Mid-Atlantic ADA Update 2018: Session Descriptions
Tuesday, September 4, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Pre-Conference Session: ADA Overview
Mid-Atlantic ADA Center Staff
This session is designed for those new to the Americans with Disabilities Act (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 3 ½ hour session will provide a working knowledge of the major concepts and regulations of the ADA.
ADA Leadership Network Meeting
Leadership Network Members: please contact ADA-LN@transcen.org for information.
Claudia Gordon, Esq.
Director of Government and Compliance, Sprint Accessibility
Wednesday, September 5, 9:55 AM
Federal Agency Panel
Join us for a conversation with representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Access Board and U.S. Department of Transportation who will discuss their agencies current initiatives and activities related to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Audience members will have an opportunity to pose questions to the panelists.
Moderator: Laura Owens, TransCen, Inc.
- Sharon Rennert, ADA/GINA Policy Division, 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
Breakout Session #1.1: ADA & Business Boot Camp Part 1: Accessible Buildings and Facilities
You may attend this session with full conference registration or with the half-day ADA and Business Boot Camp program.
Breakout Session #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,
The ADA and its implementing regulations require state and local courts, law enforcement and correctional facilities to ensure that individuals with disabilities are able to take advantage of services provided by these governmental entities. Thus, whether courts, law enforcement or correctional personnel are interacting with crime victims, witnesses, arrestees, detainees or just members of the public, they are required to take steps to ensure that individuals with disabilities are able to fully participate. This presentation will focus on the ADA legal principles in state and local courts, law enforcement, and correctional settings, including the applicable ADA regulations, and Technical Assistance Publications and recent cases in this area.
Breakout Session #1.3: Effective Communication in Healthcare
Breakout Session #1.4: Public Rights of Way
Scott Windley and Juliet Shoultz, U.S. Access Board
The proposed "Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way" addresses the accessibility of pedestrian facilities such as sidewalks, shared use paths, and other elements located in the public right-of-way. This session will include an update of the current status of the rulemaking process and a discussion of the basic obligations of States and local agencies to make their facilities accessible. The guidelines for pedestrian access routes within sidewalks and shared use paths and for curb ramps and street crossings will be presented.
Breakout Session #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
This session will examine the “interactive process,” the process of responding to and evaluating a request for reasonable accommodation. This session will break down the process and examine the types of questions to be directed to the individual making the request, as well as supervisors and health care providers. The focus will be on how to conduct an interactive process that gets you the information you need to make an informed decision consistent with the legal requirements of the ADA. Bring your questions, as Ms. Rennert wants to hear from you about your problems and experiences.
Breakout Session #2.1: ADA & Business Boot Camp Part 2: Accessible Operations and Customer Service
Breakout Session #2.2: Feeling Safe and Understood in the Community: One State’s Experience with People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the Training of Law Enforcement
Breakout Session #2.3: 2010 Standards for Accessible Design Overview
Scott Windley and Juliet Shoultz, U.S. Access Board
The ADA Standards apply to a wide range of facilities in the public and private sectors and specify which elements and spaces must be accessible. This session will cover how the standards apply in new construction, alterations, and additions and review scoping requirements, general exceptions, and other provisions relevant to application.
Breakout Session #2.4: Self-Evaluation and Transition Plans
Title II of the ADA requires all state and local government agencies to complete a “self-evaluation” to determine the accessibility of their programs, services, and activities. Agencies must assess their policies and practices to ensure they do not unnecessarily exclude people with disabilities. Additionally, those public agencies that have 50 or more employees must develop and implement a “transition plan” to address any structural changes that are needed to achieve inclusive programs and services. This session will provide an overview of these requirements and outline an integrated approach to conducting a self-evaluation and creating an effective transition plan.
