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July 17, 2018

New this year at the Mid-Atlantic ADA Update, the ADA and Business Boot Camp offers an opportunity for business owners and operators to learn the basics of ADA compliance and welcoming customers with disabilities.

Early bird registration rates are available until July 31! Check out the details for both the full conference, which will take place in Tysons, Virginia on September 5th and 6th, and the Business Boot Camp, which will take place the afternoon of September 5th.

July 4, 2017

Volume 21, Number 2

ADA In Focus is published three times yearly by the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center. It is also available by request in large print, Braille, audio CD, and computer disk. To obtain copies in other formats, contact us.

July 4, 2017
ADA Resource Networks: Connect and Learn

The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center’s professional resource networks have nearly 400 members throughout the region. Network members learn the latest information on the ADA through exclusive webinars and group mailing lists, networking with others who have similar jobs and challenges, and sharing resources and ideas to enhance ADA implementation.

Recent Network Activities: ADA Leadership Network
  • The ADA Leadership Network (LN) welcomed two new groups of trainers; one in April and one in May.
March 14, 2017
Supreme Court: Parents Don’t Need to Follow IDEA Procedures for Non-IDEA Issue

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of a young girl who was denied the opportunity to bring her service animal to school. The student’s parents brought the case of Fry v Napoleon Community Schools under Title II of the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (the school receives federal funds).

The school argued that the matter should have been addressed under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The IDEA has unique and very specific procedures which parents must follow and exhaust before they can bring a private lawsuit alleging that a school failed to adequately provide a “free appropriate public education (FAPE)” to a student with a disability who needs special education services.

March 14, 2017

Volume 21, Number 1

ADA In Focus is published three times yearly by the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center. It is also available by request in large print, Braille, audio CD, and computer disk. To obtain copies in other formats, contact us.

March 14, 2017
TransCen’s Mid-Atlantic ADA Center: Five More Years

TransCen, Inc. has been selected by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to operate the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center for another five years! We look forward to working together with our partners, networks, associates, and friends throughout the region to provide information, guidance, and training that supports and facilitates the effective implementation of the ADA.

Many of our tried and true programs and services will continue, while new areas of focus and research will enable us to develop outreach methods and strategies, materials and publications, and training events that enhance knowledge and understanding of the ADA.

Our partners at the University of Maryland will be conducting research to help us identify areas of need among ADA stakeholders, including state and local government agencies, businesses, and individuals with disabilities. Research-informed activities can target areas of need and increase opportunities to provide meaningful information and guidance.

September 13, 2016
Welcoming a New Team Member

The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center is pleased to welcome Claire Stanley as our new Training Specialist. Claire has a Juris Doctorate (JD) and experience working with a number of disability rights organizations. She will be conducting training throughout the region on various aspects of the ADA. Welcome, Claire!

ADA Center Out and About Maryland Department of Disabilities ADA 26th Anniversary Celebration: Intersect

The theme of the Maryland Department of Disabilities annual ADA Anniversary Celebration was “Intersect.” The event, which included a technology and resource fair and an afternoon workshop on social media accessibility, explored the intersection of technology and ADA implementation.