A young African American man smiling and looking back while sitting in his wheelchair outside a college.

Events in Sioux Falls and Harrisburg October 17-19 featuring Emily Shuman with the Rocky Mountain ADA Center in Colorado:

Disability Etiquette and Service Animals Tuesday, October 17th, 2023 – 11:30 a.m. at the Sioux Empire Society for Human Resource Management monthly meeting. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) opens the doors to participation in state and local government programs, among other areas of public life, by prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities. This training defines service animals and the rights and responsibilities of service animal handlers under the ADA as well as the differences between service animals, emotional support animals, and therapy animals. In this training, participants will also learn proper etiquette toward service animals and their handlers. Participants will also learn the prevalence of disability, why access matters, and best etiquette practices and language for interacting with people with disabilities.

Effective Communication and Principles of Digital Accessibility Wednesday, October 18th, 2023 – 12:00 p.m. for the Chamber’s Young Professionals Network and the Sioux Empire United Way’s Volunteer United. This training defines effective communication under the ADA, reviews the obligation of title II entities to furnish auxiliary aids and services, and covers how to determine appropriate methods of communication. Learners will receive guidance on website and multi-media accessibility, to include discussion of the Website Content Accessibility Guidelines, proactive steps to take for effective communication, and applying effective communication obligations to different settings.

Employing People with Disabilities Thursday, October 19th, 2023 – 12:00 p.m. for the Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce and Disability Awareness Commission. This training breaks down employer responsibilities under Title I of the ADA and provides guidance for reasonable accommodations. Participants will receive an overview of the employment portion of the ADA, to include who has rights and who has responsibilities. We will discuss how to engage in the interactive process for implementing reasonable accommodation, as well as common types of reasonable accommodations. Finally, we will discuss tax incentives available to employers who hire people with disabilities.