General Sessions

Please click on the title of the session to access the materials and listen to the webinar recording.

(A total of 78 Sessions)

June 20, 2000 » Post Secondary Education: ADA & Section 504

Accommodating students with disabilities in post-secondary educational environments will be the focus of this session with Laura Rothstein. She will address accommodation and academic performance issues with relationship to disability law, in addition to eligibility criteria, documentation, testing and discipline.
 
 

March 21, 2000 » Effective Communication

The ADA requires entities "ensure effective communication" with people with disabilities. Misperceptions bring questions such as: Do I have to provide a sign language interpreter? Can't we just write notes back and forth? What if the program can't afford an auxiliary aid? During this session, Marc Charmatz will address the regulation to provide effective communication, application of auxiliary aids and services, and current case law.
 
Speaker:
 
Marc Charmatz
Attorney, Law and Advocacy Center Director
 
National Association of the Deaf
 
 
 
 

December 14, 1999 » ADA Implications for Managed Care

People with disabilities encounter many different types of barriers in managed care. Currently Mary Anderlik and Wendy Wilkinson are investigators on a national research project "Legal Protections for People with Disabilities" at the Research and Training Center on Managed Health Care and Disability. During this session, they will discuss the latest case law developments in managed care under the ADA and Rehabilitation Act, strategies to challenge the legal barriers, and other avenues for redress including state protection, formal and informal grievance processes.
 
 

August 21, 2001 » Two Tickets Please

There is more to accessing the local movie theater, sports arena, performing arts center, or concert hall than purchasing a ticket and popcorn. This session will highlight the requirements for facility, programmatic and communication access under the ADA while focusing on some of the key issues including ticketing policies, integrated seating, lines of sight, communication and auxiliary aids. Prominent legal and proprietary issues developing in the courts will also be discussed.
 
 
 
 
 

March 20, 2001 » Accommodating Employees with Psychiatric Disabilities

Accommodating employees with psychiatric disabilities in the workplace is not always as clear cut as providing an accommodation for an employee with a physical disability that may need an accessible workstation or adaptive equipment. This session will identify some of the issues and practical approaches to accommodating employees with psychiatric disabilities in the workplace.
 
 

January 16, 2001 » Home Sweet Home

Residential housing? Rentals? Dormitories? Condo and homeowner associations? Who is covered by what law? ADA, Fair Housing Act Amendment or Rehabilitation Act? Join us as we paint a clearer picture on accessible housing issues such as: does a landlord have to permit a service animal in a 'no pets' building? What modifications and adaptations can be made in rental units? Who has responsibility for adaptations - the landlord or the tenant? What is the responsibility of the condo or homeowner association?So many times in the workplace, accommodating employees with disabilities becomes a reactive process instead of a proactive process. Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the ADA, this session will highlight the best practices of organizations utilizing disability management strategies to successfully employ people with disabilities in the workplace.
 
Speakers:
 
Director of Training
 
Adaptive Environments
 
Program Analyst in the Program Compliance and Disability Rights Support Division
 
Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
 
 
 
 

September 17, 2002 » Accommodating Students with Psychiatric Disabilities in the Classroom

This session will discuss some of the barriers to learning for students with psychiatric disabilities in the classroom. In addition, the session will identify some methods to successfully include students with psychiatric disabilities so that the student can benefit from the educational program.
 
 
 
 
 

July 16, 2002 » ADA Status Report

Our most popular session, join us in this annual ADA Distance Learning Session with representatives of the U.S. Department of Justice as we discuss recent litigation and enforcement that continue to further define the scope of the ADA. In addition, we will discuss DOJ settlement agreements and upcoming enforcement priorities.
 
Speaker:
 
Chief of Disability Rights Section
 
U.S. Department of Justice
 
 
 
 

April 16, 2002 » Service Animals: Policy & Procedure

What is the definition of a service animal? Is a service animal the same as a companion animal or thera-pet? Does a public accommodation have to allow for an individual with two service animals? This session will discuss saome of the issues involving access for individuals with disabilities using service animals in places of public accommodations ands housing. We will reference the HUD guidelines and DOJ guidance along with case law.
 
 

August 19, 2003 » Accessibility of the Performing Arts: Assuring Access for Everyone

Last year we talked about ticketing policies, this year we will focus on issues related to ensuring effective communication through the provision of sign language interpreters, audio description, assistive listening devices and alternative formats. Join us as we learn from the experiences of the Kennedy Center and major performance venues across the country that has successfully implemented programs that ensure access for everyone.
 
 
 
 
 

August 17, 2004 » What Makes A Meeting Accessible?

Access by people with disabilities to meeting rooms and all of the amenities associated with conferences, workshops, and seminars is frequently overlooked or misunderstood. Join us for this session where our speaker will outline the major areas where issues of access should be considered during the planning and conduct of a successful meeting. Strategies for addressing space needs, working with hotel and catering staff, written and oral communication and tips for presenters will be discussed. Resources for additional information will be provided.
 
Speaker:
 
Faculty, Western University of Health Science
 
Western University of Health Sciences
 
 
 
 

August 16, 2005 » Just Hop up! Access to medical equipment - where are we?

"I know I can get my wheelchair through that door, but I don't know how I going to get my body into that machine!" Hear about: new data from the RERC on Accessible Medical Instrumentation national consumer needs assessment survey on medical equipment; strategies for getting accessible medical equipment into offices of health providers, existing resources for accessible equipment (exam tables, chairs, scales, mammography); using tools to communicate with providers about your accessible equipment needs; and the project's next steps - designing new equipment, effecting change within the medical equipment and health care industry and health care public policy.
 
Speaker:
 
Faculty, Western University of Health Science
 
Center for Disability Issues in the Health Professions (CDIHP)
 
 
 
 

December 14, 2004 » Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities: Have we made progress?

On Thursday, July 22, 2004, President Bush signed an Executive Order on Individuals with Disabilities in Emergency Preparedness. The Executive Order establishes within the Department of Homeland Security an Interagency Coordinating Council for Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities. This session will discuss the progress made toward this initiative as well as provide some valuable information and resources that can be utilized by individuals, state and local governments, employers and others to incorporate the needs of people with disabilities in their emergency planning process.
 
