The Business & Disability Bulletin

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Making the Online Application Process Accessible
Resource to Know
ADA Regulation Update
Disability & Diversity
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Making the On-line Application Process Accessible Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)


As more companies are moving to web-based employment applications, close attention needs

Individual at Computerto be paid to the accessibility of the on-line application process. Under the ADA, employers who use on-line application processes may need to modify their procedures to ensure equal access for applicants with disabilities.


One way employers can ensure equal access is to make on-line information accessible to people with disabilities by designing web pages that meet the needs of individuals with motor, sensory, and neurological impairments.


How do you know if your website is accessible?  A great resource to help you find out: Tips for Designing Accessible Websites Including Self-Assessment SNAP Tool: http://askjan.org/media/webpages.html.

Resource to Know 


The US Business Leaders Network (USBLN) can help you add Certified Disability-Owned Business Enterprises to your supply chain. Visit www.usbln.org for more information.


Leadership KeyThe US Business Leadership Network� (USBLN�) is the national disability organization that serves as the collective voice of over 60 Business Leadership Network affiliates across North America, representing over 5,000 employers.

ADA Regulation Update


The revised ADA definition of "service animal"  has been changed toWoman with Dog read: any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability.  Other types of animals,  dogs that are not trained to assist with a disability, or dogs who merely provide emotional support are excluded from this definition. 

Disability & Diversity



 CheckboxEmployment & ADA Online Course: This training is self paced and includes audio and video components, Typing on Keyboardcase scenarios, quizzes and FAQs.

This course has been approved for 2.5 general recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute and 2.5 clock hour credits from the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC)

 Checkbox America's Heroes at Work is a U.S. Department of Labor project that addresses the employment challenges of returning Service Members and Veterans living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a website full of fact sheets, training tools, and learning opportunities including TBI, PTSD & Employment: An online training module for employers, supervisors & hiring managers.

CheckboxFor State and Local Governments:  A free tutorial on Title II of the Americans with  Disabilities Act.  As you work through the nine modules, consider how implementing the requirements of the ADA, a civil rights law, is the direct route to creating a customer-oriented culture that includes individuals with disabilities.

Presentation AudienceCheckboxADA & Employment Basics:free workshop for managers, supervisors,   business owners, and administrators presented by Disability Network Southwest Michigan on April 29, 2011 from 9:00-11:30 AM at the VBISD Conference Center, 490 S. Paw Paw Street, Lawrence, MI 49064. Contact Michele at mcgowenm@dnswm.org for more information or to register.

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 and is funded in part by the Michigan ADA Steering Committee under grant #H133G060097 from the National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation and Research.  This newsletter can be found on our website at www.dnswm.org/index.php/publications/the-business-a-disability-bulletin.