Purdue Today

May 4, 2009

Sessions to focus on Americans with Disabilities Act

The Office of Institutional Equity at Purdue will offer several sessions from the 2008-09 ADA Audio Conference Series and the 2008-09 Legal Issues Webinar Series presented by the Great Lakes ADA Center.

These sessions are designed to offer advanced information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as building blocks to an individual's existing foundation of basic ADA knowledge. The real-time captioned subject-specific sessions are 90 minutes in length with interactive opportunity for questions and answers.  

Registration is available through the links provided on the session titles below.

Public Rights of Way: What Are the Rules?

Public streets and sidewalks present unique access challenges that are not encompassed by existing guidelines or standards. Access at street crossings for pedestrians with vision impairments, on-street parking, and constraints posed by terrain and space limitations are just some of the issues that often arise. This session will discuss the current rule-making efforts under way by the U.S. Access Board and their status.

     Tuesday, May 19
     2-3:30 p.m.  
     Room 1057, Young Hall

Prepare for the Unexpected: Emergency Preparedness/Evacuation for People with Disabilities

One of the most important roles of local government is to protect their citizenry from harm, including helping people prepare for and respond to emergencies. Making local government emergency preparedness and response programs accessible to people with disabilities is a critical part of this responsibility. Making these programs accessible is also required by the ADA. This session will discuss what has been occurring across the country in this area and best practices for implementation.

     Tuesday, June 16
     2-3:30 p.m.  
     Room 1009, Young Hall

Legal Update on Title III Case Law

The ADA obligations of a business extend beyond its employees and include its customers as well. Title III requirements are not limited to addressing physical barriers, but also can include a business’ Web site, policies and services. This session will discuss Title III of the ADA, its regulations, and recent case law decisions affecting businesses and their customers.

     Tuesday, June 30
     2-3:30 p.m.  
     Room 204, Stewart Center

ADA Update: 19 Years Later

The 19th anniversary of the ADA will be marked with this audio conference during which representatives of the federal agencies will present an update on their litigation, technical assistance, and enforcement efforts over the past year.

     Tuesday, July 21
     2-3:30 p.m.  
     Room 1057, Young Hall

Ensuring Effective Communication: Whose Responsibility is it?

Who pays for the sign language interpreter? How much notice is required? What language should I put about it in my flier? Do I have to use a “certified” sign language interpreter? These and many more questions will be discussed during this session. Communication is central to all aspects of conducting business or providing services. Having equal access to information is a civil right, yet many people continue to report that they struggle with their health care professionals, lawyers, theaters, educational institutions, and government officials to get the form of communication that is most effective for them. Business owners and others remain confused about whose responsibility it is to provide communication-related accommodations. This session will provide insight into the problems, discuss case law as it has developed in this area, and identify best practice guidelines for approaching this issue.

     Tuesday, Aug. 18
     2-3:30 p.m.  
     Room 1009, Young Hall

The Great Lakes center is offering continuing education units (CEUs) for relevant sessions of their distance-learning teleconferences for the following groups.

* Certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC).

*  Society for Human Resource Management members (SHRM).

To request CEUs, to request an accommodation for any session, or for assistance with reserving a space at a session, contact the Office of Institutional Equity at 49-47253 or 49-61343 (TTY), or via e-mail at equity@purdue.edu.  All sessions are free and open to the public.