The ADA: Communication Access Advances Workshop 7/29/15 – Austin

The ADA: Communication Access Advances Workshop 7/29/15 – Austin

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An event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (CDT)

Brown Heatly Building
4900 N. Lamar, Suite 1410
Austin, TX 78751

Employment Accommodations: Serving People with Hearing Loss

9:00 am – 11:30 am

Hearing aids alone do not solve all communication challenges faced by consumers with hearing loss. At the same time, consumers are often unaware of what other devices may be available to meet their needs. In this session, participants will learn about the factors influencing hearing comprehension and why other devices or strategies may need to be implemented to ensure communication. The presenter will demonstrate a wide variety of the latest assistive technology with an explanation of each device and how it may be used.

Presenter: Rose Minette, DARS Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

Service Animals: A Panel Discussion

1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The rules under the American with Disabilities Act regarding “service animals” affect users of service animals, as well as the hospitality industry, employers, retailers and other businesses that accommodate the public.

Panelist are from Austin Dog Alliance, Disability Rights Texas and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Key portions of the law to be discussed as follows:

Are dogs the only animals recognized as service animals?
What kinds of questions can I ask about a service animal?
What kind of dogs, if any, and animals are excluded from the definition of service animal?
Are emotional support dogs considered as service animals?
Will miniature horses be considered as service animals?

In addition, participants will have an opportunity to see service animal demonstrations. The event is free and the public is invited to attend, space is limited.

If you are a DARS employee and want CEU credit, register with the CLM.

DARS DHHS interpreter CEUs are provided.

Sign language interpreter services and Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) services will be provided; for additional accommodation requests or questions, call 512-407-3267 or email [email protected] by July 20, 2015.

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