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2017-079-3184 Autism and Other Special NeedsRESOLUTION NO. 2017 -79 -3184 A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, SUPPORTING THE PRINCIPLES OF INCLUSION, FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM AND OTHER SPECIAL NEEDS, WHICH WERE ESTABLISHED BY THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES; URGING ACTION BY NATIONAL, STATE, AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS BUSINESSES. AND RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES CONSISTENT WITH THESE PRINCIPALS; PROVIDING FOR DIRECTIONS TO THE CITY CLERK; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. WHEREAS, approximately 1 in 68 children have an autism spectrum disorder according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and approximately 1 in 5 individuals have a disability according to the 2010 U.S. Census, and WHEREAS, the United States of America is a signatory of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which supports inclusion and accommodation of children and adults with special needs and disabilities, and WHEREAS, the Convention has identified the following core principles of inclusion: a. Respect for inherent dignity, individual autonomy including the freedom to make one's own choices, and independence of persons; b. Non - discrimination; c. Full and effective participation and inclusion in society; d. Respect for difference and acceptance of persons with disabilities as part of human diversity and humanity; e. Equality of opportunity; f. Accessibility; g. Equality between men and women; h. Respect for the evolving capacities of children with disabilities and respect for the right of children with disabilities to preserve their identities, WHEREAS, inclusion is an attitude, an approach, and a mindset, which welcomes and facilitates participation by those with disabilities and special needs, and encourages accommodations beyond those required by law, and WHEREAS, Vice Mayor Ighodaro wishes to affirm the City of Miami Gardens commitment to the principals of inclusiveness into every part of the City's operations, including but not limited to: a. Conducting an Americans With Disabilities (ADA) Compliance Self - Assessment in all Departments and implement any recommended actions to the greater extent possible; b. Ensuring that 100% of City Staff and Charter Officers receives training relating to disability awareness, inclusion and /or ADA Compliance that is relevant to their positions, c. Ensuring accessibility for residents to City information, events and meetings, d. The City's Park and Recreation Department to ensure that all new facility installations and improvements will follow the principles of universal accessibility, e. The Building and Code Compliance Divisions to implement a curbside service in which residents with disabilities that are homebound may request City Staff to come to their home to file for permits or other building related needs, NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA AS FOLLOWS: Section 1: ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS: The foregoing Whereas paragraphs are hereby ratified and confirmed as being true, and the same are hereby made a specific part of this Resolution. Section 2: DECLARATION OF SUPPORT: The City Council of the City of Miami Gardens hereby declares its support for principles of inclusion for individuals with autism and other special needs and expresses its commitment to the principle of inclusion of children and adults with special needs and disabilities in all aspects of its governance and services, and seeks to welcome and facilitate such participation. Resolution No. 2017 -79 -3184 Section 3: DIRECTIONS TO THE CITY CLERK: The City Clerk is directed to send a copy of this resolution to the National League of Cities, National Association of Counties, Florida League of Cities, Florida Association of Counties, Miami -Dade County League of Cities, Miami -Dade Board of County Commissioners, Miami -Dade Public Schools, and municipalities of Miami -Dade County. Section 4: EFFECTIVE DATE: This Resolution shall take effect immediately upon its final passage. PASSED AND ADOPTED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS AT ITS REGULAR MEETING HELD ON APRIL 26, 2017. a- � _TT' - \, OLIVER GILBERT, III, MAYOR ATTEST: RONETTA TAYLOR, C, CITY CLERK PREPARED BY: SONJA KNIGHTON DICKENS, CITY ATTORNEY SPONSORED BY: VICE MAYOR ERHABOR IGHODARO, Ph.D. Moved by: 91) 8 s Seconded by: �R K VOTE: �resGr�' Mayor Oliver Gilbert, III (Yes) (No) /UO Vice Mayor Erhabor Ighodaro, Ph.D. (Yes) (No) Councilwoman Lisa C. Davis (Yes) (No) Councilman Rodney Harris ✓ (Yes) (No) Councilwoman Lillie Q. Odom (Yes) (No) Councilwoman Felicia Robinson (Yes) (No) Councilman David Williams Jr (Yes) (No) Resolution No. 2017 -79 -3184 U �I 200 City of Miami Gardens Agenda Cover Memo 18605 NW 27 Avenue Miami Gardens, Florida 33056 Council Meeting Date: April 26, 2017 Item Type: Resolution Ordinance Other X (Enter X in box Fiscal Impact: Ordinance Reading: 1st Reading 2nd Reading (EnterX in box) Yes No (EnterX in box) _ Public Hearing: Yes No Yes No X X (EnterX in box) Funding Source: Advertising Requirement: Yes No X (EnterX in box) Contract /P.O. Required: Yes No RFP /RFQ /Bid #: (EnterX in box) N/A X Strategic Plan Related Yes No Strategic Plan Priority Strategic Plan Obj. /Strategy: (EnterX in box) Area: (list the specific objective /strategy this item will address) Enhance Organizational' X Bus. & Economic Dev ° Public Safety ° N/A Quality of Education ° Qual. of Life & City Imagl? Communication ° Sponsor Name Erhabor Ighodaro, Department: Office of the Mayor & Council Vice Mayor Short Title: A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, SUPPORTING THE PRINCIPLES OF INCLUSION, FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM AND OTHER SPECIAL NEEDS, WHICH WERE ESTABLISHED BY THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES; URGING ACTION BY NATIONAL, STATE, AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS BUSINESSES, AND RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES CONSISTENT WITH THESE PRINCIPALS; PROVIDING FOR DIRECTIONS TO THE CITY CLERK; PROVIDING FOR REPRESENTATION; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Staff Summary: Background Vice Mayor Ighodaro desires to express his support of the principals of inclusion for individuals with autism and other special needs. 18605 NW 27 Avenue Miami Gardens, Florida 33056 Approximately one (1) in sixty -eight (68) children have an autism spectrum disorder according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and approximately one (1) in five (5) individuals have a disability according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The United Stated of America is a signatory of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which supports inclusion and accommodation of children and adults with special needs and disabilities. The Convention has identified the following core principals of inclusion: • Respect for inherent dignity, individual autonomy including the freedom to make one's own choices, and independence of persons; • Non - discrimination; • Full and effective participation and inclusion in society; • Respect for difference and acceptance of persons with disabilities as part of human diversity and humanity; • Equality of opportunity; • Accessibility; • Equality between men and women; • Respect for the evolving capacities of children with disabilities and respect for the right of children with disabilities to preserve their identities. Inclusion is an attitude, an approach, and a mindset, which welcomes and facilitates participation by those with disabilities and special needs, and encourages accommodations beyond those required by law. Vice Mayor Ighodaro wishes to affirm the City of Miami Gardens' commitment to the principals of inclusiveness into every part of the City's operations, including but not limited to: • Conducting an Americans With Disabilities (ADA) Compliance Self- Assessment in all Departments and implement any recommended actions to the greater extent possible. • Ensuring that 100% of City Staff and Charter Officers receives training relating to disability awareness, inclusion and /or ADA Compliance that is relevant to their positions. • Ensuring accessibility for residents to City information, events and meetings. • The City's Park and Recreation Department to ensure that all new facility installations and improvements will follow the principles of universal accessibility. • The Building and Code Compliance Divisions to implement a curbside service in which residents with disabilities that are homebound may request City Staff to come to their home to file for permits or other building related needs. 18605 NW 27 Avenue Miami Gardens, Florida 33056 Proposed Action: That the City Council approves the attached resolution expressing support of the principles of inclusion for individuals with Autism and other special needs. That the City Clerk is hereby directed to transmit this Resolution to the National League of Cities, National Association of Counties, Florida League of Cities, Florida Association of Counties, Miami -Dade League of Cities, Miami -Dade Board of County Commissioners, Miami -Dade Public Schools, and municipalities in Miami -Dade County. Attachments: None.