Topical Conferences and Training on the Americans with Disabilities Act

The Great Lakes ADA Center is pleased to offer a variety of conferences and training opportunities regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Programs highlighted on this website are either conducted by and/or sponsored by the Great Lakes ADA Center. We are a member of the ADA National Network.

The ADA National Network provides a comprehensive set of services for up-to-date information, consultation, referrals, resources, and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act for businesses, employers, governmental entities, service providers and individuals with disabilities.

Arts and Recreation Webinar Series

This series brings together the ADA National Network, National Center on Accessibility (NCA), the LEAD Program with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and The Smithsonian Institution. The goal is to share their acquired knowledge and expertise in creating equal access and opportunity for people with disabilities in the areas of Arts and Recreation with the broader community. Sessions will focus on legal compliance issues, best practices in the field and practical "how to's" across a broad range of topics. The intended audiences include but are not limited to ADA Coordinators, Program Administrators and the Staff, Volunteer Program Administrators, Federal, State and Local Government Agencies and disability advocates.

Emergency Management and Preparedness - Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities Webinar Series

National state, and local entities and communities are increasingly planning emergency management and preparedness to handle disasters. Emergencies and disasters can be particularly concerning for people with disabilities. Successful outcomes for people with disabilities in disasters will depend on the how inclusive the plans are. These free webinars will focus on key strategies and approaches at various levels (federal, state, and local) toward emergency management and preparedness and the inclusion of people with disabilities.

Next Upcoming Session: Thursday, May 8, 2014 - Nontraditional Emergency Shelters and People with Disabilities
Illinois Department of Public Health Disability and Health Program

The State of Illinois received a grant from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD). The purpose of the grant is to promote health, prevent chronic disease, and increase the quality of life among people with disabilities. The Illinois Department of Public Health Disability and Health Program will work alongside the other states to increase capacity and action in health promotion, access to health care and emergency preparedness activities for people with disabilities. A part of this effort includes hosting of education programs that promote knowledge regarding health issues and people with disabilities. This series of training programs will be conducted via webinar and be made available FREE to those interested.

Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service AmeriCorps Disability Outreach Program - Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities Webinar Series

The Illinois AmeriCorps Disability Outreach Program is a special project of the Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service. These free webinars will focus on training topics for organizations working toward the goal to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities as members of AmeriCorps programs in Illinois. Successful outcomes for people with disabilities in AmeriCorps programs will depend on the how inclusive the programs are. Volunteer programs can work toward achieving this goal by attending training on disability awareness and other related topics.

SECTION 508 BEST PRACTICES WEBINAR Series

This series of webinars will address a variety of issues associated with ensuring federal agencies have the knowledge they need to meet their obligations under Section 508. The series is co-sponsored by the Accessibility Committee of the CIO Council, the U. S. Access Board, and eFedLink/ODEP. The sessions are 90 minutes in length. Real-Time captioning and Video Sign Language Interpreter are available for each session and will be broadcast via the webinar platform. A telephone option for receiving audio is also available (non-toll free number).

Understanding The Obligations Of Lodging Facilities To Meet The Needs Of Customers With Disabilities

The ADA National Network is hosting a series of six webinar sessions targeting the lodging industry to provide in-depth information on the impact of the revisions to the ADA regulations and accessibility standards. Several major policy and procedural changes are needed to meet these new requirements some of which had compliance dates of March 15, 2011 and others which are triggered on March 15, 2012. The sessions are designed to provide timely information by experts on various aspects of the regulations.The programs are 90 minutes in length and provided free to interested persons.

WebEd Webinar Series

The Great Lakes and Southwest ADA Centers have joined with RESNA to provide a series of free webinar sessions to meet the needs of the AT Act Programs. The sessions are designed to provide timely information by experts on various aspects technology and it's interface with issues covered under the ADA.