Speaker:
 
Director of Emergency Preparedness Initiative
 
National Organization on Disability
 
 
 
 

October 19, 2004 » Vote 2004: Will people with disabilities be able to vote? What are the issues and where are we today?

As the fall election season approaches, the question asked by people with disabilities will not be "Who won" but rather "WAS I ABLE TO GET INTO MY POLLING PLACE?" This session will examine the status of accessibility of the voting process and what if any progress has been made toward implementation of the Help American Vote Act (HAVA). Tune in to learn strategies that can be utilized if you find that your polling place is not accessible and what can be done.
 
 

August 15, 2006 » Disability Statistics: What are the "real" numbers and how do you make sense of them?

Did you ever wonder about how the reported 70% unemployment rate among people with disabilities was determined or what it means? Join us for this session as we explore the realities of the various databases and how they measure the number of people with disabilities in a variety of categories (Employment, Income, etc.). Understand how these statistics are collected and reported by various entities such as the U.S. Census Bureau, Social Security Administration and other bodies that collect them. Learn how you can use the available databases as a tool to inform policy makers and others.
 
Speaker:
 
Senior Research Associate
 
StatsRRTC
 
 
 
 

August 7, 2007 » ADA Implementation and Impact Study Report: National Council on Disability

The National Council on Disability (NCD) released a series of reports addressing the Implementation and Impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 2007. These reports address the impact of the ADA upon employment of persons with disabilities as well as address the implementation of Title II and III of the ADA from the perspective of people with disabilities and entities covered by the ADA. It has been 17 years since the passage of the ADA and as anticipated these reports identify what has worked and what has not and put forth recommendations for furthering the promise of the ADA at all levels. Join this session to learn more about the findings in these reports and what they will mean to the future of the ADA.
 
 

July 17, 2007 » ADA Update: 17 Years Later

Back by popular demand, join representatives of the federal agencies for an update of their enforcement activities during the past 12 months. Join us as we mark the 17th Anniversary of the ADA and celebrate the on-going efforts of the federal agencies to enforce the rights of individuals with disabilities.
 
 
 
 
 

June 19, 2007 » Performance vs. Disability: What is the difference?

As the workforce ages, employers will experience more and more issues associated with employees who experience difficulty doing their job. One of the major questions facing employers is whether or not the performance issues experienced by their employees is due to a disability which may require reasonable accommodation. Join our speaker as she addresses the issue of performance versus disability and the steps that an employer should take to ensure that they do not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities while ensuring that they have a productive workforce.
 
 
 
 
 

May 15, 2007 » ADA Restoration Act: Legislative Update

Congressmen Sensenbrenner, Jr (R-WI) and Hoyer (D-MD) introduced a bi-partisan bill that would restore protections for individuals intended to be covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 in September, 2006. This piece of legislation was not passed before the end of the 109th Congress. It is anticipated that this piece of legislation will once again be introduced during the new 110th Congress and under very different circumstances given the outcome of the 2006 elections. The ADA Restoration Act as it is currently known is intended to restore the ADA to its "original intent" and address several decisions made by the US Supreme Court over the past 16 years. Join this session to learn about the history and intent of the ADA Restoration Act and the future of legislation that may affect the civil rights of individuals with disabilities.
 
Speakers:
 
Vice President of Legal and Government Affairs
 
Epilepsy Foundation
 
President and Chief Executive Officer
 
American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
 
 
 
 

August 19, 2008 » Serving Customers with Disabilities: Implications for the Hospitality Industry

A 2001 survey conducted by Open Doors Organization/Harris Poll in cooperation with the Travel Industry Association of America and the Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality indicated that disabled persons annually spend $13.6 billion on travel - including $3.3 billion on air travel and $4.2 billion on lodging. A second study showed that 75% of people with disabilities report dining outside of their home at least once/week representing an annual expenditure of $35 billion. Serving customers with disabilities has become a business necessity. Join this session and learn more about what is being done to assist business in meeting their obligations to customers with disabilities.
 
Speakers:
 
Chief Operating Officer of Atlanta, GA based US Franchise Systems, Inc.
 
US Franchise Systems, Inc.
 
AIA, Committe on Architecture for Education
 
Universal Designers & Consultants
 
 
 
 

August 12, 2008 » Update: ADA Restoration Act vs ADA Amendments Act

It has been a year since the ADA Restoration Act was introduced in both the House and the Senate. The intent of this legislation was to address the interpretations of the law by the US Supreme Court that negatively impacted the ability of thousands of Americans with Disabilities from exercising their rights under the ADA. Over the past year the House has passed legislation known as the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (HR 3195) and the Senate is in the process of considering their version of the bill (S 1881). There has been a great deal of discussion via generated on listservs, email and blogs regarding the compromise language used in the ADA Amendments Act and questions raised by advocates, members of Congress and the business community. Join us for this special session of the ADA Audio Conference series to learn more about the legislation, the perspectives of the employer community and how the definition of disability would impact Title I cases of discrimination.
 
 

April 15, 2008 » There are no IEP's in College

Transitioning from high school to college is tough enough; for students with disabilities who may not know their rights and responsibilities under federal law, the experience can be even tougher. This presentation will compare the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities in high school and in college. By understanding the differences, students, parents, teachers, counselors, service providers, and administrators can be better prepared and increase student's chances of graduating.
 
Speaker:
 
Chief Regional Attorney, D.C. Enforcement Office
 
Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
 
 
 
 

February 19, 2008 » Disability, Aging and Older Workers

Overall, 15% of Americans ages 65 and older are currently working or actively seeking work. From 2000-2015 the U.S. labor force of workers over age 54 is anticipated to grow to four times the labor force. As people age, they can experience changes in functional abilities such as vision, hearing, and mobility. Workplace accommodations can be used to facilitate job task performance, particularly for people who experience functional difficulties. While workplace accommodations are often considered for persons with disabilities, older workers who have slowly developed functional difficulties over time may not consider workplace accommodations. As the numbers of older adults in the U.S. continues to rise, coupled with the well documented increased prevalence of disability associated with aging, the growth in the need and deployment of assistive technology (AT) will be undeniable. This 90-miute presentation will discuss issues associated with employment among older adults, as well as ramifications related to disability, aging and employment.
 
