Barrier Removal & the ADA
Co-Sponsored by: ADA Michigan Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living Great Lakes ADA Center University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering DescriptionThis program focuses on community barrier removal and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Attendees will learn about ADA requirements, how to improve access and universal design principles.Who Should AttendBusiness owners/managers, code officials, architects, contractors, disability advocates and anyone interested in accessibility and universal design.General InformationPreregistration is required and will be accepted on a “first come, first served” basis. The registration fee includes course materials, continental breakfast, and buffet lunch. Registration will close on September 7, 2017. No refunds will be issued for this event. Scholarships are available, contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your request. AccommodationsEvery effort will be made to ensure that participants have full access to this program. Requests for specific accommodations will be collected during the registration process. The deadline for requesting accommodations is August 31, 2017. LocationHoliday Inn Near the University of Michigan3600 Plymouth RoadAnn Arbor, MI 48105 LodgingHoliday Inn Near the University of Michigan3600 Plymouth RoadAnn Arbor, MI 48105734-769-9800Special rate of $110/night available until August 30, 2017. Mention the group code "ADA Conference". Speakers (subject to change) Peter Berg has been coordinating and providing technical assistance as well as conducting training on various aspects of the ADA since he joined the Great Lakes ADA Center in October of 2000. Peter currently serves on the Board of Directors for Achieving Independence and Mobility Center for Independent Living and is the former Chair of the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Disability for the city of Naperville, Illinois, where he resides. In addition, he currently serves as a member of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office Illinois Accessibility Code Task Force. Peter was a 2010 recipient of the Chancellor’s Award of Merit and former Chair of the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities at the University of Illinois Chicago. Barbara Kunkel is the Deputy Director for the Bureau of Construction Codes who oversees the Licensing, Compliance, Plan Review, and Barrier Free Design areas. She believes it is an essential part of regulation to ensure the public has a mechanism for ensuring there is compliance with the laws. Barbara has worked in the regulation areas of the State of Michigan for over 10 years to help ensure licensees comply with state laws in both the design and construction professions. She is a licensed attorney and holds degrees in business, corporate law and finance. J. Mark Finnegan is a partner in the law firm Heberle and Finnegan PLLC and has been a practicing attorney for nearly thirty years. Heberle and Finnegan specializes in representing persons with disabilities and their advocacy organizations. They have successfully completed over one hundred federal lawsuits against cities in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Illinois to ensure the installation of hundreds of thousand ADA-compliant curb ramps throughout these cities. They are currently representing the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, the Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America and the National Association of the Blind of Michigan, among several other organizations, in cases involving denial of access to persons with disabilities. They would be glad to answer any questions about your legal rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Fair Housing Act, and the Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act. Edward Steinfeld, ArchD, AIA is a registered architect and gerontologist with special interests in universal design, accessibility, and design for the lifespan. At The State University of New York at Buffalo (UB), he is a Professor of Architecture and Director of the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA). Dr. Steinfeld has directed over 30 sponsored research projects, including co-directing the RERC on Universal Design and the Built Environment and the RERC on Accessible Public Transportation. He has over 100 publications and 3 patents. Many of his publications are considered key references in the fields of accessible and universal design. He was a primary co-author of Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments. He is internationally known for his research and has travelled widely to lecture in many countries. Funding is provided through a grant from the Great Lakes ADA Center, located at the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is made possible by Grant #90DP0091-01-00 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research.