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ADA Distance Learning Series: 2011 Sessions

The Distance Learning Series provides in-depth information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Accessible Information Technology and other related topics. This program is designed as a springboard to enhance an individual's existing knowledge base or facilitate continued learning regarding regulations and trends under the ADA.

The program is available in three formats:

All sessions are scheduled from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Pacific time zone (90 minute sessions). You can learn more at www.ada-audio.org

Scheduled Sessions

September 20th, 2011 - Marketing for Accessibility: Tips and Tools for the hospitality industry

Description:

With the clock ticking for hoteliers to have information about their accessibility posted on their websites, the National Network of ADA Centers Hospitality Initiative and the BluePath Project are teaming up to discuss ways the hospitality industry can market themselves to the largest growing consumer group in the United States.

The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, together with the National Network of ADA Centers, launched an initiative to promote accessibility and opportunity for people with disabilities within the hospitality industry.

The BluePath project is a project of the Northwest ADA Center designed to market accessible hotels and business's to the community of people with disabilities.

This audio conference will discuss tools needed to help hotels access their accessible features, and then take advantage of their efforts to identify and remove barriers by promoting themselves to travelers with disabilities and the "boomers" generation.

Discussion points will include but not be limited to ways for determining the usability of work out rooms, swimming pools, and recreation elements within a hotel, using a checklist designed specifically for the hospitality industry and taking that information and marketing the accessible features to the boomer generation and the community of People with disabilities. Discussion will include how to use practical inviting ways respectful of the culture of people with disabilities and older travelers.

Speakers:

Marian Vessels, Director, Mid-Atlantic ADA Center. Sara Woody, BluePath Coordinator, Northwest ADA Center. Don Brandon, Director, Northwest ADA Center.

Registration Information

The ADA Distance Learning Series is a collaborative project of the ADA and IT Technical Assistance Centers. To register, please go to the "Registration" section below or call our Toll-Free number at 1-800-949-4232.

Sites with multiple participants are encouraged to call-in on one line and use a speaker phone to enable additional participation. Reservations will be made on a first come, first serve basis. At the time of reservation, the ADA Centers will provide participants with information on connecting to the distance learning session.

Registration Fees

*The non-profit discount is available to education, government and service agencies operating on a not-for-profit status.

Discount available for multiple session registrations. Please call for details.

Registration & Cancellation Policy

Payment is required at the time of registration. Deadline to register and cancel reservations for each session is 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the session. Late registrations will only be accepted as space allows and is left to the discretion of the ADA Centers. Refunds will be provided to reservation cancellations made prior to the cancellation deadline. No refunds will be provided for cancellations made after the cancellation deadline.

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Previous Sessions

July 19, 2011 - ADA Federal Update: 21st Anniversary of the ADA

Mark the 21st 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. This year has held a lot of "new" focus on the ADA with the release of the final regulations for the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 and implementation of the revised Title II and III Regulations. Participants will have an opportunity to pose questions to the presenters regarding issues in their own workplace or community.

Speakers: Joyce Walker Jones, Senior Attorney ,U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Allison Nichol, Acting Chief Disability Rights SectionDisability Rights Section, Office of Civil Rights - U.S. Department of Justice.

June 21, 2011 - Reasonable Accommodation

The provision of reasonable accommodations (RAs) to jobseekers and employees with disabilities has been viewed as an essential component of hiring and retention. However, the literature on reasonable accommodations indicates reluctance on the part of jobseekers and employees with disabilities to request RAs, and resistance by employers to provide them. This session summarizes research findings from multiple studies we conducted related to factors influencing the request and provision of reasonable accommodations from the perspective of employees and employers. We suggest specific strategies and recommendations that employees, employers, disability advocates and others can use to improve the process and resolution of reasonable accommodation requests.

Speakers: Dr. Ellen Fabian, Professor And Director Research Team - Mid Atlantic. Kim MacDonald-Wilson, Co Director, Research Team Mid Atlantic.

