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Virtual ADA Conference for State and Local Governments 

Tuesday, June 8th, 2021: 10 am - 2:30 pm, and
Wednesday, June 9th, 2021: 10 am - 3:35 pm 
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VIRTUAL ADA CONFERENCE

Zoom Web Event

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This is a FREE Virtual Conference. There are a limited number of registrations. The conference registration will close when all available spaces are filled.

The Virtual ADA Conference will be held via the ZOOM Web Meeting Platform.
 

Questions and/or accommodation requests should be directed to the
State ADA Coordinator's Office at:
404-657-7313 (voice)
404-657-9993 (TTY)
Group.GeorgiaADA@gsfic.ga.gov (email)
Event Details:
Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act calls on State and Local governments to ensure that qualified individuals with physical and mental disabilities are afforded equal access to participate in those programs, services, and activities offered by state and local governments.

Successful ADA coordination and implementation requires a strong commitment from government leaders to ensure that our programs, services, and activities are readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. This commitment involves ensuring that those officials responsible for ADA compliance possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to be successful in their duties.

For this purpose, the State ADA Coordinator's Office is hosting a two-day ADA Conference: "The Virtual ADA Conference for State and Local Governments."

Presenters from the United States Access Board, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), State of Georgia, and local county government entities will provide the latest information on the ADA regulations, accessibility standards, implementation strategies, and best practices for State and local governments, acknowledging the challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Who should attend?:
This conference is intended for State and local government agency ADA Coordinators, program officials, facility administrators, human resources professionals, and other individuals with ADA compliance responsibilities under Title I and/or Title II. Our goal is to make sure participants get useful information that is applicable to their work, and the session schedule is designed to meet the needs of attendees from these varied occupations and backgrounds.
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SESSION DESCRIPTIONS ARE LISTED BELOW
WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS

Tuesday, June 8th, 2021
9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Scheduled Speaker:

Stacey Valrie Peace, Esq.
State ADA Coordinator
State ADA Coordinator’s Office
 Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission

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ADA TITLE II SESSION

Tuesday, June 8th, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Maintaining Equal Access During a Pandemic: Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and the ADA

Scheduled Presenters:

 Talley Wells, Esq.
 Executive Director
North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD)
-and-
Cheryl Ann Frazier, MPA/CPM 
Assistant State ADA Coordinator
State ADA Coordinator’s Office
 Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission

Session Description:  
The COVID-19 pandemic presents unique challenges regarding the physical and mental health of many throughout our State and the world. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that 1 in 5 adults in America experiences mental illness. NAMI also shares that experts are reporting increased rates of mental health problems amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires State and Local Governments to provide equal access to their programs, services, and activities at all times, even during a pandemic.
 
In this session, we will discuss how ADA Title II entities can best continue to offer equal access to individuals with Mental Health challenges and developmental disabilities at each touchpoint of service in your agencies and organizations. We will explore some findings of the Olmstead v. L.C. decision as we reiterate the importance of providing accessible services to the public. We will outline what works as we navigate our “new world” during and after COVID-19.
 
Additionally, we will offer attendees some personal tools to help them thrive as they serve others during these far-reaching difficult times.

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FACILITIES SESSION

Tuesday, June 8th, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design and Georgia’s Legal Enforcement for the Built Environment
 

Scheduled Presenters:

Bill Botten
Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator and Senior Accessibility Specialist
Office of Technical and Information Services
U. S. Access Board
-and -
Steven R. Jones, B. Arch./AIA 
Senior ADA Architect
State ADA Coordinator’s Office
 Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission


Session Description: As State and local governments begin to fully open following the COVID-19 pandemic, it is befitting for us to review the 2010 ADA regulations and design standards, as well as the uniqueness of Georgia’s legal enforcement to ensure accessibility in the built environment.

During this session, the presenters will offer a comprehensive overview of several construction compliance requirements in the standards. We will explore how the Georgia code is symbiotic and sometimes semi-independent of the 2010 standards. Understanding the minimum accessibility requirements that apply federally and from the state will ensure Georgia’s built environment be as accessible as possible.

The attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions of the U. S. Access Board’s Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator and the Senior ADA Architect for the State ADA Coordinator’s Office in Georgia.
 

