Architectural Trends and Social Justice

U.S. Access Board to Host Virtual Event on Designing for Inclusion: Architectural Trends and Social Justice

US Access Board logoThe U.S. Access Board will host a virtual public event on architectural trends and social justice on November 10, 2021 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm (ET).

The event will feature presentations by Board Members Karen Braitmayer and Deborah Ryan who will provide an accessibility review of current trends in architectural design, including those that have emerged in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They will highlight aspects of those trends that advance equity and inclusion and discuss design alternatives to trends that are not fully accessible to all.

Members of the public will be able to pose questions during the event.

Use this link to learn more about this event…

 

Accessible Means of Egress – webinar

From the U.S. Access Board..

U.S. Access Board Webinar: Accessible Means of Egress

November 4, 2021 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET)

US Access Board logoBuilding and life safety codes require that facilities provide accessible means of egress so that all people, including those with disabilities, can relocate and evacuate in a timely and safe manner. The 2010 ADA Accessibility Standards and the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standards reference the International Building Code (IBC) for accessible means of egress. The next webinar in the Board’s free monthly series will take place November 4 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET) and will review the minimum technical requirements for accessible means of egress in the IBC, including criteria for emergency evacuation for people with disabilities, evacuation planning, alarms, evacuation routes inside and outside of the building, and signage. An International Code Council representative and Access Board staff will also address frequently asked questions and common sources of confusion about accessible means of egress.

Visit www.accessibilityonline.org for more information or to register.

All webinars include video remote interpreting (VRI) and real-time captioning. Questions may be submitted in advance of the session or can be posed during the live webinar. Webinar attendees can earn continuing education credits. The webinar series is hosted by the ADA National Network in cooperation with the Board. Archived copies of previous Board webinars are available on the site.

ADA and COVID

The Great Lakes ADA Center in collaboration with the Southwest ADA Center is pleased to announce the upcoming ADA Legal Webinar session titled:

ADA and COVID

featuring Barry Taylor and Rachel Weisberg.

Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm ET

Format: Zoom Webinar Platform (closed captioning will be provided via Zoom and Stream Text link option)

Cost: No Charge

For the last 18 months, COVID-19 has significantly impacted all of our lives, including people with disabilities. The COVID-pandemic has also caused the courts to apply traditional ADA principles to an entirely new context. This session will review court cases, settlements and federal agency guidance involving the interplay between COVID and the ADA. Topics will include COVID as an ADA-disability; employment rights; mask/vaccine mandates; voting rights; effective communication; corrections; access to healthcare; access to private businesses; and access to education. This is a constantly evolving area of the law so be sure to attend this session to make sure you have the latest information about COVID and the ADA. This session will use lots of examples to show what accessible design looks like to the end user as well as the user experience when web page elements are not accessible. The session will not go into technical details and will not require knowledge of coding or technical language.

Please use this link to register for this ADA Legal Webinar Series (An account is required to register)

Registration deadline: Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Certificate of Attendance available.

Questions should be directed to webinars@adaconferences.org

WCAG V2.1: Understanding the Basics

The Great Lakes ADA Center in collaboration with the Great Plains and Southeast ADA Center is pleased to announce the upcoming Accessible Technology Series session titled

“WCAG V2.1: Understanding the Basics”

featuring Julie Brinkhoff, Director of the Great Plains ADA Center.

Rescheduled

New Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021
OLD Date: Thursday, September 16, 2021
Time: 2:00 –  3:30pm ET 
Format: Zoom Webinar Platform (closed captioning will be provided via Zoom and Stream Text link option)
Cost: No Charge

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are technical standards designed to make web content more accessible to people with a wide range of disabilities. This session will discuss:

  • How the standards were developed and organized based upon the principles of accessible design (POUR)
  • The relationship between Section 508 and WCAG V2.1 Level AA
  • Why the accessibility guidelines are organized into levels and how that is important in developing/assessing your webpages.
  • Most common level A accessibility errors.

This session will use lots of examples to show what accessible design looks like to the end user as well as the user experience when web page elements are not accessible. The session will not go into technical details and will not require knowledge of coding or technical language.

Please use this link to register for the Accessible Tech Webinar Series (An account is required to register)

 

Certificate of Attendance available.

Questions should be directed to webinars@adaconferences.org

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The Civil Rights Complaint Portal: An Accessibility Journey

From the U.S. Access Board

Section 508 Best Practices Webinar
The Civil Rights Complaint Portal: An Accessibility Journey

September 28, 2021
1:00 to 2:30 PM ET

US Access Board logoA new design to the Civil Rights Reporting Portal has integrated accessibility to improve the usability for the public to report concerns and discrimination. The next webinar in the Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series will take place September 28 from 1:00 to 2:30 (ET) and will feature members from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and 18-F at the General Services Administration (GSA) who will present on their collaborative efforts to improve the functionality of the external user interface and the data collected as well as increase analysis and response efficiency.

This project began with DOJ staff asking how it could overhaul the Civil Rights Reporting Portal and integrate accessibility as foundational to the new design to improve the usability and accessibility of the existing online portal. The project team consolidated a complex process involving dozens of unique reporting pathways into a single stream lined accessible user experience. The enhanced site models accessibility for persons with disabilities, and the team continues to ensure that new features are vetted for accessibility.