May 17, 2011 - Buying Tickets: 2010 ADA Ticketing Regulations and You

Planning to go see Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" or a Lady Gaga Concert? Maybe you prefer going to see the Rodeo or your local Baseball team play? Either way, if you are a wheelchair user or are looking to purchase tickets for accessible seating you may find that things have changed. On September 15, 2010 the U.S. Department of Justice's 2010 Revised Regulations on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) were published and they contain a whole new section on ticketing with new obligations and responsibilities for ticket-selling venues and vendors. As a ticket buyer with a disability you will want to know how these regulations may affect you. This session is going to focus on the obligation to identify accessible seating, purchasing tickets using the same options as everyone else, purchasing companion seats, transferring tickets, and distribution and pricing of wheelchair accessible locations. This session will review the ticketing regulations with particular emphasis on what ticket-buyers with disabilities need to know. There will be plenty of time for Q&A so come prepared with your questions!

Speakers: Kleo J King, Senior Vice President of Accesibility Services, United Spinal Association Betty Siegel, Manager of Accessibility, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

April 19, 2011 - Are My Recreation Facilities Accessible? Where Do I start?

The 2010 ADA Standards include specific technical requirements for several recreation environments including amusement rides, boating facilities, fishing piers and platforms, golf courses, miniature golf, sports facilities, and swimming pools and spas. Bringing these facilities into compliance as well as ensuring that future programs and facilities are accessible is a challenge that many local and state government entities are facing. Privately owned and operated facilities are also under the gun to ensure that their facilities are accessible. Join us for this session as we explore best practices for approaching the assessment of our recreation facility and ensuring that recreation programs are accessible in light of the changing regulations as well as on-going obligations.

Speaker: Jennifer Skulski, Director of Marketing and Special Products, National Center on Accessibility, Indiana University.

March 15, 2011 - The Ins and Outs of Conducting a Self Evaluation

The 2010 revisions to the ADA Regulations for Title II have caused many entities to reflect on what they need to do to ensure that they have met their obligations. The self-evaluation process is one way for entities to revisit where they are in terms of ensuring that their existing programs and services are readily accessible to and useable by people with disabilities. Join us for this session to learn best practices for the self-evaluation process and how this information can be used to document and guide your compliance efforts.

Speakers: Irene Bowen, JD, Deputy Chief, ADA One. Sally Conway, Deputy ChiefCivil Rights Division - U.S. Department of Justice.

February 15, 2011 - How the ADA Impacts Seniors

The 2000 U.S. Census found that 41.9% of adults 65 years and older identified themselves as having a disability and we know that the 2010 findings will reflect an even greater number. We also know that the leading edge of the Baby Boom generation is now over 60 and this constitutes a huge portion of society who is likely to experience changes in their ability to function that may not constitute a disability but are likely to affect everyday life nonetheless. This session will explore the issues and discuss how the ADA addresses the rights of seniors with disabilities and strategies that can be used by service providers and individuals to meet their needs and protect the rights of seniors with disabilities.

Speaker: Dr. Robbyn R Wacker, Vice PresidentGerontology at the University of Northern Colorado.

November 16, 2010 - We're not done yet: DOJ Proposed Rulemaking and Update

The Department of Justice followed up the announcement of the release of the revised Title II and III regulations with an advance notice of proposed rulemaking in 4 new areas. Join us for this session and learn more about the Departments efforts to address the accessibility of web based programs and services, furniture and equipment, Next generation 911 services and movie captioning and video description through the rulemaking process. Public comment on these areas will be accepted through January 24, 2011.

Speaker: John L. Wodatch, Chief of Disability Rights SectionDisability Rights Section, Office of Civil Rights - U.S. Department of Justice.

October 19, 2010 - What are the Courts Up to? Review and Analysis of Recent Activity Involving the ADA

The courts and federal agencies continue to shape the ADA through their decisions and settlements. This session will review key issues that are currently before the courts and analyze the trends. Discussion will include some of the trends in case law at the lower courts which may have an impact on decisions at all levels, including issues that may find their way to the Supreme Court. In addition, presenter will review how the courts are interpreting the ADA Amendments Act of 2008

Speaker: Barry C. Taylor, Director of Legal Services, Equip for Equality.

September 21st, 2010 - Corrections and the ADA: Balancing the rights of people with disabilities while incarcerated

Studies show that a large number of individuals within the prison system are people with disabilities. The literature discusses how the various systems serving incarcerated individuals have historically treated people with disabilities in a manner that did not address their rights to equal access to programs and services, as well as the removal of physical barriers or provision of effective communication. This session will explore the strides that have been made and strategies implemented within the corrections community to address the rights of individuals with disabilities while retaining its focus on imposing punishment.

Speaker: Elizabeth Stanosheck Jeanette, ADA/Victim Services Coordinator, Great Plains ADA Center.

August 17th, 2010 - ADA & After School and Daycare Programs for children with disabilities

Parents of children with disabilities are often faced with limited choices when it comes to locating appropriate after school and daycare programs to meet the needs of their children. Many daycare and after school providers are reticent about accepting children with disabilities into their programs based on the fear that they are not able to provide the child with the services that they need, they don't have the "specialized " staff that may be needed, unfounded fear that the cost of serving a child with a disability is too great or a general bias against serving individuals with disabilities. Join our speakers as they discuss best practices in day care and after school programs for serving children with disabilities and resources that are available to assist providers and parents.

Speaker: Dr. Ruth A Wolery, Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University.

July 20, 2010 - ADA Update: 20th Anniversary of the ADA

Mark the historic 20th 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, including highlights of accomplishments over the past 20 years. Participants will have an opportunity to pose questions to the presenters regarding issues in their own workplace or community.

Speakers: Sharon Rennert, Senior Attorney Advisor, Americans with Disabilities Act Division, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. John L. Wodatch, Chief of Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division - U.S. Department of Justice.

June 15th, 2010 - Disability Statistics: What do they tell us?

Where does the 54 million Americans living with a disability number come from? Where can I get more information about disability data sources? Why are there different numbers out there about the unemployment rate of people with disabilities? These are just a few of the questions that are frequently asked about disability statistics. Join this session as we explore the various sources of statistics related to disability, how to use them and interpret them and what can we expect to learn about disability from the 2010 US Census.

Speaker: Dr. Andrew J. Houtenville, Senior Research Associate, University of New Hampshire.

May 18th, 2010 - Reservations Please: Ensuring access for customers with disabilities

Customers with disabilities are a growing market in the hospitality industry. Millions of people with disabilities regularly travel, shop, and eat out with family and friends. According to Census 2000, approximately 20.9 million families in this country have at least one member with a disability. An Open Doors Organization study estimated in 2003 that diners with disabilities would spend $35 billion in restaurants that year and the number was expected to grow and it has. The study also found that more than 75% of people with disabilities report that they eat out at restaurants at least once a week. Furthermore, The New York Times reported that spending by travelers with disabilities exceeds $13.6 billion annually. These statistics alone make the business case for ensuring access for customers with disabilities. Join this session to hear more about what the hospitality industry is doing to serve this market and their experiences doing so.

Speakers: Ronald Pettit, Access Manager, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. Laurel Van Horn, Research Director and Editor, Open Doors Organization.

April 20th, 2010 - Conducting Effective Accessibility Surveys Part II

This is the conclusion of the two-part series that explore the requirements to conduct accessibility surveys by business, government and educational institutions to ensure that they meet the requirements of the ADA. Topics to be covered in the 2nd session include examination/assessment of exterior facilities including but not limited to parking lots, trails, sidewalks, curb cuts, pedestrian rights of way, etc. Experts in the field will share their "lessons learned" and tricks of the trade.

Speakers: Mark Derry, President Of EastLake, Eastlake, Derry & Associates Mr. Randy W Dipner, Project Advisor Rocky Mountain Regional ADA Center Mr. Bill Hecker, Architect Independent ADA Consultant Jennifer Skulski, Director of Marketing and Special Products National Center on Accessibility, Indiana University.

