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Posted by Adam Johnsen on July 30, 2020
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This is the Thanks to the ADA Campaign introductory video created by the Great Lakes ADA Center.

Free Zoom Webinar reviewing the Top ILLINOIS ADA Cases – Registration Required – CLE Available

Posted by Adam Johnsen on July 21, 2020
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On Wednesday, July 29 from 9:30-11:00, Equip for Equality will commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the ADA by reviewing 30 Illinois cases that made a positive impact on the rights of people with disabilities. To register for the webinar, go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_na6qkJ0mRYigPmL3BlsQZA (https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_na6qkJ0mRYigPmL3BlsQZA)

The webinar will be hosted by the Illinois ADA Project and funded by the Great Lakes ADA Center. Equip for Equality attorney Rachel Weisberg and I will be the presenters. Captioning via Streamtext will be available and 1.5 hours of CLE credit will be provided to Illinois attorneys.

The webinar is in conjunction with the Illinois ADA Project’s Top ADA Cases initiative in which a new Illinois ADA case is posted on-line for the 30 days leading up to the ADA’s 30th anniversary. You can view this initiative at: https://www.equipforequality.org/ada-il/30-days-of-ada-cases/ (https://www.equipforequality.org/ada-il/30-days-of-ada-cases/)

Note that next week’s webinar is different from the legal webinar Great Lakes hosted last week. That webinar focused on the Top ADA cases from across the country. If you’re interested in that presentation, you can access it at: https://dev.accessibilityonline.org/ada-legal/archives/110803 (https://dev.accessibilityonline.org/ada-legal/archives/110803)

We hope you can join us next Wednesday to look back on the Illinois ADA cases that truly made a difference in the lives of people with disabilities in Illinois.

Barry C. Taylor

Equip for Equality

ADA30 Lead On: Celebration of Disability Art, Culture, Education & Pride

Posted by Adam Johnsen on July 20, 2020
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TransCen and the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center are proud to be among the  sponsors of ADA30 Lead On: Celebration of Disability Arts, Culture, Education & Pride, Thursday, July 23 from 7:00 – 9:15 PM Eastern. This FREE event to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will be streamed on YouTube and Facebook Live. 
 
Actor and activist Danny Woodburn will host the celebration that will feature performers, artists, singers, dancers, poets, filmmakers and storytellers with disabilities. We’ll hear from from disability rights leaders, including Senator Tom Harkin, Judy Heumann, Governor Tom Ridge, Tony Coelho and Marlee Matlin.
 
Join us to mark the 30th Anniversary of the landmark civil rights legislation that has enhanced inclusion and access for millions of Americans! 
 
TransCen and the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center join lead sponsor AT&T along with:
The Ability Center
Bus Door Films
Deraney PR
Easterseals Disability Film Challenge
EIN SOF Communications
Exceptional Minds
Foundation for Global Sports Development and Sidewinder Films
Kessler Foundation
Lights! Camera! Access!
Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation
Mulberry Tree Group
Point 360
The Sign Language Company
Wells Fargo
Woman of Her Word
 
Register for ADA30 Lead On: Celebration of Disability Arts, Culture, Education & Pride
 

FREE ADA30 & Disability Pride Month Celebration Events!

Posted by Adam Johnsen on July 08, 2020
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I thought you might be interested in a FREE virtual event we are hosting this Friday, July 10, at 10:00am (CST) as part of our Disability Pride Month and ADA 30 Anniversary celebrations.  The webinar, Reporting on Disability with Dignity, will focus on 1) historical representation of people with disabilities within the media, 2) common misconceptions and language mistakes frequently used by reporters, and 3) how to speak about disability with dignity from an empowering point of view.

REGISTER HERE

We have a few other great virtual events happening this month, as well, as we continue our celebrations.

All events are FREE to attend but do require registration

July 16 – Black Disabled Lives Matter – A National Outlook from Thought Leaders

July 24 – Black Disabled Lives Matter – An Intimate View from Self-Advocates in Our Community

July 30 – Gaelynn Lea in Concert 

Check out the details and register for the rest of these events at STARKLOFF.ORG/ADA30.  While there, take a moment to sign our ADA recommitment pledge.  We’ll send you a cool sticker that you can proudly display to show your commitment to an inclusive world for all people with disabilities!!!

ADA Audio Conf Series: Travelers with Service Animals

Posted by Adam Johnsen on December 03, 2019
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The Great Lakes ADA Center in collaboration with the ADA National Network invites you to attend the December ADA Audio Conference Series session titled “The Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) and Travelers with Disabilities: Travel by Air with Service Animals“. The session will feature Robert M Gorman, Senior Trial Attorney, Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings, U.S. Department of Transportation.

Session Description:

The Air Carrier Access Act of 1986 (ACAA) prohibits discrimination based on disability in air travel and requires air carriers to accommodate the needs of passengers with disabilities. Join us as our speaker from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) discusses the final statement of enforcement priorities for service animals under the ACAA. The session will also address the role the Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings has in enforcing the ACAA. Following the presentation participants will have an opportunity to ask the presenter questions about ACAA requirements.

Date: December 10th, 2019 (Note Special Date)

Time: 2-3:30pm Eastern Time (calculate the time zone where you will join from)

Cost: No Charge

This session is offered via the telephone and/or via a web based webinar platform.

The session will be captioned via the web based webinar platform.

Registration: Advance Registration is required at: www.ada-audio.org (http://www.ada-audio.org) (you will need to set up an account on our website if you do not have one already).

