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Free ADA seminar held Tuesday, March 10

Posted: Friday, March 13, 2015

The Chamber of Commerce held an American’s Disabilities Act (ADA) Seminar on Tuesday, March 10 at the Habecker Dining Commons on the campus of Huntington University. The guest speaker was Matt Norris from the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community. DLZ Architecture, Engineering, Planning, Surveying and Construction Services sponsored the breakfast.

In this presentation, Norris provided an overview of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for businesses and information on resources from the ADA National Network and the U.S. Department of Justice (the enforcement agency for Title III). Finally, he shared some examples of how businesses might work with local community groups to help with increasing accessibility and their ADA compliance efforts.

There were several handouts available for those in attendance. Included were DOJ’s ADA Update: A Primer for Small Business (Title II), EEOC’s the Americans with Disabilities Act: A Primer for Small Business (Title I / Employment) and a resource sheet. Also included was information on service animals, ticketing, wheelchairs and other power-driven mobility devices.

Norris, MSW works for the Center for Aging and Community at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community located in Bloomington. One of his roles at the Indiana Institute is as project staff for ADA-Indiana, a volunteer organization that provides information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act with the goal of promoting voluntary compliance. ADA-Indiana is funded by the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities and Great Lakes ADA Center. This is one of many events planned by the Mayor’s Advisory Council for Community Accessibility (MACCA) for the month of March which is Disability Awareness Month.