 

December 18, 2007 » Disability Law and Policy, Present and Future

Reviewing previous research efforts, this session sets out a blueprint for the role of research, policy, and law in advancing the civic, economic and social participation of persons with disabilities in a global society. It reviews past public policy efforts and research findings regarding workers with disabilities. It discusses current and future research initiatives on the cutting edge of promoting successful employment outcomes for people with disabilities. The discussion presents promising research methodologies in multidisciplinary field disability and employment research. Finally, our presenter will put forth challenges and opportunities for research, policy, and legal initiatives, framing a blueprint for the next quarter century.
 
 
 
 
 

September 15, 2009 » Best Practices in Accommodating Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual Disability and other emerging groups within Post Secondary Education

Educational entities are reporting increased enrollment of individuals with a variety of disabilities that they have not traditionally been served. Questions and concerns regarding the type of accommodations needed and how the campus environment needs to respond to ensure that qualified students have an equal opportunity to participate are common on the various post secondary education list servs and blogs. Join the speakers for this session to learn more about how some institutions have implemented programs that have effectively been able to accommodate and integrate these students.
 
 

December 16, 2008 » Regulation Update: Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act

Regulations governing the accessibility of telecommunications products and equipment covered by section 255 of the Telecommunications Act and electronic and information technology have been part of an on-going review and update by the US Access Board since September 2006. The Advisory Committee submitted its final report to the Board in the spring of 2008. Join this session to learn more about the proposed changes and the process for implementing them.
 
Speaker:
 
JD, Accessibility Specialist
 
U.S. Access Board
 
 
 
 

November 18, 2008 » Everything You Need to Know About the Enforcement of the ADA But Were Afraid to Ask.

When do I file? What agency do I file with? What is alternative dispute resolution? Can I file at the state and federal level at the same time? What is a designated agency? What if I miss the 180 day filing deadline? These are just a few of the many questions that are posed each day about the ADA and the enforcement process. This session will review the enforcement options available to individuals and explain the various methods for pursuing a complaint under the various titles of the ADA.
 
 

September 21, 2010 » Corrections and the ADA: Balancing the rights of people with disabilities while incarcerated

Studies show that a large number of individuals within the prison system are people with disabilities. The literature discusses how the various systems serving incarcerated individuals have historically treated people with disabilities in a manner that did not address their rights to equal access to programs and services, as well as the removal of physical barriers or provision of effective communication. This session will explore the strides that have been made and strategies implemented within the corrections community to address the rights of individuals with disabilities while retaining its focus on imposing punishment.
 
Speaker:
 
ADA/Victim Services Coordinator
 
DBTAC-Great Plains ADA Center
 
 
 
 

August 17, 2010 » ADA & After School and Daycare Programs for children with disabilities

Parents of children with disabilities are often faced with limited choices when it comes to locating appropriate after school and daycare programs to meet the needs of their children. Many daycare and after school providers are reticent about accepting children with disabilities into their programs based on the fear that they are not able to provide the child with the services that they need, they don't have the "specialized " staff that may be needed, unfounded fear that the cost of serving a child with a disability is too great or a general bias against serving individuals with disabilities. Join our speakers as they discuss best practices in day care and after school programs for serving children with disabilities and resources that are available to assist providers and parents.
 
Speaker:
 
Assistant Professor
 
Vanderbilt University
 
 
 
 

July 20, 2010 » ADA Update: 20th Anniversary of the ADA

Mark the historic 20th anniversary of the ADA by joining this audio conference as we listen to representatives of the Federal Agencies present an update on their litigation, technical assistance and enforcement efforts over the past year, including highlights of accomplishments over the past 20 years. Participants will have an opportunity to pose questions to the presenters regarding issues in their own workplace or community.
 
Speakers:
 
Senior Attorney Advisor, Americans with Disabilities Act Division
 
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
 
Chief of Disability Rights Section
 
Civil Rights Division - U.S. Department of Justice
 
 
 
 

June 15, 2010 » Disability Statistics: What do they tell us?

Where does the 54 million Americans living with a disability number come from? Where can I get more information about disability data sources? Why are there different numbers out there about the unemployment rate of people with disabilities? These are just a few of the questions that are frequently asked about disability statistics. Join this session as we explore the various sources of statistics related to disability, how to use them and interpret them and what can we expect to learn about disability from the 2010 US Census.
 
Speaker:
 
Senior Research Associate
 
University of New Hampshire
 
 
 
 

May 18, 2010 » Reservations Please: Ensuring access for customers with disabilities

Customers with disabilities are a growing market in the hospitality industry. Millions of people with disabilities regularly travel, shop, and eat out with family and friends. According to Census 2000, approximately 20.9 million families in this country have at least one member with a disability. An Open Doors Organization study estimated in 2003 that diners with disabilities would spend $35 billion in restaurants that year and the number was expected to grow and it has. The study also found that more than 75% of people with disabilities report that they eat out at restaurants at least once a week. Furthermore, The New York Times reported that spending by travelers with disabilities exceeds $13.6 billion annually. These statistics alone make the business case for ensuring access for customers with disabilities. Join this session to hear more about what the hospitality industry is doing to serve this market and their experiences doing so.
 
Speakers:
 
 
Research Director and Editor
 
Open Doors Organization
 
 
 
 

April 20, 2010 » Conducting Effective Accessibility Surveys Part II

This is the conclusion of the two-part series that explore the requirements to conduct accessibility surveys by business, government and educational institutions to ensure that they meet the requirements of the ADA. Topics to be covered in the 2nd session include examination/assessment of exterior facilities including but not limited to parking lots, trails, sidewalks, curb cuts, pedestrian rights of way, etc. Experts in the field will share their "lessons learned" and tricks of the trade.
 
