Try These Easy and Free Ways to Learn About Disability Rights with the ADA National Network

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Anyone with internet access who has an interest in learning more about the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) should enroll in the free web course offered by the ADA National Network. There are two versions of the course and both offer participants an extensive and detailed introduction to the ADA and ADAAA as outlined within a civil rights framework.

One version is a free, self-paced course that is organized into twelve sections and designed to be completed in a specific order. The second version is a moderated course that is eight weeks long and includes a registration fee because, upon completion, participants are eligible to receive Continuing Education Units (CEU) and Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) clock hours.

The ADA Basic Building Blocks web course guides participants through twelve sections that detail the purpose and structure of the ADA, how the ADA is enforced, key terms, nondiscrimination requirements, and the five titles of the ADA: Employment, State and Local Government, Public Accommodations, Telecommunications, and Miscellaneous Provisions.

In addition to this course offering, the ADA National Network offers countless resources for people interested in learning more about how the ADA is implemented and other information intended to further their mission: to “assure equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities.” From Emergency Preparedness Resources (that cover emergencies from mental health crises and household emergencies to disaster recovery) to information about accessible technology in the workplace, the ADA National Network provides a wealth of information for issues related to individuals with disabilities.

If you sign up for their newsletter, you’ll receive news, information regarding regional and national events, ADA resources, and more the second week of each month. You can also lee track of upcoming events by going to the Events section of the website where you’ll find details about in-person, online, and telephone events.

The various offerings of the ADA National Network make learning about disability rights accessible. Any global justice initiative or movement is incomplete without a commitment to accessibility for individuals with disabilities. ADA-noncompliance is a social justice issue and it is necessary to ensure that all social justice movements center disability rights. It’s time to worry less about the number of seats at the table and more about whether or not the table is in a building that is ADA compliant.

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NYC-based philosophy graduate student whose work covers Genocide Studies, Repro + Enviro Justice, and Critical Race Theory. @moontwerk

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