ADA Training

Free Online Training

Our online classes are now available to the public at no cost. New classes are added regularly.

Current classes include:

  • Service Animals and the ADA: This training is a unique, interactive presentation by the Rocky Mountain ADA Center’s Maggie Sims. During the presentation, Maggie will guide participants to understand who has rights and who has responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Maggie also breaks down the mystery of the service animal topic by addressing what the ADA says.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Customized Training

The Rocky Mountain ADA Center is committed to educating everyone on both the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the technical application of the law. Our team of dedicated staff members design training to inform and educate participants on the impact the ADA has on all Americans.

Understanding how disability rights effect not only those living with a disability but everyone is the driving force behind all that we do.

The Rocky Mountain ADA Center provides a wide range of training options. We can be the ADA training source for individuals with disabilities, businesses, state and local agencies, transit agencies, architects and designers, disability organizations, or anyone who want to know how the ADA affects them.

Follow this link to request a truly unique training experience tailored toward your needs:

Training Request Form

One of our knowledgeable staff members will contact you to further discuss options that are right for you.

Some examples of custom training that may benefit you:

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.

ADA Overview

Participants review the essential elements of the ADA, learn about the ADA National Network and, journey through the history of the ADA. Likewise, participants work through the titles included in the ADA, review enforcement agencies of the ADA, and take a glimpse of the future of the ADA.

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 social media content isn’t accessible, it significantly limits reach and effectiveness on these platforms and makes it harder for people to connect. Participants will learn how to make social media content more accessible to everyone and why it’s worth doing.

Accessible Trails - The New Trail Standards in ABAAS

This class will identify the ABAAS chapters and sections updated with trail scoping and technical requirements and exceptions.  The trail standards will be compared and contrasted with the requirements for accessible routes.  Participants will learn when and where to use the steeper slopes allowed in the standard, as well as discuss trail design best practices.

Accommodating Employees with Disabilities

This course shows common examples of how to recognize and respond to requests for job accommodations in typical job settings.  Additionally, this course provides ideas on how to access the full potential of your workforce.

Disability Etiquette

Participants increase their awareness of appropriate disability etiquette and discover how proper etiquette can be the first step in barrier removal for those with disabilities.

Effective Communication for Title II and Title III Entities

This is a comprehensive course that defines effective communication under the ADA, reviews different forms of communication that need to be accessible, and determines methods of communications.  Moreover, this course will attempt to provide guidance on website and multi-media accessibility, proactive steps to take for effective communication, and applying effective communication obligations to different settings.

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.

Making Parks Accessible - Self-Evaluation and Transition Plans (SETP)

This class will illustrate the broad range of programs, services, and activities provided in parks, and the challenges in making them accessible.  Participants will learn how to determine the key interpretive themes, programs, experiences, services, and activities that make a meaningful visit to the park.  Making these key programs accessible is the focus in making parks accessible.  By analyzing two park SETP case studies, the class will learn practical ways of making programs accessible while protecting the parks natural and cultural resources.

Minimizing Implicit Bias 

One of our research projects centers around implicit bias and identifying barriers to ADA implementation based on lack of acceptance of disability by the general public. Through this research we are examining attitudinal barriers to ADA implementation, as we know that negative biases toward individuals with disabilities are the largest impediment to full inclusion of these individuals. To date, our research has shown that employers report only moderate knowledge of the ADA and have negative attitudes toward Title I. Additional investigation indicates small business employers are less likely to recruit individuals with disabilities, provide reasonable accommodations, and are less familiar with the ADA than larger employers. The goal of our research is to understand implicit bias toward individuals with disabilities and introduce strategies to minimize the impact of implicit bias within the employer population. We have analyzed data collected through the Implicit Association Test (IAT) and Project Implicit (https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html) to increase insight regarding attitudes towards individuals with disabilities. This training addresses implicit bias on a personal and organizational level and outlines methods to increase awareness of bias in the workplace. Participants will complete the IAT and discuss ways to mitigate implicit bias, leaving with a tangible plan for their organization . Participants commit to reassement 3-6 months after the training.  

Self-Evaluation and Transition Plans (Titles II and III)

ADA Coordinators and anyone seeking to facilitate a Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan need to be equipped with the right information.  This course looks at effective dates to implement new Title II regulations, Title II enforcement processes, Department of Justice regulatory changes, and the steps for completing an accurate Self-Evaluation.  Best practices for developing and implementing Transition Plans will also be discussed.

Service Animals

The topic of service animals is often in the news and a tricky subject for many.  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. We provide guidelines for front line employees to understand how to interact with service animal handlers, and be able to recognize appropriate service animal behavior.

The Role of the ADA Coordinator

The ADA Coordinator is an essential element for public entities and private businesses to effectively meet ADA obligations.  Discussed in the course will be planning and coordinating overall compliance efforts, developing and implementing a grievance procedure, and coordinating self-evaluations and transition plans.  We will also discuss how to work with community leaders, individuals with disabilities, and others to achieve compliance and community cohesion.

Title I for Employers

The ADA Center staff attempt to break down employer responsibilities in areas such as, determining reasonable accommodations, creating effective communication, essential job functions, and service animals. Additionally, guidance is provided concerning documentation of disability, safety concerns and non-discriminatory hiring practices.

Title II Overview

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

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.

Vital Signs for Communication

Communication is an essential skill when working with people. The Vital Signs course will attempt to prepare participants with some essential sign language skills to facilitate communication.  This course is not a substitute for ‘effective communication’ under the ADA but will allow users to feel more comfortable communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing.