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.

Organize the AskJAN.org website your way!

MyJAN is an online portal where you can organize AskJAN.org resources by Accommodation, Legal, and Other categories. While using your personal MyJAN portal, simply explore the AskJAN.org website and add pages by clicking the MyJAN+ tab on the right side of the screen. From there, select a filing category, add notes about the resource and rate it, and set the list and grid view order. There’s no limit to the number of AskJAN.org resources that can be saved, and resources can be added, organized, and deleted as you choose.

Never miss a new AskJAN.org resource!

Recommended and newly released AskJAN.org resources are displayed in a “Recommended Resources” tab in your MyJAN portal. Recommended resources include a description and can easily be added to or deleted from your customized MyJAN portal.

Access all the ADA and accommodation AskJAN.org resources you need in one convenient online location.

Set-up a free customizable MyJAN account today at the MyJAN portal page.

 

Telework and Accessibility

From PEAT – the Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology

Telework and Accessibility ToolkitMany employers and employees have shifted to telework. PEAT is here to help with the transition to ensure your digital communications and platforms are as accessible as possible for everyone, including people with disabilities.

The recent shift to telework for a staggering number of government and private sector employees has caused a surge in the use of digital communications systems. Employers and employees are now relying heavily on digital technologies to conduct business, collaborate with colleagues, host virtual events, and recruit and hire employees.

Use this link to access the PEAT Telework and Accessibility Toolkit and other resources…

JAN offers free webcasts

Person at desk using keyboardThe Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.

Starting in October 2020, JAN is offering a series of free webcasts to the public. Topics include Ergonomics for Teleworkers, ADA Update, Accommodating Veterans, and many more. The JAN Webcast Series is free, but you must register for each event. Sign up now, as space is limited!

Dates/times and titles follow. Use this link for more information and to register for any of these events.

October 2020
Intentional Inclusion: Increasing Access & Opportunity
10/13/2020 | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Eastern

November 2020
The Top Ten Veteran-Related Accommodation Questions and Answers
11/10/2020 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern

December 2020
Ergonomics for Teleworkers
12/08/2020 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern

January 2021
Accommodations for Respiratory Impairments
01/12/2021 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern

February 2021
Requesting and Negotiating Reasonable Accommodations
02/09/2021 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern

March 2021
ADA and Accommodation Lessons Learned: COVID-19 Edition
03/09/2021 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern

April 2021
Service and Emotional Support Animals in the Workplace
04/13/2021 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern

May 2021
Q&A with the Cog/Psych Team: Challenging Mental Health Scenarios
05/11/2021 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern

June 2021
Accommodating Public Safety Workers with Disabilities
06/08/2021 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern

July 2021
ADA Update
07/13/2021 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern

August 2021
AT Update: What’s new in 2021
08/10/2021 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern

 

Governor Marks 30th Anniversary of ADA

The following proclamation was made on July 26, 2020:

State of Maine – PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, July 26, 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life; and WHEREAS, the ADA has expanded opportunities for individuals with disabilities by increasing awareness, removing barriers, changing perceptions, and promoting greater inclusion in community life; and

WHEREAS, the full promise of the ADA will only be reached if public entities, including the State of Maine, remain committed by providing leadership and continued attention to its purpose; and

WHEREAS, the State of Maine recognizes that all people within its borders have the right to fully participate in leading productive and active lives without regard to their disabilities, and that supporting the rights of persons with disabilities is essential to the economic and social well-being of the entire State; and

WHEREAS, the State of Maine has enacted laws, issued orders, and adopted policies to protect the rights of people with disabilities, to provide accessibility for people with disabilities in all State programs, and to comply with and carry out the State’s responsibilities under the ADA; and

WHEREAS, the removal of barriers to equal opportunity for all that limit the participation of people with disabilities in employment, programs, and activities of the State of Maine remains an ongoing focus and requires the concerted efforts of all agencies and their partners to devote resources to coordinate ADA compliance; and

WHEREAS, State government bears a unique responsibility in demonstrating to all people the goals and values of our common life, including serving as a model of accessibility, inclusion, and nondiscrimination for people with disabilities; and

WHEREAS, with information technology and digital services continually becoming a more integral part of everyday life, the State of Maine responsibilities described in Executive Order 2 FY 11/12 are reaffirmed in their entirety, with modifications to ensure that agency procured, utilized, or created digital information and services are available to people with disabilities in an accessible format;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Janet T. Mills, Governor of the great State of Maine, do hereby proclaim the week of July 26, 2020 as ADA Recognition Week throughout the State of Maine and I urge all citizens to celebrate the great progress made under the ADA, reaffirm the principle of equality and inclusion, and recommit our efforts to full accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities in compliance with the ADA.

In testimony whereof, I have caused the Great Seal of the State to be hereunto affixed GIVEN under my hand at Augusta this sixteenth day of July Two Thousand Twenty.

Seal of the State of Maine

/s/
Janet T. Mills
Governor

/s/
Matthew Dunlap
Secretary of State

 

Webinar on Accessible Virtual Meeting Platforms

Recording Available of Webinar on Accessible Virtual Meeting Platforms

US Access Board logoThe U.S. Access Board recently (July 21, 2020) conducted a webinar on the accessibility of virtual meeting platforms as part of its Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series. Presenters from the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Communications Commission reviewed features and considerations for ensuring access to virtual platforms according to the Section 508 Standards. A recording of this free webinar – including handouts – is available on the webinar site. 

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.

 

US Department of Education – Guidance on COVID-19

In an article published by Disability Scoop, the US Department of Education has offered guidance to educators across the nation on how to handle the needs of students with disabilities.

The article notes:

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issued a webinar and fact sheet this week for education leaders aimed at ensuring that students’ civil rights are upheld while schools are closed due to COVID-19.

The webinar reminds school officials that distance learning must be accessible unless “equally effective alternate access is provided.”

Online learning tools should be compatible with any assistive technology that students use and schools must regularly test their online offerings for accessibility, the Education Department said.