The Business & Disability Bulletin

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ADA Coordinator Training Program
ADA Live!
October is Disability & Employment Month
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 ADA Coordinator


The Americans with Disabilities Act requires state and local entities with over 50 employees to designate an ADA Coordinator to oversee and coordinate ADA compliance.  Smaller entities are encouraged to appoint an ADA coordinator, as they have the same compliance obligations as larger entities.


Learn about ADA Coordinator Certification
Learn About ADA Coordinator Certification Training Program


 Training requirements:

  • Complete a pre-requisite ADA Basics course.
  • Complete 40 training credits approved for the Certification Program.
  • Demonstrate mastery of content through an on-line examination.


The ADA Coordinator Training Certification Program is offered through the University of Missouri School of Health Professions Disability Studies and Policy Center and the Great Plains ADA Center.


exlamation pointDisability Network Southwest Michigan's Disability Rights Specialist,

Paul Ecklund, is also a Certified ADA Coordinator.  Call us with your ADA questions at (269) 345-1516. 


ADA Live! logo  Tune In To

 ADA Live!


A new monthly

radio show

 broadcast nationally  

on the internet



When: First Wednesday of each month.

Time:  1:00 pm - 1:30 pm (Eastern time)

            Each show lasts 30 minutes


During an ADA Live! broadcast, you can ask a question of the guest speaker. Call 646-595-2880.


First episode is October 2, 2013


Episode 1:  Employment & Reasonable Accommodations

This episode will address the legal and practical issues surrounding reasonable accommodations in the employment arena (Title I) under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA).


Topics to be discussed include: definition of disability, the legal rights and responsibilities of employees and employers, and the process of requesting reasonable accommodations.



October is Disability & Employment Month


"I Can" PSA


  What can you do during October to create a

 more welcoming and inclusive workplace?


You could:

  • Ask Disability Network to train supervisors and staff about disability language and etiquette.
  • Train supervisors, team leaders, and managers about your organization's Reasonable Accommodation policies and procedures.
  • Post information from JAN - the Job Accommodation Network - in the staff breakroom.
  • Review your emergency evacuation procedures to ensure that employees with a variety of disabilities are included.
  • Include disability related information in your employee newsletter.

Looking for other ideas?  Ask us!  We are the disability experts in Southwest Michigan.  Contact Michele at (269) 345-1516 x116.


The Business & Disability Bulletin is a free electronic newsletter for business leaders and human resource professionals in Southwest Michigan who believe in the value of an inclusive workforce and in creating a welcoming customer environment.


This newsletter is published bi-annually by Disability Network Southwest Michigan. Previous editions of this newsletter can be found at http://www.dnswm.org/index.php/publications/the-business-a-disability-bulletin.