04/30/2022 – Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) Pacific Northwest Conference – Portland, OR
Kristi Avalos will be speaking in person at the A4LE Pacific Northwest Conference from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm PST on April 30, 2022.
Topic: Be the Hero Who Enhances the Accessible Educational Experience for Students with Disabilities
Designing learning environments that increase a sense of belonging for all is assuredly a heroic and important goal, particularly when it comes to providing access to an inclusive education for students with disabilities.
What are the priorities in designing learning environments for children and stakeholders with disabilities? What are the ramifications of non-compliance with state and federal access standards? In this informative session, participants will learn where to spend dollars on Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) facility upgrades when dollars are tight and how to address the needs of all children and stakeholders including underserved groups, protecting schools from complaints and lawsuits.
Beginning with a very brief history of the ADA, the session quickly segues into identifying the key access areas on school campuses. Citing both Department of Justice established priorities and actual campus related complaints/lawsuits, it will become clear where resources should be directed when fulfilling their continual barrier removal obligation.
A time for questions-and-answers will allow attendees to clarify many of their questions and concerns, both technical and otherwise, with a true expert in the field of accessibility compliance. In this session you will learn how to be a hero who makes a significant difference for good in the lives of students with disabilities by enhancing accessibility in their educational environment.