2017 Symposium Session Schedule & Descriptions

Sunday, May 14

Pre-Conference Sessions  1:00 PM – 4:00 PM


PC1  ADA Basics: Title I Guidelines  (Basic)

-Julie Brinkhoff, Great Plains ADA Center

This session will provide a basic overview of the employment provisions of the ADA and the ADA Amendments Act. Topics covered will include the hiring process; documentation, confidentiality and disclosure; reasonable accommodation; evaluation and supervision. The session will include numerous examples and scenarios. The session is designed for attendees with little knowledge of ADA employment provisions. The session will also meet the Title I Guidelines foundation requirement for the ADA Coordinator Certification Program. (ACTCP Foundation Credit)


PC2  ADA Basics:  Overview of Title II, III & IV (Basic)

-Randi Turner, Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities (Texas)

In this session we will cover the underlying principles of ADA Title II, III and IV. Title II protects qualified individuals with disabilities from discrimination on the basis of disability in services, programs, and activities provided by State and local government entities. Title III, place of Public Accommodations, provides basically the same protections by private business, with exceptions. Title IV, Telecommunications, addresses telephone and television access for people who have speech and/or hearing disabilities. We will cover key terms that apply to both Title II and III such as qualified interpreter, qualified reader, other power-driven mobility device, service animal, video remote interpreting, and more. ( Meets ACTCP Prerequisite Requirement)


PC3  Getting Your Message Out:  Messaging, Delivery & Metrics (General)

-Wendy Strobel Gower & Michelle Alvord, Northeast ADA Center

In order for people to take advantage of the services you offer, it is critical to align your social media and outreach goals and strategies. This session will assist will walk through the steps necessary to identify your audience, formulate messaging, identify the problems that your organization can help solve. It will discuss the pros and cons of the available platforms and provide strategies to get you thinking about how best to deliver your message. Finally, we will look at strategies to measure campaign effectiveness. Cornell University Communications Specialist, Stephen D'Angelo, will partner with the Northeast ADA Center to share valuable tips on how to refine social media marketing and outreach campaigns, including strategy, integration and analytics. 


PC4  Enforcing Federal, State & Local Disability Laws (Advanced)

-Vicki Simpson, Illinois Office of the Attorney General

This session will be conducted by representatives of the Illinois Attorney General's office. Civil rights, housing, public accommodations, effective communication, accessible design and service animals statues in the three levels of government intersect and sometimes conflict with each other. The Illinois approach will be delineated from policy to education to enforcement ensuring the effectiveness of these critical civil rights laws for persons with disabilities.

Monday, May 15

Session 1: 9:30-11:30

1A: Reasonable Accommodation (Basic)

-Roy Matheson, Reasonable Accommodation.com

This course begins with an orderly, issue-by-issue introduction to the practice of reasonable accommodation (RA). A checklist of practical, compliance-focused practices, which an absence or disability manager can include in her daily routine will be outlined. The narrative behind recent federal court settlements will be used as a quick illustration of the legal consequences of non-compliance. Participants are encouraged to bring questions and quandaries including, “What is the role of reasonable accommodation in a workers’ compensation case?” “If a medical restriction does not connect to a physical demand of the job, do I have to accommodation the individual?” “What do I do when a physician demands a specific accommodation solution such as an expensive chair or sit-stand station?” “Does my inability to read people’s minds turn into a non-compliance charge for failure to accommodate?” (ACTCP Foundation Credit)

1B: Role of the ADA Coordinator (Basic)

-Ed Neuberg, Denver Regional Transportation District

An effective ADA Coordinator is critical to successful ADA implementation. However, the role and responsibilities of the ADA Coordinator are often both ill-defined and misunderstood. This session will clearly outline the functions of the ADA Coordinator position, the departments and community members the ADA Coordinator should interact with, and how the ADA Coordinator position should fit within the overall structure of the Title II entity. (ACTCP Foundation Credit)

1C: Service Animals (Basic)

-Len Sandler, University of Iowa School of Law

Service animals are defined and viewed differently under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Air Carriers Access Act (ACAA). This session will focus specifically on the rights of individuals with disabilities with service animals under the ADA and the responsibilities of entities covered by the ADA. This session will cover who can have a service animal, what service animals are allowed, what documentation can be required or requested and when a service animal can be refused. This is a basic session targeted toward entities that provide customer service to the general public. 

1D: DOJ Barrier Free Healthcare Initiative (General)

-Steve Gordon, DOJ US 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. 

1E: 2010 Standards for Accessible Design: Part 1(Basic)

Dave Yanchulis, U.S. Access Board

2010 Standards for Accessible Design: Part 1 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 2-part session will provide an overview of the 2010 ADA Standards, review scoping and technical requirements for new construction and alterations, and discuss practical strategies to ensure ADA compliance for your building projects. (ACTCP Foundation Credit)

1F: Significant Changes to the 2015 ICC/A117.1 (Advanced)

-Jay Woodward, ICC; David Collins, The Preview Group Inc.; Kermit Robinson, ICC; Gina Hilberry, Cohen Hilberry Architects

October 2016 marks a watershed moment in the evolution of accessibility design principles. The membership of the International Code Council voted to make dramatic and sweeping changes to the fundamental building blocks informing all accessible design. These are without question the most significant changes since the DOJ and Access Board revised the ADAAG and introduced the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design. The new Code provisions will have a domino effect on other design basics, square footages, bathrooms, kitchens corridors, retail spaces, and subsequent costs of construction. New to the 2015 edition are increases to the clear floor space and turning spaces in response to technical data regarding the space needed by persons using scooters or some types of motorized wheelchairs; exterior routes, curb cuts, blended transitions, passenger drop offs and parking requirements coordinated with the Public Rights of Way Guidelines; electric car charging stations; accessible windows; accessible routes through parking lots; sign language interpreters stations; enhanced acoustics for classrooms; charging stations for electric wheelchairs and scooters; and gaming machines and tables.  This program is an absolute must attend for professionals involved in accessible design on any level. This program is intended as co-curriculum to the “THE CONTEXT, HISTORY AND IMPACT OF THE BUILDING BLOCK CHANGES IN THE 2015 ICC A117.1” program being offered. 


