The course material is based entirely on "The Americans with Disabilities Act - Title II Technical Assistance Manual" published by the U.S. Department of Justice. This manual explains in lay terms what State and local governments must do to ensure that their services, programs, and activities are provided to the public in a nondiscriminatory manner. Many examples are provided for practical guidance.
This course is most relevant to engineers involved in the design or alteration of buildings and facilities as some states require a minimum number PDH credits on courses related to ADA, life safety codes, and building codes. The course does meet continuing education requirements and has an exit exam.
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:
a.The scope of Title II of the ADA
b.The three categories of individuals with disabilities defined in Title II
c.The standard that constitutes "substantial limitation of a major life activity"
d.Conditions specifically excluded from the definition of a "disability"
e.Meeting the requirements for equality in participation/
f. The definition of a "qualified" individual
g.The requirement for "reasonable accommodation"
h.Methods to achieve program accessibility
i. Choices of design standards for new construction and building alterations
j. Major differences between the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS) and the American with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities (ADAAG)
k. Requirements for communications with individuals with disabilities
l. Administrative requirements for public entities, including self evaluation and designation of a responsible employee to coordinate compliance efforts and
m. Complaint investigation and enforcement.
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