Breakout Session #2.5: Assistive Technology as Reasonable Accommodation
Breakout Session #3.1: Customer Service: Tools for Success
Breakout Session #3.2: From Court House Front Doors to Jury Rooms: ADA Accessibility and the Courts
Bruce Adelson and Jinny Bromberg, Bromberg and Associates
ADA Title II requires state and local courts to ensure that programs, services & activities are accessible to people with disabilities, even if located in older buildings. These requirements include a myriad of structural and communication concerns - parking spaces, accessible routes, doorways, wheelchair lifts, elevators, counters, judges’ benches, jury boxes, plus court proceedings, effective communication, and more. But courts and local governments often are unaware of Title II requirements. Our presentation will take conference attendees from the courthouse entrance door to the jury room as we discuss ADA requirements, litigation, and best practice tips.
Breakout Session #3.3: Topics and Trends in Cultural Venues
Betty Siegel, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Wondering what new technologies might impact captioning and audio description during performances or at exhibits? Considering how ticketing for accessible seating and compliance is getting a bit more complicated with dynamic pricing? Thinking about offering sensory friendly and dementia friendly activities, and how to integrate them into your programming? And, what’s up with emergency evacuation, or website accessibility? This is a great opportunity for the managers of cultural venues to learn more about current news in the field, including updates in case law.
Breakout Session #3.4: Self-Evaluation and Transition Plans: Practical Application and Lessons Learned from Project Civic Access
Breakout Session #3.5: Employment Issues in Healthcare Settings
Job Accommodation Network
Healthcare workers may have a variety of disabilities, ranging from limitations in motor functioning, sensory, or cognitive and psychiatric functioning. These impairments can affect performance of certain job duties- such as, patient lifting, interpreting medical records, administering medications, working long shifts, responding to alerts, and communicating with patients and other providers. These job tasks could be hard to perform without reasonable accommodations. This presentation will explore a variety of accommodation scenarios in which various assistive technologies and accommodations were utilized in healthcare settings to ensure the employability and retention of healthcare workers with disabilities.
Breakout Session #4.1: Improving Workplace Accessibility and Inclusion
Susan Skelly, Rachael L. Bradley Montgomery, and Adrienne Thomas-Loftin, The MITRE Corporation
This presentation will explain how The MITRE Corporation embraced the concept of accessibility by developing inclusive processes that support applicants, employees and campus visitors who are persons with disabilities. While still a work-in-progress, MITRE has made great strides in promoting inclusion, reducing stigma and potential awkwardness, and combating isolation, segregation, and second-class citizenship of individuals with disabilities.
The session will include a discussion of MITRE’s approach, including changes made to:
- Talent Acquisition and New Employee Orientation
- Communicating our Commitment to Accessibility
- Addressing Workplace Accommodations and the Return to Work Process
- Integrating Accessibility into Development Processes
- Making Facilities Accessible for Persons with Disabilities
Breakout Session #4.2: Law Enforcement Interaction with People with Disabilities
Breakout Session #4.3: Accessible Social Media For All
Lori Markland, Maryland Department of Disabilities, Technology Assistance Program
Social media is a fundamental tool used by government agencies, businesses, and organizations to stay in touch with their constituents. This session will highlight the ways to ensure that the content and the context of your organization's message is accessible, whether you're using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or other platforms to stay in touch with your community.
Breakout Session #4.4: Accessible Medical Facilities and Equipment
Breakout Session #4.5: Collaboration, Cooperation, and Participation: Lessons on Transit Accessibility from BaltimoreLink
Jaime McKay, Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland Transit Administration
BaltimoreLink is a transformational redesign of the bus network in the Baltimore region. The largest network change in Baltimore’s transit system in decades required and continues to require an enormous public outreach effort. During the initial planning phases of BaltimoreLink, Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) worked alongside National Federation of the Blind - Maryland and advocacy groups to produce descriptive, screen reader accessible turn-by-turn documents outlining the numerous routes that would be changed. The team created an inclusive and participatory process for individuals with visual impairments, older adults, advocacy groups and other stakeholders. This session will focus on the lessons learned from this project that can be of value for local, regional, and state governments when undertaking initiatives to enhance accessibility in their communities.