1G: How People with Disabilities Use the Web/Common Barriers (Basic)

-Shannon Mulhall, Fresno California ADA Coordinator & Julie Brinkhoff, Great Plains ADA Center  

How do blind individuals access websites with screen readers? How does someone who is unable to operate a mouse navigate through a website? This session will discuss the different ways that people with disabilities access websites using assistive technology and browser features. The session will also discuss common barriers to web access. The session will offer numerous examples and scenarios.

1H: Access Surveys (Basic)

-Troy Balthazor, TPB Enterprises

Accessibility surveys take on many forms, and serve a wide range of purposes.  This session will identify the purpose of the accessibility survey, how to complete a physical site review, and how to parlay the data gleaned from surveys into meaningful outcomes for your organization, company, or clients.  Participants will learn and discuss methods of survey and consider projects both large and small.  Participants will understand the differences and nuances of completing surveys for public and private entities and develop skills to maximize inclusiveness in our built environments.

1I: Implementing the ADAAA into Titles II & III (Basic)

-Aisha Rousseau, Denver Office of Disability Rights

In 2008, the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) set forth a more comprehensive definition of “disability” to ensure a broader interpretation and application without narrow restrictions. In October 2006, a final rule by the Department of Justice was made to incorporate the ADAA into Title II and III of the ADA regulations. The new revisions include specifically listing additional disabilities, adding further examples of major life activities, updates to the “regarded as” prong, and revised provisions to more closely conform with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regulations. 

1J: Title I: Direct Threat Safety in the Workplace (Advanced)

-Barry Taylor & Rachel Weisberg, Equip for Equality

What does the ADA require when an employee with a disability poses a potential threat to health and safety to themselves or others? This session will review the ADA and its regulations, EEOC guidance, and recent case law on direct threat. It will also provide helpful tips about conducting an individualized assessment and the role of reasonable accommodations to address the potential threat.

Session 2: 1:45-3:15

2A:Implementing Section 503 (Advanced)

-Wendy Strobel Gower, Northeast ADA Center

The regulations for Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act have created a renewed interest in disability as part of diversity within employer organizations. Employers are seeking to change their policies and practices as they relate to disability inclusion as a result of this law. They are also investigating how they can boost responses to invitations to self-identify has having a disability. This session will provide a brief overview of the Rehabilitation Act, provide in-depth information on the regulations defined by OFCCP for Section 503, discuss the difference between disclosure and self-identification, and discuss some strategies to encourage self-identification of disability within employer organizations. Questions will be encouraged and case studies will allow us to apply the lessons learned during the session.  

2B: Emergency Preparedness (Moderate)

-Eli Fresquez, New York City Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities & Elizabeth Angeles,  New York City Emergency Management

As the scale, frequency and complexity of disasters grow so is the need for increased individual preparedness and engagement with the disability community. In this session we will provide the basic principles of emergency preparedness and disability, including legal foundations and functional planning principles in the areas of accessible evacuation, transportation, effective communication and sheltering. Also in this session we will provide an overview of key concepts and approaches to engage disability organizations, government, community leaders, faith-based groups, and the general public as a part of a community planning approach. Community planning is a philosophical approach on how to think about conducting emergency management which aims to develop a shared understanding of community needs, capabilities and increase individual and collective preparedness. The task of cultivating and maintaining relationships that include the community in emergency management can be challenging and we will be discussing helpful tips, checklists and toolkits available to everyone. (ACTCP Optional Foundation Credit)


2C: Accommodations and Customer Service (General)

-Kathy Lovell, Regions

This session will provide a forum to discuss how businesses can accommodate individuals with disabilities and still provide superior customer service. Complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act is both the right thing to do and a way to attract a growing group of customers to your goods and services. Participants are encouraged to bring questions and ideas as we explore best practices for achieving superior customer service while meeting the needs of the disability community. 


2D: Title II & Title III in Healthcare: The Basics (Basic)

-Carol Bradley, Sutter Health and Yomi Wrong, Palo Alto Medical Foundation

The healthcare environment is unique and establishing an accessible environment for patients, family members, and visitors with disabilities is critical for effective care. This workshop focuses on the basic approaches used in healthcare to provide services, facilities and communication. Accessibility means that patients with disabilities can come into facilities, move around, get services, and participate during care. The workshop reviews the basic principles, practices, and approaches used in a complex healthcare system. Some specific ways to offer accessibility may require scheduling physically accessible spaces and equipment, communicating in ways that allow effective participation by patients with hearing, cognitive, or vision loss or changing ways of positioning on equipment during care.

1. Understand the basic principles of Title II & III and the application to healthcare.
2. Understand how to use the principles in creating a program
3. Gain insights on successful strategies and processes
4. Identify challenges or barriers to providing fully accessible care in complex healthcare environments.


2E: 2010 Standards for Accessible Design: Part 2 (Basic)

Dave Yanchulis, U.S. Access Board

This session is a continuation of the content presented in 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design: Part 1. (ACTCP Foundation Credit)


2F: Applying the Dept. of Justice Title II and Title III Regulations: New Constructions, Alterations, and Barrier Removal (Basic)

-Jim Bostrom, US Department of Justice

The 2010 Standards for Accessible Design are part of the Justice Department’s title II and title III ADA regulations. Although some think of the 2010 Standards like a “code,” the requirements are based in civil rights law. Jim Bostrom, U.S. Department of Justice, will be discussing application of the ADA regulations and 2010 Standards. This is a must-attend, hands-on training for designers, ADA Coordinators, code officials, advocates and others involved in applying or interpreting the 2010 Standards. Attendees will not only see the requirements from a new vantage point, but they will better understand how to use the Standards and to find background information. This program also addresses parts of the ADA regulations that – while not specifically part of the 2010 Standards – are important to accessible design and maintaining access to buildings and facilities.


2G: Web Access Planning for Beginners (Basic)

-Shannon Mulhall, City of Fresno ADA Coordinator

Web accessibility is the newest frontier in compliance. It can be an overwhelming topic for state & local governments, businesses and technologists alike. How does one explain or approach web accessibility when they hardly understand the concept? How can a person who does understand the 508/WCAG 2.0 regulations break it down for those who are less than tech-savvy? Where does one begin compliance efforts when they have never before considered web accessibility? Through this training participants will learn to talk about 508/WCAG 2.0 requirements in ways that are meaningful for the listener. Tools for developing realistic web accessibility plans, policies, and training as well as techniques for opening conversations and garnering support for web accessibility will be provided. Note: this presentation is not intended to cover detailed specifications of 508/WCAG 2.0. This basic level web accessibility session should be considered as a companion to technical focused sessions.


