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Rocky Mountain Access August 2017

Rocky Mountain Access

August 2017

The Rocky Mountain Access is a free monthly online newsletter with current accessibility information for the Rocky Mountain region that includes Wyoming, Utah, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Colorado. Subscription also includes timely updates throughout the month.

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Senate Passes Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017

The Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 would make certain types of hearing aids available over the counter to adults with mild to moderate hearing loss. In addition, the proposed legislation would require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate this new category of OTC hearing aids to ensure they meet the same high standards for safety, consumer labeling and manufacturing protection that all other medical devices must meet. This will give consumers the option to purchase a safe, high-quality FDA-regulated device at lower cost.



New IDEA Website is Up and Running

Last month, OSEP released the brand new Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) website! New and improved features include a clean and modern design, improved search capabilities, and enhanced accessibility features.


Are Vending Machines Places Of Public Accommodation?

Lexology ~ The Supreme Court recently asked the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to weigh in on whether vending machines are places of public accommodation covered by Title III of the ADA. The Court’s request related to a pending Petition for Certiorari filed by a blind plaintiff who unsuccessfully sued Coca-Cola for allegedly owning and/or operating vending machines that are not independently usable by the blind.




Latest JAN ENews

ENews topics include:

1. Can “Non-traditional” Health Care Providers Provide Medical Documentation?
2. Service Dog Breed Exclusions and the ADA
3. Postpartum Depression
4. Suicidal Ideation in the Workplace
5. What Does Reasonable Mean?  A Deconstructive Series for ADA Terminology


EEOC Newsroom 

Welcome to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC’s) Virtual Newsroom, which offers a wide range of information and materials on the Commission’s history and functions, including recent employment lawsuits and settlement agreements.



New From the Department of Justice

* Aurora Health Care Settlement Agreement

* Family YMCA of Greater Augusta Settlement Agreement

* West Point Tours, Inc. Settlement Agreement

* Doctors’ Hospital at Renaissance, Ltd. Settlement Agreement 


Rocky Mountain ADA Center Partners with Make A Hero Film Productions

The Rocky Mountain ADA Center, a member of the ADA National Network is pleased to announce a partnership with Make a Hero, a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to creating inspirational sports films featuring people with disabilities.

This first of its kind relationship provides the Rocky Mountain ADA Center and the ADA National Network with unprecedented access to a vast audience of Americans. By working in partnership with Make a Hero, the ADA will be able to further empower this audience with information on the laws protecting the rights of the country’s largest minority group – the 60 million Americans living with disabilities. Make a Hero films are produced by Kurt Miller, son of famed filmmaker Warren Miller. “The Movement,” narrated by Robert Redford and Warren Miller, tells the story of five individuals with disabilities who have faced various obstacles, yet developed an incredible will to overcome their obstacles through adaptive sports.


Seeking Children with Autism 5-18 for Beta Testing

Goally is developing a “smart clock” to enhance your child’s ability to perform routine activities of daily living independently.  Goally is a stress-reducer for busy parents and a way of helping children develop a sense of mastery and control.

They are currently seeking beta testers to test a prototype Goally for 2 weeks (zero cost) and provide feedback.  Beta volunteers should:

• Have a child with autism between the ages of 5 and 18

• Be willing to provide feedback by phone and via the app during the test period



Parents of Children with Autism

You are invited to participate in a new survey to understand the connections between autism, stress, and health.  Data collected from this survey will be used for an NSF-funded dissertation project at the University of Colorado that will be published in the scientific literature.  This project has been reviewed by the Colorado Multiple Institutional Review Board (CoMIRB) and deemed “exempt,” protocol number 16-0674.


The first 400 participants to complete this survey will receive a $20 gift card.  All participants will also be entered into a lottery to win one of three $200 gift cards.  The survey should take approximately half an hour to complete.  All responses will remain confidential and no identifying information will be used in published reports.


Please consider participating if you meet the following criteria:

1) You are the parent or legal guardian of a child diagnosed with autism.

2) Your child with autism is between the ages of 6 and 17.


To participate in this survey, click on this link.  If you have any questions, please contact Bethany Rigles.


The Human Trisome Project


The largest and most comprehensive study of its kind, The Human Trisome Project will help us understand why individuals with Down syndrome (trisomy 21) are protected from some medical conditions, such as cancer, while highly predisposed to others, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

This research will serve first and foremost the population with Down syndrome, but also the millions of individuals without Down syndrome who are affected by the many medical conditions modulated by trisomy 21.