Speakers:
 
President Of EastLake
 
Eastlake, Derry & Associates
 
Project Advisor
 
Rocky Mountain Regional Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center
 
Architect
 
Independent ADA Consultant
 
Director of Marketing and Special Products
 
National Center on Accessibility, Indiana University
 
 
 
 

March 16, 2010 » Conducting Effective Accessibility Surveys Part I

What to measure, how to measure, who is qualified to do a survey and what tools are available to support this activity are commonly asked questions. This two-part series will explore the requirements to conduct accessibility surveys by business, government and educational institutions to ensure that they meet the requirements of the ADA. Topics to be covered include what to look for in an existing facility as well as a facility that has undergone renovation and/or was newly constructed since the implementation date of the ADA. Experts in the field will share their "lessons learned" and tricks of the trade.
 
Speakers:
 
President Of EastLake
 
Eastlake, Derry & Associates
 
Project Advisor
 
Rocky Mountain Regional Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center
 
Training and Information Specialist
 
Independent ADA Consultant
 
 
 
 
 

February 16, 2010 » Aging Workers with Disabilities: Implications for Employers

The aging workforce is likely to result in increasing numbers of workers with disabilities. By the year 2010, this group will account for nearly half (44%) of the working age population (20-64), and the number of people with disabilities between the ages of 50 and 65 is predicted to double. Disability management and accommodation policies and practices readily lend themselves to addressing the challenges employers will face with an aging workforce, and the increasing prevalence of disability that these demographics bring. Join this session for a discussion of the practices associated with maximizing the productivity of an aging workforce and contribute to aging worker retention.
 
 

January 19, 2010 » Service Animals: Unraveling the Differences and Best Practices

The rights of people with disabilities who use service animals vary, depending on which law applies. The Americans with Disabilities Act, the Air Carrier Access Act, and the Fair Housing Act each have different standards for service animals and their owners. Complicating the topic even further is the issue of the definition of service animals, especially in relation to emotional support or therapy animals. This session will provide information about the definition of service animals and the rights of service animal owners under the ADA, the ACAA, and the FHA. We will also discuss the differences in how the various laws treat service animals versus emotional support or therapy animals, as well as model service animal policies for educational institutions and healthcare facilities.
 
 

September 20, 2011 » Marketing for Accessibility: Tips and Tools for the hospitality industry

With the clock ticking for hoteliers to have information about their accessibility posted on their websites, the National Network of ADA Centers Hospitality Initiative and the BluePath Project are teaming up to discuss ways the hospitality industry can market themselves to the largest growing consumer group in the United States. The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, together with the National Network of ADA Centers, launched an initiative to promote accessibility and opportunity for people with disabilities within the hospitality industry. The BluePath project is a project of the Northwest ADA Center designed to market accessible hotels and business's to the community of people with disabilities. This audio conference will discuss tools needed to help hotels access their accessible features, and then take advantage of their efforts to identify and remove barriers by promoting themselves to travelers with disabilities and the "boomers" generation. Discussion points will include but not be limited to ways for determining the usability of work out rooms, swimming pools, and recreation elements within a hotel, using a checklist designed specifically for the hospitality industry and taking that information and marketing the accessible features to the boomer generation and the community of People with disabilities. Discussion will include how to use practical inviting ways respectful of the culture of people with disabilities and older travelers.
 
 

August 16, 2011 » ADA and Alternative Dispute Resolution/Mediation

The ADA Regulations identify Alternative Dispute Resolution as a means of resolving disputes. Mediation is one of the methods often used. Federal agencies such as the Department of Justice and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission offer formal mediation programs as part of their ADA enforcement activities that many people are unaware of. Based on the experiences of the National ADA Network many of our callers report that they are not familiar with mediation and how it may benefit their situation. This session will explore what mediation is, including how the process works, how to get the most out of it, the principles of mediation, and quality assurance. Join us to learn more about how to use this voluntary, confidential, and informal process and the role that it plays in achieving compliance with the ADA
 
 

July 19, 2011 » ADA Federal Update: 21st Anniversary of the ADA

Mark the 21st anniversary of the ADA by joining this audio conference as we listen to representatives of the Federal Agencies present an update on their litigation, technical assistance and enforcement efforts over the past year. This year has held a lot of "new" focus on the ADA with the release of the final regulations for the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 and implementation of the revised Title II and III Regulations. Participants will have an opportunity to pose questions to the presenters regarding issues in their own workplace or community.
 
 

June 21, 2011 » Reasonable Accommodation

The provision of reasonable accommodations (RAs) to jobseekers and employees with disabilities has been viewed as an essential component of hiring and retention. However, the literature on reasonable accommodations indicates reluctance on the part of jobseekers and employees with disabilities to request RAs, and resistance by employers to provide them. This session summarizes research findings from multiple studies we conducted related to factors influencing the request and provision of reasonable accommodations from the perspective of employees and employers. We suggest specific strategies and recommendations that employees, employers, disability advocates and others can use to improve the process and resolution of reasonable accommodation requests.
 
Speakers:
 
Professor And Director Research Team
 
DBTAC - Mid Atlantic
 
Co Director, Research Team
 
DBTAC - Mid Atlantic
 
 
 
 

May 17, 2011 » Buying Tickets: 2010 ADA Ticketing Regulations and You

Planning to go see Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" or a Lady Gaga Concert? Maybe you prefer going to see the Rodeo or your local Baseball team play? Either way, if you are a wheelchair user or are looking to purchase tickets for accessible seating you may find that things have changed. On September 15, 2010 the U.S. Department of Justice's 2010 Revised Regulations on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) were published and they contain a whole new section on ticketing with new obligations and responsibilities for ticket-selling venues and vendors. As a ticket buyer with a disability you will want to know how these regulations may affect you. This session is going to focus on the obligation to identify accessible seating, purchasing tickets using the same options as everyone else, purchasing companion seats, transferring tickets, and distribution and pricing of wheelchair accessible locations. This session will review the ticketing regulations with particular emphasis on what ticket-buyers with disabilities need to know. There will be plenty of time for Q&A so come prepared with your questions!
 
