08/29/2021 – 09/01/2021 – PWX Public Works Expo – St. Louis, MO
Kristi Avalos will be speaking on the topics and at the times listed below at the PWX Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, on August 29th and 31st.
8/29/21 – 8:00 am to 9:15 am CDT: “How to Develop an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan”
The 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 2020 is a significant reminder to public works professionals of the importance of ensuring compliance with this important law. Embracing accessibility will prevent public entities from losing federal funding and protect them from potential access related complaints or litigation. Most importantly, it will provide an opportunity to better serve the community.
In order to continue eligibility for federal funding, all public entities subject to ADA Title II must complete a Self-Evaluation. Public entities with 50+ employees are required to have a Transition Plan in place that addresses structural changes necessary for achieving program accessibility.
In this presentation, attendees will gain an in-depth knowledge of both state and federal access requirements and how these overlapping laws work together. After attending this instructive session, participants will be well equipped to create an ADA compliant Transition Plan that will ensure that individuals with disabilities are not excluded from their community’s programs, services and activities.
8/31/21 – 9:45 am – 11:00 am CDT: “Emergency Management, How to Include and Protect Citizens with Disabilities”
Emergencies are equal opportunity occurrences in communities as they impact citizens with and without disabilities. It is vitally important that communities prepare so that they will have solutions to draw from in emergencies while maintaining a person’s dignity at all times.
Information will be provided regarding how to plan for individuals with specific needs, including mobility, visual, hearing, and cognitive impairments as well as for people whose survival requires medical equipment. Accessible evacuation plans and shelters will also be addressed along with laws regarding service animals.
Attendees will learn about questions that can and cannot be asked of people with disabilities and about politically correct disability-related terminology.
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