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- Summarize the ADA's Title II requirements that local government agencies provide an inclusive environment for people with disabilities, primarily the requirement to have an ADA Transition Plan.
- Compare various communities’ strategies for developing and activating their ADA Transition Plans.
- Analyze scenarios to engage local disability advocates in planning for accessibility and formulate advocacy strategies.
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The Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted in 1990. Many public and private agencies are not aware of their specific requirements. Not addressing accessibliity leaves out 20% of the population, and violates the Civil Rights of these individuals daily.
People with disabilities should be able to live independently without having to worry if they can get from point A to point B without running into a barrier. This is a basic need that most people take for granted.
Presenters detail requirements for planning for people with disabilities, in particular, for having an ADA Transition Plan. This can be an overwhelming task for both pubic entities and private businesses.
- Learn organizational tips and tricks for creating a successful, usable ADA Transition Plan and find out what effective implementation of a transition plan might look like. See what has and has not worked for the City of Springfield, Missouri, and compare with plans from other communities of differing sizes.
- Understand the importance of proactively removing barriers and not creating new ones, with the goal of creating a community that is inclusive and accessible for people of all abilities.
- Pick up tools for developing accessibility plans and engaging people with disabilities in the planning process. A community that plans for accessibility creates an environment that offers inclusion, independence, and opportunities for involvement to people with disabilities.