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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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2014-2015 Sessions

October 21, 2014»Open Dialog with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

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.

November 18, 2014»ADA Case Law Update

Join us for this popular yearly session and learn what the courts and federal agencies have done 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.
1:00-2:30PM CT
CE Recognition: Cert. of Attendance, CRCC, Illinois CLE Credit

December 16, 2014»Accommodating Persons with Environmental Sensitivities: Challenges and Solutions

This webinar will focus on people with chemical, electrical, and/or environmental sensitivities or intolerances. The presenters will address the nature of these disabilities and examine federal recognition and policy development. They will discuss how to accommodate people with environmental illnesses by reducing or eliminating environmental barriers in the public and private sector including housing, employment, healthcare, and in other areas.

Session Objectives:

. Provide background information regarding the nature of environmental sensitivities including how these disabilities impact individual lives.

. Discuss the prevalence of chemical and electrical sensitivities in the general population.

. Review some of the key public policy issues surrounding the rights of people with environmental sensitivities.

. Highlight the importance of indoor environmental quality to enhanced access for people with these disabilities.

. Discuss what policies and practices can improve access for people with chemical and electrical sensitivities.

. Understand how to reduce or eliminate environmental barriers to promote accommodations for people with environmental sensitivities.

. Review advocacy initiatives that promise to advance medical and disability research, enhance understanding, and promote access for impacted populations.

January 20, 2015»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.
1:00-2:30PM CT
Andrea Haenlin-Mott,Cornell University

CE Recognition: AIA, AICP, Cert. of Attendance

February 24, 2015»Reasonable accommodations in the workplace for individuals who are deaf/hard of hearing

Twenty five years after the passage of the ADA and people who are deaf or hard of hearing continue to experience a high rate of unemployment and barriers to receiving accommodations in the workplace. Some of the common questions that arise in the workplace regarding job accommodations for someone who is deaf or hard of hearing include "Do I need to pay for a sign language interpreter?" "How does someone who is deaf answer the telephone?" "What is a hearing dog and is that the same as a service animal?" "How can someone who is deaf become a nurse?" Join this session and discussion with nationally recognized leader in the deaf community with experience and expertise addressing the rights of individuals with disabilities to review and discuss accommodations for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing in the workplace and learn more about what the courts are saying.
1:00-2:30PM CT
Howard Rosenblum,Chief Executive Officer, National Association of the Deaf

CE Recognition: Cert. of Attendance, CRCC, SHRM (Applied for)

March 17, 2015»Overview of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) - Implications for Persons with Disabilities

President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA replaces the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and makes amendements in the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. It is aimed at increasing opportunities, particularly for those facing barriers to employment, and invests in the important connection between education and career preparation. The Act takes effect on July 1, 2015. Our speaker, Bobby Silverstein, former staff person for the Senate HELP Committee under the leadership of Senator Tom Harkin and a leading disability policy expert, will present a review of the WIOA legislation and it's implications for persons with disabilities.
1:00-2:30PM CT
CE Recognition: Cert. of Attendance, CRCC

April 21, 2015»Supporting Students with Disabilities to Gain Full Employment

Barriers to employment, transportation, public accommodations, public services, and telecommunications have imposed staggering economic and social costs on American society and have undermined our well-intentioned efforts to educate, rehabilitate, and employ individuals with disabilities. This session will discuss tools available for young adults for successful transition to the work environment. Attending participants will learn about the free, Punch-In Self-Directed resource sponsored by the Great Lakes ADA Center.

May 19, 2015»Overview of the EEOC NPRM "Application of the ADA to Employer Wellness Programs"

On April 20, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC or the Commission) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on how Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to employer wellness programs that are part of a group health plan. The NPRM proposes changes both to the text of the EEOC's ADA regulations and to interpretive guidance explaining the regulations that will be published along with the final rule. The deadline for submitting comments regarding the NPRM is June 19, 2015. Join this session to receive more detail about the proposed changes and engage in a dialog with a representative from EEOC.
1:00-2:30PM CT
CE Recognition: Cert. of Attendance, SHRM (Applied for)

June 16, 2015»Cognitive Innovations to promote independence in the home and in the Community

Explore innovative assistive technologies for individuals with intellectual, cognitive, and communication disabilities or disorders for use at home, schools, work and the community. Explore options to improve autonomous independence while also providing remote support and other strategies for inclusive environments. Discover options for Smart Home technologies, monitoring technologies, apps, employment supports, community mobility and mobile technologies that can be customized to meet specific needs.
1:00-2:30PM CT
CE Recognition: Cert. of Attendance, CRCC

July 21, 2015»ADA Anniversary Update: 25 Years Later

Mark the 25th Anniversary of the ADA by joining this audio conference as we listen to representatives of the EEOC and DOJ 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

August 25, 2015»Planning Accessible Temporary Events

Street festivals, craft fairs, music events, state and county fairs, regattas, book fairs, air shows, sports tournaments, parades and political rallies are just a few of the many temporary events that take place every day in communities throughout the nation. This session will focus on the application of the general non-discrimination requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to both indoor and outdoor temporary events as well as the obligation for the venues/facilities being used to comply with the 2010 ADA standards. In addition, the presenters will highlight a new online resource available from the ADA National Network, "A Planning Guide for Making Temporary Events Accessible to People With Disabilities ",and strategies for insuring access for all persons.

September 15, 2015»Reporting Clearly and Accurately about Disability

Disability is quickly becoming "the new diversity." As awareness emerges about disability issues, there is an increasing demand for respectful and effective reporting about disability in the media. Designed for media and communications professionals who report across a range of media types, this webinar will provide tips that can be used right away, but will also include deeper discussion of disability portrayals.

Part I (30 minutes) is for those who want quick overview and focuses on five key points to keep in mind when reporting on disability. For those who want a deeper insight, Part II (60 minutes) is a panel of journalists discussing their ideas and experiences around disability reporting.

Please note: The webinar is designed so that attendees can choose to attend the whole webinar or to only attend Part I (the 30 minute quick overview).

October 20, 2015»Social Media and Accessibility

Social media is a very important method of communication in the Information Age, especially for those with disabilities who may be limited in their ability to travel, use traditional telecommunication options or be restricted from attending social events in person. This session will explore several different accessible ways that users with disabilities interact with various social media services. Learn best practices for posting image and other visual content so that it doesn't unintentionally exclude users.

· Why social media is not accessible

. The main issues of accessibility with YouTube, Facebook and Twitter
. The five steps to making your social media accessible
1:00-2:30PM CT
CE Recognition: Cert. of Attendance

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