We are currently enrolling anyone 6 months to 89 years old who: 1) has Down syndrome (any type) 2) has a family member with Down syndrome 3) is a healthy individual without Down syndrome. Click here to view The Human Trisome Project Biobank flyer for more information. Interested? Contact us at 303-724-7366 and



Looking for Research Participants Who Have Lived in Nursing Homes

The University of Illinois at Chicago is conducting a study with people with disabilities to identify and address participation disparities among people with disabilities.  Currently, we are collaborating with six Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Centers across the nation to learn about participation disparities experienced by people with disabilities who moved out of nursing homes.


We are looking for people with disabilities to help us with the study. Participants will be asked to be part of one 90-minute interview to talk about their experience with living in the community after transitioning out of institutions.

If you are interested in participating in the study, please contact the Rocky Mountain ADA Center at 719-444-0268. Please mention that you are interested in the “Olmstead Study.” 


In order to participate, you must meet the following criteria:

• Have a disability as defined by the ADA

• Have lived in an institution (e.g., public nursing home, institution for mental disease, intermediate care facility, or large group home)

• Age 18-65 currently or at the time of moving out of an institution

• Currently close to moving out of an institution OR have transitioned out of an institution within past the 5 years


All participants will receive a $25 gift card for completing the interview.

Principal Investigator: Joy Hammel, PhD, OTR/L


Transportation Access and Experiences Survey

You are invited to participate in a national survey titled Transportation Access and Experiences, which is designed to improve understanding of accessibility of public transportation for people with disabilities. This survey is being conducted by the ADA Participation Action Research Consortium (ADA-PARC), a collaborative research project of ADA Regional Centers (PIs: Lex Frieden and Joy Hammel). This project focuses on community living, community participation & work/economic participation disparities of people with disabilities.  We would like to improve our understanding on transportation access of people with disabilities and use this information to make improvements at regional and national levels.


We are very interested in receiving as many responses as possible from people with disabilities based on their personal experiences with public transportation. The results will serve as crucial evidence to support improvements to accessible transportation.  Please use the link below to access and complete the survey. The online survey can be completed in English or Spanish. This is the second round of data collection for this survey, so if you have already completed it, please do not complete the survey again.


If you would like to complete the survey by phone in English, please contact the research team at 312-996-9655. If you would like to complete the survey by phone in Spanish, please contact Ancel Montenelli at 312-413-1439. Please mention that you are calling about the ADA transportation survey.


If you have any questions or comments regarding this survey, please contact Jill Bezyak from the Rocky Mountain ADA Center at

Jill Bezyak, PhD, CRC, Licensed Psychologist

Associate Professor

Rehabilitation Counseling and Sciences

University of Northern Colorado



The ADA Coordinator Training Certification Program (ACTCP)

A unique program designed to meet the training and professional needs of ADA Coordinators.  ACTCP certification verifies that participants have completed training in required content areas and have a depth of knowledge in ADA issues. Upon completion of the program, ACTCP certifies a knowledge-base essential to performing the role of an ADA Coordinator, including:


Establishing and overseeing grievance procedures.
Conducting self-evaluation plans.
Implementation of transition plans.
Monitoring on-going progress.
Communicating policy.
Coordinating activities among departments.
Identifying and utilizing appropriate resources.
Knowledge of ADA regulations and guidelines.
Effective use of resources.



The ADA Coordinator Training Certification Program is offered through the University of Missouri – College of Human and Environmental Sciences, School of Architectural Studies and the Great Plains ADA Center.


Upcoming Coordinator Training: 

10/2/2017 » 10/3/2017
Fall ADA Coordinator Conference in Kansas City, MO



Service Animals and the ADA

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Service Animals and the ADA is an interactive presentation by the Rocky Mountain ADA Center’s own  Maggie Sims. During the presentation, Maggie 

will guide participants to understand who has rights and  who has responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act. 


The course is a stand-alone session with no testing or handouts, and can be taken in aproximately 45 minutes.  Also, participants can conveniently exit the course any time and come back later if needed.


As with all of the Rocky Mountain’s online courses, upon completion, participants earn a badge – a fun way to show that they have taken and completed a course!


On the ADA Center’s website (, click on the Training link at the top of the page.  Scroll down to the “Free Online Classes” link, where you will need to either log in or set up a new account to begin.



Online Courses

More than 59 million Americans have some kind of disability, yet many people are unaware of proper etiquette when it comes to interacting with the disabled community, which happens to be the largest minority group in the country. The Rocky Mountain ADA Center offers free online courses on a variety of subjects.


Job Accommodation Network

August 8, 2017 – Best Practices

Description: Forthcoming
Speakers: Lou Orslene, MPIA, MSW, and Anne Hirsh, M.S., JAN Co-Directors.



Upcoming Trainings and Workshops

Hearing Loss in the Workplace – Rights and Obligations August 9, 2017 12:00pm

Webinar: Reasonable Accommodation: A Focus on Small Employers August 11, 2017 11:00am

Reasonable Accommodations in Colleges and Universities August 23, 2017 12:00pm

AccessibilityOnline Webinar: Open Q & A September 7, 2017 12:30pm


“Got Transition?” Webinar Series:  FREE For Youth, Families & Educators

A three-part webinar series focused on successful transitions!


