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November 13, 2009

Sessions to focus on Americans with Disabilities Act, ADA Amendments Act

The Office of Institutional Equity at Purdue will offer several sessions from the 2009-2010 ADA Audio Conference, Legal Issues Webinar, and Accessible Technology Webinar Series presented by the Great Lakes ADA Center.

These sessions are designed to offer advanced information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act 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 provided through the links on the session titles below.

For those interested in participating in the 2009-2010 Legal Issues Webinar Series and the 2009-2010 Accessible Technology Webinar Series from their computer, Great Lakes is offering both series free of charge this year to those who register. To obtain more information go to https://adagreat.powweb.com/.


ADA Audio Conference - Legal Update: Review and Analysis of Key Concepts Under the ADA  

The courts and federal agencies are shaping the ADA through their decisions and settlements. This session will review key issues that are currently before the courts and analyze the trends. Discussion will include some of the trends in case law at the lower courts that may have an impact on decisions at all levels, including issues that may find their way to the Supreme Court. In addition, presenter will review how the courts are interpreting the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.

     Tuesday, Nov. 17
     2-3:30 p.m. 
     Room 1057, Young Hall

Accessible Technology Webinar - Tips and Tricks for Efficient, Accessible Web Design

This webinar is an in-depth look at some little-known tricks to include in your Web site to enhance both usability and accessibility. These tips include making dynamic menus more accessible, best practices for displaying and printing hypertext links, printing using footnotes, and visual cues on links. The session will showcase AccessibleTech.org, a Web site geared specifically for businesses to improve their accessible technology.

     Wednesday, Nov. 18
     2-3:30 p.m. 
     Room 1057, Young Hall

Legal Issues Webinar: Employer Defenses Under the ADA

The ADA provides employers with a number of defenses when an employee files suit, including undue hardship, direct threat and that the employee is unable to meet the essential functions of the job. This session will review the various defenses employers can raise and analyze recent case decisions interpreting these defenses, along with relevant EEOC guidance and regulations.

     Wednesday, Dec. 2
     2-3:30 p.m. 
     Room 1057, Young Hall

ADA Audio Conference - Legal Updates: Social Networking Sites and Accessibility: Implications for Employers

Social networking has tremendous potential for employers to outreach to people with disabilities. However, employers need to be concerned about the use of such technologies in their business practices and the growing concern over the accessibility of such technology. Careful consideration should be given to how it can be effectively used to reach out to and interact with people with disabilities. Join this session where members of the Job Accommodation Network Staff will discuss the critical issues and how they can be addressed by employers.

     Tuesday, Dec. 15
     2-3:30 p.m. 
     Room 313, Stewart Center

Accessible Technology Webinar - The Power of Social Networking Sites for People with Disabilities

The explosion of the use of Internet-based social networking sites and social media to communicate and connect with friends, work colleagues, potential job applicants and customers has been particularly beneficial to businesses and people with disabilities who may not have had the opportunity to connect so freely through more traditional or in-person means. This session will examine what social networking is all about and how it can be leveraged successfully to enhance communication and to break down barriers to full participation by everyone in the digital age.

     Wednesday, Jan. 13
     2-3:30 p.m. 
     Room 1057, Young Hall

ADA Audio Conference - Service Animals: Unraveling the Differences and Best Practices

The rights of people with disabilities who use service animals vary depending on which law applies. The Americans with Disabilities Act, the Air Carrier Access Act, and the Fair Housing Act each have different standards for service animals and their owners. Complicating the topic even further is the issue of the definition of service animals, especially in relation to emotional support or therapy animals. This session will provide information about the definition of service animals and the rights of service animal owners under the ADA, the ACAA, and the FHA. We will also discuss the differences in how the various laws treat service animals versus emotional support or therapy animals, as well as model service animal policies for educational institutions and health care facilities.

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


Great Lakes is offering Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) 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 an accommodation for any session, to request CEUs, 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.