In this episode, we have a special guest Bill Zellmer, President of the Certified Access Specialist Institute (CASI) and Accessibility Architect with Sutter Health Medical. We discussed the CASI organization, its efforts, upcoming training & events as well as Sutter Healths’ Physical Access Compliance Program. Bill also explains a time when he actually talked ADA compliance with……….Charles Manson???
ADA Product Spotlight: Certified Access Specialist Institute (CASI) Membership
Bill’s Contact Info:
Bill Zellmer AIA, CASp
Accessibility Architect, Sutter Health
(916) 566-4822 Office
Justice Department Sues Georgia For Unnecessarily Segregating Students With Disabilities
On August 24th the Department of Justice filed the nation’s first lawsuit to challenge a state-run separate educational services system under the ADA and Olmstead,United States v. Georgia, No. 1:16-mi-99999-UNA N. D. Ga. 2016. The lawsuit seeks to vindicate the civil rights of approximately 4, 600 students with behavior-related disabilities across Georgia that have been denied access to integrated mental health and therapeutic educational services and supports. The lawsuit alleges that the State has violated Title II of the ADA by unnecessarily segregating thousands of students with behavior-related disabilities and providing them unequal educational opportunities in the segregated Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support Program (“GNETS Program”) and by placing other such students at risk of such segregation, when they could be served in general education settings. The Department conducted an extensive investigation into whether Georgia is violating Title II of the ADA by placing students with behavior-related disabilities in GNETS when such persons are capable of receiving services in general education settings. On July 15, 2015, the Department issued its findings (link is external)that the State was in violation of the ADA. For more information on the Americans with Disabilities Act or this lawsuit, visit ADA.gov or call the toll-free ADA Information Line (link is external) at 1-800-514-0301 or 1-800-514-0383 (TTY).
Walmart to settle with employee with special needs they fired
ROCKFORD, Ill. — A former Wal-Mart employee will receive $90,000 to settle a federal discrimination lawsuit he filed against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said. William Clark has intellectual disabilities, which were diagnosed in childhood, according to the EEOC. He began working for the company in 1994 and had worked there for 18 years before being fired from the store. Clark needed a written list of daily tasks in order to accommodate his disability, which company staff provided to Clark for years before halting that practice, the EEOC states. He then was fired for failing to perform certain job duties, according to the EEOC. (Read Entire Article)
DSA Announces the Project Type for the October 2016 Open Book CASp Exam
The project type for the Open Book portion of the Certified Access Specialist (CASp) examination on October 12, 2016, is a Title II Seaside Recreation Area and Community Recreation Center. As previously announced, starting with the October 2016 exam, the CASp exam will include test questions related to the provisions of the recently published 2016 California Building Standards Code. An updated List of Reference Materials is available.
Details on the next CASp examination are as follows:
October 12, 2016 — Sacramento and Los Angeles (Hawthorne)
• Open Book — Check in begins at 7:30 a.m.
• Closed Book — Check in begins at 12:30 p.m.
Registration closes on September 12, 2016. You can register for this exam through your CASp Account Login.
More information about the CASp program and examination details are available on the CASp webpage. Please direct any registration questions to the CASp Certification team at (916) 323-2737 or CASprogram@dgs.ca.gov. You may direct any questions about CASp Program Administration to (916) 322-2490.
US Access Board
U.S. Access Board Webinar on Open Q & A Thursday, September 1st, 2016
This is a regular session in our webinar series that provides an opportunity to ask questions on any topic related to the Board’s work and activities with Bill Botten, Accessibility Specialist Office of Technical and Information Services, US Access Board and Marsha Mazz, Director, Office of Technical and Information Services, US Access Board
Accessibility Professionals Association (APA) Annual Conference & Expo – Feb 1-3, 2017 in Round Rock, TX – near Austin More Info Here
The CalCasp Academy is September 26th thru 29th in Ontario, Ca. Registration is open More info Here
DSA Has announced upcoming CASp classes:
September 13, 2016 – San Diego
September 14, 2016 – San Diego
September 15, 2016 – San Diego
September 26, 2016 – Palo Alto
September 16, 2016 – San Diego
September 28, 2016 – Palo Alto
If you have any questions or need assistance with DSA registration, please contact Larry Meade at Laurence.Meade@dgs.ca.gov.
AVA Central Valley
September 27th, 2016 / Accessibility Compliance – How to Avoid Costly Mistakes/ 5 HSW
Instructor: Bill Zellmer, AIA and special guest, Glenn Gall, AIA of OSHPD This seminar is an advanced-level class which will present a methodical analysis of Chapter 11B of the California Building Code through case-studies of actual projects. This seminar will use pictures and floor plans to clarify the code requirements with an emphasis on how to avoid costly mistakes and possible legal action. TIME: Door opens at 8:30 am, class begins at 9 am and runs until approximately 2:30 pm. COST: AIA Members, $100 (+svc fee) Non-members $150 (+svc fee) Click Her for the flyer or AIACV Website
2016 CALBO Education Week North is September 12th – September 15th 2016 in San Ramon More info Here
2016 CALBO Education Week South is October 24th – 27th 2016 in Ontario, Ca More info Here
2016 CALBO Education Week Orange County is November 7th – 10th 2016 in Anaheim, Ca More info Here
Date/Time: September 16 – 18, 2016
Location: The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Hall C
Description: For more than three decades, Abilities Expo has succeeded in improving the lives of Americans with disabilities, their families, caregivers and healthcare professionals. This unique forum features three days of cutting-edge products and services, compelling workshops, fun-for-the-whole-family activities and has become the leading event for the community of people with disabilities (PWDs).
This 2 day event will be held at the Capital One Regional Campus . The conference will offer a variety of sessions and feature speakers from the U.S.Department of Justice, EEOC, and other nationally recognized ADA experts. Registration is open to the public. In addition, ACTCP members will have an opportunity to obtain both foundation and elective level credits towards their program completion. Seating is very limited. Registration for this event is only $225 through Sep. 26th. More Info.
The 2016 ADA National Association of ADA Coordinators conference is October 17th – 20th 2016 in San Diego, California More info Here
The Next ADA Symposium is in Chicago, Illinois May 14th thru 17th 2017, Registration will open January 6, 2017
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