Questions:

877-232-1990 V/TTY

webinars@adaconferences.org

ADA Legal Webinar Series Session Nov 20, 2019

Posted by Adam Johnsen on November 13, 2019
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The Great Lakes ADA Center in collaboration with the Southwest ADA Center and the ADA National Network is pleased to announce the next session in the ADA Legal Webinar Series which will be held on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. The topic is “Our Favorite Inappropriate Questions Under the ADA: Legal and Practical Considerations” featuring Diego Demaya, JD, Legal Specialist, Southwest ADA Center at ILRU.

Date: November 20, 2019

Time: 2-3:30pm Eastern Time (verify time where you are participating from)

Description: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, state and local government programs, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications. This webinar will touch on a variety of improper questions as they pertain to ADA:

* Title I (Employment)
* Title II (Public Entities)
* Title III (Public Accommodations)

Can an employer ask what a person’s disability is? Can a restaurant ask a service dog owner for a demonstration to prove they have a disability? Can a public school ask for a doctor’s note to grant a parent a reasonable accommodation when dropping off or picking up their child on the campus? Can an automobile dealership require a person to have a driver’s license in order to purchase a vehicle? When is a question merely offensive versus discriminatory? Join us as we discuss and compare questions like these as well as applicable cases and their legal considerations.

Cost: No charge

Registration: Registration required at www.ada-legal.org (http://www.ada-legal.org) (An account with our system is required and can be established at the time of registration if you don’t already have one)

This session will be offered via Blackboard Collaborate and open captioning will be provided via the webinar platform. Individuals may listen to the audio via telephone and/or via the audio through their computers/webinar platform. A telephone # for connection for audio will be provided the day of the session.

Questions should be directed to 877-232-1990 (V/TTY) or at webianrs@adaconferences.org

November 12th ADA Audio Conference: Leave under the ADA and FMLA

Posted by Adam Johnsen on October 21, 2019
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The Great Lakes ADA Center in collaboration with the ADA National Network invites you to attend the November ADA Audio Conference Series session titled “Leave under the ADA and FMLA  “.  The session will feature Sharon Rennert, Senior Attorney Advisor, ADA/Gina Division Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Session Description:

Employee leave under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) continues to be confusing for both employees and employers. Join us for this session as our speaker explains the ADA requirements when it comes to leave, both as an employee benefit and as a reasonable accommodation, and how these requirements fit with the requirement to grant medical leave to employees under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Following the presentation participants will have an opportunity to ask questions of the speaker.

Date:   November 12th, 2019 (Special Date)

Time:  2-3:30pm Eastern Time (calculate the time zone where you will join from)

Cost:   No Charge

This session is offered via the telephone and/or via a web based webinar platform.   The session will be captioned via the web based webinar platform.

Registration:  Advance Registration is required at: www.ada-audio.org  (you will need to set up an account on our website if you do not have one already).

Join Us for the 29th Anniversary Celebration of the ADA!

Posted by Adam Johnsen on June 24, 2019
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Upcoming workshop offers accessibility training and tools for members of disability community

Posted by Adam Johnsen on March 30, 2018
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National ADA Symposium Scholarship Application

Posted by Adam Johnsen on January 11, 2018
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National ADA Symposium Scholarship Application

http://www.adagreatlakes.org/Webforms/Symposium/

We are pleased to announce that the ADA National Network is hosting the 19th annual ADA National Symposium on the Americans with Disabilities Act and related disability issues. The Symposium will take place in Pittsburg, PA from June 17 to 20th, 2018.

The ADA Symposium includes up to date information regarding employment, communication, transportation, emergency preparedness, case law, regulatory updates for government and private entities and the latest on the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.

Hear from presenters representing various federal agencies including the Departments of Justice, Education, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and U.S. Access Board.  This year there are break-out sessions on a wide-range of ADA related topics and online access to hand-outs from all sessions prior to the conference. You can view the Symposium Agenda schedule of sessions and activities on-line.

The Great Lakes Center will continue our history of supporting participation and attendance from across our six state region.  To that end, we are making available a number of stipends in the amount of $750.00 to cover the cost of registration completed by April 30, 2018. (Recipients who fail to register by the April 30, 2018 deadline will forfeit their stipend).

Applications will only be accepted from individuals who reside in the Great Lakes Region (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI).  This stipend is only valid for the 2018 Symposium and registration must be completed by April 30, 2018.  Applications will be accepted through January 26th, 2018.  Notification to recipients will be made by email within the first week of February to enable individuals to meet the early bird registration deadline of April 30, 2015.

Applications for the Applicationstipends can be completed on-line.  Questions regarding the Symposium and the stipend program should be directed to the Great Lakes Center at 800-949-4232 (V/TTY) between the hours of 8:00am-5:00pm Central Time or by email to adata@adagreatlakes.org.

Stipend recipients are responsible for their own travel arrangements and travel costs.   The registration fee includes 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches plus a networking reception.  The 2018 Symposium will be held at the  Wyndham Grand Hotel Pittsburg.

National ADA Symposium Scholarship Application

http://www.adagreatlakes.org/Webforms/Symposium/

Registration

On-Line Registration opens January 9th.

Registration Fee: Early Rate: $750   Regular: $900

Venue

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown  .  Rooms are available at a discounted rate of $155.00 plus tax. Hotel information can be found Information on the Symposium Website.

National ADA Symposium

www.adasymposium.org