Monthly Archives: April 2015

The ADA25 and Faith Initiative

Posted by Adam Johnsen on April 30, 2015
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The ADA25 and Faith Initiative:

The Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition of the American Association of Persons with Disabilities and the National Collaborative on Faith and Disability have initiated the ADA25 and Faith Campaign to encourage faith communities and organizations to sponsor and join in celebrations and activities related to ADA25. Congregations can sign a Faith Community Proclamation developed in collaboration with the ADA National Network recommitting to the vision of the ADA as well as customize resources to educational and celebration events.  

Publicity is going out through religious organizations and networks but people with disabilities, families and disability organizations can also play a vital role by inviting their own faith community and/or  others in their community to participate.

Questions regarding this initiative can be directed to:

Bill Gaventa, or 732-718-5875

ADA Impact Survey

Posted by Adam Johnsen on April 27, 2015
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Please consider participating in the ADA impact survey at:!

Lex Frieden, the legendary key author of the Americans with Disabilities Act, needs help evaluating the impact of the landmark civil rights law.

Frieden, and the organization he works with, Independent Living Research Utilization, ILRU, have developed a 10-minute online survey. It collects the opinions of people with disabilities, advocates and interested parties nationwide in preparation for the 25th anniversary of the law’s signing.

According to ILRU, “The information gathered from this survey will help us 1) understand what aspects of society have become more accessible due to the ADA; 2) understand what areas of society still require further investigation and proposed solutions; and 3) to develop and improve the information, support, and guidance needed to help further the goals of the ADA. These findings will also provide the foundation for further research on the ADA and its impact on people with disabilities.”

They have received hundreds of responses, but they are urging more people all over the US to take the survey, particularly those in Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Puerto Rico.

Upcoming Webinar about Accessible Design

Posted by Adam Johnsen on April 09, 2015
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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards and planning Accessible Design in Device Demonstration and Display Rooms for Tech Act State Programs

Please join the Great Lakes ADA Center in collaboration with the RESNA Catalyst Project and the Southwest ADA Center for a webinar on “The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards and planning Accessible Design in Device Demonstration and Display Rooms for Tech Act State Programs” on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. eastern.

This webinar will provide a discussion on improving the quality of program accessibility for Tech Act State Device Demonstrations. The Maryland Technology Assistance Program model includes two demonstration sites and a descriptive on line device inventory. The program is working with the Montgomery County Public Libraries to increase statewide access to assistive technologies for people of all ages with disabilities.

To Register or for additional information visit:   
Sessions are presented via a fully accessible Blackboard Web Conferencing platform. For first time users it is recommended that you prepare your technology prior to the session. Captioning is also provided via the Blackboard Web Conferencing platform. Please visit the registration site for more information.

For more information about this platform visit:

You may receive CEUs for attending some webinar sessions. RESNA is an approved authorized provider for CEU credits by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). You can receive 0.1 CEUs for a 60 or 90 minute webinar. Contact Paul Galonsky via email at to apply for CEUs. There is a $16 fee to receive credits for each webinar.
We hope you will join us, Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

This webinar is a collaborative of the Southwest ADA Center, The RESNA Catalyst Project. The Great Lakes ADA Center and ADA National Network.