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ADA Technical Bulletin: April 2006 The Northeast ADA & IT Center at Cornell University provides training, technical assistance and materials on the ADA and accessible information technology throughout New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This monthly technical bulletin is part of our dissemination efforts and if you do not want to receive this document or would like others from your organization added to our list, please call 1-800-949-4232 or reply to this message. Thank you Please join us for the April Distance Learning Session- Survey of Employer Resources Regarding the ADA Time: April 18, 2006 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern time Speaker: Andrea Haenlin-Mott, Northeast ADA & IT Center, Cornell University Are you confused about where to go for information about the ADA and employment? Does a Google Search for " ADA" leave your head spinning? How do you decide what is accurate and reliable information? Over the past 15 years, a plethora of on-line and print resources have been made available to address the requirements of the ADA but it can be overwhelming to decipher what is good information. Join our speaker as she reviews the various on-line resources available and discusses the pro''s and con''s of using them. Pricing: Registration: https://ada-audioorg.secure.powweb.com/WebForms/Login/: Deadline for Registration: Monday, April 17th, 2006 New Access Board Resource (excerpt from Access Board's website) The Board has issued a comparison http://www.access-board.gov/ada-aba/comparison/index.htm between the new ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG), the original ADA standards, and the International Building Code. This side-by-side comparison is arranged and ordered according to the format and sequence of the new ADAAG, which the Board published in July 2004. Provisions in the ADA Standards maintained by the Department of Justice, which currently are based on the original ADAAG (1991), are provided alongside corresponding sections of the new ADAAG. The Department of Justice is in the process of updating http://www.access-board.gov/ada-aba/standards-update.htm its ADA standards according to the new ADAAG. In updating ADAAG, the Board sought to reconcile differences from model building codes, including the International Building Code (IBC). Used by a growing number of states and local jurisdictions, the IBC contains scoping provisions for accessibility and references the technical criteria of the ANSI A117.1 standard, a voluntary consensus standard issued by American National Standards Institute. The comparison includes accessibility provisions of the IBC, including those referenced in the ANSI standard. For further information on the IBC, visit the International Code Council's website at www.iccsafe.org http://www.iccsafe.org/index.html . 508 Update The Board makes plans to review and update its Section 508 standards and Telecommunications Act guidelines. The Board plans to initiate steps this summer to review and update its access standards for electronic and information technology covered by section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. These standards http://www.access-board.gov/508.htm cover products and technologies procured by the Federal government, including computer hardware and software, websites, phone systems, fax machines, and copiers, among others. The constantly changing nature of the technologies covered necessitates periodic reviews of these standards. This effort, which will be the first update of the standards since their publication in late 2000, will address new or convergent types of technologies and other areas where the standards need to be revisited. The Board considers it important that this work be coordinated on an international scale. New Civil Rights Center regarding protection under Civil Rights Acts On March 14, 2006, a new center was developed to assist with civil rights issues. ThomasLaw, the group that was awarded the grant, had developed "a comprehensive one-stop resource that contains easy-to-understand articles, laws and information on how to obtain legal assistance." To get more information about the new Center, please visit the website with the following announcement at http://www.prnewswire.com. EEOC PARTNERS WITH BUSINESS TO BUILD BEST PRACTICES FOR INCREASING DIVERSITY Action Plan Emerges from Watershed Symposium with Corporate Leaders http://www.eeoc.gov/press/3-8-06.html http://www.eeoc.gov/press/3-8-06.html > (below is a synopsis from EEOC's website) WASHINGTON – In its continuing efforts to boost equal opportunity and corporate diversity through stronger partnerships with businesses, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Diversity Best Practices (DBP) and the Business Women’s Network (BWN) hosted a landmark symposium Tuesday at the EEOC’s downtown headquarters. More than 80 corporate officers and other executives from such companies as Lockheed Martin Corp., Coca-Cola and Eastman Kodak Co. were on hand to share their unique perspectives. Bringing these diverse opinions under one roof advances an initiative spearheaded by EEOC Chair Cari M. Dominguez to recognize and reward best practices for creating a level playing field in the workplace. The symposium participants resolved to: * Build executive support, beginning with chief executive officers, for developing and advancing best practices. “For us, diversity is a business imperative,” said Marillyn A. Hewson, President of Kelly Aviation Center, of Lockheed Martin Corp. * Encourage companies and associations to apply for the EEOC’s annual Freedom to Compete Award, which was designed to showcase, recognize and reward specific practices and concrete activities that produce results and reflect an abiding commitment to access and inclusion in the workplace. * Build a partnership with the EEOC. “The agency must serve as a workplace partner, not simply a watchdog,” Chair Dominguez said. “This is an historic time. Your presence here today reflects the shared commitment and trust that we’ve built.” * Help small business. Companies will commit to assisting their suppliers and other vendors with training and support to work with the EEOC. “Diversity Best Practices is proud of this historic collaboration with the EEOC as the agency strives to build unique and lasting partnerships with America’s corporations to enhance equal opportunity and diversity in the workplace through identifying and implementing best practices,” she said.
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