[nfbmi-talk] Fw: ADA Audio Conference Series - 3 Part Program focused on Self-Evaluation and Transition Plans for ADA Compliance

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From: Jones, Robin 
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Subject: ADA Audio Conference Series - 3 Part Program focused on Self-Evaluation and Transition Plans for ADA Compliance

The ADA National Network is pleased to announce a 3 part program focused on Self-Evaluation and Transition Planning for ADA Compliance.   The sessions will be held monthly between January and March.   The first session is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21st.  All sessions are 90 minutes in length and will be offered via Teleconference and/or Webinar Platform (Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing).   All session are closed captioned.

January 21, 2014 - Part I:  Getting Started
This session, the first in a three-part series, lays the groundwork for any effort to develop or update a self-evaluation and/or transition plan or, for title III entities, a barrier removal plan. Some state and local governments, colleges and universities, or private entities may have plans that date from the early 1990s. But the ADA rules have changed, you've expanded or discontinued programs, you deliver services and information in new ways such as via the web, and you've built and altered buildings and changed their use. Find out what program areas the Department of Justice's 2010 rules may require title II entities to examine, what "program access" means, the benefits of planning, alternatives to a full-blown plan, and how to position your entity for success when developing a new plan or updating an existing one. We'll explore how to prepare for the outcome you seek - from putting a team together to deciding whether to use checklists, consultants, and electronic data bases. What measures should you use for equipment, streets and sidewalks, trails, and other areas that may lack binding standards? A former DOJ official who has conducted evaluations for cities, counties, and universities takes you through the steps and answers questions.


February 18, 2014 - Part II:  A Hands-on Approach to Self-Evaluations
Next, how do you evaluate your programs, policies, and procedures? Once you've decided the scope of the evaluation and identified your resources, you'll need an organized and productive way to gather information, consider public input, and analyze the results. Possible considerations include showing support from the top; training; finding a way to bring together (1) knowledge of particular programs with (2) an understanding of the ADA -- and what to do if no one has that understanding; evaluating some programs in greater depth when they do not lend themselves to evaluation by checklist; quality control; and timing. We'll see what kind of information you should gather about facilities and at what level of detail, for assessing "program access."


March 18, 2014 - Part III:  Bringing It All Together: Transition Plans, Barrier Removal Plans, and Action Plans
After gathering and analyzing information and identifying problems, it's time to put it all together and put it to work. The next step is to create an action plan for changes to policies, practices, and procedures; a barrier removal plan; and/or a transition plan for making physical changes to facilities in order to achieve program access. Learn about the Department of Justice's specific requirements for transition plans and what it suggests for barrier removal plans, what the Department of Transportation looks for from its highway fund recipients, and other factors to consider. We'll examine how to enlist staff in creating actions steps for each program, identify responsibilities, establish priorities and time lines, and track steps toward remediation. An architect who has assisted with numerous transition plans and barrier removal plans also brings his practical experience to bear on these issues and on how to tie corrective actions to the planning and budgeting process.



Irene Bowen, Consultant, ADAOne   

Ms. Bowen is a nationally recognized ADA consultant, trainer, and speaker. Before starting her firm in 2009, she was Deputy Chief of the Disability Rights Section at the Department of Justice, where she oversaw enforcement of the ADA and was actively involved in the development of the original ADA accessibility guidelines as well as DOJ's title II and title III regulations and revisions to them. Irene's clients include local governments, colleges and universities, public accommodations, and a Federal agency. She also teams with LCM Architects and others in assisting entities to develop cost-effective approaches to compliance.  She recently authored an ADA guide for nonprofits, called "Renewing the Commitment," released by the Chicago Community Trust on January 31, 2011. She formerly served as Deputy General Counsel of the Access Board and co-founded the National Center for Law and Deafness. She holds a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.

James Terry, Evan Terry Associates


Mr. Terry is a licensed architect in seven states with extensive access training and consulting experience in corporate, municipal, healthcare, schools, universities, libraries, retail, and recreational facilities. Under his leadership, ETA assists organizations in understanding their access requirements, cataloging barriers, and managing the implementation of their ADA and local access compliance plans. He has written or been quoted in dozens of articles in national publications about the Americans with Disabilities Act and has been actively involved in writing 15 books on ADA facilities compliance and universal design at Evan Terry Associates. Jim is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of ADA Coordinators.


Registration:   $25.00/per toll free telephone line  (Audio via telephone - Visual can be done via handout and/or webinar platform connection)

                        Free for webinar platform connection (both audio and visual)   (Closed captioning provided via the webinar platform)


Registration URL:  http://adagreat.powweb.com/Registration/  (You will be required to establish an account in our system if you do not already have one)


Continuing Education Recognition Available:   AIA, AICP, LACES, Certificate of Attendance


Questions?:  Email us at webinars at ada-audio.org  or call us at 877-232-1990 (V/TTY)

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