Rocky Mountain Access --2016 ADA Symposium

06/19/2016 (All day) - 06/22/2016 (All day)



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2016 National ADA Symposium

June 19-22, 2016 ~ Denver, CO


The National ADA Symposium, hosted by the Great Plains and Rocky Mountain ADA Centers, is the largest conference on the ADA!  72 Breakout Sessions, Pre and Post-Conference Sessions offer learning opportunities for everyone involved with the ADA.

The National ADA Symposium is designed to provide current, practical, useful information to a diverse audience. 100% of ADA Symposium attendees surveyed reported they gained knowledge and skills they could use in their profession and/or communities. 98% of ADA Symposium attendees surveyed reported that they would recommend the conference to a colleague. You will not find a more affordable or higher quality conference on the Americans with Disabilities Act!

Features of the 2016 National ADA Symposium:

  • Choose from 76 break-out sessions on a wide range of ADA related topics.
  • Featured tracks targeted to the needs of the business community, postsecondary education, health     professionals, and design community.
  • Sessions presented by key agencies involved in ADA implementation including the US Dept. of Justice, EEOC, and the US Access Board.
  • Networking opportunities with people from diverse professions across the US.
  • On-line access to handouts from all sessions.

Early Registration Rate of $650 through March 20th.

Beginning March 21st, the registration fee will increase to $800 if any seats remain.

Seating and vendor booths are limited and selling out fast, so get them before they're gone.  Register Today!

Registration opened 23 days ago and 30% of attendee seats have already sold, as well as 40% of vendor booths.

Click Here for Conference Information & Online Registration 

This new document from the ADA National Network of ADA Centers explains the legal obligations that postsecondary institutions have toward students with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Fair Housing Act.
Information Will Guide Transportation Planning Now to 2040
Residents throughout El Paso County are invited to participate in planning the County’s future transportation system by getting involved in the Major Transportation Corridors Plan (MTCP) Update.  The Update process will address how we travel, how we prepare for new development and how much we will invest to meet our future transportation needs. For more information contact Victoria Chavez at or call 719-520-6884
Regarding Retaliation and Related Issues
The Commission's last guidance update on the subject of retaliation was issued in 1998. Since that time the Supreme Court and lower courts have issued numerous significant rulings regarding retaliation under employment discrimination laws.  The 30-day input period ends on February 24, 2016.
This publication provides technical assistance on testing accommodations for individuals with disabilities who take standardized exams and other high-stakes tests. It addresses the obligations of testing entities, which include private, state, or local government entities that offer exams related to applications, licensing, certification, or credentialing for secondary (high school), postsecondary (college and graduate school), professional (law, medicine, etc.), or trade (cosmetology, electrician, etc.) purposes. Who is entitled to testing accommodations, what types of testing accommodations must be provided, and what documentation may be required of the person requesting testing accommodations are also discussed.

Resources for College Students with Disabilities

Support, Advocacy and Assistive Technology to Facilitate the Transition to Higher Education 

Gogo and US Deaf Group Agree on Landmark Captioning Deal

Gogo – a growing provider of inflight entertainment thanks to its on-demand streaming service, Gogo Vision – is taking a laudable step towards accessibility with a closed captioning agreement with the US National Association of the Deaf (NAD).  The two parties note in a statement that “this is the first agreement of its kind with an inflight entertainment company, and is the result of the parties’ mutual intent to increase access for people who are deaf and hard of hearing to movies and television that are viewed in flight on US domestic flights. Passengers using their own personal wifi-enabled devices can access a Gogo Vision server located on aircraft of certain airlines that contain an extensive library of movies and television shows.”


New Publications: Rights of Job Applicants and Employees with HIV Infection

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued two documents addressing workplace rights for individuals with HIV infection under the ADA, including the right to be free from employment discrimination and harassment, and the right to reasonable accommodations in the workplace.


Living With HIV Infection: Your Legal Rights in the Workplace Under the ADA

Helping Patients with HIV Infection Who Need Accommodations at Work


These briefs summarize the research on topics that are important when thinking about supporting positive post-secondary education and employment outcomes for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.  The latest brief is “Individuals who are Late-Deafened:  Implications for Postsecondary Outcomes,” which addresses employment and workplace implications for individuals who are late-deafened.
Providing interpreting and speech-to-text services is a commonplace accommodation in settings where an audience is comprised of several individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing who rely on different communication modes (e.g., ASL, lip reading, etc.). This type of accommodation most often occurs at large magnet events such as conferences. Dual accommodation for an individual student in a postsecondary setting occurs less frequently, but is appropriate under certain circumstances. 

Missoula Marathon Settles Discrimination Case

Race organizers removed restrictions on hand cyclists and wheelchair athletes, reimbursed the plaintiff for his legal fees, and will undergo training on how to accommodate athletes with disabilities.

EEOC: Unlawful Standard Screened Out Individuals with Disabilities

EEOC charged that paper manufacturer P.H. Glatfelter required all individuals who applied for or worked in positions involving operation of forklifts or similar motorized industrial equipment to undergo a medical exam­ination and pass a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) physical qualification standard for the operation of commercial motor vehicles. Federal law does not require drivers of forklifts or similar equipment to pass the DOT standards for commercial motor vehicles, but the suit alleged that Glatfelter applied the DOT standards in a manner that screened out qualified individuals with disabilities.


