This free, self-paced course, developed by the New England ADA Center, provides an overview of the major federal disability rights laws and how they apply in various scenarios. Continuing education credits are available.
This free, self-paced course, developed by the New England ADA Center, covers a variety of topics related to hiring, accommodating, and working with individuals with disabilities. Continuing education credits are available.
This trainer's manual, available for free download, is an in-depth training on disability awareness with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) integrated throughout each training module.
The five modules focus on the following areas:
- Module 1: Typecasting: Understanding Disability
- Module 2: Legal Implications: An Overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Module 3: Reasonable Accommodation
- Module 4: Etiquette: Communication and Interaction
- Module 5: Best Practices for Trainers
The Virginia Commonwealth University RRTC on Workplace Supports and Job Retention offers a web cast series, as well as the following web-courses:
- Disability Awareness HR Management Online Seminar (self-paced)
- Personal Assistance Services in the Workplace (self-paced)
- Supported Employment Web-based Certificate Series
- Supported Competitive Employment for Individuals with Mental Illness
- Customized Employment
- Overview of Self-Employment for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities
- Into Adulthood: Transition to Work for Individuals with Autism
- Ethical Issues and Decision Making for Rehabilitation Professionals
- Job Development
- Supported Employment for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury
Maryland WorkFORCE Promise offers a series of free eLearning courses and web-based tools for professionals in disabilities services, their clients, and the businesses with whom they work. Courses available include:
- Customized Employment
- Interviewing & Hiring Individuals with Disabilities
- Motivational Interviewing
- Mental Health & the Recovery Model: An Introduction
- Social Security Work Incentives
- SSI Calculation Worksheet
- SSDI Calculation Worksheet
JAN provides access to archived JAN Webcasts at no cost. Sessions typically cover a broad range of topics, such as accommodation ideas for people with specific types of disabilities, developments in assistive technology, or employer best practices.
This feature at the JAN site includes recorded (including audio) PowerPoint presentations on various subjects, such as Five Practical Tips for Providing and Maintaining Job Accommodations and The ADA and Substance Abuse in the Workplace. These presentations can be used by individuals or incorporated into larger training events.
The CRP-RCEP serving Region III offers a webcast series, as well as online courses and seminars, on various aspects of employing people with disabilities.
The Southeast ADA Center developed the FREE introductory web-course on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) that explores the legal requirements and spirit of the ADA.
The course content is self-paced and organized into 12 topics, which are designed to be studied in order. Each topic contains relative information as well as numerous real-life examples and self-tests to help you apply what you've learned. Upon completion of the course, you may be eligible to earn 0.5 CEUs or 3.55 CRCC hours.
This free tutorial on the requirements applicable to state and local governments under Title II of the ADA is approved for 0.3 CEU and 3 CRCC clock hours.
The tutorial will help ADA Coordinators successfully implement the ADA and foster an inclusive culture in their communities.
The Southeast ADA Center has developed a free, fully accessible, on-line course to present information on how to effectively serve customers with a variety of disabilities. The course includes case studies and tests.
This course, developed by the U.S. Department of Justice, explains how the ADA applies to businesses in ten short lessons. Putting the lessons into practice will allow businesses to comply with the ADA and welcome customers with disabilities.
The Disability Law Lowdown Project is a set of podcasts that provide up-to-date information on the Americans with Disabilities Act and related disability laws. You can listen to the podcasts or read the transcripts online or you can download them to your MP3 player and listen at your convenience.
The Disability Law Lowdown podcast is available in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language.
Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) sponsors an on-going program of web casts on a wide variety of topics, including the ADA, housing, health care, technology, education, employment, research, and policy issues. Sessions are presented by national experts in their fields. Transcripts of all sessions are archived, and can be accessed at any time. Visit the ILRU Web Casts page to find the schedule of upcoming web casts, or to locate web casts archives.
Partners in Policymaking offers five online training courses to help people with disabilities, family members, and advocates increase knowledge and skills. The courses include:
- Partners in Time (disability history)
- Partners in Education (strategies for obtaining educational services)
- Partners in Employment (identifying and translating personal interests and strengths into employment opportunities)
- Making Your Case (advocacy strategies and community organizing)
- Partners in Living (obtaining appropriate housing, independent living services, family support, assistive technology)
Ready, Willing, and Able: Assisting People with Disabilities in Disasters
This two-hour course, developed by the Research and Training Center on Independent Living (RTCIL) at the University of Kansas, is designed for the public health, hospital, preparedness, emergency response, and disaster relief workforce.
To access the course, you must create an account at TRAIN, a free service provided by the Public Health Foundation. The course number is 1020884.
The U.S. Access Board developed this web-course on its accessibility guidelines for play areas. The interactive program explains how to apply and follow the guidelines for proper access. It covers the scope and application of the guidelines, including the number of play components required to be accessible, technical provisions for accessible play equipment, surfacing in play areas, ramp and transfer system access to elevated structures, and access to soft contained play structures. The course covers all sections of the guidelines, which are one of the first of their kind in providing detailed criteria for accessible play areas. In addition, multiple choice exams are provided for each segment of the program.
The Institute offers these free online courses (CEUs are available for a nominal charge):
- Universal Design in Parks and Recreation
- Program Access in Parks and Recreation
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the U.S. Access Board developed a web-based course with three modules:
- Judicial, Legislative, and Regulatory Facilities
- Detention and Correctional Facilities
- Building Elements Designed for Children's Use
These interactive tutorials cover various standards for electronic and information technology issued under section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. On-line courses include:
- Designing Accessible Web Sites
- Building and Buying Accessible Software
- Buying Accessible Computers
- Opening Closed Products
Access E-Learning is a ten-module tutorial about making distance education accessible for individuals with disabilities. AEL offers information on the most common needs in distance education, and provides instruction in techniques that will enhance the usability of online materials for all students. Registration is free.