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

August 11, 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 -- ADA and Alternative Dispute Resolution/Mediation
Tuesday, Aug. 16. 2-3:30 p.m. Young Hall, Room 1057.
Since 1994, the Department of Justice’s innovative ADA Mediation Program has proven an effective way for complainants and respondents to work together with the assistance of neutral mediators to resolve complaints. This session will explore the mediation program in depth, including how the process works, how to get the most out of it, the principles of mediation, and quality assurance. Join this session to learn more about how this voluntary, confidential, and informal process plays an important role in achieving compliance with the ADA.
Accessible Technology Webinar -- Introduction to Mobile Computing
Tuesday, Sept. 13. 2-3:30 p.m. Young Hall, Room 1057.
This session is an introduction to the value of mobile computing for people with disabilities. It will include popular devices such as iPad and the netbook and discuss accessibility features of importance. Case studies and practical examples will be given.
ADA Audio Conference -- Marketing for Accessibility: Tips and Tools for the Hospitality Industry
Tuesday, Sept. 20. 2-3:30 p.m. Young Hall, Room 1057.
This audio conference will discuss tools needed to help hotels access their accessible features, and then take advantage of their efforts to identify and remove barriers by promoting themselves to travelers with disabilities and the "boomers" generation. Discussion points will include but not be limited to ways for determining the usability of workout rooms, swimming pools, and recreation elements within a hotel, and using a checklist designed specifically for the hospitality industry to market the accessible features to the boomer generation and the community of people with disabilities. Discussion will include how to use practical inviting ways respectful of the culture of people with disabilities and older travelers.
Legal Issues Webinar -- The Litigation Landscape After the ADAAA
Wednesday, Sept. 21. 2-3:30 p.m. Young Hall, Room 1057.
The ADA Amendments Act was passed in September 2008, but it takes some time for related cases to work themselves into the courts and influence the way that the courts interpret the ADA. This session will review cases interpreting the definition of disability under the ADA Amendments Act, and also discuss emerging ADA legal issues in the wake of fewer cases being dismissed for failing to meet the definition of disability. What are the courts now saying about requirements for being qualified or for proving undue hardship or direct threat? Attend this webinar to find out answers to these and more questions.
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.