thereto will be kept by the Louisiana State Capitol for no fewer than three years.

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