Sessions to focus on Americans with Disabilities Act, ADA Amendments Act

June 9, 2011

The Office of Institutional Equity at Purdue will offer several sessions from the 2010-11 ADA Audio Conference, Legal Issues Webinar, and Accessible Technology Webinar series presented by the Great Lakes ADA Center.
These sessions are designed to offer advanced information on the Americans with Disabilities Act and the ADA Amendments Act as building blocks to an individual's existing foundation of basic ADA knowledge. The real-time captioned subject-specific sessions are 90 minutes long with interactive opportunity for questions and answers.
Registration is provided through the links on the session titles below.

For those interested in participating in the 2010-11 Legal Issues Webinar Series and the 2010-11 Accessible Technology Webinar Series from their computer, Great Lakes is offering both series free of charge to those who register. For more information, go to
ADA Audio Conference -- Reasonable Accommodation 
Tuesday, June 21-- 2-3:30 p.m. Young Hall, Room 1057.
The provision of reasonable accommodations to job seekers and employees with disabilities has been viewed as an essential component of hiring and retention; however, the literature on reasonable accommodations indicates reluctance on the part of job seekers and employees with disabilities to request reasonable accommodations and resistance by employers to provide them. This session summarizes research findings from multiple studies that the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center conducted related to factors influencing the request and provision of reasonable accommodations from the perspective of employees and employers. The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center will suggest specific strategies and recommendations that employees, employers, disability advocates and others can use to improve the process and resolution of reasonable accommodation requests during this session. Great Lakes is offering Certified Rehabilitation Counselors continuing education units (CRC-CEUs) for professional development for this session.    
Accessible Technology Webinar -- How to Create Accessible Video 
Tuesday, July 12 -- 2-3:30 p.m. Young Hall, Room 1057
Video has become a common means of sharing information about everyday activities and events. Yet this technology remains largely inaccessible to people with sensory impairments. There are tools available to facilitate the creation of accessible video content, but the availability and use of these tools is not widely known and/or understood. This session will review the key features of accessible video and other media and make the business case for incorporating them into the workplace websites, YouTube channel and training programs.    
ADA Audio Conference -- ADA Federal Update: 21st Anniversary of the ADA 
Tuesday, July 19-- 2-3:30 p.m. Young Hall, Room 1057.
During this audio conference, representatives from several federal agencies will present an update on their litigation, technical assistance and enforcement efforts over the past year. This year has held a lot of “new” focus on the ADA with the release of the final regulations for the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 and implementation of the revised Title II and III Regulations. Participants will have an opportunity to pose questions to the presenters regarding issues in their own workplace or community. Great Lakes is offering Certified Rehabilitation Counselors continuing education units (CRC-CEUs) for professional development for this session.
Legal Issues Webinar -- Drugs, Alcohol and Conduct Rules Under the ADA (Includes Legal Brief)  Wednesday, July 20 -- 2-3:30 p.m. Young Hall, Room 1057
Employers and employees frequently express confusion about how the ADA interfaces with issues involving drugs, alcohol and related conduct rules. When are drug testing or fitness-for-duty examinations permissible? Can an employer request medical substantiation of rehabilitation? This webinar will review how these and other issues are addressed in the text of the ADA, federal regulations and guidance, and case decisions across the country.

Great Lakes is offering University of Illinois continuing education units (UIC-CEUs) for professional development for all the sessions above. A certificate of attendance is also available for each session.
Purdue is committed to making all programs accessible to participants with disabilities. To request an accommodation or special assistance due to a disability for a program, contact the Office of Institutional Equity before the program begins at 49-47253, 49-61343 (TTY) or All sessions are free and open to the public.