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February Newsletter

Dear <<First Name>>, 

Thank you for subscribing to the Americans with Disabilities Act National Network (ADANN) newsletter! 

February has arrived, and with it, perhaps a hint of a springtime thaw? We'll keep our fingers crossed! We're continuing to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the ADA National Network - join the fun and keep up to date with the latest anniversary news using #ADANetwork30.

Our Regional Centers have been busy lately, so make sure to check out the Upcoming Events below.

As always, our ADA specialists are here to help. Contact us at 1-800-949-4232 (toll-free voice or TTY) or email us.  

ADA in the News - Highlights

A sign language interpreter working during the Presidential Inauguration
Historic Inclusion of Sign Language at the Inauguration Celebrated: 'Representation Matters'

The Most Accessible Brand Campaigns and Actions of 2020
A group of people at Sundance Film Festival
RespectAbility Brings Accessibility and Inclusion Series To Sundance

Translating Deaf Culture, Christine Sun Kim Underlines the Difficulty of Interpretation
A woman working at a laptop while checking her phone
Girl Scout Troop Builds ADA Compliant Archery Range In Thornton

How to Make Your Products More Accessible to Customers

Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 4th, 2021, 2:30 PM EST – 4:00 PM EST
Vertical Access [WEBINAR]

A key component of accessibility is vertical access between changes in level along accessible routes. This session will explain where vertical access is required (or exempted) in the ADA and the ABA Accessibility Standards and how it can be achieved. Presenters will review requirements in the standards for ramps, curb ramps, elevators, and platform lifts, as well as clarify common sources of confusion when providing vertical access.
Learn more about the Vertical Access Event
Tuesday, February 9th, 2021, 2:00 PM EST – 3:30 PM EST
New Rules: Service Animals and the Air Carriers Access Act (ACAA) [WEBINAR]

On December 10, 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a final rule to amend the Department’s Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) regulation on the transport of service animals by air carriers. The effective date for this rule is January 11th, 2021. Join us as our speaker provides details on the new rule.
Learn more about the Service Animals and Air Carriers Access Act Event
Tuesday, February 9th, 2021, 10:00 AM EST – 12:00 PM EST
Know Your Rights and Responsibilities: Disability Issues in Employment [WEBINAR]

The New England ADA Center and the Disability Law Center are hosting a free webinar on disability issues in employment. During this training, attorneys from the Disability Law Center will discuss the rights of employees and obligations for employers set out in federal and state laws. Other topics are reasonable accommodation, the interactive process, disclosing a disability, FMLA, leave, and remedies for alleged discrimination.
Learn more about the Disability Issues in Employment Event
Wednesday, February 10th, 2021, 2:00 PM EST – 3:30 PM EST
Lessons Learned: ADA Coordinators Talk about COVID-19 [WEBINAR]

This webinar will feature a COVID-19 discussion with ADA Coordinators from different parts of the Mid-Atlantic Region. They will share lessons learned and best practices.
Learn more about ADA Coordinators Talk about COVID-19
Thursday, February 11th, 2021, 2:00 PM EST – 3:30 PM EST
ADA National Network 30th Anniversary Series: Spotlight on the ADA Title II Action Guide for State and Local Governments and the ADA Checklist for Existing Facilities [VIRTUAL SESSION]

This session highlights and reviews the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, as well as The ADA Title II Action Guide for State and Local Governments.
Learn more about this session of the ADA National Network 30th Anniversary Series

This Month's Featured Content

Small Business at Work Toolkit. Helping small businesses leverage the talents of people with disabilities.
The Regional ADA Centers are constantly coming out with new materials and resources. Our friends at the Northeast ADA Center have created a Small Business at Work Toolkit that provides curated information and essential resources about how (and why!) small businesses can successfully hire and retain employees with disabilities. You’ll find easy-to-understand, practical advice, along with expert guidance on following Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Check it out using the link above.
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