2H: Web Access Planning and Implementation (Advanced)

-Jay Wyant, State of Minnesota Accessibility Office

This session is designed for those who are responsible for or play a key role in the planning and implementation of web content. The session will provide in-depth discussion of issues related to compliance obligations, planning, policy making, and procurement.


2I: Commuter and Light Rail Transportation (Moderate)

-Kenneth Shiotani, National Disability Rights Network

This session will provide an overview of the ADA requirements for rail transportation including the accessibility of rail vehicles, stations and modes of boarding and alighting on the range of rail transportation systems in the U.S. The session will show some examples of what older subway and commuter systems are doing to improve accessibility for passengers with disabilities. At the same time, the session will note that even new designs in rail vehicles and new work at altered stations sometimes end up failing to meet ADA requirements or expanded interpretations of ADA requirements.


2J: Impact Advocacy  (Basic)

-Randi Turner, Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities (Texas)

It is important to understand the difference between advocacy and self-advocacy, and to understand the relationship between self-esteem, self-determination and self-advocacy, and how higher self-esteem can lead to better self-advocacy. This session includes a look at the value and impact of attitude on self-advocacy, as well. The goal of this session is to provide participants with tools to teach effective advocacy and self-advocacy skills.

Session 3: 3:30-5:00


3A: Psychiatric Disabilities in the Workplace (Moderate)

-Jana Burke, Mariposa Professional Services

Psychiatric disabilities may affect a person's awareness, memory and ability to learn, process information, interact with others, communicate and make decisions. They can often be "hidden disabilities" that do not receive the public awareness of visible disabilities. What are the workplace rights of people with psychiatric disabilities under the ADA? What types of accommodations and auxiliary aids are commonly needed by individuals with these disabilities? Learn more about how employers can effectively engage candidates and employees with these functional limitations and benefit from quality talent.


3B: Project Civic Access (Moderate)

-Meg Congor & Eric Bosch, City of Kansas City, Missouri

Projet Civic Access is a program of the U.S. Department Justice in which the Justice Department reviews selected cities and counties for ADA compliance. Two ADA Coordinators whose cities were part of a Project Civic Access review will present this session. The session will share the experience of working with the Department of Justice to implement the resulting settlement agreement including practical considerations, strategies that worked, challenges and solutions from a “hands-on” perspective. This session is highly recommended for ADA Coordinators and city officials. 


3C: DOJ Update (General)

-Anne Raish, U.S. Department of Justice

Anne Raish, Principal Deputy Chief for the U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division, will provide an update of Titles II and III ADA related activities of the U.S. Dept. 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 and III ADA compliance activities and an opportunity to learn directly from a key figure in ADA enforcement and implementation. 


3D: Healthcare Accessibility (Advanced)

-Carol Bradley, Sutter Health & Yomi Wrong, Palo Alta Medical Foundation

The healthcare environment is unique and establishing an accessible environment for patients, family members, and visitors with disabilities is critical for effective care. This workshop focuses on solutions for the basic approaches used in healthcare to provide services, facilities and communication. Accessibility means that patients with disabilities can come into facilities, move around, get services, and participate during care. Some specific ways to offer accessibility may require scheduling physically accessible spaces and equipment, communicating in ways that allow effective participation by patients with hearing, cognitive, or vision loss or changing ways of positioning on equipment during care. The Advanced session will build on the principles discussed in the basic session and provide in-depth scenarios, strategies, and approaches successful in healthcare programs.


3E: Accessible Signage: Finding the Way in Communication by Signs (Basic)

-Dave Yanchulis, U.S. Access Board

Sign systems are essential to the usability of facilities and sites, so it is important that they are accessible to all users. This session will review in-depth scoping and technical requirements for signs in the ADA Standards, including provisions for tactile signs, visual signs, pictograms, and required accessibility symbols. It will address which signs are required to be tactile, what type of signs are required where none are planned, and other common questions about accessible signs. This course is an expanded offering from the ADA Standards Basics course, which will not cover signage in any depth.


3F: Accessible Exterior Routes and Surfaces (Advanced)

-Bill Botten, U.S. Access Board

This unique session focuses on the details of exterior routes and surfaces. This course will review the differences between public ROW sidewalks, accessible routes, shared use paths, and pedestrian trails. Additionally, the latest information on accessible surfaces will be presented. By participating in this program attendees will have a clear understanding of the important differences, overlapping provisions and vocabulary of one of the most important fundamentals of accessible design.


3G: The ADA, the Web, and You (Basic)

-Robert Carr, ABLE Tech

The Americans with Disabilities Act mandates that public entities and private places of public accommodation must not discriminate against people with disabilities when they offer programs, services, or activities. The ADA also requires covered entities to provide effective communication. Entities large and small use technology like the web and software to do all of those things. This session will examine accessibility in technology in the context of the ADA, helping participants to understand more about how covered entities should approach implementing a technology accessibility program. We will talk about some of the ways that entities large and small can approach accessible technology use and acquisition. We will not go through web accessibility standards one by one, but you will learn a few techniques that you can begin to use to lead by example.


3H: HIV, AIDS, and Disability (General)

-Aisha Rousseau, Denver Office of Disability Rights

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides protections against discrimination for people with disabilities (PWDs.) If a person living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), either symptomatic, has physical impairments that substantially limit one or more major life activities or major bodily functions, they meet the criteria of a PWD and are thusly protected by the ADA (U.S. DOH, 2012). PLWHA are often discounted as needing and/or being eligible for supports such as work accommodations, vocational rehabilitation, and disability insurance. This is further compounded by the phenomenon of AIDS-stigma, “the social devaluing of people perceived to have AIDS or HIV as well as the individuals, groups, and communities with which they are associated” (Herek, Widman & Capitanio 2005). The presenters will provide data associated with guidance for employees, employers, and service providers to include pivotal discrimination-based legal cases and current demographic trends of PSWHA in the United States.


