ADA Coordinator Training Conference--
September 30-Oct 1--Tampa Bay/ St. Pete Beach, FL

Resort With Pool


The ADA Coordinator Training Certification Program (ACTCP) presents the ADA Coordinator's Training Conference Sept 30-October 1, 2013 in St. Pete Beach, FL located just outside Tampa Bay.  

This 2 day event will be held at TradeWinds Island Grand Resort on the island of St. Pete Beach. The conference will offer a variety of sessions and features speakers from the U.S.Department of Justice, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and other nationally recognized ADA experts.

Registration is open to the public. In addition, ACTCP members will have an opportunity to obtain both foundation and elective level credits towards their program completion.

Seating is very limited:
We strive to provide the highest quality of sessions.
This means limiting the room size so that attendees can benefit from a more personalized setting. Doing this also means limiting our numbers and sometimes having to turn away potential attendees. Seating for last year's conference in Kansas City filled very quickly. Seating for this year is only available to the First 175 Registrants. Hurry and register today. Don't miss out on this great training opportunity!. 

Register before September 6th for only $200

Registrations recieved after Sept 6 will be $250


TradeWinds Island Grand Resort
6500 Gulf Blvd.
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Hotel Accommodations:
The TradeWinds Island Grand Resort is offering for our attendees, a room rate of only $109 per night if made by Aug 29th. This is quite a deal.
Reservations can be made online here:
Online Hotel Reservations

or by calling:
1(800) 808-9833.
Indicate you are attending the “ADA Training Conference”.  The discounted room rate is available from September 27th through October 4th. So come early and stay after to enjoy all the amenities the TradeWinds has to offer.

If you need transportation from the Airport to the TradeWinds Island Grand we have secured discounted rates from SuperShuttle.

The easiest way to make a reservation is by using this online link.
Click Here for SuperShuttle Reservations

Guests may also call the reservation center @ 800-258-3826 and use the code GBWMA.  Call in reservations are subject to a $2.00 reservation fee.

Note – If you need wheelchair accessibility you MUST make your SuperShuttle reservations in advance!


Conference Registration:
The online registration page has a section for requesting alternate format and/or communication accommodations, you may also call 573-882-3600 for assistance. Online registration can be accessed by the link below.

Online Registration


Monday Sept. 30




DOJ Update
Sally Conway
U.S. Dept. of Justice




Breakout Session 1
*1A) Title I Employment Guidelines
Joe Bontke
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

**1B) Effective Communication
Sally Conway
U.S. Dept. of Justice


Break for Lunch (Provided)


Breakout Session 2
*2A)Self-Evaluation & Transition Planning
Michael Edwards
Great Plains ADA Center

**2B) Title I Reasonable Accommodation
Joe Bontke
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission




Breakout Session 3
*3A) Self-Evaluation & Transition Planning-Cont.
Michael Edwards
Great Plains ADA Center

3B) Readily Achievable- What Does That Mean for Your Business?
Troy Balthazor
Great Plains ADA Center


Accessible Beach Demonstration
Sponsored by Access Rec, LLC

Tuesday Oct. 1


Breakout Session 4
*4A)2010 Standards for Accessible Design
Troy Balthazor
Great Plains ADA Center

4B) Accessible Web Design-
Julie Brinkhoff
Great Plains ADA Center




Breakout Session 5
*5A) 2010 Standards for Accessible Design-Cont.
Troy Balthazor
Great Plains ADA Center

5B) Service Animals
Sally Conway
U.S. Dept. of Justice


Lunch Break (Not Provided)


Breakout Session 6
6A) Advanced Discussion Forum: Common and Complex Issues of the ADA Coordinator

**6B)Public Rights of Way
Bill Hecker, Architect-Hecker Design, & Jack Humburg, Boley Centers


3:45- 5:15

7A) Advanced Discussion Forum: Employment Issues
Pam Williamson, Southeast ADA Center & Julie Brinkhoff, Great Plains ADA Center

**7B) Emergency Preparedness
Sandra Sroka, Hillsborough County BOCC r

Note: For individuals who are members of the ADA Coordinators' Training Certification Program, a session marked with a single * indicates that the session meets the requirement for a required foundation course. A session marked with a double ** indicates that the session is approved for credits as one of the optional required foundation courses. All other sessions are approved for elective course credits.

The Self Evaluation and Transition Plans & the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design sessions are split into two parts. ACTCP members must attend both parts of each session to recieve the Foundation credits for those topics.


Session Descriptions:

DOJ Update- General Session
Be the first to know what the Department of Justice is planning when it comes to the ADA.This session will cover current activities, priorities and future directions of the Department of Justice related to ADA implementation and enforcement.

