ADA in Focus - Virginia: Sessions

ADA In Focus Richmond, Virginia May 10, 2016

Monday, May 9, 1:00 – 4:30 PM

Pre-Conference Session: ADA Overview
Marian Vessels and Karen Goss, Mid-Atlantic ADA Center
This session is designed for those new to the ADA or anyone needing a refresher. The presentation will provide a basic outline of the three major sections of the ADA: Title I, the employment provisions of the ADA, Title II, the provisions covering state and local governments, and Title III, the provisions covering public accommodations and services operated by private entities. The three-hour session will provide a working knowledge of the major concepts and regulations of the ADA.

Tuesday, May 10, 9:15 AM

Federal Agency Panel
Representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Access Board and U.S. Department of Transportation will each make short presentations on their agencies current initiatives and activities related to the ADA and/or the ADA Amendments Act and take questions from the audience.

Moderator: Laura Owens, President, TransCen, Inc.
Sharon Rennert, Senior Attorney Advisor, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Sally Conway, Deputy Chief, Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division U.S. Department of Justice
Rex Pace, Training and Accessibility Specialist,, U.S. Access Board
Richie Khanh Nguyen, Equal Opportunity Specialist, Federal Transit Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation

Tuesday, May 10, 12:30 PM

Keynote Address:
John Wodatch
Retired Chief, Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U. S. Department of Justice

Tuesday, May 10, 1:30 PM

Session 1.1
Reasonable Accommodation
Sharon Rennert, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The ADA requires that employers provide reasonable accommodation for applicants and employees with disabilities in order to remove workplace barriers and ensure that these individuals have equal opportunities to compete for and perform a job. This session will focus on the practical aspects of the reasonable accommodation process, particularly how to navigate the “interactive process” in a meaningful way that gets employers the information they need to make an informed decision. It will also help employees understand what information they must be prepared to provide and, when accommodations affect job performance, how employees need to address both their needs and the employer’s. The session will highlight common mistakes made by employers and employees and how to avoid them, and offer employers recommendations on training supervisors, managers, and other key staff who may be involved in the reasonable accommodation process.

Session 1.2
DOJ – Title II and III Update
Sally Conway, Jim Bostrom and Kat Jackson, U.S. Department of Justice
The presenters will provide an update of Titles II and III ADA-related activities from the U.S. Department of Justice. This session will also examine the effect of these activities on future ADA implementation. This is an excellent session for anyone who has responsibility for Title II or Title III ADA compliance activities.

Session 1.3
U.S. Access Board Update
Rex Pace, U.S. Access Board
The Access Board is an independent federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities through leadership in accessible design and the development of accessibility guidelines and standards. Mr. Pace will talk about the Access Board’s latest initiatives and updates and answer participant questions.

Session 1.4
FTA ADA Guidance: Improving Compliance and Accessibility
Richie Khanh Nguyen, Office of Civil Rights, Federal Transit Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
Public transit plays a critical role in connecting riders and communities to economic opportunity. With the U.S. Department of Transportation ADA regulations, transit systems better ensure that riders with disabilities can access jobs, education, and other essential services. In October 2015, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued its first-ever ADA Circular to provide guidance and assist transit systems with ADA requirements. This session will discuss accessibility requirements and good practices designed to enhance public transit for all riders. The ADA Circular and related materials are is available online.

Tuesday, May 10, 3:15 PM

Session 2.1
Performance and Conduct Issues and the ADA
Sharon Rennert, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
One of the biggest challenges facing any supervisor is handling employee performance and conduct issues. This challenge may seem even greater if the employee has a disability. Generally, employers will be able to handle these issues as they would for all other employees, but there are some areas where there may be a need to approach an issue differently. This session will review how the ADA addresses performance and conduct issues, and the role of reasonable accommodation in addressing performance and conduct issues.

Session 2.2
Title II Overview
Sally Conway, U.S. Department of Justice
Title II of the ADA provides that programs, services and activities provided by state and local governments be accessible to individuals with disabilities. Sally Conway will review Title II, giving a brief summary of the administrative processes to be followed, including requirements for self-evaluation and planning; requirements for making reasonable modifications to policies, practices, and procedures where necessary to avoid discrimination; architectural barriers to be identified; and the need for effective communication with people with hearing, vision and speech disabilities.

Session 2.3
2010 Standards: Practical Applications and Errors and Omissions
Jim Bostrom and Kat Jackson, U.S. Department of Justice
The 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design is the only standard allowed by the Department of Justice for use in new construction and alterations. This session will use the 2010 Standards as we show select examples of good and bad accessibility and discuss how to evaluate access and fix common problems.

Session 2.4
Increase Your Advocacy Outcomes! ADA Resources and Strategies
Marian Vessels, Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, Kelly Hickok, Resources for Independent Living, Inc.
The 25th Anniversary of the ADA and the changes to CIL core services brought about by the WIOA of 2014 have increased the focus on consumers with disabilities. The ADA National Network (ADANN) and CILs, now both housed under the Administration for Community Living (ACL), have an increased need to share information and resources. Attendees will learn about ADA resources and strategies that can be used in the community to support a CIL's core services and achieve positive outcomes from advocacy and educational efforts.

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