3I: Basic Effective Communication Titles II-IV (Basic)

-Sean Gerlis, SILAN Communications

Effective communication continues to be an uncharted territory for many people when it comes to providing equal information access for people with disabilities. Effective communication not only applies to the people with disabilities that need equal access of information, it also applies to the general population. Often the informative messages that are thought to be accessible are often inaccessible for some people. This workshop will augment layers of effective communication that meet the needs of people with disabilities, including intellectual, cognitive, and sensory (hearing and vision) disabilities. This session will include the tools to ensure the preparations, deliverables, positioning, and solutions to enact messaging that is both more accessible and effective for everyone else. (ACTCP Foundation Credit)


3J: ADA & Criminal Justice (General)

-Barry Taylor & Rachel Weisberg, Equip for Equality

Unfortunately, there are many people with disabilities in our criminal justice system. Back in 1998, the Supreme Court made clear in a case called Yeskey that the ADA applies to state prisons. This webinar will review how the ADA has been applied to law enforcement and the criminal justice system since the Yeskey decision, including a discussion of recent litigation involving the segregation of people with mental illness in prisons.

Tuesday, May 16

Session 4   8:30-10:30


4A: Title I: What do you mean “Leave is an Accommodation”? (Advanced)

-Joe Bontke, EEOC Houston Regional Office

This in-depth session will expand on some of the key topics of the ADA’s Interactive Process and where ADA, Workers Compensation and Family Medical Leave Act collide into the “Bermuda Triangle” of confusion. EEOC’s Joe Bontke will offer a life boat of clear sailing through the processes to assist in answering “What is Reasonable”.


4B: Self-Evaluation and Transition Plans: Part 1 (Basic)

-Jennifer Skulski, Skulski Consulting, LLC

Are you one of those public entities that are slightly behind in doing a self-evaluation and transition plan? Are you asking yourself, “What is a self-evaluation and transition plan?” Well then, this is the session for you. All public entities subject to Title II of the ADA must complete a self-evaluation. For public entities that have 50 or more employees, there is also a requirement to have in place a transition plan that addresses structural changes that are necessary for achieving program accessibility. Come to this two-part session if you are interested in learning more about how to approach conducting a self-evaluation and how to integrate the information gathered into a transition plan. (ACTCP Foundation Credit)


4C: Customer Service and Marketing (Advanced)

-Adrian Van Note, Capital One

This interactive session will discuss Title III case scenarios and how ADA accommodations can be leveraged to provide superior customer service for all consumers.


4D: Healthcare Accessibility in the International Codes (Advanced)

-Kim Paarlberg, International Code Council

The designs for hospital, nursing homes and assisted living facilities are changing dramatically. Hospitals are moving to single rooms and offering special facilities for bariatric patients. Many ‘hospital’ activities are moving to outpatient procedures or even out of the hospitals entirely and into ambulatory care facilities. Nursing homes and assisted living are changing to private rooms or suites to provide a more home like environment. The ICC is working with the American Hospital Association to revise and improve provisions in the codes for these types of facilities. This discussion will address the Codes accessibility requirements including Accessible hospital and nursing home rooms; provisions for bathrooms; requirements for exam rooms in a doctor’s office; staff areas such as clean/dirty linen, labs, break rooms; and kitchen areas in the ‘house’ concept for nursing homes. Studies for assisted toileting in nursing homes/hospitals and specifics for bariatric patients is also being explored.


4E: Fair Housing Guidelines Demystified (Basic)

-Gina Hilberry, Cohen Hilberry Architects

A review of Fair Housing accessibility requirements including the ten safe harbors and how Fair Housing relates to current ADA and ICC editions. Discussion will include places of lodging, dormitories and other types of multi-family housing as well as traditional apartments and condominiums. Common violations and frequent questions are included.


4F: Alterations and Additions to Existing Facilities (Moderate)

-Dave Yanchulis, US Access Board & Jim Bostrom, US Dept. of Justice

A big challenge when undertaking alterations and additions to existing facilities is determining how and to what extent the ADA Standards apply to the project. Knowing where the boundaries are when applying the ADA Standards to alterations and additions has a myriad of implications on the scope of the project, timetables, and budgets. This program addresses what type of work constitutes an “alteration,” how the scope of work determines application, provisions for primary function areas and determining “disproportionality,” historic facilities, technical infeasibility and other topics. This course is an expanded offering from the ADA Standards Basics course, which will not cover alterations in any depth.


4G: Multimedia: Captioning and Alternative Formats (Basic)

-Robert Carr, ABLE Tech

The ADA. The Rehabilitation Act. The 21st Century Video Accessibility Act. These and more laws govern the distribution of more accessible video and multimedia content through the web. But there are still large holes on the web where videos exist without quality captions or audio description tracks. Join me to learn more about the policy environment around accessible multimedia on the web. With some policy knowledge as a basis, we will focus on some of the captioning how-to’s. There are many tools and techniques available that make captioning web-based video relatively inexpensive. We will talk about some of those and discuss some of the funding models that entities have used to help to make sure that web-based video is more accessible.


4H: Top ADA Cases: A Year in Review (Advanced)

-Barry Taylor & Rachel Weisberg, Equip for Equality

Since the last National ADA Symposium, courts across the country have decided a number of significant ADA cases. This session will provide an in-depth review of the top ADA cases from last year covering a variety of ADA issues under Titles I, II and III. In addition to reviewing the specific facts and ruling in each case, there will also be a discussion of the impact these cases may have on future ADA litigation. Come to this session to make sure you’re up to date on all the latest ADA court rulings


4I: Effective Communication Architectural Facilities and Transportation (Moderate)

-Sean Gerlis, SILAN Communications

Effective communication within current physical facilities remains a challenge for people with disabilities because physical barriers confused the information being delivered. Designers often focus on the aesthetic of the architectural wonders (e.g.: columns) without considering the effects they have on communication and its effectiveness (e.g.: echo, line-of-sight). Communication within transportation system is a critical method of interacting with the general public. However, receiving travel information remains challenging for most people with disabilities. This workshop will help instill the basic holistic view of communication and its effectiveness around the physical barriers (architectural) and transportation systems.


