Compliance Summit to take place May 22

May 17, 2012 | UToday
By Cathy Zimmer

The UT community is invited to attend the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)/504/508 Compliance Summit Tuesday, May 22, in Memorial Field House Room 2100.

“Over the past couple of years, the University has made great strides in promoting compliance and diversity initiatives on campus. I am personally pleased with institutional efforts focused on increasing the knowledge and understanding of equal access,” said Angela Paprocki, interim ADA/504 compliance coordinator and assistant provost for student success. “In an effort to further our understanding of ADA/504 law and continue our commitment to diversity, we have put together this Compliance Summit.”


The keynote speaker will be Dan Goldstein from Brown, Goldstein Levy, LLP.

Goldstein will share his expertise as it relates to equal access. His love of trial work has led to a wide-ranging practice that includes complex commercial matters, high-impact public interest litigation, personal injury, white-collar criminal defense, and court appointments to represent defendants charged federally with death-eligible offenses.

As counsel for the National Federation of the Blind, Goldstein has initiated a national legal campaign to ensure access to technology. His settlement of a class action against Cardtronics, which provides for tens of thousands of voice-guided ATMs, constituted a major step toward making this convenience accessible to the blind.

Goldstein’s suit against set precedent regarding the application of access laws to websites, and his suit against America Online has made AOL accessible to the blind.

In litigation from Maryland to Florida, he has helped ensure the right of the blind to vote independently and in secret. This work has gone beyond litigation to partnerships, including the negotiation of joint technology agreements with developers such as

Anne Taylor from the National Federation of the Blind will join Goldstein in the presentations.

“It is my hope that everyone will attend this important event as a sign of their continued commitment to compliance and diversity. Eleven percent of all college students have a disability, and you can’t see all disabilities; over 54 million Americans have a disability,” Paprocki said. “UT faculty and staff are encouraged to attend one or all sessions as their schedules permit.”

The summit sessions will be:

• Understanding ADA/504/508 Implications in Higher Education — Overview
from 1 to 1:50 p.m.

• Equal Access at a 21st Century University from 2 to 2:50 p.m. This session will focus on various aspects of accessibility on university campuses. Topics will include web/media access, physical access, employee accommodations, procurement procedures, institutional policies, and access to information technology systems.

• Academic Accommodations from 3 to 4 p.m. This session will look at the provision of academic accommodations in higher education. Topics will include eligibility and determination, legal implications and case law. Presenters will provide examples in the context of course content, clinical settings and online courses.

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