Speakers:
 
Senior Vice President of Accesibility Services
 
United Spinal Association
 
 
 
 
 

April 19, 2011 » Are My Recreation Facilities Accessible? Where Do I start?

The 2010 ADA Standards include specific technical requirements for several recreation environments including amusement rides, boating facilities, fishing piers and platforms, golf courses, miniature golf, sports facilities, and swimming pools and spas. Bringing these facilities into compliance as well as ensuring that future programs and facilities are accessible is a challenge that many local and state government entities are facing. Privately owned and operated facilities are also under the gun to ensure that their facilities are accessible. Join us for this session as we explore best practices for approaching the assessment of our recreation facility and ensuring that recreation programs are accessible in light of the changing regulations as well as on-going obligations.
 
Speaker:
 
Director of Marketing and Special Products
 
National Center on Accessibility, Indiana University
 
 
 
 

March 15, 2011 » The Ins and Outs of Conducting a Self Evaluation

The 2010 revisions to the ADA Regulations for Title II have caused many entities to reflect on what they need to do to ensure that they have met their obligations. The self-evaluation process is one way for entities to revisit where they are in terms of ensuring that their existing programs and services are readily accessible to and useable by people with disabilities. Join us for this session to learn best practices for the self-evaluation process and how this information can be used to document and guide your compliance efforts.
 
 

February 15, 2011 » How the ADA Impacts Seniors

The 2000 U.S. Census found that 41.9% of adults 65 years and older identified themselves as having a disability and we know that the 2010 findings will reflect an even greater number. We also know that the leading edge of the Baby Boom generation is now over 60 and this constitutes a huge portion of society who is likely to experience changes in their ability to function that may not constitute a disability but are likely to affect everyday life nonetheless. This session will explore the issues and discuss how the ADA addresses the rights of seniors with disabilities and strategies that can be used by service providers and individuals to meet their needs and protect the rights of seniors with disabilities.
 
 

November 16, 2010 » We're not done yet: DOJ Proposed Rulemaking and Update

The Department of Justice followed up the announcement of the release of the revised Title II and III regulations with an advance notice of proposed rulemaking in 4 new areas. Join us for this session and learn more about the Departments efforts to address the accessibility of web based programs and services, furniture and equipment, Next generation 911 services and movie captioning and video description through the rulemaking process. Public comment on these areas will be accepted through January 24, 2011.
 
 

October 19, 2010 » What are the Courts Up to? Review and Analysis of Recent Activity Involving the ADA

The courts and federal agencies continue to shape the ADA through their decisions and settlements. This session will review key issues that are currently before the courts and analyze the trends. Discussion will include some of the trends in case law at the lower courts which may have an impact on decisions at all levels, including issues that may find their way to the Supreme Court. In addition, presenter will review how the courts are interpreting the ADA Amendments Act of 2008
 
Speaker:
 
Director of Legal Services
 
Equip for Equality
 
 
 
 

September 18, 2012 » Don't forget to cast your vote! Accessibility of Polling Places

2012 is a presidential election year and as we reflect back to 2008 we know that 14.7 million Americans with disabilities voted in the 2008 election. This is a significant increase over the 10.9 million Americans with disabilities who voted in the 2000 presidential election. Passage of the Help America Vote Act in 2002 increased the focus and attention on the barriers faced by people with disabilities attempting to exercise their civic responsibilities. However, many polling places remain inaccessible and individuals continue to report that they do not get the supports they need in the polling place to ensure that they can vote independently and confidentially. Join this session as we explore the obligations under the various laws and regulations and strategies for working with local election officials.
 
 

August 21, 2012 » Segways, golf carts, four-wheelers, Oh my!

Advances in technology have given rise to new power-driven devices that were not necessarily designed for people with disabilities, but are being used by some people with disabilities for mobility. The term "other power-driven mobility devices" appears in the revised ADA regulations and refers to any mobility device powered by batteries, fuel, or other engines, whether or not they are designed primarily for use by individuals with mobility disabilities for the purpose of locomotion. Examples include but are not limited to Segways� , golf carts and all-terrain vehicles. Covered entities must consider whether or not they can make "reasonable modifications" in their policy and procedure to allow individuals who use these devices to enter their premises. Join this session and learn the factors that go into determining whether or not it is "reasonable" and what is happening nationally to address this issue.
 
Speaker:
 
Information Specialist
 
Rocky Mountain Regional Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center
 
 
 
 

July 17, 2012 » ADA Anniversary Update: 22 Years Later

Mark the 22nd anniversary of the ADA by joining this audio conference as we listen to representatives of the Federal Agencies present an update on their litigation, technical assistance and enforcement efforts over the past year. Participants will have an opportunity to pose questions to the presenters regarding issues in their own workplace or community.
 
Speakers:
 
 
 
Senior Attorney Advisor, Americans with Disabilities Act Division
 
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
 
 
 
 

May 15, 2012 » Being Prepared: Inclusion of people with disabilities in emergency planning

Twenty percent of Americans have disabilities and may have access and functional needs that will affect their ability to read or understand preparedness information, hear alerts and warnings, utilize accessible transportation during an evacuation, maintain their independence in a shelter, find accessible housing if theirs has been destroyed, access services to enable them to return to work and deal with a myriad of other challenges. Join this session to learn more about the progress that is being made in communities that are committed to emergency planning that is inclusive of the participation and requirements of people with access and functional needs.
 
 
 
 
 

April 17, 2012 » Open Dialogue with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Join us for one of the most popular sessions in the ADA Audio Conference Series. Listen to an update on EEOC Enforcement and Guidance Activities and pose your questions to our speaker. This is an interactive session and you are encouraged to bring your tough issues and concerns forward. Learn from what others may be experiencing and the questions and issues that they may have as well.
 
 

February 21, 2012 » Planning a trip: What you need to know about making hotel reservations

Did you know that effective March 15, 2012 reservations staff (of a hotel or a third party) will be required to identify accessible features in guest rooms (e.g. guest room door widths and availability of roll-in showers) and other hotel amenities in sufficient detail so that an individual with a disability can make an independent assessment whether the hotel meets his or her accessibility needs? Join this session and learn what this means for you and what the obligations of the lodging industry are under the revised Title III regulations.
 
