ADA Audio Conference Distance Learning Series Archive

Previous Sessions

September 15th, 2009 - Best Practices in Accommodating Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual Disability and other emerging groups within Post Secondary Education

Educational entities are reporting increased enrollment of individuals with a variety of disabilities that they have not traditionally been served. Questions and concerns regarding the type of accommodations needed and how the campus environment needs to respond to ensure that qualified students have an equal opportunity to participate are common on the various post secondary education listservs and blogs. Join the speakers for this session to learn more about how some institutions have implemented programs that have effectively been able to accommodate and integrate these students.



August 18th, 2009 - Ensuring Effective Communication: Whose responsibility is it?

Who pays for the sign language interpreter? How much notice is required? What language should I put about it in my flyer? Do I have to use a "certified" sign language interpreter? These and many more questions will be discussed during this session. Communication is central to all aspects of conducting business or providing services. Having equal access to information is a civil right yet many people continue to report that they struggle with their health care professionals, lawyers, theatres, educational institutions and government officials to get the form of communication that is most effective for them. Business owners and others remain confused about whose responsibility it is to provide communication related accommodations. This session will provide insight into the problems, discuss case law as it has developed in this area and identify best practice guidelines for approaching this issue.



July 21st, 2009 - ADA Update: 19 Years Later

Mark the 19th anniversary of the ADA by joining this audio conference as we listen to representatives of the Federal Agencies present an update on their litigation, technical assistance and enforcement efforts over the past year. Participants will have an opportunity to pose questions to the presenters regarding issues in their own workplace or community.



June 16th, 2009 - Prepare for the unexpected: Emergency Preparedness/Evacuation for the people with Disabilities

One of the most important roles of local government is to protect their citizenry from harm, including helping people prepare for and respond to emergencies. Making local government emergency preparedness and response programs accessible to people with disabilities is a critical part of this responsibility. Making these programs accessible is also required by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Join this session to learn more about what has been occurring across the country in this area and best practices for implementation.



(2-Part Series State and Local Government Series)
May 19th, 2009 - Public Rights of Way: What are the rules?

Public streets and sidewalks present unique access challenges that are not encompassed by existing guidelines or standards. Access at street crossings for pedestrians with vision impairments, on-street parking, and constraints posed by terrain and space limitations are just some of the issues that often arise. Join this session to learn more about the current rule-making efforts underway by the US Access Board and their status.

Speaker: Representative of the US Access Board


April 21st, 2009 - Understanding Mental Illness: What does an employer need to know?

The ADA is a legal obligation which HR managers, employers, and covered entities must adhere to. Many educational sessions focus on the "how to accommodate" or "what an employer can and can't do under the ADA". Few programs provide employers with the information that they need to understand the types of disabilities that they may encounter with their applicants and employees. Mental illness is one of the most prevalent disabilities in society yet it is also among the most misunderstood. Join this session to learn more about mental illness and the impact that it can have on the lives of your employees. Enhance your understanding of the impact that mental health issues can have on the individual and in turn the workplace and strategies for creating a workplace environment that is supportive of all employees.

Speakers: Dawn Zak, Director, Way of the Willow



March 17, 2009 - Virtual Communication: Implications for the Employers

"Go to our web site to apply for a job", "Check out your benefits on-line", "I will send it to you by email all are common responses that employers give to applicants and employees when they are seeking information or interacting with the HR functions of an employer. Have you thought about the accessibility of these activities to individuals who are blind or have other types of disabilities? This session will discuss the obligation of employers to ensure that all aspects of their communication are accessible, including that which is carried out in the virtual world. Learn what is required and how to implement best practices when using the virtual world to conduct business.

Speaker: Representative of the US Access Board


February 17, 2009 - Unraveling the differences and similarities regarding leave, light duty, reassignment and return to work issues: Implications for the Employers

Employers deal with an alphabet soup of rules and regulations governing the workplace. Confusion abounds when there is an overlap of requirements such as those that are found in the ADA, Family and Medical Leave Act and state Worker's Compensation Laws. Join our speaker as they unravel these issues and provide clarification regarding when leave is required, the process that an employer should use to determine if the leave falls under the ADA vs FMLA or both and how to differentiate between an obligation under Worker's Compensation law and the ADA.