4J: ADA Rumble (Advanced)

-Randi Turner, Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities (Texas)

Are you ready for real challenge, with real life scenarios? This advanced session provides an interactive way to examine some more common, but challenging, ADA dilemmas. These scenarios are real life everyday situations that arise in the community we serve, people with disabilities and businesses. Does perspective matter? Maybe. Do details matter? Absolutely! Take the challenge, and put your knowledge to the test and join us for ADA Rumble!


Session 5:  10:45-12:15


5A: Post-Offer Testing and Functional Capacity Evaluation (Basic)

-Roy Matheson, Reasonable Accommodation.com

Section 12112 (d) “medical examinations and inquiries” of the Americans with Disabilities Act Title I (ADA) lays the current legal foundation for all forms of employment testing including frequently used post-offer employment testing (POET) and functional capacity evaluation (FCE). POET examinations apply exclusively to individuals who have been offered a job and have not yet begun to work. An FCE, on the other hand, answers questions about safe return-to-work or stay-at-work after the onset of disease or injuries sustained during personal time off or on the job.
This course begins with a clear definition of “medical examination and inquiry” before introducing an explanation of when coverage under ADA Title I is triggered. The role and responsibilities of physicians and work evaluation specialists will be followed by a discussion of the need to address reasonable accommodation issues during testing.


5B: Self-Evaluation and Transition Plans: Part 2 (Basic)

-Jennifer Skulski, Skulski Consulting, LLC

Continuation of Self-Evaluation & Transition Plans (Part 1). (ACTCP Foundation Credit)


5C: ADA Coordinator in Title III Entities (Basic)

-Kathy Lovell, Regions; Adrien Van Note, Capital One; Patrick Hughes, Inclusion Solutions

Having an effective ADA program begins with the ADA Coordinator. This session will clearly outline the functions of the ADA Coordinator position and how this position fits in the overall structure of the business. This interactive session will also focus on sharing successful strategies among business leaders to integrate the inclusion of people with disabilities into various aspects of the business culture.


5D: Healthcare and Behavioral Health Issues (General)

-Tim Clement, Kennedy Forum and Parity Track Project

This session will explore the legacy of discrimination against those with mental illnesses and substance use disorders within health care in America. Of particular emphasis will be discriminatory health insurance practices those with behavioral health conditions have experienced historically, and how this has changed in recent years because of various state and federal laws. The session will describe the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA), which requires that insurance coverage for behavioral health treatment be no more restrictive than health insurance coverage for other medical care. While MHPAEA has been in place for nearly a decade, implementation of the law is still incomplete. Parallels between MHPAEA and the ADA will be examined. Finally, the session will also outline the potential ramifications for behavioral health insurance coverage under the new administration and Congress.


5E: Public Rights-of-Way: Part 1 (Moderate)

-Melissa Anderson, Cole

The proposed "Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way" address 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. (ACTCP Optional Foundation Credit)


5F: Beyond Fair Housing: Accessible Housing in the IBC, ABA & ADA  (Advanced)

-Kim Paarlberg, ICC & Marsha Mazz, U.S. Access Board

This session explores the expansion and refinement of accessible housing requirements in the building codes and federal laws. The International Building Code (IBC) provides information on accessibility in all situations where people may reside- institutional and residential facilities; permanent and transient; and multi-family and single-family detached. Coordination in IBC with multiple federal requirements addresses many levels of needs and, in some cases, exceeds federal requirements. Both scoping and technical provisions will be covered. The idea of ‘visitability’ for townhouses and single-family homes and their new provisions in ICC A117.1-2009 will be addressed. Some editions of the IBC and the ANSI A117.1 Standard is are certified by HUD as a ‘safe harbor’ document for compliance with the Fair Housing Act. Discussions will include IBC coordination with FHA and the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design requirements.”


5G: Facebook Friends-Workplace Enemies (General)

-Joe Bontke, EEOC Houston Regional Office

There are over 2 billion active social media users in the world. Everything in the world is now in the workplace and everything in the workplace is now in the world. For the HR/EEO Professional issues of free speech, religious beliefs can arise that result in workplace conflict and complaints of discrimination. This session explores those challenges and the legal guidance that affects those issues.


5H: Achieving Accessibility Through Teamwork and Collaboration (Advanced)

-Aly Mikos, Accessibility & ADA Coordinator, City of Las Vegas

Learn about the perspective and collaborative approach utilized by one local government in their ADA and accessibility efforts. The presentation is intended to share information and provide insight on the methods, structure, and techniques the city of Las Vegas has implemented in their ongoing compliance efforts under the ADA. Topics will include employee networks, digital and classroom education programs, awareness campaigns and the agency’s cooperative atmosphere.


5I: Service Animals Advanced Session (Advanced)

-Len Sandler, University of Iowa, School of Law

This session will discuss the hot topics and real-world encounters related to service and emotional support animals. The session will also discuss in detail problem solving and policy development. The ADA, Fair Housing, and other laws about service, assistance, assistive, emotional support animals and pets will be covered. The session will focus on issues relevant to session attendees.


5J: Experiencing Disability (General)

Jim de Jong, Great Plains ADA Center

Many laws protect and provide opportunity for persons with disabilities but are they successful and do they cover all aspects of life? Progress has occurred but inadequate implementation, attitudes and a "tax" on disability continue to impede the full participation for this segment of the population and their families. Jim will share his professional and personal observations and experiences for this class of citizens living with a disability in America in 2017.

This engaging session will point out gaps in the laws, common misunderstandings of regulations, and the economic impact of disability upon individuals and families. Utilizing their own real life situations to highlight the impact upon themselves and the wide variety of disabilities included in the class of people with disabilities, the attendee will get a greater understanding of living with a disability in America.


Session 6:  2:00-4:00


6A: Navigating the Accommodation Labyrinth (Basic)

-Jana Burke, Mariposa Professional Services

The ADA requires that employers provide accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities in order to remove workplace barriers to provide equal employment opportunity. For many employers understanding when and how they must comply can be, at times, complex. This session will help employers develop effective policies, procedures, and best practices that can assure full compliance as well as help to successfully respond to reasonable accommodation requests and needs resulting in creating a productive work environment for all employees.  (ACTCP Optional Foundation Credit)


6B: ADA Compliance Issues for Law Enforcement (Basic)

-Michael Sullivan, San Francisco Police Dept. ADA Coordinator (Retired)

This presentation will focus on the application of Title II in the law enforcement setting. The application of the programmatic access requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act affects all aspects of law enforcement operations including disability awareness training, calls for service, responding to victims and witnesses as well as suspects, effective communication including administering Miranda rights, transporting and housing prisoners, and effective policies that support both officer and public safety.


