The Rocky Mountain ADA Center offers free, online training that is open to the public. New classes are added regularly.
Current Class Offerings
The following classes are free and available to the public:
- 2010 ADA Standards: Based on the 2010 updated Department of Justice regulation under the ADA, this course provides an overview of the changes in the regulations, effective dates for new construction and alteration, provisions for new construction, provisions for existing facilities, and scoping of technical provisions.
- Accessible Recreation Facilities: The ADA requires that newly constructed and altered state and local government facilities, places of public accommodation, and commercial facilities be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. This course covers the 2010 ADA Standards, recreation facilities, and play areas.
- Accessible Social Media: Social media is now the number one way people connect with each other and an estimated 20% of the population has a disability. If your social media content isn’t accessible, you’re significantly limiting your reach and effectiveness on these platforms and making it harder for people to connect with you. This course will cover how to make social media content more accessible to everyone and why it’s worth doing.
- Accessible Voting Places: This course provides an overview of many of the laws covering accessible voting, common barriers to voting, and physical requirements for accessible voting places. In addition, this training offers effective solutions that can be used to make polling place accessible on voting day. Election officials and voters alike will benefit from an understanding of this information.
- ADA History and Overview: The ADA represents a historic milestone, as it is the first comprehensive civil rights law focused on persons with disabilities. This course goes on a journey through the history of the ADA. We will summarize the history of Civil Rights Laws and the ADA in the United States, recognize the five titles of the ADA and its enforcement agencies, define disability, and examine rights and responsibilities of people with disabilities.
- Disability Awareness and Etiquette: A two-part online course focused on disability awareness and etiquette designed to help everyone understand the magnitude of the disability community, provide a better understanding of proper language to use when addressing people with disabilities, and address etiquette considerations.
- Document Accessibility: Digital documents can often create barriers for people with disabilities. Many of these barriers are easy to remove with training around how people with disabilities use technology. This course provides an overview of how people with disabilities use documents, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, characteristics of an accessible document, and then a hands on interactive approach into creating an accessible document.
- Effective Communication and the ADA: This course defines effective communication under the ADA, reviews different forms of communication that need to be accessible, and determines methods of communications. This course will also discuss applying effective communication obligations to emergency preparedness and provide guidance on website and multi-media accessibility.
- Emergency Preparedness: Emergencies can and do happen. Preparing for and responding to emergencies ensures that people with disabilities have access to these critical services. Planning emergency preparedness by including people with disabilities will be discussed in this course, along with information on sheltering, special needs, and communication.
- Minimizing Implicit Bias: Often discrimination happens in organizations, and specifically in hiring practices, because of ingrained stereotypical thoughts and ideas we have been taught to believe as true. This course offers a path toward a more culturally inclusive organizational environment. This training will be focused on awareness of disability bias.
- Readily Achievable Barrier Removal for Small Business: Public accommodations must remove architectural barriers and communication barriers that are structural in nature in existing facilities when it is readily achievable to do so. Throughout this course we will dive into the civil rights aspect of decision making, what tools a small business can use, common mistakes, and web accessibility.
- Service Animals and the ADA: This course defines service animals and the rights and responsibilities of service animal handlers under the ADA, as well as the differences between service animals, emotional support animals, and therapy animals.
- Small Business and the ADA: The goal of the ADA is to ensure that everyone has equal access to goods and services in their community. For small business, this equal access translates into enabling your customers with disabilities to spend their money at your business. In this training we will look at small businesses and their policies and procedures, employment as it relates to Title I, facility access, and common ADA litigation.
- Title I Overview: This course covers employer responsibilities and provides guidance for reasonable accommodations, effective communication, essential job functions, and service animals. In addition, we will discuss documentation of disability, safety concerns, and non-discriminatory hiring practices.
- Title II Overview: The purpose and spirit of Title II, along with detailed information for compliance on Title II entities, will be discussed in this course. Clarification of terms such as ‘undue burden’, ‘direct threat’, and ‘significant risk’ will also be discussed.
- Title III Overview: The purpose and spirit of Title III, along with detailed information of compliance on Title III entities, will be discussed in this course. Clarification of such terms as ‘reasonable accommodations’, and ‘undue burden’ will be discussed, along with a focus on reasonable modifications for policies and procedures.
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines: Based on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1, this course provides an overview of the guidelines for Websites, Documents, and Social Media. These guidelines help make web content more accessible to people with disabilities. WCAG 2.1 focuses on the principles of accessibility and contains guidelines that offer more flexibility and conceptual thought processes for developers.
Access the Courses
In order to access these free courses, you will need to create an account with the Rocky Mountain ADA Center. Once you have created an account and signed in, you’ll have access to the list of free courses above. Click on the title of the course you’re interested in, click the blue “Get This Course” button, and then click the blue “Start or Resume Course” button to begin.
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