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The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) is pleased to partner with the New England ADA Center (NEADA Center) to offer two free public trainings this summer: What’s New with the ADA in 2016: State and Local Government (Morning) and Employment (Afternoon).

These two trainings are a great opportunity for advocates and professionals to learn more about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  MOD and NEADA Center have a long standing relationship and MOD serves as the Massachusetts State Affiliate for the New England Region of the National ADA Network of which NEADA Center is a member.

The Trainings will be held as follows:

Training One: June 29, 2016

Westwood Public Library

660 High St.

Westwood, MA

Training Two: July 15, 2016

West Springfield Public Library Community Room

200 Park Street

West Springfield, MA

Training description from NEADA Center:

The ADA for Local Governments                     (8:45 am – noon)

The ADA has been in effect for over 25 years, and many people are still confused about what the law requires. Can a monkey be a service animal? A miniature horse? What would you do if someone asks for the planning committee meeting to be scent-free? Do all playgrounds need to be accessible? Who decides when a request is an “undue burden” for the municipality? You think the town completed a transition plan and self-evaluation in 1993, does the town need to conduct a new one? Does the town’s website have to be accessible and what does that mean? Does every public building have to accessible? We will address these items and more. We will also review the Department of Justice’s settlement agreements with municipalities including requirements to provide “auxiliary aids and services,” such as sign language interpreters; responding to Telecommunications Relay Service phone calls; and notifying the community of their ADA rights and the local government’s ADA obligations. There will be plenty of time for your questions.

The ADA and Employment (12:45 pm-4:00 pm)

Many people with disabilities work or would like to work but may need some support. The ADA has been in effect for over 25 years, and many people are still confused about what the law requires. In this training, we will cover who is a person with a disability- Are people who have obesity covered? What about people with substance abuse problems? We will discuss how to handle questions from other employees when they see another employee getting “special treatment” and how to recognize a reasonable accommodation request – Must the employee use the words “reasonable accommodation” or can the request be in plain English (or another language)?  Other issues include: May a person who has a disability be terminated from employment because of poor job performance?  What about disability-related behavior that violates code of conduct policy? Now that Massachusetts has a medical marijuana law, must an employer permit employees with disabilities to have marijuana at work? There will be plenty of time for your questions.

This is a free training open to the public.

Morning Session:  08:45 am-12:00 pm

Afternoon Session: 12:45 pm-4:00 pm

The New England ADA Center has elected to waive standard registration fee for this program. Through our grant funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, we are able to provide free ADA technical assistance throughout New England. We ask that if you register that you please make every effort to attend.

Click Here for More Information and to Register

Hope to see you there!

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