Speaker: Representative of the US Access Board


(4-Part Series Employment Series)
January 27th, 2009 - Work at Home/Altered Work Schedules as an accommodation

The ADA and reasonable accommodation: does it include work at home or an obligation to provide an altered work schedule? This session will discuss these concepts as they apply to reasonable accommodation and explore what the courts are saying and how the EEOC guidance in this area is useful in determining whether or not it is reasonable for your organization.

Speaker: Representative of the US Access Board


December 16th, 2008 - Regulation Update: Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act

Regulations governing the accessibility of telecommunications products and equipment covered by section 255 of the Telecommunications Act and electronic and information technology have been part of an on-going review and update by the US Access Board since September 2006. The Advisory Committee submitted its final report to the Board in the spring of 2008. Join this session to learn more about the proposed changes and the process for implementing them.

Speaker: Representative of the US Access Board


August 19th, 2008 - Serving Customers with Disabilities: Implications for the Hospitality Industry

A 2001 survey conducted by Open Doors Organization/Harris Poll in cooperation with the Travel Industry Association of America and the Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality indicated that disabled persons annually spend $13.6 billion on travel - including $3.3 billion on air travel and $4.2 billion on lodging. A second study showed that 75% of people with disabilities report dining outside of their home at least once/week representing an annual expenditure of $35 billion. Serving customers with disabilities has become a business necessity. Join this session and learn more about what is being done to assist business in meeting their obligations to customers with disabilities.

Speaker: TBA
Guest Moderator: Marian Vessels, Director, Mid Atlantic ADA Center



October 21st, 2008 - ADA Case Law Update

The courts and federal agencies are shaping the ADA through their decisions and settlements. This session will outline the key issues that are currently before the courts as well as discuss some trends in case law at the lower courts which will have an impact on decisions at all levels, including any future cases to be argued before the Supreme Court. A discussion of the potential impact of the ADA Amendments Act will be included.

Speakers:
William N. Myhill, M.Ed.
J.D. Senior Research Associate, Burton Blatt Institute
Adjunct Professor, SU College of Law
Faculty Associate, Center for Digital Literacy Syracuse University

Phoebe Ball, Esq.
Team Attorney - Self-Determination Issue Team, Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities, Inc.



November 18th, 2008 - Everything you need to know about the Enforcement of the ADA but was afraid to ask

When do I file? What agency do I file with? What is alternative dispute resolution? Can I file at the state and federal level at the same time? What is a designated agency? What if I miss the 180 day filing deadline? These are just a few of the many questions that are posed each day about the ADA and the enforcement process. This session will review the enforcement options available to individuals and explain the various methods for pursuing a complaint under the various titles of the ADA.

Speaker: TBA

Guest Moderator:
Wendy Wilkinsen
Director, Southwest ADA Center3



August 12th, 2008 - Update: ADA Restoration Act vs ADA Amendments Act

It has been a year since the ADA Restoration Act was introduced in both the House and the Senate. The intent of this legislation was to address the interpretations of the law by the US Supreme Court that negatively impacted the ability of thousands of Americans with Disabilities from exercising their rights under the ADA. Over the past year the House has passed legislation known as the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (HR 3195) and the Senate is in the process of considering their version of the bill (S 1881). There has been a great deal of discussion via generated on listservs, email and blogs regarding the compromise language used in the ADA Amendments Act and questions raised by advocates, members of Congress and the business community. Join us for this special session of the ADA Audio Conference series to learn more about the legislation, the perspectives of the employer community and how the definition of disability would impact Title I cases of discrimination.

Speakers:



July 15th, 2008 - ADA Update: 18 Years Later

Mark the 18th anniversary of the ADA by joining this audio conference as we listen to representatives of the Federal Agencies present an update on their litigation, technical assistance and enforcement efforts over the past year. Participants will have an opportunity to pose questions to the presenters regarding issues in their own workplace or community.

