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GICA Compliance Collaborative

ADA Webinar Series: Working with Faculty when Providing Reasonable Accommodations
Thursday, November 29, 2018
1:30pm - 2:30pm
(for GICA CCP schools only)

GICA is hosting a webinar created exclusively for Compliance Collaborative member schools to present the last webinar in a four-part webinar series on compliance with ADA.  If you are unsure whether you represent a Compliance Collaborative member school, please contact  Judy Spain.  If there are other folks on your campus that would be interested in attending this webinar training, please forward this information on to them.

The American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) requires that higher education institutions provide reasonable academic and housing accommodations to students with disabilities.  ADA defines a disability as a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits a major life activity.  A student with a recognized disability will be receiving reasonable accommodations from your institution.  How to communicate those reasonable accommodation to the faculty and how to ensure that the faculty are complying with those reasonable accommodations, etc. will be discussed at this webinar.

This webinar will be different than other webinars.  I will be presenting this as if I/you would be presenting this same webinar to a faculty member.  So, while we will be reviewing ADA law and what are  reasonable accommodations, I am really focusing on how you would present this information to the faculty to achieve “buy-in” from them.  Thus, while there will be “lecture” time; they will also be multiple diversions from the script to suggest ways that this information can be packaged for how to communicate with your faculty. 

Our ADA colleagues at Brenau University have proposed a very intriguing concept of how to best utilize this type of information/webinar – to develop videos specific to your institution that can be used for training purposes.

After this webinar is completed, I am going to work with Brenau to develop several short PowerPoints/videos that you can customize to your institution.  While this project is still in the formative stage, preliminarily we are considering perhaps developing 4 (or so) short PowerPoints/videos. The first might feature me giving an overview of what is ADA law.  The second might feature your ADA Coordinator explaining how your institutional process works (what documentation is needed, what is your interactive process, etc.).  The third might feature me explaining, in general, what are reasonable accommodations and why they are required to be implemented in the classroom. The fourth might feature your ADA Coordinator explaining what are typical reasonable accommodations at your institution and what is the process for determining such, how would a faculty member be notified of such accommodation, etc.  If these are “set” PowerPoints/videos, you can then use them again and again (or until our clothes look really out of date or the law changes; whichever comes first) for training your new faculty, for training present faculty, for “refresher” courses when faculty do not agree with the decisions of the ADA Coordinator, or similar other reasons for using the training videos.


·         Application of ADA and ADAA

·         What are reasonable accommodations

·         Establishing a campus-wide approach and solid policies and procedures

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, November 27th at 4:30pm.  Registration and log-in information will be sent to registrants on Wednesday, November 28th

Judy Spain, J.D., CCEP

Judy currently serves as the GICA Compliance Program Consultant.  She is a tenured Professor, an attorney licensed in Kentucky, Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania, and is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional.  She served as General Counsel and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer at Eastern Kentucky University and Manhattanville College, where she developed and implemented compliance programs.  

Note: This is the last of the four-part ADA Webinar series.  

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