6C: Access to Stadiums (Advanced)

-Nanette Odell, Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks & Joshua Stein, Epstein, Becker & Green

As places of public accommodation, stadiums and arenas carry the full complement of accessibility obligations to its visiting fans; permeating everything from stadium/arena design to policies, practices, and procedures. Moreover, as stadiums and arenas continue to push to provide fans with greater comforts and additional cutting-edge experiences, they are increasingly confronted with novel accessibility issues where overarching civil rights obligations outpace technical regulations and guidance. After providing attendees with the legal underpinnings for these issues, this session will encourage an interactive discussion of the current accessibility trends and issues facing stadiums and arenas and best practices and new ideas for how to address them. 


6D: After the Affordable Care Act (General)

-Dana Thomas, Govt. Relations Sr. Director – Anthem

This session will provide attendees with an examination of the current status of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation and specific health reform initiatives with a direct impact on access to care for people with disabilities. The talk will also highlight some of the evolving initiatives coming from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). The second half of the session will include an overview of the political and policy landscape surrounding the potential repeal and replacing of the ACA and will provide attendees with an opportunity to discuss how to reshape the changing healthcare delivery landscape.


6E: Public Rights-of-Way: Part 2 (Moderate)

-Melissa Anderson, Cole

The proposed "Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way" address 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 short discussion of the basic obligations of States and local agencies to make their facilities accessible. The guidelines for accessible pedestrian signals, roundabouts, parking and transit stops will be presented. (ACTCP Optional Foundation Credit)


6F:  Introduction to the IBC for ADA Coordinators (Basic)

-Kim Paarlberg & Jay Woodward, ICC

ADA Coordinators often must be conversant in the design principles used by architects, contractors and facilities. But understanding the Federal laws for design under the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design is only half the equation. Most states also reference the International Building Code (IBC), including the accessibility provisions, and most require plan reviews and inspections. The IBC provisions have been extensively coordinated with the 2010 ADA and the Fair Housing Act Guidelines (FHAG). Having an overall understanding of the IBC is a reality that results in improved accessibility. By incorporating accessibility in the planning, design and construction phases, an ADA Coordinator may play an important role in limiting and eliminating the need for later expensive and time consuming retrofits as part of Title I accommodations or preventing unnecessary litigation. This discussion will cover how and when the building codes are enforced, and a general overview of the requirements in the codes and accessibility standard ICC A117.1, Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities.


6G: Evaluating Websites (Basic)

-Julie Brinkhoff, Great Plains ADA Center

This presentation will examine some common on-line tools that can be used to evaluate different aspects of web accessibility. The session will discuss why many web site features require human evaluation to truly determine if the site is accessible. The session will also discuss how different parts of the web team should be involved in evaluation and validation issues and work together as a team to produce an accessible product. Ongoing evaluation will be discussed as well.


6H: Hot Legal Topics under Title II (Advanced)

-Barry Taylor & Rachel Weisberg, Equip for Equality

This session will review hot legal topics emerging from litigation against state and local governments under Title II, including voting access, emergency evacuation and higher education access. This session will also review the U.S. Supreme Court’s Title II decisions about court access (Lane), community integration (Olmstead) and correctional facilities (Yesky), and look at how those decisions have been applied.


6I: Universal Design (Basic)

-Troy Balthazor, TPB Enterprises

This session will provide an overview of Universal Design, which is design for all, including those with diverse needs and desires. The seven Principles of UD will be fleshed out and discussed.  Once class participants develop knowledge and understanding of the purpose, intent, and desired outcomes of utilizing UD Principles, the group will explore how UD can maximize inclusion of everybody in housing, the built public environment, education, employment, and many other aspects of the world we live in.   


6J: Strategies for Success in Title II (Advanced)

-Liz Stanosheck, ADA Consultant & Ed Neuberg, Denver Regional Trans. District

This highly interactive session by two seasoned veterans in Title 2 entities will explore strategies for success in administering the ADA in governmental entities. Examples of past events and their outcomes will be shared along with scenarios developed by the presenters. Experiences at the state and city level of government can be translated by attendees to their own situation and issues. Participation by the attendees is expected. The session is designed for experienced ADA coordinators and others deeply involved with governmental entities. Participants are encouraged to bring difficult or troubling issues to the session for discussion and exploration of successful strategies to remedy the situations. The role of the many stakeholders involved in government programs, services and activities is always a challenge for success when opinions vary and common ground must be found to achieve success at any effort. The session will give attendees tools and information to negotiate successfully within their community setting and resources for assistance in future endeavors. 

Evening Session  5:15 PM - 7:15 PM

ES1:  Mindfulness Stress Reduction (General)

-Rich Sternadori, Great Plains ADA Center

Stress has significant, measurable deleterious effects on health, happiness, and overall well- being. Peer reviewed research conducted for more than 30 years across many domains strongly demonstrates that that mindfulness is useful in the prevention and treatment of pain, stress, depression and relapse, stroke, heart attacks, anxiety, eating disorders, addictions, and other disorders. This pre-conference course offers an introduction and foundational principles structured on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Mindfulness is based on the simple, fundamental principle of maintaining awareness of our thoughts, emotions, body and each moment, without judgment or the desire for change. Mindfulness has ancient ties to meditative practices, but continues to impact modern social, rehabilitative and neurological sciences with profound results. We will examine all of these aspects during this pre-conference program. This class has content that is supportive to ADA coordinators and human resource professionals, persons with disabilities, disability agencies, corporations or anyone who is looking for new tools for their own – or for others - enhanced peace of mind, contentment and health, will find this introductory course beneficial. After some history and context, participants will actually practice and experience the hidden gem of mindfulness.