Speakers:
John L. Wodatch, Chief, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Jeanne Goldberg, Senior Attorney Advisor, Office of Legal Counsel, EEOC



July 8th, 2008 - Ask DOJ: Proposal to Revise ADA Regulations under Title II and Title III

On June 17, 2008 the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division published the long awaited proposed regulations to revise the Department's ADA regulations for State and local governments and public accommodations and commercial facilities, including its ADA Standards for Accessible Design. This special 2 hour session provides individuals an opportunity to learn more about the proposed regulations and direct specific questions to the U.S. Department of Justice. This session will be recorded and a written transcript will become part of the public record for consideration as the U.S. Department of Justice moves forward with the rule-making process.

Speakers:
Representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division



June 17th, 2008 - Accommodating Employees with Psychiatric Disabilities in the Workplace

Psychiatric conditions are the leading charge category for complaints filed with the EEOC. Data gathered by the National Institute of Mental Health indicates that more than one in five American adults experiences some diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. Employers are often concerned that accommodating individuals with psychiatric disabilities is more difficult and costly than accommodating those with physical disabilities. This session will address the realities of accommodating individuals with disabilities in the workplace and offer practical solutions for employers.

Speaker: Dori Hutchinson, ScD, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University
Guest Moderator: Erica Jones, Director, Pacific ADA Center


May 20th, 2008 - Employer Best Practices: Recruitment and Hiring of People with Disabilities

This session will highlight the best practices learned by the Walgreen Company and Cincinnati Children's Hospital in regards to the recruitment and hiring of people with disabilities. Participants will learn what it took within these organizations to mobilize administration, management as well as all employees in support of this effort and the benefits that they have realized as a result. Strategies and common sense approaches will be discussed. Both Walgreen's and Cincinnati Children's Hospital have become models in the business community for embracing people with disabilities as part of their diverse workforce.

Speakers:
Deb Russell, Walgreen Company
Erin Riehle, MSN, RN, Director, Project Search, Division of Disability Services, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center



April 15th, 2008 - There are no IEP's in College

Transitioning from high school to college is tough enough; for students with disabilities who may not know their rights and responsibilities under federal law, the experience can be even tougher. This presentation will compare the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities in high school and in college. By understanding the differences, students, parents, teachers, counselors, service providers, and administrators can be better prepared and increase student's chances of graduating.

Speaker: Howard Kallem, Office of Equity and Diversity Services, George Mason University



March 18th, 2008 - The Nature and Scope of Discrimination in Hiring Under ADA Title I

Over 20,000 allegations of workplace discrimination specific to hiring have been investigated and closed by the EEOC through 2005. Researchers at VCU have uncovered some surprising facts about the nature and scope of hiring discrimination related to characteristics of the charging parties, employers, and outcomes. These findings and their ramifications for the implementation and future of ADA will be discussed.

Speaker: Brian T. McMahon, Ph.D., CRC, Professor, VCU Dept. of Rehabilitation Counseling, Director, Coordination, Outreach and Research Center (CORC) for the ADA Centers.



February 19th, 2008 - Accommodating Older Workers: Implications for Employers

Disability increases with age and as the workforce ages, individuals with disabilities will make up a larger percentage of the workforce. Implementing changes in the workplace to address the needs of this population will not only help older workers, but will benefit all workers. Join us for this session to learn more about the types of accommodations that may be needed and strategies for implementation.

Speaker: Michael Williams, Ph.D., Rehabilitation Planning Specialist, Department of Veterans Affairs, Blind Rehabilitation Service National Program Office, Rehabilitation Strategic Health Care Group



January 15th, 2008 - Best Practices in Design: Balancing local, State and Federal Requirements to Ensure Accessibility

What is best practice when it comes to designing accessible environments? Is compliance with local, state and federal building codes/standards enough? Architects and designers are faced with a myriad of rules and regulations governing accessible design which may require their professional judgment to determine which provides greater access. Join our panel of speakers as they discuss and debate this issue and engage in a dialogue about achieving minimal compliance versus designing accessible and useable environments.