 
 
 
 

January 17, 2012 » Refresh on the 2010 ADA Standards - March 15th is just around the corner

Effective March 15, 2012 new construction and alterations undertaken by entities covered by the ADA will be required to comply with the 2010 ADA Standards. Many conferences, workshops and webinars have been devoted to training design professionals, business owners, state and local government officials and advocates about these changes. Yet, the ADA National Network continues to field inquiries from individuals who either do not understand how the new standards will impact them or are unaware of the changes. With less than 2 months before the compliance date this session is designed to give an overview of the major differences between the 1991 ADA Standards and the 2010 ADA Standards. Join this session to refresh your understanding of the new standards and how they apply to you.
 
Speaker:
 
Accessibility Specialist, Office of Technical and Information Services
 
U.S. Access Board
 
 
 
 

December 13, 2011 » Open Dialogue with the Department of Justice

The revised Title II and III regulations have been in effect for over six months with more compliance dates looming in 2012. Join us for an update on DOJ's Enforcement and Guidance Activities and pose your questions to our speaker. This is an interactive session and you are encouraged to bring your tough issues and concerns forward. Learn from what others may be experiencing and the questions and issues that they may have as well
 
Speakers:
 
 
 
Acting Chief Disability Rights Section
 
U.S. Department of Justice
 
 
 
 

November 15, 2011 » Did you hear me? Ensuring effective communication with your customers

The Department of Justice has investigated hundreds and hundreds of complaints about the failure to provide effective communication. Historically, they have received more complaints about failure to provide effective communication than any other issues they have dealt with. Join this session to learn about the obligations of medical providers, lawyers, tax preparers, local and state government agencies, social service providers, etc. to ensure that their customers are able to communicate with them. Learn what "effective" means; what you need to do to ensure that you are prepared to respond to requests; what type of notice you should give to your customers about requesting accommodations if needed and some of the best practices that are used.
 
Speaker:
 
Distance Learning Coordinator
 
DBTAC - Southeast ADA Center
 
 
 
 

October 18, 2011 » ADA Case Law Update

Join us for this popular yearly session and learn what the courts and federal agencies have done to shape the ADA through their decisions and settlements. This session will review key issues that are currently before the courts and analyze the trends. Discussion will include some of the trends in case law at the lower courts which may have an impact on decisions at all levels, including issues that may find their way to the Supreme Court. In addition, presenter will review how the courts are interpreting the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.
 
Speaker:
 
Director of Legal Services
 
Equip for Equality
 
 
 
 

September 17, 2013 » Building Blocks for Accessible Health Care

Join us to explore basic tools that health care providers can use to promote accessibility in health care delivery. Most people think that health care is accessible to people with disabilities, but barriers in communication, facility access and medical equipment can prevent people with disabilities from getting the care that they need. The Disabilities Resource Center at UPMC will share the structure of their approach to accessibility, lessons learned, basic tools and community partnerships developed to reduce barriers to healthcare service delivery. The building blocks for accessible health care can be used in hospitals, physician offices and outpatient centers
 
 
 
 
 

August 20, 2013 » Athletic Opportunities for Students with Disabilities: Focus on Colleges and Universities

This special session is being offered in collaboration with the Institute for Human Centered Design in response to the recent guidance provided by the Office for Civil Rights clarifying public elementary and secondary schools obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to provide extracurricular athletic opportunities for students with disabilities. The session will provide attendees with practical advice on how colleges and universities can better integrate students with disabilities into mainstream athletic programs and as well as how to create adapted programs.
 
 

July 16, 2013 » ADA Anniversary Update:23 Years Later

Mark the 23rd anniversary of the ADA by joining this audio conference as we listen to representatives of the EEOC and DOJ present an update on their litigation, technical assistance and enforcement efforts over the past year. Participants will have an opportunity to pose questions to the presenters regarding issues in their own workplace or community.
 
Speakers:
 
 
 
Senior Attorney
 
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
 
 
 
 

June 18, 2013 » Service Animals in Post Secondary Education Settings

Recent revisions to the regulations implementing Title II and III of the ADA have put an increased focus on the issue of service animals in a variety of settings. Post secondary institutions face unique challenges around service animals when it comes to their policies and procedures in student housing, classroom spaces and public areas. This session will explore the different scenarios that often play out in post secondary education and discuss the interplay between laws governing non-discrimination in housing versus equal access to programs and services. Join this panel of presenters for a discussion of the issues and engage with them in an interactive question and answer period.
 
 

May 28, 2013 » Upcoming changes for federal contractors and subcontractors:Hiring and employing people with disabilities

Join this session to learn more about what gave rise to the changes in Section 503 and get current data on the status of people with disabilities and employment. The presenters will provide an overview of the final guidelines and discuss the ADA Amendments Act (ADA AA) and how understanding the ADA AA is critical to compliance with the new guidelines. Dilemmas regarding implementation will be discussed (i.e. collecting disability data, etc.) as well as tips on what employers need to do to including but not limited to making changes in their systems and practices.Resources to assist with compliance will be provided.
 
Speakers:
 
Director of Training
 
Northeast ADA Center
 
Assistant Director of Training and Development
 
Cornell University
 
 
 
 

April 16, 2013 » Extracurricular Athletic Opportunities for Students with Disabilities:Understanding the Issues

This special session is being offered in collaboration with the Inclusive Fitness Coalition in response to the recent guidance provided by the Office for Civil Rights clarifying public elementary and secondary schools obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to provide extracurricular athletic opportunities for students with disabilities. This session will discuss key points that are addressed in this new resource. The session will provide attendees with practical advice on how schools can better integrate students with disabilities into mainstream athletic programs and as well as how to create adapted programs. The goal of this session is to raise awareness of the obligation to provide opportunities in athletics and to encourage change at the school level.
 
