News & Events

  • Free Webinar - The Civil Rights Complaint Portal: An Accessibility Journey

    Tuesday, September 28th, 2021
    1:00 PM EDT - 2:30 PM EDT

    Presented by Great Lakes ADA Center, U.S. Access Board and CIO

    This webinar session will provide an overview by staff from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and 18-F at the General Services Administration (GSA) on a collaborative effort to improve accessibility and user experience of DOJ’s Civil Rights Reporting Portal.

    This project began with DOJ staff asking how it could overhaul the Civil Rights Reporting Portal and integrate accessibility as foundational to the new design to improve the usability and accessibility of the existing online portal used by the public to report concerns and discrimination. The team consolidated a complex process involving dozens of unique reporting pathways into a single streamlined accessible user experience.

    In this webinar, project team members from DOJ and 18F will review their collaborative efforts to improve the functionality of the external user interface and the data collected and increase analysis and response efficiency. The enhanced site models accessibility for persons with disabilities, and the team continues to ensure that new features are vetted for accessibility.

    The presenters will address pre-submitted questions as well as respond to participants questions during the live webinar.

    Registration link.

  • Free Webinar - WCAG V2.1: Understanding the Basics

    Thursday, September 16, 2021
    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

    Presented by the Great Lakes ADA Center, the Great Plains ADA Center and the Southeast ADA Center

    The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are technical standards designed to make web content more accessible to people with a wide range of disabilities. This session will discuss:

    • How the standards were developed and organized based upon the principles of accessible design (POUR)
    • The relationship between Section 508 and WCAG V2.1 Level AA
    • Why the accessibility guidelines are organized into levels and how that is important in developing/assessing your webpages.
    • Most common level A accessibility errors.

    This session will use lots of examples to show what accessible design looks like to the end user as well as the user experience when web page elements are not accessible. The session will not go into technical details and will not require knowledge of coding or technical language.

    Registration link

  • Northeast ADA Center Awarded Grant for 2021-2026

    The Northeast ADA Center is excited to continue to serve you! Contact us with your ADA-related questions and training needs.

    We offer services in Spanish and English.
    800-949-4232 or

    Northeast ADA Center Closed September 6th!

    Please note that on Monday, September 6th, the Northeast ADA Center’s technical assistance hotline will be closed for a federal holiday. The hotline will reopen at 8:30am on September 7th. We encourage you to explore the resources available on our website.

  • Common Sources of Confusion in the ADA and ABA Standards

    Thursday, September 2nd, 2021
    2:30 PM EDT - 4:00 PM EDT

    Presented by the Great Lakes ADA Center and U.S. Access Board

    Certain provisions in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards are prone to misinterpretation and generate many of the technical assistance inquiries the Access Board receives. This webinar will review and clarify common sources of confusion in the standards, including application of the standards in new construction and alterations, work and dining surfaces, toilet rooms, signs, accessible routes and ground surfaces, and other areas and elements. Session participants are encouraged to share their own areas of confusion and submit questions in advance of the session. This webinar will include video remote interpreting (VRI) and real-time captioning.

    Registration link

  • ADA National Network Learning Session: Disability Accessibility in Health Care, What's New? - Recent OCR Cases and Guidance

    Thursday, August 26th, 2021
    11:30 AM PDT - 1:00 PM PDT

    The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) enforces federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, religion and the exercise of conscience. This seminar will focus on what HHS OCR does to enforce those laws that protect the rights of individuals with disabilities to have an equal opportunity to participate in health care program activities and services.

    Learning objectives:

    At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

    • Have a better understanding of OCR's role in enforcement of federal non-discrimination laws
    • Receive an overview of the protections afforded by the following laws: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act
    • Gain awareness for how to achieve program access, reasonable modifications, and effective communication in health care settings.


    Terri Wanzer, JD is an investigator with the Mid-Atlantic Region, Office for Civil Rights, in Philadelphia, PA.

    Catherine Cushman, JD is an investigator with the Mid-Atlantic Region, Office for Civil Rights, in Philadelphia, PA.

    Registration Link

  • Free Webinar - Beyond Extra Time for Exams; Accommodations at Colleges and Universities

    August 25, 2021
    1-2 PM ET

    Presenters: Joe Zesski, Program Manager Northeast ADA, Chris Sweet, Technical Assistant Northeast ADA

    With school starting back up and students returning to campus, there are a lot of questions raised about how or when to accommodate different disability related needs. This webinar will explore technical assistance provided by the Northeast ADA to students and postsecondary schools about accommodating different needs beyond the more familiar forms of accommodation. We will examine food allergies, service and emotional support animals, online learning, and more. This session is an introductory exploration of thinking through how the ADA applies in the college or university setting.

    If you require any reasonable accommodations in order to participate in the event, please notify the Northeast ADA Center by contacting Alexis Boytsov, Project Administrator, at at least 72 hours prior to the event.

    Registration link.

  • Happy 31st Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)!  The ADA was a landmark law in securing rights to equal opportunity and equal access for people with disabilities. To learn more about how the ADA National Network is celebrating 31 years of the ADA and to find out how to be involved, visit:

    For questions regarding rights and responsibilities under the ADA and/or other disability issues, call us toll-free at 1-800-949-4232, or email us at

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