GREAT LAKES ADA CENTER (A PROGRAM OF IDHD) PROGRAMS

ACCESSIBLE SEATING & TICKETING

What do you do if a patron requests an accessible seat plus 3 adjacent companion seats at your performance space? Are your polices and practices current? Join us as we explore this topic and others to learn how the recent changes to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) regulations impact your seating and ticketing policies.

ARCHITECTURAL ACCESSIBILITY: MAKING YOUR PHYSICAL SPACE ACCESSIBLE

What types of buildings are covered under the ADA and other applicable codes and laws? What are non-profit organizations obligated to do to create accessible physical spaces in existing facilities, those undergoing renovations and new construction?

BEHAVIORAL, MEMORY AND COGNITIVE DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS

People with behavioral, memory and cognitive disabilities and their families increasingly are aware of their civil rights, interested in self-determination and expecting organizations to serve them. Robin Jones, director of the Great Lakes ADA Center, will provide examples of best practices and practical suggestions for how your organization can best serve this demographic.

COMMUNICATION ACCESSIBILITY: PLANNING AHEAD FOR EVENTS AND PROGRAMS

What makes an event or program truly inclusive for people of all abilities? Effective communication to your varying audiences is vital to the success of any event or meeting.

DISABILITY ETIQUETTE: PROPER INTERACTION WITH PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Who is included in the disability community in Illinois and how can non-profit leaders and staff interact most effectively and respectfully with them? Robin Jones, director of the Great Lakes ADA Center, will share practical guidance through this interactive session.

GETTING STARTED WITH ACCESS

We recognize there are challenges to begin making your cultural space more accessible. Join us to learn how you can make incremental improvements to ensure ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance and a more inclusive and welcoming environment for visitors with disabilities.

RENEW YOUR COMMITMENT TO INCLUSION

Come to this learning session with Irene Bowen, author of the updated “Renewing the Commitment: An ADA Compliance Guide for Nonprofits” published by the Chicago Community Trust, to learn about opportunities to be more inclusive in all your activities.

ACCESSIBILITY SUPPORT

The Great Lakes ADA Center is providing information, materials, technical assistance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) for ADA 25 Chicago Partner organizations. Great Lakes ADA Center is also assisting ADA 25 Chicago to ensure the highest level of accessibility for the ADA 25 Chicago online presence.

ADA LEGACY TOUR

The Great Lakes ADA Center is working with the ADA Legacy Tour, a traveling exhibit designed to raise awareness and build excitement about the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA Legacy Tour will be in Chicago and will be included in the Disability Pride Parade on July 18.