What You Missed in April
In April, the Great Lakes ADA Center and other members of the ADA National Network hosted several free online trainings on the Americans with Disabilities Act, the ADA, and other disability topics.
The materials and recordings are available at no cost.
April ADA Webinars and other Online Events
ADA State of the Science Conference
From the ADA National Network:The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life. The recent State of the Science Conference highlighted research related to successes and challenges in fulfilling the promise of the ADA. Each day the virtual conference featured a keynote speaker and research presentations, from the ADA Regional Centers as well as external researchers, focusing on unique themes. Day 1 focused on Employment and Economic Self-Sufficiency, Day 2 focused on Community Development and Planning, and Day 3 focused on Access and Inclusion.
Accessible Public Rights-of-Way
From the Great Lakes ADA Center:Ensuring access to public streets and sidewalks can be a challenge since new guidelines for accessible public rights-of-way have not yet been finalized under the ADA. This webinar will review available resources in the interim, namely the guidelines that the Access Board previously proposed for public rights-of-way and shared use paths. Presenters will discuss common issues and solutions, as well as review proposed requirements for sidewalks and street crossings, curb ramps and blended transitions, detectable warnings, pedestrian signals, on-street parking, street furniture, transit stops, and other components of public rights-of-way and shared use paths.
ADA Live Radio - The ADA, Accessible Farming and Gardening
From the Southeast ADA Center: The roots of agriculture run deep in our country, from large farms to community gardens, and it’s vital to the quality of our lives. We do not often think about how the ADA applies to large farms, community gardens, or neighborhood farmer’s markets. With spring around the corner, many of us are ready to be outside and get into the dirt by clearing, tilling, and planting. In this episode of ADA Live! we’ll be digging into the topic of the ADA, accessible farming and gardening with our guest, Paul Jones, Manager of the Breaking New Ground (BNG) Resource Center and the National AgrAbility Project located at Purdue University. Please join us as we learn about the important work of AgrAbility, accessible agriculture, and any ADA requirements.
ADA Live Radio - Gil v. Winn-Dixie, 11th Circuit Decision on Web Access and the ADA
From the Southeast ADA Center: On April 7, 2021, the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Gil v. Winn-Dixie that websites operated by businesses are not “places of public accommodation” under Title III of the ADA. Gil’s inability to access the Winn-Dixie website, due to his blindness, therefore, was not in violation of the ADA. In the court’s opinion, the company’s website, without a point of sale, did not present an “intangible barrier” to Gil’s shopping for goods and services at Winn-Dixie’s physical stores.
Please join us for this special edition of ADA Live! to discuss the impact of this decision with our guests: Mark Riccobono, President, National Federation of the Blind; Howard Rosenblum CEO of National Association of the Deaf; Bruce Sexton, JD, plaintiff in National Federation of the Blind v. Target; and Peter Blanck, Chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University.
Vaccine Access for People with Disabilities: Guidance, Funding, Strategies and Best Practices
Excerpt from the Pacific ADA Center: Administration on Community Living (ACL) Acting Administrator Alison Barkoff and HHS's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Acting Director Robinsue Frohboese will discuss new information on guidance, funding, strategies and best practices related to vaccine access for people with disabilities. They will emphasize recently released resources on vaccine access. Alison will address strategies and promising practices that are helping improve vaccination access, and $100 million of funding provided to ACL by CDC for vaccination efforts. Robinsue will address OCR's recently released Guidance on Federal Legal Standards Prohibiting Disability Discrimination in COVID-19 Vaccination Programs and the Fact Sheet: Disability Access in Vaccine Distribution.
Service and Emotional Support Animals in the Workplace
From the Job Accommodation Network: Issues surrounding service and emotional support animals in the workplace continue to be confusing to both employers and employees with disabilities. This webcast will provide an overview of the most frequent questions JAN gets regarding service and emotional support animals and ADA information and practical guidance for addressing them.
ADA Trainer Leadership Network: Building Local Capacity for ADA Implementation
From the Great Lakes ADA Center: This interactive session will provide an overview of the ADA Trainer Leadership Network (TLN), a program that equips and supports stakeholders in Regions 2, 3, 4, 9 and 10 to increase ADA understanding and implementation in local communities. Participants will learn about how our diverse membership of vocational rehabilitation professionals, self-advocates, municipal representatives, healthcare educators and others, use a specifically designed, nationally vetted curriculum to provide training and guidance on disability inclusiveness. Join us for some fun and games, as you learn about the TLN, and how to become part of this ADA National Network initiative!
What You Need to Know about the Justice Department Settlement Agreement with Amtrak
From the Great Lakes ADA Center: On December 2nd, 2020, the Department of Justice and Amtrak, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, entered into an agreement to resolve the department’s findings of disability discrimination in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Join us for this special session when a representative from the U.S. Department of Justice explains the terms of the agreement, details about the $2.25 million monetary fund, who is eligible for compensation and how individuals impacted by the inaccessibility of stations may apply. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions of the speaker regarding the settlement agreement.
Ask the ADA Information Specialist: Taking Care of Business
From the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center: Title III of the ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in the activities of “places of public accommodation,” which are businesses open to the public, such as stores, entertainment venues, and doctors’ offices. As businesses gradually reopen, ensuring accessibility to facilities and services for people with disabilities will return to the forefront. In preparation, we want to hear from you!