Assistive Technology Tools for Transition and Beyond, Presented by Therese Willkomm

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
12:00-1:00 pm MDT

Tools to help assure success in college, careers, and employment.


Person-Centered Transition Planning, Presented by Beth Gallagher
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
12:00-1:00 pm MDT

Strategies for assuring that transition planning is authentically centered on the student.


Starting the School Year off Right, Presented by PEAK Parent Center
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
12:00-1:00 pm MDT
Tips for successful transitions: from preschool to elementary, to middle school, to high school, and beyond!


Space is limited! Register online for each webinar you wish to attend and receive information about accessing each webinar. Registration also gives you access to the webinar recordings!



Open Q & A

Thursday, September 7, 2017

12:30 PM Mountain Time Zone

This is a regular session in our webinar series that provides an opportunity to ask questions on any topic related to the Board’s work and activities. Questions are welcome on the Board’s accessibility requirements and rulemaking activities, including the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards, new standards being developed for medical diagnostic equipment, and other topics related to the Board’s work. Accessibility specialists will answer questions submitted in advance during the first half of the session, leaving time in the second half to answer questions in the live session.


Creating Inclusive Higher Education Work Environments for People with Mental Health Disabilities

September 14, 2017 11:00pm to 12:00pm Mountain Time
Presented by Employer Assistance and Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN)

In higher education, as in all industries, workplace policies and practices that support employment success for people with mental health conditions are also sound management practices that benefit all workers and employers. Many of the same supports that help people with mental health disabilities thrive at work-such as employee assistance programs (EAPs), health coverage, flexible work arrangements and reasonable accommodations-are common sense strategies that help employees in a college or university environment succeed.



Reasonable Accommodation Update

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

12:00 PM Mountain Time Zone

Providing reasonable accommodations so that employees with disabilities can perform the essential functions of the job is one of the cornerstones of the ADA. However, the process for obtaining and providing reasonable accommodations can be confusing for employees and employers. This session will review the latest reasonable accommodation court decisions so that all stakeholders can better understand their rights and responsibilities.


Revised Section 508 Chapter 5 Software (including Mobile)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

11:00 PM Mountain Time Zone

The revised Section 508 Standards and Section 255 Guidelines have significantly changed the way software is addressed in the existing Section 508 standards and Section 255 Guidelines (1998-2000). The incorporation by reference of WCAG 2.0 and the use of software on mobile devices such as phones and tablets are examples of these changes. Join us for this advanced session where the presenters will discuss the provisions of Chapter 5 Software. This will include a discussion of how the provisions of Chapter 5 apply to software that is integral to the use of telecommunications functions of a phone covered by the Section 255 Guidelines. They will address interoperability with assistive technology, applications and authoring tools, and explain how the WCAG 2.0 Level A and AA Success Criteria are used in this chapter.


The presenters in this session will discuss best practices, helpful tips, and will provide real-life examples to ensure that your agency is successfully engaging with all its stakeholders including those with disabilities.



Make plans to attend the 2018

National ADA Symposium!

June 17 – 20, 2018

Pittsburgh, PA

 Wyndham Grand Hotel



About the Rocky Mountain ADA Center…

The Rocky Mountain ADA Center is owned and operated by Meeting the Challenge, Inc., and is supported by grant #90DP0094-01-00 from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research.  NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  The Rocky Mountain ADA Center is a part of the ADA National Network which consists of 10 regional centers and an ADA Knowledge Translation Center.


Rocky Mountain ADA Center / MTC Staff… 

Robert H. Gattis – MTC Founding Partner

Randy Dipner – MTC Founding Partner

Kent Kelley – MTC President, Interim ADA Center Project Director

Ken Heldt – Director of Operations

Brandi Abeyta – Media and Administrative Coordinator

Geoff Ames – Project Manager

Jesse Fackelman – Project Consultant

Nick Kelley – Project Consultant

Ryan Kelley – Senior Project Consultant

Zach Kelley – Project Consultant

Chris Murphy – ADA Specialist in Training

Chris Phelps – Project Consultant

Maggie Sims – Editor; ADA Center Project Manager

Paul K. Simmons – ADA Information Specialist

Glenn Staton – Senior Project Consultant

Joyce Wells – Accountant

Philip Williams – Senior Project Consultant


The information provided in this publication is intended solely as informal guidance, and is neither a determination of your legal rights or responsibilities, nor binding on any agency with enforcement responsibility.  The contents of this electronic newsletter do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.The Rocky Mountain ADA Center is not responsible for other web sites that are referred to in the enewsletter.

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