ADA Training

Free Online Training

Our online classes are now available to the public at no cost. New classes are added regularly.

Current classes include:

  • Service Animals and the ADA: This course defines service animals and the rights and responsibilities of service animal handlers under the ADA, as well as the differences between service animals, emotional support animals, and therapy animals.
  • Title I Overview: This course covers employer responsibilities and provides guidance for reasonable accommodations, effective communication, essential job functions, and service animals. In addition, we will discuss documentation of disability, safety concerns, and non-discriminatory hiring practices.
  • Title II Overview: The purpose and spirit of Title II, along with detailed information for compliance on Title II entities, will be discussed in this course. Clarification of terms such as ‘undue burden’, ‘direct threat’, and ‘significant risk’ will also be discussed.
  • Title III Overview: The purpose and spirit of Title III, along with detailed information of compliance on Title III entities, will be discussed in this course. Clarification of such terms as ‘reasonable accommodations’, and ‘undue burden’ will be discussed, along with a focus on reasonable modifications for policies and procedures.
  • Disability Awareness and Etiquette: A two-part online course focused on disability awareness and etiquette designed to help everyone understand the magnitude of the disability community, provide a better understanding of proper language to use when addressing people with disabilities, and address etiquette considerations.
  • Accessible Voting Places: This course provides an overview of many of the laws covering accessible voting, common barriers to voting, and physical requirements for accessible voting places. In addition, this training offers effective solutions that can be used to make polling place accessible on voting day. Election officials and voters alike will benefit from an understanding of this information.

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Customized Training

The Rocky Mountain ADA Center is pleased to provide training on a wide variety of topics related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Our talented staff is well educated in all areas of the ADA. We offer engaging, interactive training and presentations to groups of any size.

In addition to the training listed, our staff will work with you to develop customized training specific to your organizational training needs.

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One of our knowledgeable staff members will contact you to further discuss options that are right for you.

Available Courses:

ADA History & Overview

Participants will review the essential elements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, learn about the ADA National Network, and journey through the history of the ADA.  In addition, ADA Overview will break down the structure of the law by title and review agencies responsible for enforcement of the ADA.

Learning Objectives: Summarize the history of Civil Rights Laws and the ADA in the United States.  Recognize the five titles of the ADA and its’ enforcement agencies. Define disability. Examine rights and responsibilities.

Length: 120 Minutes

Training Level: Basic

Disability Etiquette

This course is designed to build awareness of appropriate disability etiquette and show how proper etiquette can remove barriers for those that are disabled.

Learning Objectives: Create an individualized identity map.  Discuss etiquette and best practices for interacting with and supporting people with disabilities.

Length: 60 Minutes

Training Level: Basic

Service Animals

The topic of service animals is often a difficult subject for many.  This course will define service animals under the ADA, provide guidelines for front line employees, and provide recommendations for future interactions with users of service animals.  In addition, a review of other laws governing service animals will be discussed.

Learning Objectives: Identify a Service Animal as defined by the ADA. Define rights and responsibilities for handlers and others. Prepare for various scenarios when interacting with a service animal and its’ handler.

Length: 90 Minutes

Training Level: Basic

Social Media and the ADA

Social media is now the number one way people connect with each other and an estimated 20% of the population has a disability. If your social media content isn’t accessible, you’re significantly limiting your reach and effectiveness on these platforms and making it harder for people to connect with you. This course will cover how to make social media content more accessible to everyone and why it’s worth doing.

Learning Objectives: Clarify best practices for accessible social media. Review statistics and benefits of developing more accessible social media content. Discuss the do’s and don’ts of accessible social media content. 

Length: 120 Minutes

Training Level: Basic

Title I for Employers

Title I creates many questions for employers.  This course will break down employer responsibilities and provide guidance for reasonable accommodations, effective communication, essential job functions, and service animals.  In addition, we will discuss documentation of disability, safety concerns, and non-discriminatory hiring practices.

Learning Objectives: Define ‘essential job functions,’ ‘undue hardship,’, and ‘direct threat’ in employment. Explain reasonable modifications and job qualifications. Discuss the recruitment and selection process for hiring.

Length: 180 Minutes

Training Level: Intermediate

Title II Overview:

Purpose and spirit of Title II, along with detailed information for compliance on Title II entities, will be discussed in this course. Clarification of terms such as ‘undue burden’, ‘direct threat’, and ‘significant risk’ will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives: Review qualified individuals with disabilities. Review general requirements and eligibility criteria. Illustrate program accessibility and administrative requirements.

Length: 120 Minutes

Training Level: Intermediate

Title III Overview

Purpose and spirit of Title III, along with detailed information of compliance on Title III entities, will be discussed in this course. Clarification of such terms as ‘reasonable accommodations’, and ‘undue burden’ will be discussed, along with a focus on reasonable modifications for policies and procedures.

