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Your Resource for Information on The ADA
Goal: To educate, enrich, and enlighten the people, businesses, and organizations of Illinois regarding the ADA.
Project Funding: The Illinois ADA Project is funded by The Great Lakes ADA and Accessible IT Center.
The Illinois ADA Project Steering Committee:
Individuals with disabilities, advocates, service providers, government agencies, and businesses.
Breaking Down Barriers to Understanding The ADA
Contact The Illinois ADA Project if You:
Provides Free Training to people with disabilities and their family, friends, employers, and service providers regarding:
Legal Rights Self-Advocacy
The A.D.A. (Titles I,II&III) Special Education
Employment Rights Practical Advice
Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security
PABSS Provides Education, Training, and Advocacy on:
In the Beginning…
Do not curse the deaf or place a stumbling block before the blind…
3300 Years Ago
30 Years Ago
The Rehabilitation Act
30 Years Ago
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
13 Years Ago
The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
An Individual’s Right to Receive Vocational Rehabilitation Services
DRS provides the following work-related services for individuals with disabilities:
Utilizing The Rehabilitation Act and the
Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services:
The ADA in the Real World
The ADA has 5 different Sections called “Titles”
Services / Public Transportation
The ADA in the Workplace
An employee is protected under the ADA if they:
Discrimination is prohibited in any facet of employment, including:
Reasonable Accommodations and Other Issues
Any change or adjustment to a job or work environment that allows a person to:
The Employee usually makes the request for a reasonable accommodation
Family Values, and Disability
Covered employees are entitled to up to 12 weeks of medical leave for any of the following reasons:
FMLA Leave Provides:
The Employee (Worker) must meet all of these conditions to be protected by the FMLA:
(The 12 months do not have to be consecutive)
As a Reasonable Accommodation
under the ADA, FMLA Leave may be:
A Complaint or Charged can be filed under applicable Federal, State, or local law at:
ADA school and post-secondary education?
Electronic Media Accessibility school and post-secondary education?
Web sites, Course Materials, Educational Tools (videos, courseware, distance learning methods, etc.), Kiosks………
Portable (laptop) computers school and post-secondary education?
Special software (time and project management)
Assistive listening devices
Note takers or scribes
Utilization of word recognition software
Utilization of electronic thesaurus or Dictionary
Provide instructions or information on audio tape
CaptioningSpecial Equipment or Services
"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please."
“There are white lies,
damn lies, and statistics.”
Statistics From 2004 school and post-secondary education?
Harris / N.O.D. Survey
SubjectPeople WithPeople W/O
a Disabilitya Disability
Employment (Work FT or PT) 35% 78%
Prefer to be working 63% 42%
Education (HS Graduate) 79% 89%
Income ($15,000 or less) 26% 9%
Transportation Problems 31% 13%
Voted in 2000 41% 51%
Health Care Problems 18% 7%
Socializing (2X/Month) 79% 89%
Life Satisfaction 34% 61%
Additional Statistics school and post-secondary education?
People with Disabilities were asked:
“Has the ADA made your life better?”
30% - “Yes”; 1% - “Worse”; 64% - “No difference”
Job Accommodation Network (JAN) Statistics school and post-secondary education?
Benefit to the Company:
$35 for each $1 spent on
Company Benefits from Accommodations school and post-secondary education?
Hired or retained a qualified employee: 56%
Eliminated cost of new employee training: 31%
Saved insurance costs: 38%
Increased the worker's productivity: 54%
(Note: This total over 100% as companies often experience more than one benefit)
Source: Institute for Community Inclusion
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