Speakers:
 
 
Cofounder and Chief Operating Officer
 
AAASP
 
Cofounder and Executive Director
 
AAASP
 
Institute for Human Centered Design
 
 
 
 

March 19, 2013 » Throwing the Switch: Empowering Advocates to Make the Most of Current Trends in Disability and Technology Policy

This session will familiarize attendees with the latest developments in technology policy affecting people with disabilities. Specifically, session attendees will gain a greater understanding of the landmark Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) and its impact on the usability of telecommunications and video programming technologies. The session will also briefly explore the linkages and overlapping policy concerns of the CVAA and other laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and copyright law. The session will provide attendees with practical advice on how people with disabilities can make use of complaint and other processes to advocate and ensure accessibility. The goal of this session is to raise awareness of the new rights and requirements now available under the law and to encourage their use to promote change in technology industry behavior.
 
Speaker:
 
Director, Public Policy
 
American Foundation for the Blind
 
 
 
 

February 19, 2013 » Everyone Into the Pool:Refresher on the requirements for swimming pool lifts

People with disabilities had waited over 20 years following the passage of the ADA to gain access into swimming pools and spas at hotels/motels, water parks, etc. With the adoption of the 2010 ADA Standards they celebrated the fact that there were finally technical standards for accessible entry and exit to newly constructed and existing swimming pools, wading pools, and spas. However, after concerns were raised by the hotel/motel industry regarding the short timeframe for compliance the U.S. Department took action that extended the compliance date for the provisions related to existing swimming pools, wading pools and spas (pools built before March 15, 2012) until January 31, 2013. Now that this date is finally here the question remains as to whether or not everyone understands what is required and who is required to comply. Join this session as we review what those requirements are and what is required for both Title II and Title III entities.
 
 
 
 
 

January 15, 2013 » ADA and Law Enforcement:Understanding the Issues

Law enforcement plays a critical role in our communities.This session will address the obligations of law enforcement agencies to understand and meet the needs of people with disabilities. Discussion will include obligations to conduct a self-assessment addressing physical barriers in facilities, policies and procedures to ensure non-discrimination on the basis of disability and the steps needed to ensure that you are able to communicate effectively with people with disabilities. Learn about the role that an ADA Coordinator may play in your agency and strategies for conducting outreach into the disability community to ensure that they are aware of the services you provide and can assist you to meet your obligations under the law.
 
Speaker:
 
ADA Consultant in Law Enforcement
 
National Association of ADA Coordinators
 
 
 
 

December 18, 2012 » ADA and GINA: Understanding the Rules When Employers Request Medical or Genetic Information?

Title I of the ADA and Title II of GINA limit employer access to medical information. Regardless of whether an employer or an occupational health provider maintains information in paper or electronic files, it must ensure that personal health information about applicants or employees cannot be accessed, except under specific circumstances. Join us for this session as the relationship between GINA and the Employment Provisions of the ADA are discussed.
 
Speaker:
 
Senior Attorney Advisor, Americans with Disabilities Act Division
 
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
 
 
 
 

November 13, 2012 » ADA Case Law Update

Join us for this popular yearly session and learn what the courts and federal agencies have done to shape the ADA through their decisions and settlements. This session will review key issues that are currently before the courts and analyze the trends. Discussion will include some of the trends in case law at the lower courts which may have an impact on decisions at all levels, including issues that may find their way to the Supreme Court. In addition, presenter will review how the courts are interpreting the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.
 
Speaker:
 
Director of Legal Services
 
Equip for Equality
 
 
 
 

October 16, 2012 » The Application of Federal Tax Incentives Supporting the Americans with Disability Act

During this session we will go over a range of tax credits and deductions available to businesses to improve access for people with disabilities including the Access Credit and the Work Opportunity Credit as they aggregate with other business related incentives as components of the General Business Credit. Dr. White will also discuss notable cases that illustrate how these tax provisions interact with ADA provisions. He will talk about the possible impact of the 2010 ADA Standards on these incentives.
 
Speaker:
 
Chair of the Academic Accounting Department
 
University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management
 
 
 
 

August 26, 2014 » Helping People with Hearing Loss Hear in Public Places through the Use of hearing Loop Technology

Hearing loops transmit the audio from a PA system directly to telecoil-equipped hearing aids and cochlear implants. The telecoil functions as an antenna, relaying sounds directly into the ear without background noise just like Wi-Fi connects people to the Web. Hearing Loops are quickly becoming the hearing assistive listening system of choice for bringing clear sound to people with hearing loss: From schools and houses of worship to concert venues, assisted living facilities, municipal buildings and increasingly in transportation environments. Hearing Loops are a consumer preferred solution and the only system that is directly hearing aid compatible, does not require the use of separate receiver for the users most likely to avail themselves of assistive technology and will make facilities seamlessly hearing friendly. This system has the potential to bring many of 36+ million people with hearing loss back to theatre, houses of worship and community activities, but also enhances face-to-face customer service at ticket windows and service desks particularly if these areas are in locations with background noise. Anywhere where audible communication is integral to the use of the space, hearing loops can offer seamless assistive listening as mandated by the American with Disabilities Act. The Webinar will explain hearing loss, the needs of people with hearing loss and why hearing assistive technology is needed even if a person uses hearing aids or cochlear implants, the 2010 ADA-Communication Elements and Assistive Listening Systems (ALS) requirements, the international IEC 60118-4 Induction Hearing Loop Standard and how it relates to the telecoils in hearing aids. The advantages and disadvantages of the different hearing loop designs and installation techniques will be discussed as well as best practices in hearing loop procurement.
 
