As one of the most accessible cities, the Denver Office of Disability Rights (DODR) is an integral division of the Agency for Human Rights & Community Partnerships. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal civil rights law that provides people with disabilities equal access to employment, state and local government programs, goods and services. The Denver Office of Disability Rights coordinates the City and County of Denver’s efforts to ensure compliance with Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Our role is to ensure that all City services and programs are accessible to people with disabilities. The Office of Disability Rights also investigates complaints of alleged discrimination on the basis of disability filed locally or federally under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
For questions, concerns, or City-sponsored event accommodation requests concerns please contact:
Denver Office of Disability Rights
DPEP’s ability to enforce disabled parking laws has been instrumental in helping Denver maintain its high standard of accessibility, compliance and quality of life. This enhances Denver’s recognition as being one of the most accessible cities in the country.
Please feel free to call the Office of Disability Rights with any problems or concerns at 720 913-8482. For additional information, please read our FAQs.
Select the Denver Building Code bar, and Click on Denver Building Code (PDF) (Revised September 2012).
Denver Building Code - Chapter 11 Accessibility – refer to page 104.
Appendix R Colorado Title 9 Article 5 – Standards for Accessible Housing – refer to page 165.
Please note: Applicant/builder must comply with applicable standards identified via the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Fair Housing Act (FHA), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and City and County of Denver Building Codes and regulations.
If you have questions, please contact Kathleen Martin at 720-913-3309 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Denver Commission for People with Disabilities meets the 1st Tuesday of each month from 5:30pm-7:00pm at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Suite 106, 2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80205.
All meetings are open to the public. Meetings may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Please call to confirm prior to attending.
If you need sign language interpretation or CART contact SignLanguageServices@denvergov.org or 720.913.8487 at least three business days prior to the meeting date.
For more information please call 720-913-8480, or TTY at 720-913-8484.
Under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) the City & County of Denver is required to ensure that our facilities, services and programs are accessible to people with disabilities and in compliance with the ADA.
If you feel that you have not been able to access the City and County of Denver government because of accessibility issues, or have been discriminated against based on your disability, please fill out the ADA Grievance Form and submit to our office. You may email, fax or mail the form back to our office:
Denver Office of Disability Rights
201 W. Colfax Avenue, Dept 1102
Denver, CO 80202
Any form submitted whether through regular mail or fax must be signed. Your complaint will be investigated and you will be contacted with the results or additional instructions on how to further proceed. This form and process are designed to provide you with the opportunity to quickly and effectively resolve any issue(s) as they relate to the ADA and the City of Denver. For organizations or businesses outside the City’s responsibility please contact the Department of Justice at 1-800-514-0301.
If you want to file a complaint under the American with Disabilities Act, please contact the Department of Justice (DOJ) at 1-800-514-0301 or visit their website.
Dr. Aisha Rousseau serves as the Director of the Office of Disability Rights for the City and County of Denver, Colorado. She earned a B.A. from Spelman College; a M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University; and a Ph.D. in Health Related Sciences from the School of Allied Health Professions at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and an elected Board Member of the National Council of Rehabilitation Educators.
Aisha comes to the City and County of Denver most recently after serving several years as a professor at the University of Arizona. She has authored a number of peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and continues to write and conduct research pertaining to the intersection of disability, gender, and multicultural issues as well as minority women living with HIV/AIDS. She has extensive experience with Disability Rights and compliance toward the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Her former clinical experiences include serving as the first ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Coordinator for the Richmond, Virginia Public Schools as well as a vocational rehabilitation specialist in private and public sectors.
Debra Gomez is the Operational Coordinator for the Office of Disability Rights. Her role as City liaison to disability parking issues primarily focuses on overseeing the Disability Parking Enforcement Program (DPEP); which is a volunteer based program committed to maintaining Denver’s high standard of accessibility, compliance through enforcement and education as well as the residential parking sign program for placement of disability signs in neighborhoods for persons with mobility impairments and quality of life.
Debra is a Denver native. She earned a Bachelors of Arts in Interdivisional Studies: Sociology, Psychology, English, and Business from Regis University. She has 32 years of law enforcement experience and is a retired Police Chief and Law Enforcement Academy Director.
She has been married for 29 years and has 3 grown sons. She has been with the City since 2010 where she started with the Public Works Right of Way Enforcement Department.
She is a Peak Performance Black Belt – Cohort 9 graduate. She served as chairperson on Governor Owens’s appointed Development Disabilities Planning Council.
Kathleen Martin serves as the Plans Review Tech for the Office of Disability Rights for the City and County of Denver. She earned her Associates Degree in Architectural Drafting and Design. She completed her Masters of Business Administration at Regis University in 2011. She has over 15 years of experience in GIS and the Architectural/
Engineering/Construction industry. She has experience in grant management, project management, community outreach, and teaching.
In her current role, Kathleen reviews construction documents, project specifications, and plans for completeness and general code compliance for ADA and accessibility requirements. She attends concept meetings with City personnel and builders to clarify decisions and perspectives regarding ADA. Kathy also works closely with various City departments, developers and architects to incorporate accessibility and/or Universal Design criteria.
Aisha Rousseau, Ph.D., CRC – Director
201 West Colfax Avenue,
Dept. 1102 - 2nd Floor
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (720) 913-8485
Denver 311 Help Center
Outside Denver Call (720)913-1311
TTY Service: 720-913-8479