March 16th, 2010 - Conducting Effective Accessibility Surveys Part I

What to measure, how to measure, who is qualified to do a survey and what tools are available to support this activity are commonly asked questions. This two-part series will explore the requirements to conduct accessibility surveys by business, government and educational institutions to ensure that they meet the requirements of the ADA. Topics to be covered include what to look for in an existing facility as well as a facility that has undergone renovation and/or was newly constructed since the implementation date of the ADA. Experts in the field will share their "lessons learned" and tricks of the trade.

Speakers: Mark Derry, President Of EastLake, Derry & Associates Mr. Randy W Dipner, Project Advisor Rocky Mountain Regional ADA Center, Dr. Barney Fleming, Training and Information Specialist Independent ADA Consultant Mr. Bill Hecker, Architect Inclusive Technologies.

February 16th, 2010 - Aging Workers with Disabilities: Implications for Employers

The aging workforce is likely to result in increasing numbers of workers with disabilities. By the year 2010, this group will account for nearly half (44%) of the working age population (20-64), and the number of people with disabilities between the ages of 50 and 65 is predicted to double. Disability management and accommodation policies and practices readily lend themselves to addressing the challenges employers will face with an aging workforce, and the increasing prevalence of disability that these demographics bring. Join this session for a discussion of the practices associated with maximizing the productivity of an aging workforce and contribute to aging worker retention.

Speakers: Wendy Strobel Gower, Project Coordinator, Northeast ADA Center. Dr. Sarah Von Schrader, Research Associate, School of Industrial and Labor Relations - Cornell University.

January 19th, 2010 - Service Animals: Unraveling the Differences and Best Practices

The rights of people with disabilities who use service animals vary, depending on which law applies. The Americans with Disabilities Act, the Air Carrier Access Act, and the Fair Housing Act each have different standards for service animals and their owners. Complicating the topic even further is the issue of the definition of service animals, especially in relation to emotional support or therapy animals. This session will provide information about the definition of service animals and the rights of service animal owners under the ADA, the ACAA, and the FHA. We will also discuss the differences in how the various laws treat service animals versus emotional support or therapy animals, as well as model service animal policies for educational institutions and healthcare facilities.

Speaker:Jacquie Brennan, Attorney, Southwest ADA Center.

December 15th, 2009 - Social Networking Sites and Accessibility: Implications for Employers

Social networking has tremendous potential for employers to outreach to people with disabilities. However, employers need to be concerned about the use of such technologies in their business practices and the growing concern over the accessibility of such technology. Careful consideration should be given to how it can be effectively used to reach out to and interact with people with disabilities. Join this session where members of the Job Accommodation Network Staff will discuss the critical issues and how they can be addressed by employers.

Speakers: Linda Carter Batiste, Principal Consultant, Job Accommodation Networ. Dr. Beth Loy, Principal Consultant, Job Accommodation Network.

November 17th, 2009 - Legal Update: Review and Analysis of Key Concepts under the ADA

The courts and federal agencies are shaping the ADA through their decisions and settlements. This session will review key issues that are currently before the courts and analyze the trends. Discussion will include some of the trends in case law at the lower courts which may have an impact on decisions at all levels, including issues that may find their way to the Supreme Court. In addition, presenter will review how the courts are interpreting the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.

Speaker: Barry C. Taylor, Director of Legal Services, Equip for Equality.

October 20th, 2009 - ADA Amendments Act Proposed Rules - Q&A with EEOC

The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 went into effect on January 1, 2009. The EEOC published a notice of proposed rulemaking for the ADA Amendments Act on September 23, 2009. There is a 60 day comment period during which the public can submit comments regarding the proposed regulations for consideration before a final regulation is implemented. Join us for an overview of the Regulations and an opportunity to ask questions and get clarifications on proposed provisions. Individuals interested in learning more about the rationale and thinking behind the development of the regulations and/or are interested in submitting comments are encouraged participate.

Speaker: Sharon Rennert, Senior Attorney Advisor, Americans with Disabilities Act Division U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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:

  • Andy Imparato, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) www.aapd.com/
  • Michael P. Aitken, Director of Governmental Affairs, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) http://www.shrm.org/Pages/default.aspx
  • Christine M. Griffin, Commissioner, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission www.eeoc.gov
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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)
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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
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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
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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
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