The Great Lakes ADA Center and other ADA National Network members offer several free online trainings each month on a variety of topics related to the Americans with Disabilities Act, the ADA. All of the sessions are free but may require advance registration.
If you have follow-up questions about any of the topics covered, make use of the free ADA help line: (800) 949-4232. In Indiana, your call will be directed to the Great Lakes ADA Center.
May ADA Webinars and other Online Events
May 5, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. ET: An Introduction to Website Accessibility
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: Everyone needs access to digital information provided by the World Wide Web. However, many websites have subtle barriers that prevent people with disabilities from using content. Fortunately, accessibility is not difficult to implement, and most accessibility features do not require significant changes to the visual presentation. This session will review what web accessibility is, how people with disabilities use the web, how to quickly identify accessibility barriers, and what are some simple solutions. Access Board IT Specialist Bruce Bailey will also clarify common sources of confusion about web accessibility and provide key resources for learning more about website accessibility. Questions can be submitted in advance of the session or can be posed during the live webinar. This webinar will include video remote interpreting (VRI) and real-time captioning. Webinar attendees can earn continuing education credits.
Free but registration is required. To Register: https://www.accessibilityonline.org/ao/session/?id=111000
May 12, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET: Accommodation and ADA Considerations - Reproductive Disorders and Pregnancy
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: Likely a lesser-known fact, reproductive disorders affect millions of Americans each year. Maybe this is partly true because we don’t talk about, or take seriously enough, the impact of these types of disorders on work. What we do know is that job-related limitations associated with reproductive disorders can often be addressed by reasonable accommodations provided under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and/or related laws. This training will include information about common reproductive disorders, limitations, accommodations, and ADA considerations related to such impairments as endometriosis, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), fibroids, polycystic ovary syndrome, cervical and ovarian cancers, menopause, and infertility. Pregnancy-related job accommodation issues will also be discussed.
Free but registration is required. To Register: https://askjan.org/events/index.cfm?calview=eventdetails&dtid=E792F77E-DC05-5495-405DE79C39E85EA2
May 12, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. ET: The Realities 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: Emergency Management Directors (EMDs) deal with some surprising and sometimes immovable obstacles in their operations including tiny budgets, small to no staff, and a lack of political concern or support. To be successful as an EMD or when working with EMDs to improve the accessibility and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance of an emergency management program, it's important to understand these realities. This webinar will discuss not only the realities emergency managers face but how to incorporate these realities in approaches to increase accessibility and ADA compliance in emergency management.
Free webinar but registration is required. To Register: http://adapresentations.org/scheduleEM.php
May 17, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET: The ADA in Small Cities and Towns
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: People with disabilities must have an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from a town's services, programs, and activities. This session will look at the ADA requirements for town facilities, communications with the public, and policies and procedures governing town programs, services, and activities. How to engage the local community will also be discussed. Participants will have an opportunity to ask the speaker questions following the presentation.
Free but registration is required. To register: https://www.accessibilityonline.org/ADA-Audio/session/?id=110986
May 18, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET: ADA Litigation and Digital Accessibility
This is a free webinar offered through the Great Lakes ADA Center on behalf of the ADA National Network.
From Great Lakes ADA Center: When the ADA was enacted in 1990, the internet had not yet become such an important part of people’s lives, including the lives of people with disabilities. Now that the internet is such an integral tool for businesses, employers and governmental entities, courts have been grappling with how the ADA applies to websites and other digital information. This issue has become even more acute as a result of pandemic and people with disabilities are using online services more than ever. This webinar will review the different legal theories courts have applied for the ADA and the internet, discuss the most recent case law analyzing this issue, and provide updates on positions taken by the Department of Justice. Don’t miss this session so that you’ll be up to date on the latest legal developments related to the ADA and digital accessibility.
Free but registration is required. To Register: https://www.accessibilityonline.org/ada-legal/session/?id=111001
May 24, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET: Accessible Data Visualization
This is a free webinar offered through the Great Lakes ADA Center on behalf of the federal partners.
From the Great Lakes ADA Center: In the Digital Age, data visualizations have become more commonly developed to represent large data sets through graphics, charts, and other visuals. Federal agencies have used them to show patterns, trends, and outliers of data to inform members of the public, policy makers, and first-responders. This session will introduce the concept, development, tools, and benefits of data visualizations, including making them accessible. Presenters from the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for Disease Control, and the U.S. Census will discuss how their respective agencies use data visualizations to meet their missions. Presenters will also review some barriers, solutions, and implications to making accessible data visualizations. This session is intended for entry-level to intermediate audiences, but all are welcome to join. 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.
Free but registration is required. To Register: https://www.accessibilityonline.org/cioc-508/session/?id=111002
May 25, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET - Creating Welcoming Park Environments: Inclusion of Individuals with Mental Health Conditions
This is a free webinar offered through the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, one of the 10 Regional ADA Centers in the ADA National Networkthat provides training and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act.
From the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center: Parks are well known for their beneficial impact on physical and mental health. Is your park welcoming to the nearly 1 in 5 people who experience a mental health condition? This session will introduce the idea of welcoming parks, and identify actionable strategies for intentionally including individuals who experience mental health conditions. It will also highlight a new resource entitled "Creating Welcoming Parks and Recreation Environments(link is external)," a 7-module training that focuses on specific strategies to foster parks that are welcoming to everyone.
Free but registration is required. To Register: https://www.adainfo.org/training/creating-welcoming-park-environments-inclusion-individuals-mental-health-conditions
May 25, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET - Employment: Long Haulers and COVID
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: According to the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), employers across the United States are receiving accommodation requests from employees who currently have COVID-19 or who have recovered from COVID-19 and have long-term effects. This session will explore possible residual effects of having COVID, whether COVID long haulers meet the ADA definition of disability and accommodations that may enable COVID long haulers to return to work.
Free but registration is required. To Register: https://bit.ly/seada-employment-series-2022