1A) Title I Guidelines
Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act addresses the rights of individuals with disabilities in employment settings. ADA Coordinators should understand the basic requirements of Title I and non-discriminatory employment practices and procedures. This session will discuss who has obligations and rights under Title I, essential functions of a position, and reasonable accommodation and accommodation policies. This session will also focus on non-discriminatory practices related to employment recruitment, application process, interviewing, pre-employment inquiries & testing, hiring, medical examinations, and performance management.

1B) Effective Communication
Title II of the ADA requires state and local government entities to provide "effective communication" to individuals with disabilities. This session includes what the ADA covers in regards to "effective" communication, the types of auxiliary aides and services used to provide effective communication, obligations and responsibilities of both Title II entities and individual with disabilities, and examples of policies that may meet ADA guidelines and ensure people with disabilities receive access to communication.

2A) Self-Evaluation & Transition Plan-Part 1 of 2
Are you one of those public entities that are slightly behind in doing a self-evaluation and transition plan? Are you asking yourself What is a self-evaluation and transition plan? Well then, this is the session for you. All public entities subject to title II of the ADA must complete a self-evaluation. For entities that have 50 or more employees, there is also a requirement to have in place a transition plan that addresses structural changes that are necessary for achieving program accessibility. Come to this 2-part session if you are interested in learning more about how to approach conducting a self-evaluation and how to integrate the information gathered into a transition plan.

2B)Title I Reasonable Accommodations
The ADA requires that employers provide accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities in order to remove workplace barriers to provide equal employment opportunity. For many employers understanding when and how they must comply can be, at times, complex. This session will help employers develop effective policies, procedures, and best practices that can assure full compliance as well as help to successfully respond to reasonable accommodation requests and needs resulting in creating a productive work environment for all employees.

3A) Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan-Part 2 of 2- This is a continuation of session 2A

Readily Achievable- What Does That Mean for Your Business?
Facilities built prior to the passage of the ADA are required to do what is "readily achievable" to meet their ADA compliance obligations. However, there is often confusion as to what "readily achievable" means. This session will clarify misperceptions and show how businesses can assess and meet this compliance obligation.

4A) 2010 Standards for Accessible Design-Part 1 of 2
This year the 2010 standards for accessible design became the only standard allowed by the Department of Justice for use in new construction and alterations. This 2-part session will provide an overview of changes to the 2010 Standards, scoping and technical requirements for new construction and alterations, practical strategies to ensure ADA compliance for your building projects, and provide new tools and resources to evaluate accessibility.

4B) Accessible Web Design
With increasing amounts of information available on websites, it is important that individuals with disabilities have access to information. This session will cover Section 508 guidelines for accessible websites and the obligations of Title II entities to provide accessible websites.

5A) 2010 Standards for Accessible Design-Part 2 of 2
This is a continuation of session 4A

5B) Service Animals
Service animals are defined and viewed differently under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Air Carriers Access Act (ACAA). Find out how each of these laws provides protections for individuals with disabilities. Learn what businesses, governments, employers, airlines, and property managers are required to do and what they are not required to do. Become educated on permissible questions and/or permissible documentation a covered entity may ask or require from an individual with a disability.

6A) Advanced Discussion Forum: Common and Complex Issues of the ADA Coordinator
This session will provide an opportunity for attendees with advanced knowledge and experience as ADA Coordinators to discuss pertinent issues and problem solve. Attendees will have a chance to discuss their own everyday issues and problems they face and work with other ADA Coordinators facing similar issues to come up with possible problem solving techniques that they can take back home with them. The session will follow a guided facilitation format.

6B) Public Rights of Way
The U.S. Access Board has released for public comment proposed guidelines for accessible public rights-of-way. The guidelines provide design criteria for public streets and sidewalks, including pedestrian access routes, street crossings, curb ramps and blended transitions, on-street parking, street furniture, and other elements. This session will provide an update on the status of this rulemaking along with visual examples, solutions to common problems, and best practices for sidewalk, street crossing and pedestrian facility accessibility.

7A)Advanced Discussion Forum: Employment Issues
This session will provide an opportunity for attendees with advanced knowledge and experience in employment to discuss pertinent issues and problem solve. The session will follow a guided facilitation format.

7B)Emergency Preparedness
One of the most important roles of local government is to protect their citizenry from harm, including helping people prepare for and respond to emergencies. Making local government emergency preparedness and response programs accessible to people with disabilities is a critical part of this responsibility. This session will explore how to make these programs accessible as required by the ADA.