ADA Audio Conference Series*

All sessions are scheduled from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Central Time (90 minute sessions) and accessed from three different services: teleconference, real-time captioning and real-time audio. Teleconference allows participants from around the world access to the conference call by dialing a toll free number. Premiere Global Services operator then joins the participants into the call after qualifying them to make sure that they are entering the appropriate conference. Real-time captioning is medium where a captioner joins the teleconference and transcribe the discussion as the event occurs through a custom designed web interface. The session transcript allows participants to follow along and interact via the internet. And Real-time Audio is accessing the event live by using audio transmission via the internet using Windows Media Player. Real-time Audio also allows participants to follow along and interactive via the internet.

All sessions will have a written transcript posted to the archive section at www.ada-audio.org, as well as a digital recording of the session available for listening. The transcript and audio recording will be posted 5-7 days following the event.

*The ADA Audio Conference Series schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the DBTACs.

October 16th, 2007 ADA Legal Update: Current Litigation Trends Under the ADA

The courts and federal agencies are shaping the ADA through their decisions and settlements. This session will outline the key issues that are currently before the courts as well as discuss some trends in case law at the lower courts which will have an impact on decisions at all levels, including any future cases to be argued before the Supreme Court.
 
Speaker:
Barry Taylor, JD Director of Legal Services, Equip for Equality, Chicago, Illinois
 
Time:
1:00-2:30pm CT
 
 

November 13th, 2007 Ask the EEOC: Questions and Answers

Join us for one of the most popular sessions in the ADA Audio Conference Series. Listen to an update on EEOC Enforcement and Guidance Activities and pose your questions to our speaker. This is an interactive session and you are encouraged to bring your tough issues and concerns forward. Learn from what others may be experiencing and the questions and issues that they may have as well.
 
Speaker:
Sharon Rennert, Senior Attorney, EEOC ADA Division
 
Time:
1:00-2:30pm CT
 
 

December 18th, 2007 Disability Law and Policy, Present and Future

Reviewing previous research efforts, this session sets out a blueprint for the role of research, policy, and law in advancing the civic, economic and social participation of persons with disabilities in a global society. It reviews past public policy efforts and research findings regarding workers with disabilities. It discusses current and future research initiatives on the cutting edge of promoting successful employment outcomes for people with disabilities. The discussion presents promising research methodologies in multidisciplinary field disability and employment research. Finally, our presenter will put forth challenges and opportunities for research, policy, and legal initiatives, framing a blueprint for the next quarter century.
 
Speaker:
Peter Blanck, JD, Ph.D, Chair, Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University
Guest Moderator:
Shelley Kaplan, Director, DBTAC-Southeast ADA Center
 
Time:
1:00-2:30pm CT
 
 

January 15th, 2008 Best Practices in Design: Balancing local, State and Federal Requirements to Ensure Accessibility

What is best practice when it comes to designing accessible environments? Is compliance with local, state and federal building codes/standards enough? Architects and designers are faced with a myriad of rules and regulations governing accessible design which may require their professional judgment to determine which provides greater access. Join our panel of speakers as they discuss and debate this issue and engage in a dialogue about achieving minimal compliance versus designing accessible and useable environments.
 
Speakers:
Jack Catlin, AIA, LCM Architects
Doug Anderson, LCM Architects
Irene Bowen, JD, Deputy Chief, Disability Rights Section, US Department of Justice
Joseph Russo, Deputy Commissioner, Chicago Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
 
Time:
1:00-2:30pm CT
 
 

February 19th, 2008 Disability, Aging and Older Workers

Overall, 15% of Americans ages 65 and older are currently working or actively seeking work. From 2000-2015 the U.S. labor force of workers over age 54 is anticipated to grow to four times the labor force. As people age, they can experience changes in functional abilities such as vision, hearing, and mobility. Workplace accommodations can be used to facilitate job task performance, particularly for people who experience functional difficulties. While workplace accommodations are often considered for persons with disabilities, older workers who have slowly developed functional difficulties over time may not consider workplace accommodations. As the numbers of older adults in the U.S. continues to rise, coupled with the well documented increased prevalence of disability associated with aging, the growth in the need and deployment of assistive technology (AT) will be undeniable. This 90-miute presentation will discuss issues associated with employment among older adults, as well as ramifications related to disability, aging and employment.
 
Speaker:
Michael Williams, Ph.D., Rehabilitation Planning Specialist, Department of Veterans Affairs, Blind Rehabilitation Service National Program Office, Rehabilitation Strategic Health Care Group
 
Time:
1:00-2:30pm CT
 
 

March 18th, 2008 The Nature and Scope of Discrimination in Hiring Under ADA Title I

Over 20,000 allegations of workplace discrimination specific to hiring have been investigated and closed by the EEOC through 2005. Researchers at VCU have uncovered some surprising facts about the nature and scope of hiring discrimination related to characteristics of the charging parties, employers, and outcomes. These findings and their ramifications for the implementation and future of ADA will be discussed.
 
