Upcoming Training Courses

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Distance Learning On-Demand

FREE! 90 minute webinars as part of the Arts and Recreation Webinar Series in collaboration with the Great Lakes ADA Center, National Center on Accessibility, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and The Smithsonian Institution.

Two Tickets Please!

Topics include ticketing obligations and responsibilites for ticket-selling venues and vendors to ensure that your patrons can purchase tickets for accessible seating. This session focuses on the obligation to identify accessible seating, purchasing tickets using the same options as everyone else, purchasing, companion seats, transferring tickets, and distribution and pricing of wheelchair accessible locations. Also the session reviews the ticketing regulations with particular emphasis on what entities that control the ticker purchasing process need to know. There will be plenty of time for Q&A so come prepared with your questions! Original broadcast May 26,2016.

Are Smart Devices the Smart Choice for Accessibility? Perspectives on Digital Interpretive Media

Topics include an introduction to the built-in accessibility features of smartphones and tablets, user perspectives on the use of smart devices in interpretive media specialists for utilizing smart devices in programming. Original broadcast November 19,2015.

The Care and Feeding of Auxiliary Aids and Assistive Technologies: Establishing Good Operating Policies and Procedures

Topics include maintenance requirements of sanitizing, and storage; and distribution procedures of testing, delivery of devices, instructions on use, troubleshooting, collection, and follow-up on any malfunction. While entities cannot charge for the use of an auxiliary aid, they can collect some form of collateral in an effort to ensure the equipment is returned. What is allowable and how to determine the type of collateral to request so as not to be onerous to the patrons who have the loan of the equipment will be presented. Original broadcast July 19, 2015.

The ABCs of Assistive Listening Technology

Topics include the requirements for assistive listening systems and the basic features of infrared, radio frequency and induction loop assistive listening systems. Participants will learn the pros and cons of each system, their legal obligations, and how to properly maintain the system. Original broadcast June, 25, 2015.

Accessing the Cultural Arts - Considerations for Patrons Who Are Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing

Topics include an introduction to hearing loss; the rights and responsibilities on the part of the patron and the performing arts venue; challenging listening situations and communication strategies; and assistive devices, services and technology. The session will wrap up with a facilitated question and answer session. Original broadcast May 28, 2015.

Connecting All People to "Places:" Content and Design Considerations for App Accessibility 

The topic focuses on the National Park Service "Places" app and what everyone should think about during the planning and execution of making mobile apps accessible. Original broadcast March 26, 2015.

Inexpensive Options for Access

Topics include inexpensive, quick fixes that can make a venue more welcoming to people with disabilities. Original broadcast January 22, 2015.

Experience Preference Theory as a New Way to Understand and Respond to Diversity Part Two: Sensory-Programs at Work

Topics will focus on recent research on a new theory of the types of experiences that people prefer. The theory is called IPOP after the four key dimensions it addresses: Idea (conceptual), People (emotional), Object (visual/aesthetic), and Physical (somatic sensation). Data collected from thousands of Smithsonian museum visitors shows how these preferences influence behavior and responses in museums. Original broadcast December 10, 2013. 

Experience Preference Theory as a New Way to Understand and Respond to Diversity

Topics include an overview and introduction to autism; general strategies for making public spaces more accessible to people with autism or other sensory sensitivities; and examine the need for specific programming or outreach efforts. Original broadcast September 11, 2013.

Program Access in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Webinar

Topics include the "program access" standard for not only activities requiring advance registration, structured schedules and staffed by personnel or volunteers but also extends to the entire realm of opportunities, experiences, and benefits. Specifically addressed is how the program access standard in Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act apply to parks, recreation and places of tourism? In addition what the provision for readily accessible and usable goods and services means for places of public accommodation (Title III). Original broadcast May 29, 2013.

Transition Planning: The Dynamic Process for Parks, Recreation and Tourism Webinar

The topic focuses on Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the requirements for state, local, and federal entities to develop Transition Plans for the removal of architectural and communication barriers to participation by people with disabilities. But what does a Transition Plan look like? More importantly, what should be the process for developing and administering a successful Transition Plan as guiding principles for prioritizing barrier removal, and other secrets to successful implementation. Original broadcast July 10, 2013. 

FREE! on-line courses. Produced by the National Center on Accessibility and the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands at Indiana University-Bloomington

Universal Design

Universal design refers to the creation of structures and programs that can be used by all people. This online web module provides an introduction to the concept of Universal Design and its seven principles. In addition, the course presents the history, principles, and progress of Universal Design as it applies to the designer, programmer, and the consumer.

Program Access

The purpose of this online learning module is to discuss Program Access as a beneficial and necessary concept in providing a meaningful experience to people with disabilities seeking to participate in parks and recreation. Within this comprehensive course, the learner will be introduced to the concepts and principles of Program Access, multiple examples of integrated services, and methods of Program Access implementation.