Each summary provides an overview of the Principal Office's functions and certain programs and activities. It also provides the name of the building that each Principal Office currently occupies in Washington, D.C. so that it can be cross-referenced with the Department's complete physical accessibility study bound separately as Volume III of this report (NOTE: Not available in electronic format), with the Executive Summary found in Chapter 4.
The Evaluation section of the Principal Office summary is a narrative description of the responses provided on the protocol regarding the status of the accessibility of the programs, policies, and practices of the Principal Office. It also includes a list of the auxiliary aids and services that currently exist in that Office. The protocol distributed asked each Principal Office to identify from a given list the aids and services that exist in that Office. That list is reproduced below and includes certain aids or services that were not included in the protocol but were identified as available by at least one Principal Office. Currently, five auxiliary aids or services are available from each Principal Office, even though the Principal Office itself may not have recognized this fact. They include access to the Department's sign language interpreter contract, the Federal Information Relay System for telecommunications and paper and pen for the hearing impaired, and computer diskette and large print for the visually impaired.
The list at the end of each Principal Office summary identifies the auxiliary aids and services existing in the Principal Office, and indicates whether they are available from within the Principal Office itself, through the Department, or through an external source with which the Principal Office contracts directly. The five auxiliary aids or services common to each Principal Office are listed at the end under the subheading "General Services Available." However, not every Principal Office recognized that these were available as aids or services. The inclusion of any of these five aids indicates that the Principal Office recognized that it possessed the capability to provide this aid or service.