Mid-Atlantic ADA Update 2018: Agenda

Mid-Atlantic ADA Update 2018

Register for ADA Update

Tuesday, September 4

1:00 – 5:00 PM: Pre-Conference Session: ADA Overview

Mid-Atlantic ADA Center Team

1:00 – 5:00 PM: ADA Leadership Network Meeting

Leadership Network members: please contact ADA-LN@transcen.org for information.

5:00 – 7:00 PM: Meet and Greet Networking Reception


Wednesday, September 5

8:00 AM: Registration and Networking Breakfast

9:00 AM: Welcome

9:15 AM:  Keynote Speaker:

Claudia Gordon, Esq., Director of Government and Compliance, Sprint Accessibility

9:55 AM: Federal Agency Panel 

Moderated by Laura Owens, President, TransCen, Inc.

  • Sharon Rennert, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Roberta, Kirkendall, Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Scott Windley, U.S. Access Board
  • John Day, Federal Transit Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation

10:55 AM: Break

11:15 AM Federal Panel Questions and Answers

12:15 PM: Lunch provided by the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center

1:00 PM: Break

1:30 PM: Breakout Session #1

#1.1: ADA & Business Boot Camp Part 1: Accessible Buildings and Facilities 
Kaylan Dunlap, Evan Terry Associates
#1.2: The ADA in State and Local Courts, Corrections and Law Enforcement 
Steve Gordon, United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia, U.S. Department of Justice
#1.3: Effective Communication in Healthcare
Bonnie O'Leary, Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons and Pamela Jones, Mary Washington Healthcare
#1.4: Public Rights-of-Way
Scott Windley and Juliet Shoultz, U.S. Access Board
#1.5: A Deep Dive into the Interactive Process: Making Informed Decisions about Requests for Reasonable Accommodation
Sharon Rennert, ADA/GINA Policy Division, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

3:00 PM: Break

3:20 PM: Breakout Session #2

#2.1: ADA & Business Boot Camp Part 2: Accessible Operations and Customer Service
Marian Vessels, MSV Consulting, Claire Stanley, American Council for the Blind and Rebecca Witzofsky, student, Gallaudet University
#2.2: People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the Training of Law Enforcement
Jennifer Eastman, Maryland Department of Disabilities, Patti Saylor, Ethan Saylor Alliance, Robert Wagner, Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions, Erica Wheeler, self-advocate, Lisa Schoenbrodt, Loyola University Maryland
#2.3: 2010 Standards for Accessible Design
Scott Windley and Juliet Shoultz, U.S. Access Board
#2.4: Self-Evaluation and Transition Plans Part 1
#2.5: Assistive Technology as Reasonable Accommodation
Amy Goldman, Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs

4:50 PM Adjourn


Thursday, September 6   

8:00 AM: Networking Breakfast

9:00 AM: Breakout Session #3

#3.1: Customer Service: Tools for Success
Nancy Horton and Caleb Berkemeier, TransCen, Inc. - Mid-Atlantic ADA Center
#3.2: From Court House Front Doors to Jury Rooms: ADA Accessibility and the Courts
Bruce Adelson and Jinny Bromberg, Bromberg and Associates
#3.3: Topics and Trends in Cultural Venues
Betty Siegel, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
#3.4: Self-Evaluation and Transition Plans: Practical Application and Lessons Learned from Project Civic Access
Nancy Greene, Montgomery County (Maryland) Government
#3.5: Employment Issues in Healthcare Settings
Job Accommodation Network

10:30 AM: Break

10:50 AM: Breakout Session #4

#4.1: Improving Workplace Accessibility and Inclusion
Susan Skelly, Rachael L. Bradley Montgomery, and Adrienne Thomas-Loftin, The MITRE Corporation
#4.2: Law Enforcement Interaction with People with Disabilities
Gary Talley, Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
#4.3: Accessible Social Media for All
Lori Markland, Maryland Department of Disabilities, Technology Assistance Program
#4.4: Accessible Medical Facilities and Equipment
Kaylan Dunlap, Evan Terry Associates
#4.5: Collaboration, Cooperation, and Participation: Lessons on Transit Accessibility from BaltimoreLink
Jaime McKay, Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland Transit Administration

12:20 PM: Working Lunch (provided by the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center)

1:30 PM: Breakout Session #5

#5.1: Digital Accessibility 101: How to Successfully Jumpstart Your Program
Jonathan Avila, Level Access
#5.2: What About Jails and the ADA?
Captain Tameka Hull, Arlington County (Virginia) Sheriff’s Office 
#5.3: Department of Justice Barrier-Free Healthcare Initiative
Steve Gordon, United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia, U.S. Department of Justice
#5.4: When Disaster Strikes - Emergency Preparedness for State and Local Governments
Julia Wolhandler, and Jessica Hunt, DC Office of Disability Rights 
#5.5: Welcoming Veterans with Disabilities into the Workplace
Steve Zappalla, LPC, NCC, Center for Veterans in Transition, Ann Deschamps, Ed.D., Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, TransCen, Inc. 

3:00 PM: Break

3:20 PM: Breakout Session #6

#6.1: Understanding and Improving Access for People with Environmental Sensitivities: Policy and Legal Implications
Mary Lamielle, National Center for Environmental Health Strategies, Inc., James Raggio, former General Counsel to the U.S. Access Board 
#6.2: Mental Health Issues in Corrections
#6.3: A Conversation about Service Animals
Leah Hagedorn, PhD and Olsen the Service Dog, Canine Assistants Noah's Team of Virginia & Coastal North Carolina 
#6.4: Title II Case Law
Robert Dinerstein, American University, Washington College of Law  
#6.5: Investing in the Future: Empowering Millennials with Disabilities in the Workplace
Moderator: Sue Werber, Chair, DC Metro BLN ME Committee

4:50 PM: Adjourn

Register for ADA Update (full conference)

View Session Descriptions

Return to ADA Update main page

ADA and Business Boot Camp page


The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center is a project of TransCen, Inc. (Federal ID #52-1487462; DUNS 627032386) and funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (grant #90DP0089) under the Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The content of this conference does not necessarily represent the policy of HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.