Register now for the June 18th ADA Lunch and Learn webinar: Private Businesses Open to the Public!  

Conference Agenda

A blue, orange and yellow geometric design with a photo of a Deaf Black man holding a sign that says Nothing about us without us. Text: Beyond Compliance: Equity, Access, & the ADA. October 9 & 10, 2024. Sacramento, CA
Photo by: Gritchelle Fallesgon, Disabled And Here

General Day Layout:

8:30-9 Networking/Exhibitor Time

9-10 Gen session 1 hr

10:10-11:40 breakout 1.5 hours (2 sessions)

11:45-12:10 Grab Lunch

12:10-1:10 keynote or panel (2 sessions)

1:10-1:40 Exhibitor Time

1:50-3:20 Breakout session 1.5 hours (2 sessions)

3:30-5:00 breakout session 1.5 hours (2 sessions) (Day 2 drawing for door prize) 

Opening Sessions

Defining Disability- Day 1

  1. Overview
    1. Understanding the ADA Definition of Disability
    2. Approaching people who may not consider themselves a PWD
    3. Helping coworkers understand the range of disability in order to invoke ADA coordinator/know resources available
  2. Speaker- Jan and Laney


Accessible Documents – Day 2

  1. Overview
    1. What makes a document accessible?
      1. Understandable
      2. Works with assistive technology
      3. Alternative formats
    2. Using basic tools for accessibility
      1. Hemingway
      2. Grammarly
      3. Accessibility Checkers
      4. Contrast Checkers
      5. Others?
      6. Main takeaway for plain language- no one tool or definition; look at big picture
  2. Speakers: Gabe, Pat?

Lunch Sessions

Advocacy- effective enforcement; self advocacy and orgs that help

  1. Overview
    1. Since DOJ can only take a limited # of cases, what are other avenues of advocacy support for PWDs? 
    2. What services do they each provide?
  2. Speakers: Panel with P&A, CILs, Disability Advocacy Group – Andy Imparato, DRC, Start with affiliates–Jan will reach out to see who may have some experience with individual ADA Advocacy (could also blend with systems change); RIL Sacramento maybe if not affiliate; 2 cil representatives; 


  1. Overview
    1. DOJ’s current priorities and efforts
    2. Effective complaints
  2. Speakers: Angelica Wilson and Jessica Hunt
  3. Table to talk with folks for free


ADA Coordinator Track:

  1. Homeless programs and the ADA
    1. Overview:
      1. Shelter accessibility
      2. Reasonable modifications of p/p/p in shelters
      3. Housing program accessibility
    2. Speaker: Andrew Hong, Orange County Homelessness ADA Coordinator
  2. Emergency preparedness / management and ADA
    1. Overview:
      1. How can PWDs become more prepared for emergencies/disasters
      2. How can local government emergency managers and ADA Coordinators plan to include the needs of PWDs 
      3. Communication by local governments during emergencies and disasters
      4. Climate change effects on disasters
    2. Speakers: Roxiey Crawford, Vance Taylor
  3. Practical overview of facility accessibility requirements under the ADA Standards and CBC
    1. Overview:
      1. Major areas where ADAS and CBC 11B differ
      2. Accessible routes
      3. Helpful visual and tactile signs
      4. Maintaining accessibility once you have it
    2. Speaker – Janis Kent/Shannon Mulhall
  4. Dealing with complex situations for ADA Coordinators- 
    1. Complex complaints
    2. Allowing disability commission members to participate in meetings remotely
    3. Speakers: Laney/Ali
  5. ADA and the criminal justice system – pretrial, corrections, probation, and parole (for adults and juveniles) 
    1. Overview:
      1. Considerations for PWDs during arrest and initial detention
        1. Handcuffing Deaf people in front
        2. Touching autistic people
        3. Using de-escalation techniques to calm people with mental illness
      2. Modifications of policy, practice and procedure throughout the criminal justice process
      3. Effective communication for Miranda warning, in jail settings, during parole hearings and while on probation
    2. Speaker- Jan/Leola Abraham??
  6. Reasonable modifications for ADA Coordinators
    1. Overview:
      1. Modifying city summer camp policies
      2. Installing blue curbs at people’s homes
      3. Additional time to comply with ordinance violations
    2. Speaker: Steering committee- Jan will ask Laney/Ali

General ADA Track:

  1. Title III and solutions for businesses
    1. Overview:
      1. How to serve customers with a variety of disabilities
      2. Easy changes to make the business more physically accessible
      3. Service animal requirements
    2. Speaker: April Dawson Rawlings, CCDA
  2. Support for Undocumented Immigrants with disabilities
    1. Overview:
      1. What is a civil right
      2. Help people who are undocumented understand they have rights under the ADA
    2. Speaker: Oscar Gonzalez, ADANN SLO Project
  3. Voting rights
    1. Overview:
      1. Key accessibility elements for polling places
      2. Voting machine accessibility
      3. Assistance from poll workers when needed
      4. Maintaining the privacy of voters with disabilities
    2. Speaker: Keith & TJ – working on voting accessibility; Backup: Brandi Bluel, ED, Resources for Independent Living (Sacramento ILC)
  4. Planning accessible events
    1. Overview:
      1. Having contact for disability requests on all outreach materials
      2. Accessibility of the venue
      3. Accessible transportation to the venue
      4. Placement of tables and chairs to give accessible routes
      5. Securing ASL interpreters and captioning in advance
    2. Speaker: Alex Warner, San Diego (option to co-present with Jerri if needed)
  5. Transgender and LGBTQIA+– intersectionality
    1. Overview:
      1. People with disabilities have more than one identity
      2. Statistics on LGBTQIA+ and disability
      3. How does having multiple protected class identities affect discrimination
    2. Speaker: San Mateo County Pride Center & Nikki
  6. Accessible transportation – buses, light rail, ground transportation
    1. Overview:
      1. Accessible bus stops and the routes to access them
      2. Ramps for light rail access
      3. Stop announcements on bus/light rail
      4. Accessible taxis
    2. Speaker – Todd Hood


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