Audio Conference Series Session Schedule*

All Sessions are scheduled from 2:00-3:30 p.m. (90 minute sessions) Eastern Time Zone(ET). The program is available in three formats:

  • Teleconference
  • Streaming Audio via the Blackboard Collaborate webinar platform version 12
  • Real-time Captioning via the Blackboard Collaborate webinar platform version 12

All sessions will have a written transcript as well as a digital recording of the session archived on this site.

Continuing Education Credits/Certificates

Education credits/certificates are available for many of the sessions.
A certificate of attendance is available upon request once actual attendance/participation is documented.Some of the session are approved for Continuing Education Recognition. Please check the schedule to learn what CE recognitions are available per session.

*The ADA Audio Conference Series schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the Great Lakes ADA Center.
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2013-2014 Sessions

November 19, 2013»Implementing Olmstead: The Status of Enforcement Efforts

In 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division launched an aggressive effort to enforce the Supreme Court's decision in Olmstead v. L.C., a ruling that requires states to eliminate unnecessary segregation of persons with disabilities and to ensure that persons with disabilities receive services in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. The Civil Rights Division has responded by working with state and local governments officials, disability rights groups and attorneys around the country, and with representatives of the Department of Health and Human Services, to fashion an effective, nationwide program to enforce the integration mandate of the Department's regulation implementing title II of the ADA. Join this session as we hear more about these efforts including how the integration versus segregation mandate has been applied to employment.
 
Time:
1:00-2:30PM CT
Speaker:
Anne Raish Deputy Chief-Disability Rights Section-Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice

 
CE Recognition: CRCC, Cert. of Attendance
 

December 17, 2013»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.
 
Time:
1:00-2:30PM CT
Speaker:
Sharon Rennert Senior Attorney Advisor ADA/Gina Division Office of Legal Counsel

 
CE Recognition: HRCI, CRCC, Cert. of Attendance
 
What's Your Plan? A THREE-PART SERIES

January 21, 2014»Part I: Getting Started

This session, the first in a three-part series, lays the groundwork for any effort to develop or update a self-evaluation and/or transition plan or, for title III entities, a barrier removal plan. Some state and local governments, colleges and universities, or private entities may have plans that date from the early 1990s. But the ADA rules have changed, you've expanded or discontinued programs, you deliver services and information in new ways such as via the web, and you've built and altered buildings and changed their use. Find out what program areas the Department of Justice's 2010 rules may require title II entities to examine, what "program access" means, the benefits of planning, alternatives to a full-blown plan, and how to position your entity for success when developing a new plan or updating an existing one. We'll explore how to prepare for the outcome you seek - from putting a team together to deciding whether to use checklists, consultants, and electronic data bases. What measures should you use for equipment, streets and sidewalks, trails, and other areas that may lack binding standards? A former DOJ official who has conducted evaluations for cities, counties, and universities takes you through the steps and answers questions.
 
Time:
1:00-2:30PM CT
Speaker:
Irene Bowen, J.D. President ADA One, LLC, Silver Spring, MD

James Terry, A.I.A., LEED-AP, CASp, NCARB Chief Executive Officer, Evan Terry Associates, Birmingham, AL

 
CE Recognition: AIA, LACES, AICP, Cert. of Attendance
 

February 18, 2014»Part II: A Hands-on Approach to Self-Evaluations

Next, how do you evaluate your programs, policies, and procedures? Once you've decided the scope of the evaluation and identified your resources, you'll need an organized and productive way to gather information, consider public input, and analyze the results. Possible considerations include showing support from the top; training; finding a way to bring together (1) knowledge of particular programs with (2) an understanding of the ADA -- and what to do if no one has that understanding; evaluating some programs in greater depth when they do not lend themselves to evaluation by checklist; quality control; and timing. We'll see what kind of information you should gather about facilities and at what level of detail, for assessing "program access."
 
Time:
1:00-2:30PM CT
Speaker:
Irene Bowen, J.D. President ADA One, LLC, Silver Spring, MD

James Terry, A.I.A., LEED-AP, CASp, NCARB Chief Executive Officer, Evan Terry Associates, Birmingham, AL

 
CE Recognition: AIA, LACES, AICP, Cert. of Attendance
 

March 18, 2014»Part III: Bringing It All Together: Transition Plans, Barrier Removal Plans, and Action Plans

After gathering and analyzing information and identifying problems, it's time to put it all together and put it to work. The next step is to create an action plan for changes to policies, practices, and procedures; a barrier removal plan; and/or a transition plan for making physical changes to facilities in order to achieve program access. Learn about the Department of Justice's specific requirements for transition plans and what it suggests for barrier removal plans, what the Department of Transportation looks for from its highway fund recipients, and other factors to consider. We'll examine how to enlist staff in creating actions steps for each program, identify responsibilities, establish priorities and time lines, and track steps toward remediation. An architect who has assisted with numerous transition plans and barrier removal plans also brings his practical experience to bear on these issues and on how to tie corrective actions to the planning and budgeting process.
 
