To help communities improve accessibility, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) has launched a new training program. The program covers the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and communities’ obligations under the ADA with a focus on the public right-of-way. These half-day, interactive workshops cover ADA and Title II requirements, completing a self-evaluation, the role of an ADA coordinator, and developing a transition plan.
When and where
The program began with a training pilot at CMAP's office on November 15, 2022.
There will be four in-person workshops covering a variety of topics on January 18, March 1, April 18, and April 19.
More trainings will be scheduled through 2023 and 2024. These trainings will be located throughout the region.
Who should attend?
CMAP’s ADA training program is designed for municipal staff, public works staff, ADA coordinators, elected and appointed officials, community leaders, and anyone interested in learning about how to make their communities more accessible. Participants are welcome to attend one or all the training workshops.
These workshops are free, but you must register in advance. Registration for the April 18 and April 19 trainings is now available. Sign up to receive a notification when registration for future workshops opens.
For professional engineers, this training program may be eligible for Illinois Professional Engineer professional development hours and may meet the requirements of Section 1380.325 of the Illinois Administrative Rules.
For planners, this training program may be eligible AICP self-reporting CM credits.
CMAP strives to make these training workshops inclusive and accessible. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in these events, please contact Evan Means at least 10 days before the workshop at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-386-8838.
ADA training pilot
The pilot includes an overview of CMAP’s ADA training program, including compressed versions of the upcoming training sessions and available resources.
- When: Tuesday, November 15, 2022
- Where: CMAP Office, 433 W. Van Buren Street, Chicago
ADA and Title II
In this module, participants will learn about the ADA, Title II of the ADA, and the roles and responsibilities of municipalities and local government under the act.
- When: Wednesday, January 18, 2023
- Where: Frankfort, Illinois
ADA coordinator training
This module is intended for ADA coordinators, as well as other municipal staff, to learn about the role and responsibilities of the ADA coordinator.
- When: Wednesday, March 1, 2023
- Where: Calumet Park, Illinois
ADA self-evaluation and design standards
This module provides comprehensive and hands-on training about ADA self-evaluations, standards, and the proposed Public Right-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG).
- When: Tuesday, April 18, 2023
- Where: Naperville, Illinois
ADA transition plans
This module provides comprehensive and hands-on training to develop and implement an ADA transition plan.
- When: Wednesday, April 19, 2023
- Where: Aurora, Illinois