July 6, 2021

The City is kicking off this special month tonight with a special council agenda item brought forth by Councilwoman Mary Zendejas. The Global Compact on Inclusive & Accessible Cities is a declaration that aligns key commitments to accessibility, universal design and inclusion within The Sustainable Development Goals, The New Urban Agenda, The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the World Health Organization's Age Friendly Cities Framework.

July 7, 2021

Webinar: ADA Jeopardy!: Learn, Connect & Celebrate
Free Virtual Event
2:00-3:30 PM (Eastern Time Zone)

Tune-in to this fun-filled, accessible virtual game of jeopardy to help you learn more about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Connect and engage with the ten regional ADA centers in the ADA National Network as they answer ADA related questions! Attendees will have a chance to get in on the game by suggesting questions for the bonus round. If you have a question to suggest please submit it when you register and it may be selected as the "Bonus Round" question. The session with have sign language interpreters and live real-time captioning.

July 13, 2021

Coming up at the July 13, 2021 City Council meeting, Councilwoman Suzie Price will be making a recommendation to look at the feasibility of a pilot ADA beach access mat at the Granada Beach ramp and opportunities to install in other beach and park locations.

July 20, 2021

Webinar: ADA Anniversary Update
Free Virtual Event
2:00 - 3:30 PM (Eastern Time Zone)

Mark the 31st Anniversary of the ADA by joining this session as we hear from representatives of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) provide an update on their litigation, technical assistance, and enforcement efforts. Participants will have an opportunity to pose questions to the presenters regarding issues in their own workplace or community.

July 21, 2021

Webinar: A Smattering of ADA Cases Worth Noting for the Past Three Years (2019-2021)
Free Virtual Event
2:00-3:30 PM (Eastern Time Zone)

The past three years have seen a significant increase in ADA related lawsuits across the country. Join us as we review selected court decisions and the impact they are bound to have on several ADA fronts, including Title I Employment, Title II Public Entities, and Title III Public Accommodations.

Covered topics will include:

  • Workplace reasonable accommodations
  • Web accessibility
  • Education-related accommodations
  • Discrimination by public entities
  • Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employers and businesses

Our presenters will discuss the practical application of ADA court decisions to everyday situations and how case law may support conflict resolution and compliance efforts.

July 27, 2021

Webinar: New Approaches to Web Accessibility Requirements under WCAG3
Free Virtual Event
1:00-2:30 PM (Eastern Time Zone)

The Section 508 Standards apply the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 to web content and other electronic content. Issued by the W3C, WCAG 2.0 is a globally recognized, technology-neutral standard. This session will feature new and differing approaches to web accessibility requirements proposed for the next generation of these guidelines, the draft WCAG 3.0, (or WCAG3).

Jeanne Spellman, lead editor and chair of the taskforce developing WCAG3, will review the background of the WCAG3 development process and discuss the team’s approach to accessibility standards. Jeanne will be joined in conversation by Bruce Bailey, IT Specialist at the Access Board, and active member with the Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AGWG) of the W3C.
They will discuss various questions, including: What is the purpose of an accessibility standard? Is it sufficient for standards addressing digital accessibility to provide a list of technical requirements, or is more required? What are effective approaches to use when developing an accessibility standard so that it can be consistently interpreted and applied?

The conversation will include frank discussion about the concerns and difficulties various stake holders have with current web accessibility standards. Section 508 (and EN 301 549) applied the WCAG 2.0 web standards to other digital content, which has implications for the development of WCAG3. Join Jeanne and Bruce as they review some of the opportunities for improving upon the current approach used by WCAG 2.0 (and 2.1, and 2.2) – including Success Criteria and a binary true/false analysis of accessibility.

There will also be discussion of the current WCAG3 draft under development, including a proposed approach to attributing different weights or values to accessibility provisions, so that digital content may be evaluated using a rating system which is more transparent, and results in more usability to address the needs of users with disabilities.

The presenters will address pre-submitted questions during the main presentation, and live questions as time permits. They are particularly interested in participant feedback on the WCAG3 approach and whether it addresses improvements desired by federal agencies.