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 ( (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

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:  (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

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

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


On-Line Registration opens January 9th.

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


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.

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What’s The Difference Between “Service Animals” And “Comfort Animals?”

Posted by Adam Johnsen on October 25, 2017
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ADA Minnesota would like to share an article from LakeShore Public Radio by Chris Nolte.

This is a link to LakeShore Public Radio’s website.


House Judiciary Committee Approved H.R. 620 – Contact Your Representatives!

Posted by Adam Johnsen on September 12, 2017
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On Thursday, September 7, 2017, the House Judiciary Committee held a markup of H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017. The bill was voted out of committee along party lines and will now go to the full House for a vote. All of the amendments proposed by democrats were voted down, also along party lines.

H.R. 620 is a terrible bill that would be a major step backwards for people with disabilities. The bill would weaken the protections afforded us under the Americans with Disabilities Act and make it even harder to enforce our rights under the ADA. Twenty seven years after the passage of the ADA, the fact that Congress is working to make it easier to discriminate against people with disabilities is shameful.

We are continuing to work on this issue, and we will keep you updated. We cannot let this bill become law. Please take action and contact your Representatives today! Tell them that H.R. 620 is harmful to people with disabilities, so they must vote NO!

For more information H.R. 620, see our April alert, CCD’s “Save the ADA” website, and the Oppose ADA Notification Facebook page. And, if you haven’t signed the petition yet, please do so today!

Disability Rights March and Rally marks 27th year of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Posted by Matt on July 19, 2017
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Survey: Transportation Access and Experiences

Posted by Matt on October 19, 2016
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We would like to invite you to participate in a national survey titled, “Transportation Access and Experiences”, which is designed to improve understanding of accessibility of public transportation for people with disabilities. This survey is being conducted by the ADA Participation Action Research Consortium (ADA-PARC), a collaborative research project of ADA Regional Centers (PIs: Lex Frieden and Joy Hammel). This project focuses on community living, community participation & work/economic participation disparities of people with disabilities (For more information, visit the website: We would like to improve our understanding on transportation access of people with disabilities and use this information to make improvements at regional and national levels. 

We are very interested in receiving as many responses as possible from people with disabilities based on their personal experiences with public transportation. The results will serve as crucial evidence to support improvements to accessible transportation. 

Please use the link below to access and complete the survey. The online survey can be completed in English or Spanish. This is the second round of data collection for this survey, so if you have already completed it, please do not complete the survey again.

If you would like to complete the survey by phone in English, please contact the research team at 
800-9494232 V/TTY. If you would like to complete the survey by phone in Spanish, please contact Ancel Montenelli at 312-413-1439. Please mention that you are calling about the ADA transportation survey.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this survey, please contact Jill Bezyak
, Investigator for this survey from the Rocky Mountain ADA Center at

JAN’s Workplace Accommodation Toolkit

Posted by Matt on October 19, 2016
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JAN’s Workplace Accommodation Toolkit offers disability-related guidance for U.S. businesses. 

Morgantown, WV – The Job Accommodation Network (JAN), the leading source of free, expert and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues,  has developed an online tool to help U.S. businesses successfully recruit, hire and retain applicants and employees with disabilities. The newest addition to JAN’s suite of products, the Workplace Accommodation Toolkit packages JAN’s deep knowledge into an online platform with the information businesses need to create inclusive workplaces while complying with disability-related employment laws. 

“Recently JAN has seen an increase in requests for guidance related to the reasonable accommodation process and creating disability-inclusive workplaces. The Toolkit was designed to respond to these requests,” said Lou Orslene, JAN co-director.  It includes sample accommodation procedures, examples of policies and forms from leading U.S. businesses, training presentations, roleplay videos and best practices for creating an inclusive workplace for people with disabilities. The Toolkit provides inclusive practices at various phases of the employment life cycle for recruiters, hiring managers, and supervisors; human resource professionals; accommodation consultants; and allies of employees with disabilities. Checklists are also available to help keep track of the accommodation process.

The JAN Workplace Accommodation Toolkit was developed in consultation with Deb Dagit, from Deb Dagit Diversity, Inc.

The JAN Workplace Accommodation Toolkit can be accessed at:

For more information contact Lou Orslene @ 800-526-7234 Ext. 135 or Anne Hirsh Ext. 112.

This Toolkit release coincides with National Disability Employment Awareness Month #NDEAM  

About JAN 

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a free service of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Policy (ODEP).  Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.

JAN’s trusted consultants offer one-on-one guidance on workplace accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related legislation, and self-employment and entrepreneurship options for people with disabilities. Assistance is available both over the phone and online. Those who can benefit from JAN’s services include private employers of all sizes, government agencies, employee representatives, and service providers, as well as people with disabilities and their families.

JAN serves as the most comprehensive job accommodation resource available. From Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurs, JAN has served customers across the United States and around the world for more than 30 years. Its consultants are thought leaders and innovators on disability employment issues, and all have earned at least one Master’s degree in their specialized fields, ranging from rehabilitation counseling to education and engineering.