Training

The State’s ADA program offers a variety of training relating to disability and accessibility. Below are standard workshops. Sign up for the ADA newsletter to get information on training, conferences, and events in Alaska.

Enrollment

  • State Employees enroll through "LearnAlaska," which is run by the State of Alaska's Department of Personnel.
  • Non-State Employees can enroll for many trainings by sending an email to pat.dill@alaska.gov with your name, agency or company (if applicable) and phone number.

In Person Training

ADA Coordinator Basics

The role of the ADA coordinator continues to become more complex as new resources and standards evolve. Implementing changes effectively will improve interactions among all people in the workplace and service environment, but especially people with disabilities. This half-day course introduces ADA coordinators to their role and responsibilities, and how to apply new tools and techniques to ensure compliance. Participants will learn:

  • Who qualifies under the ADA and how it affects our workplaces and service environments
  • Why access is important and how to design for accessibility
  • Overview of the legal foundations of the ADA and other disability laws
  • How to plan for compliance
  • How to address issues and  reasonable accommodations
  • New and improved etiquette for communications
  • How to handle complaints

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ADA Windmills (ADAW)

This fun, half-day course explores perceptions of disability as part of the human experience. Each segment challenges participants about an aspect of disability, and how it might affect the work and service environment. Participants will acquire a renewed view of disability, and the appropriate behaviors that will enable them to promote a more meaningful and inclusive working environment. This course is free and open to all state employees and the public.

Upon completion of this one day course, participants will have knowledge of:

  • Perceptions of different abilities, and how to enrich personal interactions
  • Effective, meaningful and respectful communications
  • The interactive process of reasonable accommodation
  • Tools for inclusiveness that expand awareness beyond the workshop

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Implementing the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design (ADAF)

This half-day course provides an overview of the 2010 accessibility standards and how to apply them in design, construction, and maintenance phases for new and existing facilities.  People who work in facilities management, architecture, planning, and building maintenance can benefit from this training, but it is also suitable for businesses, program management, and civil rights compliance.  Participants will gain a basic knowledge of building codes, pedestrian facilities, public accommodations, and special programs. Attendees will learn how to apply the 2010 standards to identify barriers, make alterations, and track compliance. This course is free and open to all state employees and the public.

Upon completion of this half-day course, participants will have knowledge of:

  • The basics of accessibility requirements under the ADA
  • Tools to  conduct an accessibility survey
  • How to avoid common errors and compliance issues
  • Resources for continued learning and assistance  

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ADA Amendments Act of 2008 Basics for Supervisors (ADAB)

The Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) continues to evolve with new guidance and best practices for managers and supervisors. Understanding the ADAAA is critical when fielding employee medical and disability issues on the job. This training will help participants handle fact-specific issues that will require their time and attention to ensure compliance.  This course is free and open to all state employees and the public.

Upon completion of this half-day course, participants will have knowledge of:

  • When a medical condition requires an ADA response
  • Accessing supports during the reasonable accommodation process
  • New rules and court decisions affecting disability issues in employment
  • Pitfalls and promising practices for reasonable accommodations
  • Specific issues such as:
    • Service animals
    • Low cost, high impact accommodations
    • Hiring and recruitment strategies
    • How to make your workplace inclusive of persons with disabilities

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Web Access Workshops

This intensive two-day workshop introduces Information and Communications Technology (ICT) professionals to tools and standards that make content accessible when delivered electronically. Participants will learn about the end user experience, what makes content accessible, tools and techniques that promote accessible design, and how to apply standards to reduce frustrations and costly workarounds. Accessible ICT affords all citizens the opportunity to participate equally in jobs and services, especially people with disabilities. Professionals will gain insight from each other, hands-on demonstrations and exercises, and coordination with people in the disability/accessibility field. The techniques used in this course will help content creators maximize usability and functionality of communications, websites, and applications. Upon successful completion of this course, web professionals will understand:

  • What Makes Information Accessible
  • Experiences (and frustrations) for end-users of Assistive Technology (AT)
  • Hands-on demonstrations of AT
  • Document Accessibility
  • Standards and Techniques
    • Semantics and Attributes
    • Cascading Style Sheets
    • Color Issues in Web Design
    • Image Optimization
    • Media Accessibility
    • Web-based Applications
  • Applications of standards in practice
    • Agency coordination and review
    • Management of "Official Agency Communications"
    • Accessible content for instructional settings
    • Contracts & procurements
    • Networking for success

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Online Training

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State ADA Coordinator
10th Fl. State Office Building Juneau, AK 99811
Phone/TTY: 907-465-6929 • Fax: 907-465-5850 or 907-465-2576
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