What You Missed in February
In February, 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.
ADA Live Radio: Making Our Elections Accessible: Equal Access for Voters with Disabilities
ADA Live! (WADA) is a free monthly show broadcast nationally on the Internet hosted by the Southeast ADA Center.
From the Southeast ADA Center:
Join us for this episode of ADA Live! as we discuss voting access for people with disabilities with Jennifer Levin, Senior Attorney with Disability Law Colorado. Ms. Levin will share the role of Protection and Advocacy in ensuring equal access and, specifically, the Protection and Advocacy for Voting Access (PAVA) initiative. Federal laws regarding voting access, and the protections they provide, will be discussed as well as best practices and policies some states have adopted to ensure equal access for all voters.
By voting, citizens are participating in the democratic process. Citizens vote for leaders to represent them and their ideas, and the leaders support the citizens' interests. As we move closer to the 2020 state primaries and Presidential election, the Southeast ADA Center and the ADA National Network, along with our national, regional and state partners, are focusing on voting access.
To Listen: https://www.adalive.org/episode77
Webinar: Using the ADA and ABA Standards Series, Chapter 2: Scoping - New Construction
This is a free webinar offered through a collaboration of the U.S. Access Board, the Great Lakes ADA Center, and the ADA National Network.
From the Great Lakes ADA Center:
The ADA and ABA Standards provide “scoping” provisions that specify which (or how many) elements, spaces, and rooms must comply in newly built and altered facilities. These requirements cover the required number of accessible routes, parking spaces, entrances, restrooms, signs, and many other building elements and spaces. Scoping provisions also exempt certain structures and spaces. This session will review scoping requirements and exceptions in Chapter 2 of the standards that apply in new construction. Presenters will clarify common sources of confusion in this chapter, including exceptions, employee work areas, entrances, vertical access in multi-story buildings, toilet and bathing facilities, and other subjects of frequently asked questions.
Webinar: Inclusive Emergency Planning
This is a free webinar offered through the Emergency Management and Preparedness - Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities Webinar Series, hosted by the Pacific ADA Center.
From the Pacific ADA Center:
Inclusive emergency planning isn't as scary and out of reach as it sometimes feels. Emergency managers from city, county and state level and FEMA's Region IX Disability Integration Specialist will discuss how they were able to build better plans and engage with the disability community to achieve whole community all hazards emergency plans.
Webinar: Disability, Diversity, and Inclusion: Lessons Learned from Industry Leaders
The ADA Audio Conference is coordinated by the Great Lakes ADA Center on behalf of the ADA National Network.
From the Great Lakes ADA Center:
Discussions about the meaningful inclusion of workers with disabilities are often missing from research and practice. Join us as the presenters discuss the findings from a research study that included interviewing industry leaders involved in the diversity and inclusion efforts of more than 40 businesses across the Great Lakes Region (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin). The research team worked with the businesses to better understand the process of creating an inclusive workplace culture in relation to informal and formal policies, programs, initiatives, and practices that support the recruitment, hiring, and retention of workers with disabilities. The presenters provide a summary of some of the emerging best practices and challenges to implementing them. There will be time for participants to ask the presenters about their work.