Speakers:
Jack Catlin, AIA, LCM Architects
Doug Anderson, LCM Architects
John Wodatch, Chief, Disability Rights Section, U.S. Department of Justice
Joe Russo, Deputy Commissioner, Chicago Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities



December 18th, 2007 - Disability Law and Policy, Present and Future

Reviewing previous research efforts, this session sets out a blueprint for the role of research, policy, and law in advancing the civic, economic and social participation of persons with disabilities in a global society. It reviews past public policy efforts and research findings regarding workers with disabilities. It discusses current and future research initiatives on the cutting edge of promoting successful employment outcomes for people with disabilities. The discussion presents promising research methodologies in multidisciplinary field disability and employment research. Finally, our presenter will put forth challenges and opportunities for research, policy, and legal initiatives, framing a blueprint for the next quarter century.



November 13th, 2007 - Ask the EEOC: Questions and Answers

Join us for one of the most popular sessions in the ADA Audio Conference Series. Listen to an update on EEOC Enforcement and Guidance Activities and pose your questions to our speaker. This is an interactive session and you are encouraged to bring your tough issues and concerns forward. Learn from what others may be experiencing and the questions and issues that they may have as well.

Speaker: Sharon Rennert, Senior Attorney, EEOC ADA Division



October 16th, 2007 - ADA Legal Update: Current Litigation Trends Under the ADA

The courts and federal agencies are shaping the ADA through their decisions and settlements. This session will outline the key issues that are currently before the courts as well as discuss some trends in case law at the lower courts which will have an impact on decisions at all levels, including any future cases to be argued before the Supreme Court.

Speaker: Barry Taylor, JD Director of Legal Services, Equip for Equality, Chicago, Illinois



September 18, 2007 - Accommodating Diabetes in the Workplace

Diabetes is one of the most commonly identified medical conditions in the workplace. The courts cases are split in regards to coverage of diabetes under the ADA. Join this session to learn more about the prevalence of diabetes in the general population and how individuals are working with employers to identify accommodations that will enable qualified individuals to retain their jobs. Various types of accommodations will be discussed across a variety of work settings. Learn about best practices for accommodation that can be implemented in the workplace to support both the employee and the employer.

Speakers: Pamela Allweiss, MD University of Kentucky and consultant to the CDC and NIH

Shereen Arent, Managing Director, of Legal Advocacy at the American Diabetes Association.



August 7, 2007 - ADA Implementation and Impact Study Report: National Council on Disability

The National Council on Disability (NCD) is scheduled to release a series of reports addressing the Implementation and Impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act sometime in late Winter or early Spring. These reports will address the impact of the ADA upon employment of persons with disabilities as well as address the implementation of Title II and III of the ADA from the perspective of people with disabilities and entities covered by the ADA. It has been nearly 17 years since the passage of the ADA and it is anticipated that these reports will identify what has worked and what has not and put forth recommendations for furthering the promise of the ADA at all levels. Join this session to learn more about the findings in these reports and what they will mean to the future of the ADA.

Speaker: Julie H. Carroll, Senior Attorney Advisory, National Council on Disability

Mary Lou Breslin, Senior Policy Advisory, Disability Rights Education Defense Fund (DREDF)

Silvia Yee, Attorney, Disability Rights Education Defense Fund (DREDF) CEU



July 17, 2007, 1 PM - 2:30 PM CDT - ADA Update: 17 Years Later

Back by popular demand, join representatives of the federal agencies for an update of their enforcement activities during the past 12 months. Join us as we mark the 17th Anniversary of the ADA and celebrate the on-going efforts of the federal agencies to enforce the rights of individuals with disabilities.

Speaker: John L. Wodatch, Chief, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice Sharon Rennert, Senior Attorney, EEOC ADA Division.



June 19, 2007, 1 PM - 2:30 PM CDT - Performance vs Disability: What is the difference?

As the workforce ages, employers will experience more and more issues associated with employees who experience difficulty doing their job. One of the major questions facing employers is whether or not the performance issues experienced by their employees is due to a disability which may require reasonable accommodation. Join our speaker as she addresses the issue of performance versus disability and the steps that an employer should take to ensure that they do not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities while ensuring that they have a productive workforce.

