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February 16, 2009

Events to help recognize Disabilities Awareness Month

The Office of Institutional Equity at Purdue University is pleased to offer several opportunities in recognition and celebration of Disability Awareness Month.  The registration pages can be accessed by clicking on the event titles that follow.

Accessibility: Including the Virtual World
Disability Awareness Month reception honoring the 2009 Focus Award recipients. Recipients have made outstanding contributions to the University’s commitment to disability accessibility and diversity.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009  
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  
Purdue Memorial Union, West Faculty Lounge

ADA Legal Webinar
Employment and the ADA:  Disparate Treatment vs. Disparate Impact
Workplace rules that are neutral on their face may still violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) because they negatively impact people with disabilities. This session will review the legal concepts of disparate treatment and disparate impact, as well as discuss ADA cases decided under these two theories.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009 
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  
Purdue Memorial Union, Room 260

When Web Design is Critical to Learning
Assistive technology and properly designed Web pages work together to do more than enhance learning; they make learning through the Web possible for many individuals.  To highlight this, a current Purdue student with a disability will share his experiences with accessibility of Web pages.  In addition, methods to improve the accessibility of Web pages to individuals with disabilities will be shared through the use of practical examples. 
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  
Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering, Room 1109

ADA Audio Conference
Virtual Communication: Implications for Employers
This session will discuss the obligation of employers to ensure that all aspects of their communication are accessible, including that which is carried out in the virtual world. Learn what is required and how to implement best practices when using the virtual world to conduct business.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Stewart Center, Room 213

ADA Amendments Act
In this workshop, learn about the changes the Amendments Act makes to the Americans with Disability Act and how it will affect employment, particularly supervisors’ interactions with employees.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Stewart Center, Room 318

ADA Overview
In this workshop, learn about the Americans with Disabilities Act: what the law means, its history, and what is in store for the future. 
Thursday, March 26, 2009  
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  
Stewart Center, Room 320

For more information, for assistance with reserving a space at a session, or to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the Office of Institutional Equity at 494-7253,
TTY: (765) 496-1343, or equity@purdue.edu.

Purdue is an equal access/equal opportunity employer