Question: I enjoyed your recent article on free U.S. Justice Department and U.S. Access Board training information. A few years ago, I think you also mentioned something about Access Board webcasts, but I lost the information. If the board’s still doing this, please share how to watch. Albert, Utah
Answer: You’re referring to AccessibilityOnline, a website created by the ADA National Network and U.S. Access Board that includes free webinars with real-time captioning. Not only are the webinars still offered, the Great Lakes ADA Center offers continuing education credit for both live sessions and a selection of recorded sessions.
When: First Thursday of the month.
Time: 2:30 pm to 4 pm (Eastern).
Website: Accessibility Online
Upcoming 2017 topics: I usually sign up for all six sessions at once so I don’t have to worry about signing up in time each month.
- Vehicles Final Rule: April 6
- Accessible Fitness Facilities and Exercise Equipment: May 4
- Accessible Dining Surfaces and Bars: June 1
- Accessible Courthouses (a refresher): July 6
- Surface Roughness and Rollability Research: Aug. 3
- Open Q & A: Sept. 7
Registration: You must create an account, but that’s a one-time step. You’ll use the same account to register for different sessions throughout the year.
However, you must register before a session or you won’t be allowed to view or participate in the webinar; it’s not possible to register at the webinar sign-in.
All accessible formats are available for joining, but for your first time it’s wise to log onto the website early to be sure your computer system is compatible. There’s excellent guidance for making adjustments necessary to view the webinar.
I strongly suggest you explore the website. If you still have questions, the Great Lakes ADA Center is more than willing to help; call 877-232-1990 (V/TTY).
I hope you follow up on this. You won’t be disappointed.