What You Missed in March
In March, 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.
March ADA Webinars and other Online Events
Accessible Swimming Pools and Spas
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: Splish splash! People with disabilities use swimming pools and spas for rehabilitation, exercise, rest, and relaxation. This session will review provisions in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards that address independent access to swimming pools and spas. U.S. Access Board staff will review application of the requirements to pools and spas, as well as the technical requirements for pool lifts, sloped entries, transfer steps, transfer walls, and accessible stairs. Additionally, they will address aquatic recreation facilities, such as lazy rivers, wave action pools, and water play components. Presenters will also clarify common sources of confusion about accessible swimming pools and spas. This webinar will include video remote interpreting (VRI) and real-time captioning. Questions can be submitted in advance of the session or can be posed during the live webinar. Webinar attendees can earn continuing education credits.
Operationalizing the Principles of Inclusive Emergency Management
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 and the ADA National Network.
From the Pacific ADA Center: This presentation will outline how key principles for inclusive emergency management are being used by the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), Kern County, and the FREED Center for Independent Living to address whole community needs regarding mass vaccination, evacuation/transportation planning, and Public Safety Power Shutoff events.
Accessible Social Media 2.0
The ADA Audio Conference series is coordinated by the Great Lakes ADA Center on behalf of the ADA National Network.
From the Great Lakes ADA Center: Organizations, businesses, and public entities use social media to promote their products and mission as well as to engage members of the public. This webinar will cover how social managers and other staff can create and publish content for social media in a manner that is accessible to individuals with a variety of disabilities (vision, auditory, motor, and cognitive). The speaker will provide an overview of the basics of making content accessible on various social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Learn tips beyond the basics such as tips on writing alt text, ensuring language is accessible, and testing your own content. Participants will have an opportunity to ask the speaker questions following the presentation.
Legal Update on ADA Claims of Disparate Impact vs. Disparate Treatment
This is a free webinar offered through the Great Lakes ADA Center on behalf of the ADA National Network.
From Great Lakes ADA Center: Do you know the difference Between Disparate Treatment and Disparate Impact? The law recognizes two types of illegal discrimination. Disparate treatment refers to intentional discrimination, where people in a protected class are deliberately treated differently. This is the most common type of discrimination. An example of this would be an employer giving a certain test to applicants with disabilities but not to applicants without disabilities. Disparate impact refers to discrimination that is unintentional. This can involve making a service available to everyone regardless of disability status, but individuals in a protected class, like disability, are negatively affected. For instance, a college makes available pre-recorded video study courses online but the videos lack closed captioning making it impossible for deaf and hard of hearing individuals to access and benefit from the online study courses. Join us as we review latest developments relating to these types of claims under the ADA. We will review the analytical standards and discuss current legal actions relating to Disparate Impact all the way to the latest Appeals Courts decisions and a filing with the U.S. Supreme Court asking the question of whether disparate impact claims exist under §504 of the Rehabilitation Act. We will also discuss why certain advocacy groups are sounding an alarm that our current Supreme Court could decide the fate of Disparate Impact claims under the ADA and 504.
ADA Accommodation Solutions for Executive Functioning Deficits
This is a free webinar offered through the Job Accommodation Network (JAN). JAN provides free training and technical assistance on workplace accommodations and the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
From the Job Accommodation Network: Executive functions are high-level mental processes or abilities that influence and direct more basic abilities like attention and memory. Join JAN Cognitive/Neurological Team consultants Melanie Whetzel and Alexis Popa for a discussion about accommodation solutions that address limitations affecting attention, time management, memory, hyperactivity/impulsivity, and getting to work on time. This training will be a live question and answer session but will include JAN accommodation examples to prompt thinking about the topics and generate questions about the difficulties you or your employees are experiencing on the job that involve attention, meeting deadlines, productivity standards, and more. Submit your questions during the live event or in advance at Training@AskJAN.org.
Increasing Equitable Healthcare for People with Disabilities, Lessons Learned During the COVID-19 Pandemic
This is a free webinar offered through the Healthcare and the ADA-Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities Webinar Series, hosted by the Pacific ADA Center.
Excerpt from the Pacific ADA Center: People with disabilities have long experienced barriers in accessing equitable healthcare and the COVID-19 pandemic served to starkly highlight the barriers and discrimination that continue for this population. Changes are needed in the U.S. health care system to address and eliminate these persistent problems to lessen the significant health disparities and poorer health outcomes of people with disabilities. This webinar will present findings and recommendations from the National Council on Disability's 2021 report, The Impact of COVID-19 on People with Disabilities.
Section 508 Questions and Answers
This is a free webinar offered through the Great Lakes ADA Center on behalf of the federal partners.
From the Great Lakes ADA Center: Technical questions can arise in applying the Section 508 Standards to the various types of information and communication technologies (ICT) that they cover in the federal sector. In this webinar, Section 508 Specialists at the U.S. Access Board and the General Services Administration (GSA) will provide answers to common questions about the 508 Standards. They will address use of the 508 Standards in ICT acquisitions, validating conformance with the standards, available Section 508 tools and resources, the 2021 revision of the Federal Acquisition Regulation, development of an ICT Testing Baseline portfolio, and other topics. This session is intended for entry-level to intermediate audiences, but all are welcome to join.
Disability Disclosure: From Application to Employment
This is a free webinar offered through the Southeast ADA Center, one of the 10 Regional ADA Centers in the ADA National Network that provides training and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act.
From the Southeast ADA Center:
Disclosing a disability may be a consideration when applying for a job or after you are hired. Making the decision to disclose can be overwhelming. So when do you disclose? How do you disclose? Under the ADA you can request an accommodation for any employment related activity. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) an employee must disclose their disability if they need an adjustment or change at work. This session will explain how and when to disclose a disability as well as employer requests for documentation. Once disclosure has been made the interactive process to investigate accommodations should begin. This session will be followed up on April 27, 2022 with a discussion on the interactive process.
This is the first session in a 3-part webinar series on Employment and the ADA. Register for remaining sessions: https://bit.ly/seada-employment-series-2022