This upcoming year marks the 33rd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We invite you to learn more about or refresh your understanding of the history of disability rights and gain new insights on how to increase accessibility for your citizens.
The goal of the program is to provide a big-picture view of the administrative requirements of the ADA and provide a forum for learning what these requirements entail. This session will focus on the day-to-day interactions and activities that people with disabilities have with their local government. The five administrative requirements addressed in the regulations that will be covered include:
- Designation of a responsible employee for managing ADA Compliance
- Development of a grievance procedure for citizens to use when addressing barriers to programs, services, and activities
- Publication of a “Notice to the Public” of ADA compliance
- Conduct a self-evaluation of barriers to programs, services, and activities for people with disabilities
- Develop a transition plan to remove architectural barriers
Examples of policies and procedures that will be addressed include, but are not limited to: service animals vs. emotional support animals, snow removal, communication (written and oral), website design, apps and electronic communication, procurement methods, and the use of other power-driven mobility devices.
Time will be dedicated to discussing specific issues important to your community and sharing any best practices you may already be using. You will leave the training with a clear understanding of ADA requirements and new ideas on how to improve accessibility in your community.
The intended audience for this session includes, but is not limited to: elected officials, city administrators, program directors or managers, section leaders, city clerks, communication/media managers, and administrative staff from library, parks and recreation, and other divisions of local government.
- When: Wednesday, January 18, 2023, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Where: Frankfort Village Hall, 432 W. Nebraska Street, Frankfort, IL 60423
Meet the Trainers
Travis Helmkamp, PE, ADAC
Travis brings an expertise with pedestrian accommodations and ADA compliance. As an ADA Coordinator (ADAC), Travis has in-depth knowledge of ADA regulations and guidelines. He assists clients with Title II compliance and implements accessibility design standards with the firm’s projects. Travis has served as project manager or lead engineer for the development of ADA Transition Plans for 14 communities in Illinois and Missouri. He is a technical resource for his clients and staff - and he continues to grow his ADA knowledge by both presenting at and attending ADA focused symposiums. As the project manager for this project, Travis will be responsible for billings, budget, schedule and training/program oversight. He will be the single point of contact throughout the project. Through his ADA planning experience, Travis has trained and presented to municipal staff.
Great Lakes ADA Center
Robin is the Director of the Great Lakes ADA Center located within the Institute on Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has worked in the field of disability policy for the past 40 years with prior experience working to deliver services directly to individuals with disabilities through the establishment and leadership within an Independent Living Center. Robin possesses leadership qualities that have enabled her to successfully design and carry out a program of training and technical assistance that promotes voluntary compliance with applicable civil rights laws. She has spearheaded numerous projects at the local/state and national level in collaboration with other organizations with the goal of enhancing the quality of information available to assist individuals who are both protected under the ADA but also have responsibilities under the law. Robin holds positions of leadership on task forces addressing the barriers and supports needed to enhance the employment outcomes of persons with disabilities, including revision of policies and procedures at the state and local level. Robin's accomplishments are expansive, from the honors she has received to her involvement with societies and advisory boards to her ongoing research to help increase knowledge of the ADA.
ADA and Title II Training Slide Deck
ADA and Title II Training Handouts
Check back for a video recording of the training
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