The information on this page has been compiled from the Building Active Communities Initiative conference.
Disabilities Resources & Information
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Beginning on March 15, 2012 all state and local governments and private businesses open to the public are required to comply with the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) revised regulations for implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The revised rules, which include the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design (2010 Standards), were adopted by the DOJ on September 15, 2010 and went into effect on March 15, 2011.
The 2010 Standards comprehensively reorganize and rewrite the 1991 ADA Accessibility Guidelines (1991 Standards) and set new minimum requirements – both scoping and technical – for new construction and alterations to the facilities of more than 80,000 state and local governments and more than seven million businesses. To read more about this topic click the next two links.
2010 Standards for Accessible Design:
In 2015, the United States celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This law, the civil rights act for people with disabilities, expanded rights to participate in programs, activities and services offered by state and local governmental entities (Title II) and nonprofit/for-profit entities (Title III). The country has come a long way, but to better understand the significance of the ADA, it is necessary to take a quick look back through history at the laws implemented as its precursors.
National Recreation and Parks Association Article
Rocky Mountain ADA Center Educates Businesses on Building an Accessible Future with the New ADA Standards
The ADA is not the only disability rights law, though it is the most comprehensive. Learn more about Federal laws relevant to the rights of individuals with disabilities.
Additional Informational Resources
We have included additional resources for your information:
- ADA Public Rights of Way (PROW) links & articles
- ADA Effective Snow Removal for Pathways and Transit Stops
- Montana Department of Transportation ADA Transition Plan
- ADAAG& PROWAG are the two sets of guidelines for design of accessible features on new construction and alterations
- Missoula Visitability Resolution documents – Voluntary Visitability Resolution& Visitability of Homes a Growing Concern Missoulian Article
- The Montana Disability and Health Programis organized to respond to the health priorities of Montanans with disabilities across the life course
- Community Health Data Assessments– click link and choose count
Webinar: The NIH All of Us Research Program and Precision Medicine
Reflections from a Rural State – Presented by: Karl D. Cooper, Esq., American Association on Health and Disability; Erica Woodahl, Ph.D., UM Department of Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences; and Meg Ann Traci, Ph.D., The Montana Disability and Health Program, UM Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities on behalf of Bob Liston, MS, and Marsha Katz, MS, ADAPT Montana
View the 1.5 hour webinar on precision medicine and the NIH All of Us Research Program, being supported by the UM Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, in partnership with the American Association on Health Disability. This event has been recording and is Live Captioned. Topics to include: Precision Medicine; Precision Health; Technologies promoting health
Disclosure Information: This continuing nursing education activity has been approved by the Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This CNE activity has been approved for 1.5 contact hours. No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity.
Criteria for Successful Completion: View webinar; Post-webinar: complete online evaluation and attestation of completion (the link to the evaluation will be made available at the conclusion of the webinar). Expiration date for recorded webinar/enduring material is October 31, 2020.
Webinar: Reaching People with Disabilities Through Patient Navigation: Supportive Access to Healthcare Coverage
Presented by: Karl D. Cooper, Esq., American Association on Health and Disability
The 1.5 hour webinar on reaching people with disabilities through patient navigation from the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC) at the American Association on Health Disability is not longer available for viewing. Topics include: ACA Marketplace client resources and questions, disability etiquette, and accessibility considerations throughout the enrollment process.
Disclosure Information: This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. SWP/MFT/LAC/0407-2017 – Reaching People with Disabilities Through Patient Navigation Webinar is approved for 1.5 hours. No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity.
Criteria for Successful Completion: View webinar; Post-webinar: complete online evaluation and attestation of completion (the link to the evaluation will be made available at the conclusion of the webinar). Expiration date for recorded webinar/enduring material is June 26, 2019.
Webinar: Inclusive Interdisciplinary Walking Audit
Presented by: Mark Fenton, National Public Health, Planning and Transportation Consultant
View the 1.5 hour webinar on the inclusive interdisciplinary walking audit. This event has been recording and is Live Captioned. In order to view the captions, make sure to click subtiitles/closed caption (CC) once the link opens. Topics include: building a healthier community with inclusive walk audits, land use, network of facilities, site design, as well as safety and access.
Webinar: Including People with Disabilities: Public Health Workforce Competencies
Presented by: Dr. Adriane Griffen, Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD)
Dr. Adriane Griffen from the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) talks about how public health can improve the health, employment and participation of Montanans with disabilities, specifically the Inclusion of People with Disabilities – Public Health Workforce Competencies, designed to increase the capacity of public health providers to include people with disabilities in their public health plans and efforts. View the 1 hour webinar on including people with disabilities in public health workforce competencies.