EEOC further maintained that Glatfelter failed to conduct individualized assessments of applicants' and employees' ability to operate the equipment at issue or to determine whether a reasonable accommodation would enable them to do so. EEOC said that Glatfelter rescinded job offers to two qualified applicants with disabilities, in violation of the ADA.


Nursing Center Fails to Provide Pregnant Employee Accommodation 

NHC Healthcare/Clinton, LLC, a licensed nursing center that provides a wide array of skilled nursing, therapeutic and rehabilitative services, has agreed to pay $50,000 and provide substantial injunctive relief to settle a pregnancy and disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency has announced.   


Greyhound Settles Disability Charges

Greyhound Lines Inc. will pay at least $300,000 to passengers with disabilities to settle U.S.
Department of Justice charges that it repeatedly violated the ADA.  
Baltimore-based temporary labor agency Randstad, US, LP, will pay $50,000 and furnish significant equitable relief to settle a federal disability discrimination lawsuit, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced.
EEOC said that after April Cox applied with Randstad in Timonium, Md., for a vacant production laborer position at one of the staffing agency's clients, Randstad deemed her qualified to advance to the next part of the hiring process. EEOC charged that even though Cox repeatedly called back and informed the site manager that she did not have any medical restrictions from performing the laborer job, Randstad told Cox it would not hire her because she used methadone.  Such alleged conduct violates the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits disability discrimination. 
"While employers may conduct pre-employment drug tests for illegal drug use, medically prescribed methadone is a well-known and effective treatment for individuals recovering from drug addiction," EEOC Philadelphia District Director Spencer H. Lewis, Jr. said. "Thus, employers violate the ADA if they refuse to hire a qualified applicant based on fears or stereotypes about an applicant's disability or medically supervised drug rehabilitation." 
Webcasts begin at 2 pm Mountain and are 1 hour long. 
February 16, 2016. Current Events in Accommodation
Tune in and stay up-to-date on current events in job accommodation, including tough accommodation situations, tricky ADA issues, and technology challenges. JAN consultants provided practical tips for handling these and other job accommodation issues. Look for an overview of new JAN happenings, technology issues, ADA trends, and more!
March 8, 2016. Accommodating Employees with Learning Disabilities
Description: Learning Disabilities refer to a number of disorders which may affect the acquisition, organization, retention, understanding or use of verbal or nonverbal information.  These disorders may cause impairments in the mental processes involved in perceiving, thinking, remembering and / or learning. And because these disorders affect learning in individuals who otherwise demonstrate average and above average abilities essential for thinking and/or reasoning, employers often find it difficult to understand the limitations that aren’t clearly seen. Joins us for a better understanding of the limitations associated with learning disabilities and learn about effective accommodation options. Documentation of a learning disability will also be discussed.
Speakers: Melanie Whetzel, M.A., CBIS, Lead Consultant, and Kelsey Lewis, MSW, LGSW,  Consultant. 
April 12, 2016. Accommodations for Addressing Safety in the Workplace
Description: Individuals with certain conditions may experience limitations in the workplace that lead employers to have concerns about safety. According to the EEOC, an employer may require as a qualification standard that an individual not pose a "direct threat" to the health or safety of the individual or others, if this standard is applied to all applicants for a particular job. However, an employer still has an obligation to consider whether there is a reasonable accommodation, consistent with the requirements of other Federal laws, which would not exclude individuals who can perform jobs safely. This webcast will explore accommodations for addressing safety in the workplace. Various industries will be highlighted along with examples of situations where safety in the workplace was addressed through the provision of accommodations. 
Speakers: Elisabeth Simpson, M.S., Teresa Goddard, M.S., and Melanie Whetzel, M.A., CBIS, Senior Consultants, Job Accommodation Network. 
Date:   February 16, 2016
Time:  12-1:30pm ET
Title:   Home, Community or Travel: Rules for Service Animals are not the same
Service animals are defined and viewed differently under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Air Carriers Access Act (ACAA). Join us and learn how each of these laws provides protections for individuals with disabilities. Learn what businesses, governments, employers, airlines, and housing providers are or are not required to do. Become educated on permissible questions and/or permissible documentation a covered entity may ask or require from an individual with a disability. 
Peter Berg, Technical Assistance Coordinator, Great Lakes ADA Center
Livaughn Chapman, Jr. Chief, Aviation Civil Rights Compliance Branch Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Transportation
Anne Hammond, Transportation Industry Consultant, U.S. Department of Transportation
Amanda Motyka, Equal Opportunity Specialist, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
Continuing Education Recognition:  Certificate of Attendance
Registration:   Free via webinar platform, fee for telephone access
This session will offer Real-Time Captioning via the webinar platform
Questions should be directed to 877-232-1990 V/TTY or via email.
Sponsored by Peak Parent Center
February 25-26, 2016 
Renaissance Denver Hotel 
Denver, CO
The 2016 Conference on Inclusive Education: 30 Years of Discovering New Frontiers, is right around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited! Nearly all of the agenda topics and presenters are final, registrations have been coming in, and, if you haven’t already, we wanted to remind YOU to get registered before it sells out!
Tuesday, April 19, 12:00:00 MT 

Are emotional support animals permitted on airplanes? What type of ADA cases have been filed lately against public transportation systems? Are ride-sharing services covered by the ADA? Find out the answers to these questions—and more. 



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Event Date: 
06/19/2016 (All day) - 06/22/2016 (All day)
Event Location: 
Renaissance Denver Hotel
3801 Quebec St.
Denver, CO 80207
United States
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