Time:
1:00-2:30PM CT
Speaker:
Irene Bowen, J.D. President ADA One, LLC, Silver Spring, MD

James Terry, A.I.A., LEED-AP, CASp, NCARB Chief Executive Officer, Evan Terry Associates, Birmingham, AL

 
CE Recognition: AIA, LACES, AICP, Cert. of Attendance
 

April 15, 2014»"Googling" Job Applicants

Employers are increasingly using the Internet to gather information about job applicants from social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn. This session will highlight the risks incurred as well as offer recommendations for employers when Googling information about potential employees. Topics covered include:


1. What is legally permissible in the search process

2. What are some of the benefits versus pitfalls by using this process

3. What the motivations are for searching and methods for analyzing information obtained from the Internet

 
Time:
1:00-2:30PM CT
Speaker:
Joe Bontke Outreach Manager and Ombudsman, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

 
CE Recognition: HRCI, CRCC, Cert. of Attendance
 

May 20, 2014»Electronic Information & Digital Access: Update on Compliance and Enforcement Activities

Technology offers many benefits to people with disabilities but at the same time can present barriers if not executed properly. Join this session as we explore some of the areas where enforcement efforts are impacting the private sector and influencing how accessibility is incorporated into the design and implementation of their products. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division will discuss efforts to address the accessibility of web based information as well as products such as e-readers.
 
Time:
1:00-2:30PM CT
Speaker:
Eugenia Esch Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division,Disability Rights Section

William Lynch Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division,Disability Rights Section

 
CE Recognition: CRCC, Cert. of Attendance
 

June 17, 2014»Disclosure of Disability under the ADA and its relationship to Section 503 Regulations

Issues surrounding the disclosure of disability-related and medical information under the ADA are difficult for employers, employees, and job seekers.The amount of disability-related information that an employer may request under the ADA depends on which stage of the employment process is involved.To complicate matters, new regulations went into effect on March 24, 2014 for Federal Contractors regarding the recruitment and hiring of individuals with disabilities. Under the new Section 503 Regulations Federal contractors must invite applicants to self-identify as individuals with disabilities during the pre- and post-offer phases of the application process. Thus questions begin to arise in terms of how the Section 503 requirements fit with the ADA’s non-discrimination requirements. While technical assistance information has been made available by both the EEOC and The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs confusion remains. Just this session to get your questions answered and hear more about how this issue should be addressed by both employers and applicants/employees with disabilities alike.
 
Time:
1:00-2:30PM CT
Speaker:
Joyce Walker Jones Senior Attorney Advisor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Naomi Levin Branch Chief for Regulatory,Legislative and Policy Development, Division of Policy and Program Development, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), U.S. Department of Labor

 
CE Recognition: CRCC, Cert. of Attendance, HRCI
 

July 15, 2014»ADA Anniversary Update: 24 Years Later

Mark the 24th anniversary of the ADA by joining this annual session where we invite 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
 
Time:
1:00-2:30PM CT
Speaker:
Sharon Rennert Senior Attorney Advisory, ADA/GINA Division, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Katie Wolfe Attorney, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

Sally Conway Deputy Chief of the Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

 
CE Recognition: CRCC, Cert. of Attendance
 

August 26, 2014»Helping People with Hearing Loss Hear in Public Places through the Use of hearing Loop Technology

Hearing loops transmit the audio from a PA system directly to telecoil-equipped hearing aids and cochlear implants. The telecoil functions as an antenna, relaying sounds directly into the ear without background noise just like Wi-Fi connects people to the Web. Hearing Loops are quickly becoming the hearing assistive listening system of choice for bringing clear sound to people with hearing loss: From schools and houses of worship to concert venues, assisted living facilities, municipal buildings and increasingly in transportation environments. Hearing Loops are a consumer preferred solution and the only system that is directly hearing aid compatible, does not require the use of separate receiver for the users most likely to avail themselves of assistive technology and will make facilities seamlessly hearing friendly. This system has the potential to bring many of 36+ million people with hearing loss back to theatre, houses of worship and community activities, but also enhances face-to-face customer service at ticket windows and service desks particularly if these areas are in locations with background noise. Anywhere where audible communication is integral to the use of the space, hearing loops can offer seamless assistive listening as mandated by the American with Disabilities Act.

The Webinar will explain hearing loss, the needs of people with hearing loss and why hearing assistive technology is needed even if a person uses hearing aids or cochlear implants, the 2010 ADA-Communication Elements and Assistive Listening Systems (ALS) requirements, the international IEC 60118-4 Induction Hearing Loop Standard and how it relates to the telecoils in hearing aids. The advantages and disadvantages of the different hearing loop designs and installation techniques will be discussed as well as best practices in hearing loop procurement.
 
Time:
1:00-2:30PM CT
 
CE Recognition: CRCC, Cert. of Attendance, AIA:1.5 Learning Units/HSW
 

September 16, 2014»Accessible Construction Management

Understanding the implications of integrated accessibility in new construction and alteration projects starts at the very beginning stages of concept and site development. It's important to involve everyone in all aspects of the design process from the architects and designers to the construction team and most importantly, the end users. This session will discuss these concepts and introduce the Universal Design balance with ADA compliance. A concept of "Experiential Equity" will be discussed in the realm of design and construction processes. Achieving ideal accessibility requires comprehension and commitment from all involved with an inclusive vision from the project leaders. This session will examine and explore successful techniques to achieve this goal.
 
Time:
1:00-2:30PM CT
Speaker:
Andrea Haenlin-Mott,Cornell University

 
CE Recognition: AIA, AICP, Cert. of Attendance
 
 
 
 

The ADA Audio Conference Series is Coordinated by the Great Lakes ADA Center. For assistance with any of our conferences contact us at
(877) 232 - 1990 (V/TTY). We reserve the right to cancel sessions at any time without notice. A full refund will be provided for all paid sessions should the sessions be cancelled.