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ACCESSIBLE INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY SESSION

Wednesday, June 9th, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Website Accessibility Tips During a Pandemic

Scheduled Presenters: 

Johan Rempel
UX/ICT Quality Assurance Manager, UXC, CPACC
Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation (CIDI)
Georgia Institute of Technology
-and-
Rayianna Daniels
CPACC, Assistive Technology
Support Specialist
Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation (CIDI)
Georgia Institute of Technology
 

Session Description:  The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a change in how we deliver services and communicate with others daily.
 
As a result, we have learned that most services and communication can be accomplished through virtual platforms, email correspondence, online forms, applications, and websites. To ensure that all persons can access these essential services and resources, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and in accordance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), State and local governments are encouraged to take an inventory of their digital content and other communication touchpoints to create and maintain equal access for everyone.
 
During this session, our expert presenters from the Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation (CIDI) at the Georgia Institute of Technology will guide you through the accessibility features available within the Zoom and Microsoft Teams communication platforms. Additional resources will also be provided on creating and maintaining the accessibility of client and customer-facing websites and applications.


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ADA TITLE I SESSION

Wednesday, June 9th, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

ADA Title I: The Intersection of COVID-19 and the ADA

Scheduled Presenters: 

Jeanne Goldberg
Senior Attorney Advisor, Office of Legal Counsel
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
 Washington, D.C. Headquarters
-and-
Stephen W. Moody
Occupational Compliance Administrator
Dekalb County Human Resources

Session Description: The COVID-19 pandemic remains a Public Health concern after fifteen (15) months since the first announcement of its presence in the United States. The pandemic has impacted the way we do business in the workplace. Mask mandates, teleworking options, temperature checks, and how we engage the public are evolving daily.

Although the way we conduct business has shifted, the basic employment practices and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) remain intact. State and local governments are still required to ensure equal access to applicants and employees during the employment life cycle, including recruitment, onboarding, development, retention, and separation. Now, agencies and organizations must consider vaccination policies, reasonable accommodations related to COVID-19, possible changes or alterations to current or previous guidance or policies shared with employees, and monitor the expert direction of public health officials for ongoing updates.

During this session, the presenters will provide an overview of the ADA Title I mandates and offer direction regarding reasonable accommodations, policy composition regarding vaccinations, and resources to assist Human Resource professionals through the employment process during a pandemic. The attendees will be able to ask engaging questions of the Senior Attorney Advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. EEOC, the enforcement agency, and an Occupational Compliance Administrator who addresses employment matters in Georgia.

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CLOSING SESSION

Wednesday, June 9th, 2021
2:35 PM - 3:35 PM

ASK THE EXPERTS!

Scheduled Panelists:

Jeanne Goldberg
Senior Attorney Advisor, Office of Legal Counsel
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
 Washington, D.C. Headquarters
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William D. Goren, Esq.
 of William D. Goren, J.D., LL.M. LLC
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Jonathan Paul Harris, JD
Deputy Director
Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity - Office of the Governor
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Steven R. Jones, B. Arch./AIA 

Senior ADA Architect
State ADA Coordinator’s Office
Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission
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Carolyn P. Phillips, M.Ed., CPACC
Co-Director, Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation (CIDI),
and Director, Tools for Life and the National Pass It On Center
-and-
Talley Wells, Esq.
 Executive Director
North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD)

Moderator:
Stacey Valrie Peace, Esq.
State ADA Coordinator
State ADA Coordinator’s Office 
Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission
 
Session Description: The State ADA Coordinator's Office's team has gathered experts from Georgia, North Carolina, and Washington D. C. to answer your questions regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the areas of Title I (Employment) and Title II (State and Local Governments) regarding equal access to programs, services, and activities. This live question and answer session will allow attendees to ask specific questions to a panel of experts regarding the ADA as it relates to workplace policies, facility access, information and communication technology, and customer service. You do not want to miss this engagement! This session will provide an excellent opportunity to receive guidance from knowledgeable professionals.
 
Please be sure to include your questions for our expert panelists in your registration form or email your questions to our office at Group.GeorgiaADA@gsfic.ga.gov

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