Speaker:
Brian T. McMahon, Ph.D., CRC, Professor, VCU Dept. of Rehabilitation Counseling, Director, Coordination, Outreach and Research Center (CORC) for the Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers
 
Time:
1:00-2:30pm CT
 
 

April 15th, 2008 There are no IEP's in College

Transitioning from high school to college is tough enough; for students with disabilities who may not know their rights and responsibilities under federal law, the experience can be even tougher. This presentation will compare the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities in high school and in college. By understanding the differences, students, parents, teachers, counselors, service providers, and administrators can be better prepared and increase student's chances of graduating.
 
Speaker:
Howard Kallem, Office of Equity and Diversity Services,George Mason University
 
Time:
1:00-2:30pm CT
 
 

May 20th, 2008 Employer Best Practices: Recruitment and Hiring of People with Disabilities

This session will highlight the best practices learned by the Walgreen Company and Cincinnati Children's Hospital in regards to the recruitment and hiring of people with disabilities. Participants will learn what it took within these organizations to mobilize administration, management as well as all employees in support of this effort and the benefits that they have realized as a result. Strategies and common sense approaches will be discussed. Both Walgreen's and Cincinnati Children's Hospital have become models in the business community for embracing people with disabilities as part of their diverse workforce.
 
Speakers:
Deb Russell, Walgreen Company
Erin Riehle, MSN, RN, Director, Project Search, Division of Disability Services, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
 
Time:
1:00-2:30pm CT
 
 

June 17th, 2008 Accommodating Employees with Psychiatric Disabilities in the Workplace

Psychiatric conditions are the leading charge category for complaints filed with the EEOC. Data gathered by the National Institute of Mental Health indicates that more than one in five American adults experiences some diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. Employers are often concerned that accommodating individuals with psychiatric disabilities is more difficult and costly than accommodating those with physical disabilities. This session will address the realities of accommodating individuals with disabilities in the workplace and offer practical solutions for employers.
 
Speaker:
TBA
Guest Moderator:
Erica Jones, Director, DBTAC-Pacific ADA Center
 
Time:
1:00-2:30pm CT
 
 

July 15th, 2008 ADA Update: 18 Years Later

Mark the 18th anniversary of the ADA by joining this audio conference as we listen to representatives of the Federal Agencies present an update on their litigation, technical assistance and enforcement efforts over the past year. Participants will have an opportunity to pose questions to the presenters regarding issues in their own workplace or community.
 
Speakers:
John L. Wodatch, Chief, Civil Rights Divison, U.S. Department of Justice
Jeanne Goldberg, Senior Attorney Advisor, Office of Legal Counsel, EEOC
 
Time:
1:00-2:30pm CT
 
 

August 19th, 2008 Serving Customers with Disabilities: Implications for the Hospitality Industry

A 2001 survey conducted by Open Doors Organization/Harris Poll in cooperation with the Travel Industry Association of America and the Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality indicated that disabled persons annually spend $13.6 billion on travel - including $3.3 billion on air travel and $4.2 billion on lodging. A second study showed that 75% of people with disabilities report dining outside of their home at least once/week representing an annual expenditure of $35 billion. Serving customers with disabilities has become a business necessity. Join this session and learn more about what is being done to assist business in meeting their obligations to customers with disabilities.
 
Speaker:
TBA
Guest Moderator:
Marian Vessels, Director, DBTAC-Mid Atlantic ADA Center
 
Time:
1:00-2:30pm CT
 
 

September 16th, 2008 Latino Immigrants with Disabilities: Challenges in Employment

In 2000 the U.S. Census data showed that there is a significantly higher percentage of working-age latino immigrants in the United States who have a disability compared all other groups. This can be attributed to injuries in dangerous work environments and heavy manual labor including farm work; lack of access to medical care and insurance; complex health conditions such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes and obesity; and violence. This group faces a number of challenges when it comes to accessing social services including vocational rehabilitation and job placement. Speakers will address the barriers faced by this population and some innovative programs and services that are available to assist them.
 
Speakers:
Michael Feldenkrais, JD, Feldenkrais Query LLP
Kathy Martinez, Project Director, Proyecto Vision, World Institute on Disability (Invited)
 
Time:
1:00-2:30pm CT
 
 

We reserve the right to cancel the Audio Conference Sessions at any time without notice. A full refund will be provided for all paid sessions should the sessions be cancelled.

 

Last Updated on:
Fri May 17, 2013