Breakout Session #5.1: Digital Accessibility 101: How to Successfully Jumpstart Your Program
Jonathan Avila, Chief Accessibility Officer, Level Access
The old adage that “there is no such thing as bad publicity” does NOT apply when it comes to ignoring digital accessibility. Companies that are threatened with litigation for inaccessible sites or apps can face mountains of legal fees, judgments, and rebuilding public opinion if their assets are not accessible. In this session, we’ll show you how to jumpstart your organization’s digital accessibility program in an effective and efficient manner. This is an interactive process and journey and doesn’t happen overnight, although there are some immediate things you can do to lower your risk.
Breakout Session #5.2: What About Jails and the ADA?
Captain Tameka Hull, Arlington County Sheriff’s Office
This session is an introduction to reasonable accommodations in a jail setting. There will be discussion on how to modify policies, practices and procedures to ensure inmates with disabilities are fully included and receive equal benefits to programs and services in a jail setting.
Breakout Session #5.3: Department of Justice’s Barrier-Free Healthcare Initiative
Steve Gordon, U.S. Department of Justice, United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia
The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division in partnership with the United States Attorneys’ Offices across the nation have instituted the Barrier-Free Health Care Initiative, which targets their enforcement efforts on access to health care providers for individuals (patients and companions) with disabilities. The Barrier-Free Health Care Initiative is a multi-phase initiative that includes effective communication for people who are deaf or having hearing loss, physical access to medical care for people with mobility disabilities, and equal access to treatment for people who have HIV/AIDS. This program will focus on the ADA legal principles applicable in health care settings, recent DOJ enforcement efforts, including an exploration of actual cases against health care providers including hospitals, physicians, and skilled nursing facilities.
Breakout Session #5.4: When Disaster Strikes - Emergency Preparedness for State and Local Governments
Julia Wolhandler and Jessica Hunt, DC Office of Disability Rights
This session will focus on the necessity for state and local governments to ensure program access and reasonable modifications to policies and procedures as it relates to emergency and disaster situations. As we have seen this past year the devastation that Mother Nature can cause, more often than not people with disabilities are not included in emergency planning. The failure to incorporate the world’s largest minority leads to barriers that affect evacuation, notification and continuity of communication, sheltering, and emergency transportation. We will discuss communication plans, service animals during evacuations and in shelters, accessible accommodations and vehicles, and programmatic access.
Breakout Session #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.
This session is designed to educate the business community about veterans with disabilities who are transitioning to the workplace. Participants will explore how to create a welcoming environment for veterans with disabilities, and learn about the unique aspects of military culture. The presenters will discuss attitudes and behaviors that can affect veterans with disabilities, and examine how that might impact employee engagement in the business culture.
Breakout Session #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
This presentation will examine the unique health, medical, and disability access needs of people with environmental sensitivities, and the need for U.S. programs to be proactive in addressing environmental access barriers. It will review federal policies, including those that promote fragrance-free workplaces and meetings, as well as research on the health impact of fragrances and “air fresheners,” and a majority preference in a US survey for fragrance-free healthcare, workplaces, and lodgings.
Breakout Session #6.2: Mental Health Issues in Correction Facilities
More detailed information coming soon!
Breakout Session #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
A professor and her service dog lead this "flipped" session, which begins with attendee questions and includes a review of the history of service animals and relevant federal and state laws. Topics will include myths, misconceptions, issues and challenges for organizations, ranging from large cities to small colleges, to health care settings of all sizes. The session will teach participants how to differentiate service animals from emotional support animals; how to deal with animals in training; how to address concerns about allergies; and how to make facilities, programs, and mass transit safe and accessible for service animals and people with disabilities.
Breakout Session #6.4: Title II Case Law
Robert Dinerstein, American University, Washington College of Law
This session will present an analysis of cases decided under Title II of the ADA which covers state and local governments. Emphasis will be on federal cases (Supreme Court, if any; Courts of Appeals; District Courts), supplemented by any significant state court decisions that rely on the ADA. In this session, the presenter will discuss the holdings and rationales of the cases, and indicate how these cases fit within the larger context of ADA Title II case law and jurisprudence.
Breakout Session #6.5: Investing in the Future: Empowering Millennials with Disabilities in the Workplace
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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.