ADA Training

We provide training on all ADA topics, and on all levels from basic to advanced. Trainings are available in-person, webcast, and online.

We offer custom training programs that are custom-tailored to your specific organization, situation, and level of need. Contact us to inquire about custom training programs.

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

Current classes offered:

  • 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. 
  • Accessible Recreation Facilities. The ADA requires that newly constructed and altered state and local government facilities, places of public accommodation, and commercial facilities be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. This course covers the 2010 ADA Standards, recreation facilities, and play areas. 
  • Accessible Social Media. 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. 
  • 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.
  • ADA History and Overview. The ADA represents a historic milestone, as it is the first comprehensive civil rights law focused on persons with disabilities. This course goes on a journey through the history of the ADA. We will 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, and examine rights and responsibilities of people with disabilities.
  • 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.
  • Document Accessibility. Digital documents can often create barriers for people with disabilities. Many of these barriers are easy to remove with training around how people with disabilities use technology. This course provides an overview of how people with disabilities use documents, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, characteristics of an accessible document, and then a hands on interactive approach into creating an accessible document.
  • Effective Communication and the ADA. This course defines effective communication under the ADA, reviews different forms of communication that need to be accessible, and determines methods of communications. This course will also discuss applying effective communication obligations to emergency preparedness and provide guidance on website and multi-media accessibility.
  • 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.
  • 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. This course offers a path toward a more culturally inclusive organizational environment. This training will be focused on awareness of disability bias.
  • Readily Achievable Barrier Removal for Small Business. Public accommodations must remove architectural barriers and communication barriers that are structural in nature in existing facilities when it is readily achievable to do so. Throughout this course we will dive into the civil rights aspect of decision making, what tools a small business can use, common mistakes, and web accessibility. 
  • 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.
  • Small Business and the ADA. The goal of the ADA is to ensure that everyone has equal access to goods and services in their community. For small business, this equal access translates into enabling your customers with disabilities to spend their money at your business. In this training we will look at small businesses and their policies and procedures, employment as it relates to Title I, facility access, and common ADA litigation.
  • 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.
  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Based on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1, this course provides an overview of the guidelines for Websites, Documents, and Social Media. These guidelines help make web content more accessible to people with disabilities. WCAG 2.1 focuses on the principles of accessibility and contains guidelines that offer more flexibility and conceptual thought processes for developers. 

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

Available Courses:

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.

 

ADA History and Overview

The ADA represents a historic milestone, as it is the first comprehensive civil rights law focused on persons with disabilities. The ADA opens the doors to participation in employment, state and local government programs, public accommodations, telecommunications, and transportation by prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities, their families, and friends. 

Learning Objectives: Review the history of the ADA, as well as the history of Civil Rights Laws in the United States. Recognize the five title of the ADA and its enforcement agencies. Define disability. Examine rights and responsibilities of people with disabilities.

Length: 60 Minutes

Training Level: Basic

This Month in TA's

Catch up on all the questions our Technical Assistance experts received each month! This is a monthly webinar series, free to the public. Join us every month as we dive into questions from real-life interactions with the ADA.

Learning Objectives: Stay up to date on the most recent and pressing questions about the ADA. Learn about how the ADA interacts with current news topics.

Length: 30 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

Transportation and the ADA

Transportation providers may have recurring encounters with riders with disabilities. This training covers how to interact with riders with disabilities, common barriers to accessibility, as well as other laws that apply to transportation in addition to the ADA.

Learning Objectives: Discuss etiquette and best practices for interacting with and supporting riders with disabilities. Learn how to approach and reduce barriers to accessibility. Understand providers' rights and responsibilities under the ADA, as well as riders' rights and responsibilities.

Length: 60 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

Law Enforcement and the ADA

The ADA requires law enforcement agencies to make reasonable modifications in their policies, practices, and reasonable procedures to ensure accessibility for individuals with disabilities, unless making such modifications would fundamentally alter the program or service involved. There are many ways a police or sheriff's department might need to modify normal practices to accommodate a person with a disability.

Learning Objectives: Understand reasonable modifications and exceptions of fundamental alteration and direct threat. Review Effective Communication responsibilities. Understand common questions and traits/ characteristics of individuals with disabilities and common barriers to communication and accessibility.

Length: 120 Minutes

Training Level: Advanced

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

 

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