The ADA Report-August, 2019

ADA Coordinator Conference

October 14-15 Charlotte, North Carolina
Register Today

Fall trees in front of Charlotte cityscape.

This 2 day event will be held at the Embassy Suites Charlotte-Concord Golf Resort and Spa. The conference will offer a variety of sessions and feature speakers from the U.S Access Board, the National Network of ADA Centers, and other nationally recognized ADA experts. Registration is open to the public.

Members of the ADA Coordinator Training Certification Program will have an opportunity to obtain both foundation and elective level credits towards their program completion. In addition, members and non-members alike may participate in our newest program, the Title III Business Certificate.
Sponsored by the Great Plains and Southeast ADA Centers.

Featured Video: Navigating Health Care with a Disability

Learn how health care organizations and providers can improve accessibility and care for people with disabilities. To review more details, review Modernizing Health Care to Improve Physical Accessibility: Resources Inventory, a summary of resources and tools for health care professionals to reduce barriers and provide access to high quality care for people with disabilities. 


Employers Walk Fine Line with Opioid-Addicted Workers

-Bloomberg Law, Aug 2, 2019

Workers suffering from addiction are protected under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, unless they’re currently using drugs illegally—a legal wrinkle that creates uncertainty for employers and employees in the midst of a national opioid epidemic.

ChenMed, LLC and PMR Virginia Holding, LLC. Pays $200,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit-

-EEOC Press Release, July 30, 2019

Medical Center managing companies fired Market Sales Manager following cancer diagnosis, federal agency charged.

"Employees who have cancer or have cancer in remission, are covered by the ADA's prohibition on disability discrimination," said Kara Haden, supervisory trial attorney with the EEOC's Charlotte District Office. "This case highlights the ADA offers protection to employees during all stages of a disability and to those employees who complain about disability discrimination."

Use of Artificial Intelligence to Facilitate Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities.

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) published this policy brief, which provides a roadmap to help businesses plan their use of artificial intelligence in ways that create opportunities, rather than barriers, for workers with disabilities.


New Resource from the ADA National Network!
 Service Animal Resource Hub

The ADA National Network website now features a resource hub providing information and resources related to service animals. Resources are divided into different sections addressing specific topics for ease of use. These sections include topics such as traveling with a service animal, service animals in the workplace, the difference between service animas and emotional support animals, and service animal misconceptions. All information provided is specific to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other federal laws. A link to a comprehensive state-state-guide is also provided.

An alternative to fact sheets: Great Plains ADA Center launches its first information slideshow!

Our first presentation is "Service Animals a Quick Guide for Business".

Golden retriever service dog wearing vest.The slideshow provides a basic, overview of the topic similar to a fact sheet, but presents the information in a presentation format with images. The information slideshow can also be viewed on a large screen as well as a laptop or tablet. This feature allows the slideshow to be used for staff development or during organization meetings to augment a longer presentation.

More information slide shows will be added each month!


New Resources Focus on Access to Health Care Getting the Care You Need: A Guide for People with Disabilities


 Regional News

Small Town-Creative Solution-Big Impact

DeSoto Kansas works with the Great Plains ADA Center on Public/Private Accessibility Development to Find a Workable Solution to an Accessibility Challenge.  Our staff provide solution-oriented technical assistance to communities across our region.  We've highlighted one of these projects in a series of photo/slides on our website.  The building in question housed both city services and a private fitness center.How to solve the access dilemma in this building that housed both Title II and III entities? Ray Petty, Technical Assistance Consultant for the Great Plains ADA Center and the City of DeSoto worked together to find an accessible and affordable solution to this particular challenge.   Go to Slides.

Great Plains ADA Center Expands Research Project Across Missouri

Starting back in 2015, the University of Missouri (MU) Great Plains ADA Center began conducting a study entitled The Status of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in Local Governments.To date we have directed the research with approximately 1,100 City and 150 County governments across Nebraska and Kansas. We are now poised to launch this online study in Missouri in 2019.

The goal of the research is to assist Missourians with disabilities by understanding the local governments serving them. Learn more!

Court rules that Fox Theatre must provide captioning services.

-St. Louis Business Journal, Aug 8, 2019

The owner of the Fox Theatre must provide closed-captioning on demand at its performances, an appeals court ruled Wednesday.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri previously ruled with the plaintiffs in a suit challenging the Fox's policy of designating one performance, on Saturday afternoons, as having closed-captioning available.

Upcoming Trainings

Twitter Chat on Post-Secondary Education and the ADA
August 29th  12:00PM-1:00PM
You don't need a twitter account to follow the chat.  Just follow Twitter @ADANational or #ADANetworkChat

ADA Live! Emerging Transportation Options and the ADA
Wednesday, September 4, 2019    1pm-1:30pm
Free and no registration required.

Evaluating & Managing Accessibility in 3rd Party Web Content
Thursday, September 19, 2019 2pm-3:30pm

Sponsors:Region 4 - Southeast ADA Center, Region 5 - Great Lakes ADA Center, Region 9- Pacific ADA Center, ADA National Network.

The Fair Housing Act and Persons with Disabilities
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019
1:00pm Central Time Zone

ADA Audio Series-Great Lakes ADA Center

informative session as Amanda Motyka from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will discuss protections under the FHA for persons with disabilities. What are reasonable accommodations and modifications under the law. Join us to get answers to these questions. There will be time for participants to ask questions of the speaker

"Drawing the Line: What's Working the Accessible Design Industry"
October 11, 2019
Oklahoma City Training Center, Oklahoma City

Registration Required

Description: This advanced architectural program examines key accessibility concepts of the 2010 DOJ Standards for Accessible Design and the 2017 International Code Council/A117.1 in an innovative format oriented toward practical solutions. We apply accessible design perceptions using real world examples, examining what’s required; what’s changing; what’s harmonized; what works; and what does not work for people with disabilities, contractors, designers. The course delves into the shifting perceptions and applications of accessibility and mobility devices in society in the new ICC/A117.1 Throughout the full day program, we examine interpretations and clarifications from the US Access Board, Dept. of Justice and other experts.  Speaker:  Richard Sternadori

-Sponsored by the Oklahoma City Mayor's Committee on Disability Concerns, Southwest ADA Center and Great Plains ADA Center