Like many of you, I am always looking for resources to make life easier. I like Disability Hub and the Senior Linkage Line. I also draw on a wide range of websites for information and ideas. Our school days may be behind us, and we may not have been shoved into a locker in years. But we’re never too old to stop learning.
And we’re certainly never too old to stop learning what the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has to offer us.
One resource a friend recommends is AccessibilityOnline. It is a collaborative training program between the ADA National Network and the US Access Board. AccessibilityOnline offers a lot of great, free webinars you can watch from home.
The AccessibilityOnline Webinar Series is free. It offers real-time captioning in all sessions. Sessions are held monthly.
A variety of topics are offered, centering on accessibility to the built environment, information and communication technologies, and transportation.
The training is coordinated and hosted by the Great Lakes ADA Center, an organization we’re very familiar with in the Upper Midwest.
The Great Lakes organization prepares webinars on behalf of the ADA National Network. They’re a mechanism to provide accurate and quality training on the Architectural Barriers Act and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA/ABA) Accessibility Guidelines and on electronic and information technology accessibility standards (Section 508).
The ADA National Network provides a comprehensive set of services for up-to-date information, consultation, referrals, resources, and training on the ADA for businesses, employers, governmental entities, service providers and individuals with disabilities.
Human generated captioning and video Sign Language Interpreter are available for each session. Participation in the program is via the Zoom webinar platform or via telephone. The sessions are typically 90 minutes in length.
You’ll need to set up an account to take part in the sessions. It’s easy to do. Registered account holders can send in questions. Check to see if a webinar can be used for professional continuing education.
In February one webinar covered accessible retail and restaurant spaces. This of course was a huge issue in Minnesota not too many years ago when an attorney was suing various businesses over access and using the access needs for personal gain.
Sessions coming up cover legal, assistive technology, Section 508 best practices, arts-n-rec, ask an ADA pro and audio conferences. One interesting session looks to be on the intersection of women and disability.
Check out this resource at https://www.accessibilityonline.org/ao/ I plan to do so soon.
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