In September, 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.
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.
September ADA Webinars and other Online Events
Common Sources of Confusion in Accessibility Standards
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: Certain provisions in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards are prone to misinterpretation and generate many of the technical assistance inquiries the Access Board receives. This webinar will review and clarify common sources of confusion in the standards, including application of the standards in new construction and alterations, electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, toilet rooms, signs, accessible routes and ground surfaces, and other areas and elements. Session participants are encouraged to share their own areas of confusion and submit questions in advance of the session. 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.
What’s Race Got to Do With It?: An Intersectional Approach to Disability Rights
This is a free webinar offered through the ADA National Network which provides information, training, and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act.
From the ADA National Network: Understanding the complex associations between race and disability is essential to ensuring that all people can access their civil rights. This session will introduce the concept of intersectionality, with particular emphasis on the ways in which ableism and racism are interconnected. Content will consider how intersections of race and disability shape experiences and perceptions of disability, and how ADA Centers and other disability service organizations can outreach to, support, and collaborate with underserved communities.
ADA Enforcement and Steps You Can Take Before You File an ADA Complaint
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: There are many steps that a person can take prior to filing an ADA complaint to resolve a disability discrimination issue. During this session, we will discuss these steps and talk about the process for filing an ADA complaint with the various federal agencies that enforce the ADA. Participants will have an opportunity to ask the speaker questions following the presentation.
The Supreme Court’s Olmstead Decision and Its Far-Reaching Impact on People with Disabilities
This is a free webinar offered through the Great Lakes ADA Center on behalf of the ADA National Network.
From Great Lakes ADA Center: In 1999, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Olmstead v. L.C. finding that undue institutionalization is discrimination under the ADA. Although the facts in Olmstead focused on providing community services to adults with disabilities living in state-operated institutions, the decision’s “most integrated setting” concept has been applied to a wide range of contexts, including employment, education and the criminal legal system. This session will review the Olmstead decision along with the subsequent court decisions, settlement agreements and Department of Justice Guidance. Attend this session to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the tremendous impact the Olmstead decision has had on the lives of people with disabilities.
Accommodation Solutions for Sleep Disorders
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 (JAN): Join JAN Cognitive/Neurological Team experts Melanie Whetzel and Alexis Popa for an informative and interactive session on sleep disorders. Employees and employers alike contact JAN for assistance combating sleep disorders – whether the issue is too much sleep and the inability to wake-up, falling asleep uncontrollably, sleeping on the job, or the total lack of sleep that compounds cognitive difficulties. This session is designed with specific JAN examples that will prompt thinking and help generate attendee questions.
Building a Successful Document Accessibility Program: Strategies, Methods, and Workplans for Inclusive Programs
This is a free webinar offered through the Great Lakes ADA Center on behalf of the federal partners.
From the Great Lakes ADA Center: Accessibility programs are essential to ensuring federal agencies are inclusive of employees with disabilities, especially within digital work environments. While there is no universal method for developing effective accessibility programs, some strategies and practices are more successful than others. In the creation of digital documents, agencies frequently produce large volumes through the collaboration of many authors across federal departments, offices, and units. This session will discuss some common features, work processes, and evaluation and implementation actions of successful document accessibility programs. Presenters from Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) will review the importance of scoping and protocols in work-plans, the methods to maximize the effects of centralized document services, the effectiveness of partnering with internal groups that produce large volumes of documents, and the approaches to maximize training efforts by targeted recruitment.