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    ADA Update

    Date: September 26, 2014, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
    Alaska SHRM State Council
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    Americans with Disabilities Act Update

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    On January 1, 2009, Americans with Disability Act Amendments became law and the EEOC’s implementing regulations became effective in May 2011. As predicted, the Amendments have shifted the focus from what is a disability to what reasonable accommodations can and must the employer provide.

    It is now three years later. What has the impact of the Amendments been on how businesses handle persons asserting a disability. In particular, we will discuss the interactive process, the request for and role of medical exams and the ADA’s impact on leaves under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

    David Barton

    David coordinates the Northwest ADA Information Center ALASKA located out of Access Alaska, Inc. (Anchorage). David operates as the Alaskan affiliate for the region’s Disability & Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC). DBTAC’s are a national platform of ten centers comprised of ADA professionals and experts charged with assisting businesses, state and local governments, and people with disabilities as they manage the process of changing our culture to be user friendly to disability and the effect the variety of health conditions can have on society. DBTAC’s are funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). DBTAC Northwest staff includes professionals familiar with disability, rehabilitation, rehab engineering, special education, the built environment, accessibility to buildings and electronic accessibility, universal design, civil rights law, and business professionals.

    David provides technical assistance and training on the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other disability related laws and regulations such as the Fair Housing Act. His experience and perspective of the employment provisions of the ADA is unique because he has sat on all sides of the table; as a hiring manger in a large corporate structure and a small business, as a job coach/developer and program manager building employment opportunities & job supports for people with disabilities, as a resource and technical assistance representative for the DBTAC Northwest: ADA Information Center, and as a person with a disability himself.

    David also conducts accessibility surveys and provides recommendations to Alaskan businesses and residential property owners