Effective Communication, the Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA) and the Assistive Technology (AT) Act of 2004
Presented by Wendy Wilkinson & Andy Winnegar, Southwest ADA Center
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About the Training
The Improving Access to Assistive Technology for Individuals with
Disabilities Act of 2004 (AT Act) calls for provision of assistive
technology to people with disabilities to enjoy full participation
in education, employment and community living. Title II and
III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) cover public facilities
and accommodations and prohibit discrimination based on disability.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Rehab Act) covers all programs
receiving federal financial assistance.
This presentation will provide participants with an understanding
of “effective communication” for public and private
entities covered by these laws. We will also review how the AT
Act, AT Projects can support provision of effective communication. The
A.T. Act defines what services must be provided. Two of these services
(device loans and technical assistance) can help covered entities
provide effective communication.
- Have a basic understanding of effective communication.
- Understand the importance of communication in medical care.
- Know examples of auxiliary aids and services under the ADA.
- Gain insights into how a state AT Act project may support public
and private entities obligation to provide effective communication.
- Begin development of an action plan for providing communication
About the Presenter
Wendy Wilkinson is an attorney
and Project Director of the DBTAC Southwest ADA Center. The Center
is a project of the ILRU (Independent Living Research Utilization)
program, which is based at TIRR Memorial Hermann. She also served
as Principal Investigator on Legal Protections for People with
Disabilities, a project of the Research and Training Center on
Managed Care and Disability. Wendy has published a number of articles
on the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability related
issues. In 1995 she was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor of the Department
of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Baylor College
of Medicine. Wendy received an Obermann Fellowship in 1997
to study glass ceiling issues in the employment of people with
disabilities. In 2008 she was appointed to the TIRR Research
Andy Winnegar has over 36 years
of experience in developing programs and resources promoting independence
for persons with disabilities in the areas of vocational rehabilitation,
assistive technology, independent living and employment for people
living with a spinal cord injury, mobility impairment, and paralysis.
He currently serves as the Chair of the New Mexico State Purchasing
Council from Persons with disabilities. The Council provides a
preference for small business persons with disabilities seeking
public contracts. He also served as principal investigator for
the New Mexico Technology Assistance project and Deputy Director
for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation from 1991-2010. He
works extensively with American Indian programs, centers for independent
living, public schools and community rehabilitation programs. Andy
was recently honored as the 2007 RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineer
and Assistive Technology Society of North America) Conference,
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This webinar is supported through the DBTAC Southwest ADA Center,
a program of ILRU. The Southwest ADA Center (www.SouthwestADA.org)
is one of ten Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers
(DBTACs) funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation
Research (NIDRR) to provide training, technical assistance and
materials dissemination on the Americans with Disabilities Act
and other disability-related laws. NIDRR is part of the U.S. Department
Call 1-800-949-4232 v/tty to reach the ADA Center that serves
your area. The opinions and views expressed are those of the presenters
and no endorsement by the funding agency should be inferred.