Registration

Use this link for more details or to register – www.accessibilityonline.org.

Questions can be submitted in advance of the session or can be posed during the live webinar. Webinar attendees can receive a participation certificate for attending the 90-minute session.

Registration closes 24 hours before the start of the session. Instructions for accessing the webinar on the day of the session will be sent via email to registered individuals in advance of the session. Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) and Video Sign Language Interpreters are available for the session and will be broadcast via the webinar platform. A telephone option (not toll-free) for receiving audio is also available.

The Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series provides helpful information and best practices for federal agencies in meeting their obligations under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act which ensures access to information and communication technology in the federal sector. This webinar series is made available by the Accessibility Community of Practice of the CIO Council in partnership with the U.S. Access Board. All webinars are archived and available on the archives webpage.

 

ADA Anniversary Update

President George HW Bush signs the ADAThe Great Lakes ADA Center in collaboration with the ADA National Network invites you to register for the upcoming ADA Audio Conference Webinar titled “ADA Anniversary Update”, featuring Amanda Maisels, Deputy Chief, Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice and Sharon Rennert, Senior Attorney Advisor, ADA/Gina Division, Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Mark the 31st Anniversary of the ADA by joining this session as we hear from representatives of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) provide an update on their litigation, technical assistance, and enforcement efforts. Participants will have an opportunity to pose questions to the presenters regarding issues in their own workplace or community.

Date: Tuesday, July 20th, 2021
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm ET 

Format: Zoom Webinar Platform (closed captioning will be provided via Zoom and Stream Text link option)

Cost: No Charge

Registration Required: Registration for this session can be found on the schedule page at ada-audio.org.

Registration deadline: Monday, July 19th, 2021

CEUs: Certificate of Attendance, ACTCP

Questions: should be directed to webinars@adaconferences.org

Public Input Sought on Removing Barriers to Voting for People with Disabilities

From the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Accessible Voting System in MaineWASHINGTON – June 16, 2021 – The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released for public comment a request for information (RFI) to remove barriers to voting for people with disabilities. The RFI is in response to Executive Order (EO) 14019 on Promoting Access to Voting. The public comments will inform NIST’s December 2021 report that will offer recommendations on how to overcome barriers that these voters with disabilities experience.

NIST will evaluate the steps needed to ensure that the online Federal Voter Registration Form is accessible to people with disabilities. NIST, in consultation with the Department of Justice, the Election Assistance Commission, and other agencies, will also analyze barriers to private and independent voting for people with disabilities, including access to voter registration, voting technology, voting by mail, polling locations, and poll worker training.

Public comments are due July 16, 2021. Comments may be submitted at www.regulations.gov by searching for NIST-2021-0003 or by email at pva-eo@list.nist.gov.

Complete instructions for comment submission can be found in the RFI.

Accessibility Standards for assembly areas

From the U.S. Access Board

US Access Board logoJune 3, 2021
2:30 – 4:00 pm ET

The next webinar in the U.S. Access Board’s free monthly series will take place June 3 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET) and will review the scoping and technical requirements for assembly areas in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards. These requirements apply to movie theatres, lecture halls, grandstands, performing arts centers, stadiums, arenas, and other assembly areas. Access Board Accessibility Specialists will discuss provisions for wheelchair spaces, companion seats, accessible routes, designated aisle seats, bleacher seating, assistive listening systems, and press boxes. Presenters will also cover frequently asked questions and common sources of confusion with assembly areas.

Registration

Please use this link for more information or to register.

All webinars include video remote interpreting (VRI) and real-time captioning. Questions can be submitted in advance of the session or can be posed during the live webinar. Webinar attendees can earn continuing education credits. The webinar series is hosted by the ADA National Network in cooperation with the Board.

Archived copies of previous Board webinars are available on the site. 

 

U.S. Access Board Webinar: Vertical Access

The next webinar in the U.S. Access Board’s free monthly series is:

February 4, 2021
2:30 – 4:00 PM (ET) 

US Access Board logoThis webinar will explain where vertical access is required (or exempted) in the ADA and the ABA Accessibility Standards and how it can be achieved. Presenters will review requirements in the standards for ramps, curb ramps, elevators, and platform lifts, as well as clarify common sources of confusion when providing vertical access.

Visit accessibilityonline.org for more information or to register. 

All webinars include video remote interpreting (VRI) and real-time captioning. Questions can be submitted in advance of the session or can be posed during the live webinar. Webinar attendees can earn continuing education credits. The webinar series is hosted by the ADA National Network in cooperation with the Board. Archived copies of previous Board webinars are available on the site.

New MyJAN Portal Added

From AskJAN…

New MyJAN Portal Offers Customized Access to AskJAN.org Resources

Job Accommodations Network - JAN - logoThe MyJAN portal is a new online tool made available by the Job Accommodation Network (JAN). MyJAN offers AskJAN.org website users customized access to resources on the site. Work smarter and faster by organizing your frequently accessed and favorite JAN Newsletter articles, accommodation solutions by disability, A to Z by Topic resources, and many more, in one convenient online location. MyJAN offers quick access to the AskJAN.org resources you trust to help you navigate the interactive process, explore job accommodation solutions, and be informed about Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) rights and responsibilities.

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