Learning Objectives: Review qualified individuals with disabilities. Review equal opportunity to participate, as well as effective communication. Discuss maintenance of accessible features and readily achievable barrier removal. Discover correlation between Title III and 2010 Standards.

Length: 120 Minutes

Training Level: Intermediate

The Role of the ADA Coordinator

The ADA Coordinator is an essential element for public entities and private businesses to effectively meet ADA obligations.  Discussed in the course will be planning and coordinating overall compliance efforts, developing and implementing a grievance procedure, and coordinating self-evaluations and transition plans.  We will also discuss how to work with community leaders, individuals with disabilities, and others to achieve compliance and community cohesion.

Learning Objectives: Review expectations for the ADA Coordinator. Define ‘coordination.’ Recognize expectations and administrative responsibilities.

Length: 180 Minutes

Training Level: Intermediate

Effective Communication for Title II and Title II Entities

This is a comprehensive course that defines effective communication under the ADA, reviews different forms of communication that need to be accessible, and determines methods of communications.  Moreover, this course will attempt to provide guidance on website and multi-media accessibility, proactive steps to take for effective communication, and applying effective communication obligations to different settings.

Learning Objectives: Review Title II and Title II requirements for effective communication. Discuss accessibility of various forms of communication.

Length: 180 Minutes

Training Level: Intermediate

Minimizing Implicit Bias

Often discrimination happens in organizations, and specifically in hiring practices, because of ingrained stereotypical thoughts and ideas we have been taught to believe as true. These ideas are so embedded in our brains we actually believe they are "natural" or the "norm." Based on leading-edge research in bias mitigation, we know that the most effective anti-bias training incorporates strategies on both the personal and institutional levels. This leadership training provides solutions to both. Participants are invited to consider their own biases, and the unintended consequences of those biases. Strategies will be provided for ameliorating personal biases, and those that are situated in the policies and practices of the organization. The workshop offers a path toward a more culturally inclusive organizational environment. This training will be focused on awareness of disability bias. Participants will be asked to use their smart phone to complete an online assessment through Project Implicit and will be asked to participate in our study, measuring implicit and explicit bias. 

Learning Objectives:  Recognize social identities that shape perceptions and attitudes and flaws in our perception. Examine consequences of implicit bias. Design an individualized plan to address implicit bias in your personal life and within your institution.

Length: 120 Minutes

Training Level: Intermediate

Planning for Temporary Events

From street fairs, festivals, and pow-wows, Americans attend hundreds of thousands of temporary events each year. In this course, participants will learn how the ADA applies to the planning stages, through arrival and entrance, amenities, and atmosphere at the event.

Learning Objectives: Discover best practices for temporary events. Describe Title II and Title III application in temporary events. Discuss the removal of architectural barriers, reasonable modification, and effective communication. 

Length: 90 Minutes

Training Level: Intermediate

Self-Evaluation and Transition Plans (Title II and Title III)

ADA Coordinators and anyone seeking to facilitate a Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan need to be equipped with the right information.  This course looks at effective dates to implement new Title II regulations, Title II enforcement processes, Department of Justice regulatory changes, and the steps for completing an accurate Self-Evaluation.  Best practices for developing and implementing Transition Plans will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives: Review Title II administrative responsibilities. Create an understanding of what needs to be evaluated. Discover steps to completing a Self-Evaluation. Explain implementation for Transition Plans.

Length: 180 Minutes

Training Level: Advanced

2010 ADA Standards

Based on the 2010 updated Department of Justice regulation under the ADA, this course provides an overview of the changes in the regulations, effective dates for new construction and alteration, provisions for new construction, provisions for existing facilities, and scoping of technical provisions.

Learning Objectives: Define changes in 2010 ADA Standards. Describe common problems in facilities. Demonstrate knowledge of different technical chapters in the 2010 Standards. Review information that is useful in determining compliance.

Length: 180 Minutes

Training Level: Advanced

Emergency Preparedness

Emergencies can and do happen.  Preparing for and responding to emergencies ensures that people with disabilities have access to these critical services.  Planning emergency preparedness by including people with disabilities will be discussed in this course, along with information on sheltering, special needs, and communication.

Learning Objectives: Discuss integration of individuals with disabilities into the planning process. Define responsibilities of Title II and Title III entities. List policies and procedures that should be in place. Identify resources for creating an emergency operations plan.

Length: 180 Minutes

Training Level: Advanced

Accommodating Employees with Disabilities

This course shows common examples of how to recognize and respond to requests for job accommodations in typical job settings.  Additionally, this course provides ideas on how to access the full potential of your workforce.

Learning Objectives: Define reasonable accommodation in the workplace. Describe the obligation of an employer to provide a reasonable accommodation. Examine the informal interactive process. Plan for future accommodation requests.

Length: 190 Minutes

Training Level: Advanced

 

Instructional Materials

The Rocky Mountain ADA Center produces instructional guides and how-tos for increasing accessibility.