Wednesday, May 17

Session 7: 8:30-10:00


7A: Essential Job Functions and Job Descriptions (Moderate)

-Jana Burke, Mariposa Professional Services

According to the EEOC, employers should be asking every job candidate, “Can you perform the essential functions of the job you’re applying for, with or without an accommodation?” This ADA-related requirement presumes that your job descriptions clearly delineate the essential and marginal duties of each position in your organization. Ask yourself – are essential job functions a key part of your organization’s job descriptions? Do your recruiters and hiring managers consistently ask this question during interviews? If the answer to either question is no, you’ve got work to do! Having effectively written job descriptions before hiring an employee helps with recruitment, performance management, compensation, FMLA and workers compensation issues, reasonable accommodation for employees with disabilities, and possible litigation. Plus, if your organization is a U.S. Federal contractor, your new Section 503 compliance responsibilities to focus recruitment on individuals with disabilities and veterans makes quality job descriptions more important than ever.


7B: Self-Evaluation and Transition Plans: Part 1 (Basic)

-Robin Jones, Great Lakes ADA Center

Are you one of those public entities that are slightly behind in doing a self-evaluation and transition plan? Are you asking yourself, “What is a self-evaluation and transition plan? ”Well then, this is the session for you. All public entities subject to Title II of the ADA must complete a self-evaluation. For public entities that have 50 or more employees, there is also a requirement to have in place a transition plan that addresses structural changes that are necessary for achieving program accessibility. Come to this two-part session if you are interested in learning more about how to approach conducting a self-evaluation and how to integrate the information gathered into a transition plan.  (ACTCP Foundation Credit)


7C: Business Accessibility Assessments and Planning (Basic)

Troy Balthazor, TPB Enterprises

Title III entities, including businesses of all sizes, have unique responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act.  This session will focus in on the most pertinent issues related to accessibility and planning for inclusive and compliant barrier removal outcomes.  Readily Achievable Barrier Removal, prioritization of steps toward inclusiveness, and undue hardship are some of the many concepts and areas of regulation that will be addressed, explained and discussed.


7D: Accessible Healthcare and Medical Diagnostic Equipment (Advanced)

-Carol Bradley, Sutter Health; Rex Pace, U.S. Access Board; Jim Bostrom, U.S. Dept. of Justice

This session provides an overview of accessible healthcare from a facilities and equipment view under ADA requirements, discussion about what a large provider “can do” to comply, followed by a discussion of medical diagnostic equipment based on upcoming design guidelines.  Possible future rulemaking, once the Access Board finishes their current effort on diagnostic equipment will also be addressed.  Join representatives from the Justice Department, the Access Board, and a large health care provider as they discuss these requirements, strategies, and future guidelines.


7E: 2010 Standards for Accessible Design: Part 1 (Basic)

Dave Yanchulis, U.S. Access Board

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 2-part session will provide an overview of the 2010 ADA Standards, review scoping and technical requirements for new construction and alterations, and discuss practical strategies to ensure ADA compliance for your building projects.(ACTCP Foundation Credit)


7F: Kitchens and Bathrooms: IBC Alternatives,Options and New Standards (Advanced)

-Kim Paarlberg & Jay Woodward, International Code Council

Kitchens and bathrooms are the costliest rooms per square foot in almost every occupancy category. Typically, these can be tight spaces that include large variety of often costly elements. Changes in the 2015 ANSI being covered in other presentations this year take into account issues related to increased square footages for accessibility. This presentation explores the 2009 and 2015 editions ICC A117.1, looking at options that meet or exceed provisions in the 2010 ADA. This includes questions about a variety of items common to toilet room, bathroom and kitchen layouts – such as toilet stall configurations other than the minimum size stall; options for toilet paper dispensers; options for transfer/roll-in showers in ‘wet rooms’, with permanent seats or within large stalls; kitchens with islands; and kitchenettes in work spaces.


7G: Mobile Technologies: How They Are Used by People With Disabilities (Basic)

-Peter Berg, Great Lakes ADA Center & Sean Gerlis, SILAN Communications

This session will discuss how people with disabilities use mobile technologies, examining both helpful apps and assistive technologies built into Smart Phones. This interactive session will be led by presenters with disabilities who use mobile technologies in their own daily lives.


7H: Accessible Public Right of Ways, Transition Plans and How to Get There  (Moderate)

-Melissa Anderson & Belinda Banger, Cole; Pete Krause, Texas Dept. of Transportation; John Tyler, Pape-Dawson Engineers

Agencies strive to offer vibrant healthy places for their citizens and visitors to enjoy.  Making facilities and transportation accessible to everyone, including seniors and people with disabilities can be difficult in an environment with existing constraints.  Melissa Anderson, Cole, and formerly with the US Access Board, will discuss the technical criteria of the proposed Public Right of Way Guidelines and obligations of states and local agencies under the Americans with Disabilities Act to make the public right of way accessible.  She will cover the minimum criteria for pedestrian access routes, curb ramps, street crossings, accessible pedestrian signals, parking and transit.  She will also discuss Transition Plans, which require a self-evaluation, schedule and process for making the right of ways and other facilities accessible. The most difficult part of this task is the inventory and data management. This session will discuss how a state DOT and several metropolitan areas are accomplishing this mandate with innovative data collection, quantitative prioritization and budget planning.

7I: ADA & Taxis, Uber/Lyft et. al (Basic)

-Donna Smith, Project Action & Adam Kruse, ADA Coordinator, City of Columbia MO

Have you ever been told that the ADA doesn’t apply to taxis, Uber, Lyft, and other transportation options? Join this session to learn about the evolution of applying the ADA to new and emerging transportation services and how you can be an effective voice in your community to improve access for people with disabilities. Accessibility is not only a concern for individuals seeking to use such transportation options, but is also of importance to any agency considering contracting with such companies to meet public transportation needs. This session is pertinent to ADA coordinators at the city, county and state levels, as well as any agencies or individuals with ties to transportation.


7J: Office of One: Self-Evaluation Update Case Study (Basic)

-Shannon Mulhall, ADA Coordinator City of Fresno, CA

Bringing an outdated ADA Self-Evaluation back to life and into compliance can be a daunting task for any ADA Coordinator, and even more so when they are an “office of one” without a team or support staff. This session presents a case study of how one local government entity approached and conducted an in-house update to their ADA Self-Evaluation and developed a process for annual progress reporting. Discussion will include how to lay the groundwork for widespread support, working effectively with internal allies and community partners, and meeting compliance benchmarks when faced with reduced resources. Participants will leave this session understanding the process, the challenges and the successes one entity experienced while doing more with less. Note: this presentation is not intended to cover specifications of the Self-Evaluation requirements and should be considered as a companion to regulation-focused sessions.