Speakers: Sharon Rennert, Senior Attorney, EEOC ADA Division



May 15, 2007, 1 PM - 2:30 PM CDT - ADA Implementation and Impact Study Report: National Council on Disability

The National Council on Disability (NCD) is scheduled to release a series of reports addressing the Implementation and Impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act sometime in late Winter early Spring. These reports will address the impact of the ADA upon employment of persons with disabilities as well as address the implementation of Title II and III of the ADA from the perspective of people with disabilities and entities covered by the ADA. It has been nearly 17 years since the passage of the ADA and it is anticipated that these reports will identify what has worked and what has not and put forth recommendations for furthering the promise of the ADA at all levels. Join this session to learn more about the findings in these reports and what they will mean to the future of the ADA.

Speaker: Julie H. Carroll, Senior Attorney Advisory, National Council on Disability.



April 17, 2007, 1 PM - 2:30 PM CDT - ADA Restoration Act: Legislative Update

In September, 2006, Congressmen Sensenbrenner, Jr (R-WI) and, Hoyer (D-MD) introduced a bi-artisan bill that would restore protections for individuals intended to be covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. This piece of legislation was not passed before the end of the 109th Congress. It is anticipated that this piece of legislation will once again be introduced during the new 110th Congress and under very different circumstances given the outcome of the 2006 elections.

The ADA Restoration Act as it is currently known is intended to restore the ADA to it's "original intent" and address several decisions made by the US Supreme Court over the past 16 years. Join this session to learn about the history and intent of the ADA Restoration Act and the future of legislation that may affect the civil rights of individuals with disabilities.

Speakers: Andrew J. Imparato, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Association of Persons with Disabilities (AAPD) (Additional speakers may be added)



March 20, 2007 - National EEOC ADA Research Project: What Does the Data Tell us About Title I Complaints and Resolutions?

The EEOC has entered into a cooperative agreement with researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University to mine the data collected by the EEOC since the implementation of the employment provisions of the ADA. Some of the questions that the researchers hope to answer through this effort include:

  1. What is the specific nature and scope of workplace discrimination against people with disabilities?
  2. To the extent that employers perpetrate workplace discrimination, does it vary as a function of the employers industry, location or size?
  3. Does workplace discrimination affect Americans with disabilities in different ways as a function of personal characteristics such as type of impairment, gender, age, race or ethnicity?

Join us as these questions along with others are discussed by the individuals involved in this project and learn what they have found to date. Explore how this information can be used to inform policymakers and shape the way that employers may respond to their obligations under the ADA.

Speaker: Dr. Brian McMahon, CRC Professor, VCU Dept. of Rehabilitation Counseling Research Professor, VCU Dept. of Rehab Medicine



February 20 , 2007 - Tapping a New Resource: Veterans With Disabilities

Veterans, including those with service-connected disabilities, have the skills, training, and character to meet your toughest challenges. There are an extensive number of veterans- resources to assist you in finding veteran candidates for your job openings. In this second session of a two-part series, the Employer Assistance & Recruiting Network (EARN) will showcase some top resources and give you the opportunity to speak to key members of these organizations to find out how they can assist you in reaching out to veterans in your employment efforts.

Speakers: Jane C. Ivey, Director, Private Sector
Tyler T. Matney, EARN Program Coordinator
Robert J. Roundtree, Employment Services Sup., VR&E Service, VA Central office
Billy W. Wright, EARN Program Coordinator, Veteran with Disabilities



January 16, 2007 - Where Can I Recruit Individuals with Disabilities?

With hiring and retention costs soaring, you need better ways to find the workers with the skills and attitudes you want. The Employer Assistance & Recruiting Network (EARN) is a nationwide cost-free recruiting and consultation service that connects employers with job seekers with disabilities directly and through a national network of employment service providers. In this first session of a two-part series, EARN will provide you with a general overview of their core job promotion and consultative services and examples of how they can connect you with national and local services to assist in your hiring efforts.

Speaker: Tyler T. Matney, EARN Program Coordinator