ADA National Network Webinar Series:
Health Care and the ADA-Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities
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Schedule 2018-19

This webinar series intends to provide information and examples of healthcare provision which includes people with disabilities by following the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

These 90 minute webinars are brought to you by the Pacific ADA Center on behalf of the ADA National Network. All sessions will be captioned, recorded and archived.This program is delivered via both webinar platform and via telephone (additional charges may apply). Real-time captioning is available via the webinar platform...

Webinars begin at ET: 2.30pm, CT: 1.30pm, MT:12.30pm, PT:11.30am, Hawaii: 9.30am during mainland Standard Time; 8.30am during mainland Daylight Savings Time

ADA National Network Learning Session: Department of Justice's Barrier Free Health Care Initiative

27th June, 2019

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This webinar will address health care organizations' obligations under the ADA. This will include a discussion of the Disability Rights Section's recent work on health care access, including agreements related to interpreters, service animals, equipment, HIV, opioid use disorder, and physical accessibility.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand health care organizations' obligations under the ADA.
  • Learn about DRS' recent health care access cases.
  • Find out where to go for more information about the ADA and health care access for individuals with disabilities.


Stephanie Berger is an Attorney Advisor in the Disability Rights Section (DRS) of the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice. Within DRS, she is a member of the Regulations, Interpretation, and Coordination team, where she provides legal advice and coordination regarding the nondiscrimination requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. She also works on the Section's efforts under the ADA to combat discrimination against people with opioid use disorder who are in treatment or recovery. Ms. Berger holds a B.A. from Arizona State University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

ADA National Network Learning Session: Access to health care and the ADA - A review of the case law

26th September, 2019

Access to health care is critical for people with disabilities, but often many barriers exist. This webinar will review how litigation has impacted the ADA's application to health care. Topics will include accessible medical facilities and equipment, effective communication, and service animals in health care facilities. In addition to reviewing specific court decisions and settlement agreements, this session will also identify trends and potential issues for future ADA health care-related litigation.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand court cases that involve accessible medical facilities and equipment, effective communication, and service animals in health care facilities
  • Learn trends and potential issues for future ADA health care-related litigation


Barry Taylor is the Vice President for Civil Rights and Systemic Litigation at Equip for Equality, where has worked since 1996. At Equip for Equality, he has overseen many individual and systemic disability discrimination cases and he is currently co-counsel in five ADA class actions, including lead counsel in Ligas v. Norwood, a class action on behalf of people with developmental disabilities who are seeking community services. Barry has given numerous presentations on the ADA across the country to people with disabilities, family members, attorneys, employers, businesses, service providers and advocacy organizations.

From 1988 - 1993, Barry was a litigation associate at the Chicago law firm of Peterson & Ross. He is a 1988 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, where he also received his undergraduate degree in 1985.

ADA National Network Learning Session: The Provider Accessibility Initiative (PAI)

24th October, 2019

According to a 2017 CMS analysis, Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries with disabilities receive less preventive care than beneficiaries with no disability because health care providers lack accessible exam rooms and/or diagnostic equipment. The purpose of the Centene Provider Accessibility Initiative (PAI) is to increase the percentage of Centene's providers who meet minimum federal and state disability access standards. During this webinar, representatives from Centene and the National Council of Independent Living (NCIL) will provide an overview of the PAI, results to date, and recommend best practices to create a health system that promotes universal access for all.

Learning objectives:

  • Increase their knowledge of the disability access provisions in the 2016 Medicaid/CHIP Managed Care Final Rule
  • b. Learn ways consumers, disability rights organizations, and health plans can partner to increase physical and programmatic access in doctor's offices


Sarah Triano is the Director of Complex Care Policy and Innovation for Centene Corporation. Prior to joining Centene, Triano served in California Governor Jerry Brown's administration as the disability policy advisor to the Secretaries of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency and Health and Human Services Agency. Triano was a student participant at the first annual California Youth Leadership Forum for High School Students with Disabilities in 1992, and from there became a nationally known disability justice activist as the Program Director at Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago and the Executive Director of the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center. She co-founded the nation's first annual Disability Pride Parade in Chicago and has spoken before the United Nations Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Kelly Buckland is a person with a disability who has been actively involved in disability issues since 1979. Kelly is currently employed as the Executive Director of NCIL. Kelly started his career as an employee for Idaho's Protection and Advocacy system. He served for over twenty years as the Executive Director of the Boise CIL, Living Independence Network Corp. and the Idaho State Independent Living Council. He has worked on issues affecting people with disabilities, including passage of the Personal Assistance Services Act and the Fathers and Mothers Independently Living with their Youth (FAMILY) Child Custody Laws. In recent years, Kelly has been honored with numerous state and national awards, including the University of Idaho President's Medallion, the United Vision for Idaho Lifetime Achievement Award, the Hewlett-Packard Distinguished Achievement in Human Rights Award, and induction into the National Spinal Cord Injury Hall of Fame. Kelly has testified before Congress several times on issues such as universal health care, Fair Housing and appropriations for centers for independent living. He has been closely involved with the direct-service and systemic change aspects of the Independent Living movement.