Session 8: 10:15-12:15

8A: Employment First (Basic)

-Lisa Mills, Employment First

Retired Senator Tom Harkin (Iowa) called employment the “unfinished business” of the ADA, noting a quarter century after the landmark law was passed, Americans with disabilities are still dramatically underrepresented in the labor force. While the root causes for this are complex, recent federal interpretations of state and local governments’ obligations under Title II of the ADA have illustrated clearly the government’s critical role in addressing un and underemployment among Americans with disabilities. Since 2002, states and employment advocates have increasingly embraced the concept of “Employment First”. Come to this session to learn about the history and accomplishments surrounding Employment First nationally, including how the ADA and the Olmstead decision are playing a central role in reforming publicly funded disability support programs to make employment an expectation and a priority.


8B: Self-Evaluation and Transition Plans: Part 2 (Basic)

-Robin Jones, Great Lakes ADA Center

Continuation of Self-Evaluation and Transition Plans: Part 1 (ACTCP Foundation Credit)


8C: Agri-Tourism/Temp Events/Festivals (Basic)

-Rita Dinunzio, Massachusetts Office on Disability and Chuck Graham, Great Plains ADA Center

Ensuring accessibility in outdoor environments poses unique challenges due to terrain and other factors. For example, does the ADA require a corn maze to be accessible? Must a petting zoo allow service animals into a pen? This introductory-level training covers accessibility for farms and orchards offering “agri-tourism” activities to the public such as pick-your-own fruit, hay rides, farm-to-table dinner functions, Christmas tree farms, temporary events and festivals and more. The presentation will cover the obligations of entities offering such programs to ensure that persons with disabilities have equal opportunity to participate to the fullest extent possible through illustrative examples and recommendations for best practices. The session will address pertinent considerations such as barrier removal, accessible routes of travel, access to amenities, accessible parking, accessible concessions, and effective communication among others.


8D: Title III Barrier Removal and Healthcare (Basic)

-Carol Bradley & Bill Zellmer, Sutter Health; Doug Anderson & Robert Zimmerman, LCM Architects

The Healthcare environment is both dynamic and highly regulated. While the disability access laws cover all healthcare providers, many aspects of disability access in the physical environment do not happen.  In the physical environment, leadership assumes that architects and construction processes address all physical barriers, despite the fact that physical barrier surveys show that at least half, if not a majority, of the issues are movable barriers—not addressed by a construction project. This workshop provides ideas on creating an effective program through accessibility surveys, barrier removal processes, and maintenance of the accessible environment. The panel will discuss survey approaches, scoping strategies, and policy elements needed in an effective program.


8E: 2010 Standards for Accessible Design: Part 2 (Basic)

Dave Yanchulis, U.S. Access Board

This session is a continuation of the content presented in 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design: Part 1. (ACTCP Foundation Credit)


8F: The Context, History, and Impact of the Building Block Changes in the 2015 ICC A117.1 (Advanced)

-Marsha Mazz, U.S. Access Board; Gina Hilberry, Cohen Hilberry Architects, Kim Paarlberg, ICC, Richard Sternadori, Great Plains ADA Center

This moderated panel discussion focuses on the research and report for the Anthropometry of Wheeled Mobility Project conducted by the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access) at the State University of New York and how the findings of the project resulted in changes to the A117.1 Accessibility Standard.  The ADA Symposium is extremely honored and fortunate to have assembled the leading industry and government people who reviewed, analyzed, interpreted and applied the findings into the current directions our entire nation is now heading with the new 2105 ANSI. This Panel Discussion is intended as co-curriculum to the “SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO THE 2015 ICC A117.1” program being offered. Q&A will be moderated. Topics include: 

• The history of the study and how it evolved.
• The study itself – what’s in it, what’s to be learned and how, what parts became important to the A117.1 Task Group’s considerations.  The study included significant numbers of participants of including people using several different kinds of devices (manual, power and scooter styles), differing abilities and ages and differing upper body abilities.
• The report and Task Group’s findings and how they translated into the proposals – and how these findings and proposal evolved and changed during the Task Group’s meetings. 
Finally, and most important – the changes in the A117.1 Standard prompted by the research and how the research supports the evolution of the standard. 

8G: Effective Communication in Law Enforcement & Corrections (Basic)

-Steve Gordon, DOJ US Attorney's Office Eastern District of Virginia

The ADA and its implementing regulations require law enforcement agencies and correctional facilities to provide individuals with communication disabilities an equal opportunity to communicate clearly with their personnel. Thus, whether 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 effective communication with individuals with disabilities, including furnishing appropriate auxiliary aids or services. This presentation will focus on the ADA legal principles requiring effective communication in law enforcement and correctional settings, including the applicable ADA regulations, and Technical Assistance Publications. The program will also explore recent cases in this area.


8H: Recreation Facilities and Outdoor Developed Areas (Basic)

-Bill Botten, U.S. Access Board

New accessibility standards for trails, picnic and camping facilities, viewing areas, and beach access routes became effective on federal sites, but do not yet cover State and local government facilities. This session will review these standards and discuss how they can be used when designing outdoor facilities covered by the ADA. The session will also cover recreation facilities covered in Chapter 10 of the 2010 ADA Standards including play areas, swimming pools, golf courses and sporting facilities.


8I: Litigation Landscape after ADAAA/New DOJ Regs (Advanced)

-Barry Taylor & Rachel Weisberg, Equip for Equality

The ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) was passed nearly 10 years ago to address the narrow interpretation of the definition of disability by the courts. This session will review how courts have been interpreting disability since the ADAAA. It will also review the recent ADAAA regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Justice and how they compare to the EEOC’s regulations.


8J:  Advanced Employment Discussion 

-Joe Bontke, EEOC Houston Regional Office

Joe Bontke, EEOC Officer, will lead this advanced session on ADA and employment issues. This interactive session will involve discussion among group participants and provide the opportunity for questions on more complex and/or confusing issues related to applying employment provisions of Title I of the ADA.