 

July 15, 2014 » ADA Anniversary Update: 24 Years Later

Mark the 24th anniversary of the ADA by joining this annual session where we invite representatives of the Federal Agencies present an update on their litigation, technical assistance and enforcement efforts over the past year. Participants will have an opportunity to pose questions to the presenters regarding issues in their own workplace or community
 
Speakers:
 
Senior Attorney
 
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
 
Branch Chief for Regulatory
 
U.S. Department of Labor
 
 
 
 

June 17, 2014 » Disclosure of Disability under the ADA and its relationship to Section 503 Regulations

Issues surrounding the disclosure of disability-related and medical information under the ADA are difficult for employers, employees, and job seekers. The amount of disability-related information that an employer may request under the ADA depends on which stage of the employment process is involved. To complicate matters, new regulations went into effect on March 24, 2014 for Federal Contractors regarding the recruitment and hiring of individuals with disabilities. Under the new Section 503 Regulations Federal contractors must invite applicants to self-identify as individuals with disabilities during the pre- and post-offer phases of the application process. Thus questions begin to arise in terms of how the Section 503 requirements fit with the ADA’s non-discrimination requirements. While technical assistance information has been made available by both the EEOC and The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs confusion remains. Just this session to get your questions answered and hear more about how this issue should be addressed by both employers and applicants and or employees with disabilities alike.
 
Speakers:
 
Senior Attorney
 
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
 
Branch Chief for Regulatory
 
U.S. Department of Labor
 
 
 
 

May 20, 2014 » Electronic Information and Digital Access: Update on Compliance and Enforcement Activities

Technology offers many benefits to people with disabilities but at the same time can present barriers if not executed properly. Join this session as we explore some of the areas where enforcement efforts are impacting the private sector and influencing how accessibility is incorporated into the design and implementation of their products. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division will discuss efforts to address the accessibility of web based information as well as products such as e-readers.
 
Speakers:
 
Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division,Disability Rights Section
 
U.S. Department of Justice
 
Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division,Disability Rights Section
 
U.S. Department of Justice
 
 
 
 

April 15, 2014 » Googling Job Applicants

Employers are increasingly using the Internet to gather information about job applicants from social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn. This session will highlight the risks incurred as well as offer recommendations for employers when Googling information about potential employees. Topics covered include: 1. What is legally permissible in the search process 2. What are some of the benefits versus pitfalls by using this process 3. What the motivations are for searching and methods for analyzing information obtained from the Internet
 
Speaker:
 
Outreach Manager and Ombudsman
 
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
 
 
 
 

March 18, 2014 » Part III: Bringing It All Together: Transition Plans, Barrier Removal Plans, and Action Plans

After gathering and analyzing information and identifying problems, it's time to put it all together and put it to work. The next step is to create an action plan for changes to policies, practices, and procedures; a barrier removal plan; and/or a transition plan for making physical changes to facilities in order to achieve program access. Learn about the Department of Justice's specific requirements for transition plans and what it suggests for barrier removal plans, what the Department of Transportation looks for from its highway fund recipients, and other factors to consider. We'll examine how to enlist staff in creating actions steps for each program, identify responsibilities, establish priorities and time lines, and track steps toward remediation. An architect who has assisted with numerous transition plans and barrier removal plans also brings his practical experience to bear on these issues and on how to tie corrective actions to the planning and budgeting process.
 
Speakers:
 
President ADA One, LLC, Silver Spring, MD
 
ADA One
 
Chief Executive Officer
 
Evan Terry Associates
 
 
 
 

February 18, 2014 » Part II: A Hands-on Approach to Self-Evaluations

Next, how do you evaluate your programs, policies, and procedures? Once you've decided the scope of the evaluation and identified your resources, you'll need an organized and productive way to gather information, consider public input, and analyze the results. Possible considerations include showing support from the top; training; finding a way to bring together (1) knowledge of particular programs with (2) an understanding of the ADA -- and what to do if no one has that understanding; evaluating some programs in greater depth when they do not lend themselves to evaluation by checklist; quality control; and timing. We'll see what kind of information you should gather about facilities and at what level of detail, for assessing "program access."
 
Speakers:
 
JD, Deputy Chief
 
ADA One
 
Chief Executive Officer
 
Evan Terry Associates
 
 
 
 

January 21, 2014 » Part I: Getting Started

This session, the first in a three-part series, lays the groundwork for any effort to develop or update a self-evaluation and/or transition plan or, for title III entities, a barrier removal plan. Some state and local governments, colleges and universities, or private entities may have plans that date from the early 1990s. But the ADA rules have changed, you've expanded or discontinued programs, you deliver services and information in new ways such as via the web, and you've built and altered buildings and changed their use. Find out what program areas the Department of Justice's 2010 rules may require title II entities to examine, what "program access" means, the benefits of planning, alternatives to a full-blown plan, and how to position your entity for success when developing a new plan or updating an existing one. We'll explore how to prepare for the outcome you seek - from putting a team together to deciding whether to use checklists, consultants, and electronic data bases. What measures should you use for equipment, streets and sidewalks, trails, and other areas that may lack binding standards? A former DOJ official who has conducted evaluations for cities, counties, and universities takes you through the steps and answers questions.
 
Speakers:
 
JD, Deputy Chief
 
ADA One
 
Chief Executive Officer
 
Evan Terry Associates
 
 
 
 

December 17, 2013 » Ask the EEOC: Questions and Answers

Join us for one of the most popular sessions in the ADA Audio Conference Series. Listen to an update on EEOC Enforcement and Guidance Activities and pose your questions to our speaker. This is an interactive session and you are encouraged to bring your tough issues and concerns forward. Learn from what others may be experiencing and the questions and issues that they may have as well.
 
Speaker:
 
Senior Attorney Advisor, ADA/GINA Division Office of Legal Counsel
 
Office of Legal Counsel - EEOC
 
 
 
 

November 19, 2013 » Implementing Olmstead The Status of Enforcement Efforts

In 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division launched an aggressive effort to enforce the Supreme Courts decision in Olmstead v.L.C., a ruling that requires states to eliminate unnecessary segregation of persons with disabilities and to ensure that persons with disabilities receive services in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. The Civil Rights Division has responded by working with state and local governments officials, disability rights groups and attorneys around the country, and with representatives of the Department of Health and Human Services, to fashion an effective, nationwide program to enforce the integration mandate of the Department's regulation implementing title II of the ADA. Join this session as we hear more about these efforts including how the integration versus segregation mandate has been applied to employment.
 
Speaker:
 
Deputy Chief-Disability Rights Section-Civil Rights Division
 
U.S. Department of Justice