Monthly Archives: March 2014

New Section 503 Rules for Federal Contractors Go into Effect March 24, 2014.

Posted by Matt on March 24, 2014
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Important Announcements

The New Rules for Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act that require federal contractors and subcontractors to plan affirmative action toward employing individuals with disabilities goes into effect today, March 24, 2014. These rules cover employers with federal government contracts or subcontracts of $10,000 or more. The new rules strengthen the enforcement of existing regulations and puts into place new requirements around recruiting, hiring and accommodating individuals with disabilities. Covered employers nowhave greater accountability and reporting requirements in their employment practices.

Resources:

An excellent article on the New Rules for Section 503 appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, New Rules on hiring disabilities workers, vets go into effect for federal contractors

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/new-rules-on-hiring-disabled-workers-vets-go-into-effect/article_963a3582-7458-5b32-959d-24a038d3ec16.html

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs developed a Frequently Asked Questions document for Section 503 New Rules that is available on their website at
http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/faqs/503_faq.htm

The ADA National Network provides a fact sheet on the New Rules at
http://adata.org/factsheet/section-503-rehabilitation-act-new-rules-fact-sheet

ADA National Network hosting Accessible Technology Webinar Series “Introduction to ARIA.”

Posted by Matt on March 18, 2014
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The ADA National Network is hosting a new sessions for the Accessible Technology Webinar Series titled “Introduction to ARIA.”

When:   March 27, 2014

Time:      1:00pm-2:30pm Central Time

Description:
Find out what Accessible Rich Internet Application (ARIA) is and how it is important to accessibility in web design. See demonstrations of the effect ARIA roles, particularly landmark roles, can have on the accessibility of your web pages. Learn how easy it is to add ARIA landmark roles to your code in both standard HTML pages and in WordPress themes.

Speaker:
Virginia DeBolt, Consultant

Registration is available on-line at https://adagreat.powweb.com/Webinar/AccessibleTechnology/Schedule/

ADA Audio Conference Sessions – Special Three-Part Series on Self-Evaluations, Barrier Removal Plans, and Transition Plans

Posted by Matt on March 06, 2014
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The ADA National Network announces the final session from the Special Three-Part Series titled “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.

When: March 18, 2014
Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm Eastern Time (calculate the start time based on your location)
Cost: Free

Presenters:
· Irene Bowen, J.D. President ADA One, LLC, Silver Spring, MD

· James Terry, A.I.A., LEED-AP, CASp, NCARB Chief Executive Officer, Evan Terry Associates, Birmingham, AL
CE Recognition Available: AIA, LACES, AICP, Certificate of Attendance

The session is close captioned via the webinar platform. Audio is available via telephone (Fee to connect via toll free #) and/or via webinar platform (no charge). The visuals for this session will be available via the webinar platform at no charge.

To learn more about the Three Part Series or to register visit http://adagreat.powweb.com/Schedule/

Accessible Technology Webinar Session “Intro to ARIA”

Posted by Matt on March 06, 2014
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The ADA National Network is hosting a new sessions for the Accessible Technology Webinar Series titled “Introduction to ARIA.”
When: March 27, 2014
Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm Central Time
Description:
Find out what Accessible Rich Internet Application (ARIA) is and how it is important to accessibility in web design. See demonstrations of the effect ARIA roles, particularly landmark roles, can have on the accessibility of your web pages. Learn how easy it is to add ARIA landmark roles to your code in both standard HTML pages and in WordPress themes.

Speaker:
Virginia DeBolt, Consultant

Registration is available on-line at https://adagreat.powweb.com/Webinar/AccessibleTechnology/Schedule/

ADA Conferences
Great Lakes ADA Center
877-232-1990 (V/TTY)
webinars@ada-audio.org

ADA Legal Webinar “The ADA and Religious Institutions”

Posted by Matt on March 06, 2014
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The ADA National Network is pleased to announce the upcoming session in the ADA Legal Webinar Series, March 12, 2014 focusing on “The ADA and Religious Institutions.”

Although religious institutions are largely exempt from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) there are situations where these entities are indeed covered by the law. What does this mean for religious entities that operate schools? Are employees of religious organizations covered by employment provisions under the ADA? Further, what about religious entities receiving federal funds such as faith-based grants? Does the ADA apply to those operating businesses open to the public? The presenter will also discuss some of the more recent cases and examples of these situations and whether the ADA applies. During this session we will examine how the ADA applies to religious institutions/organizations with regards to:
Title I- Employment
Entities that receive federal funds under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Title III- Public Accommodations and operation of Commercial Facilities

Speaker:
Judy Spalding-J.D.
Consultant, Disability and Family Law

When: March 12, 2014
Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm Eastern Time (Calculate the start time based on your location)
Cost: Free

This session is close captioned. Audio and visuals will be available via the webinar platform. A telephone connection (not toll free) will be available for audio as well

Registration is available on-line at http://www.ada-audio.org/Webinar/ADALegal/Schedule/

ADA Conferences
Great Lakes ADA Center
877-232-1990 (V/TTY)