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Enforcing Disability Rights Authorities - ADA National Network Learning Session: US Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

Thursday, August 27, 11:30am PT-1:00pm PT PST

The Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services enforces federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age or sex. This seminar will focus on OCR's role in enforcing those laws that protect the rights of those with disabilities to have an equal opportunity to participate in a program activity and to have equal access to health care services. The laws that will be addressed include Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Topics will include scope of OCR's jurisdiction and enforcement role, when to consider filing a complaint with OCR, who are covered entities, OCR's complaint process, and recent resolution agreements.

Learning objectives:

Gain understanding of OCR's role in enforcement of federal non-discrimination laws that protect the rights of individuals with disabilities
Gain understanding of the complaint process, types of complaints OCR addresses, and complaint resolution options
Become knowledgeable of current trends in enforcement such as effective communication, protections for those recovering from opioid addiction, and discrimination against individuals with HIV and AIDS

The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is charged with overseeing compliance by health care providers and certain other public entities with federal non-discrimination laws.

Alisha Welch, JD serves as the Civil Rights, Supervisory Equal Opportunity Specialist at OCR.

Deborah Kolodner, JDis an Investigator (Contractor) at OCR.