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University of Oklahoma Outreach

University of Oklahoma Outreach is offering three ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) instructional courses focusing on providing communities guidance on designing compliant sidewalks and trails, and developing transition plans that assess the needs of persons with disabilities and meets the requirements of Title II of the ADA. http://communitytraining.ou.edu/ADA/index.html

The three courses offered include Designing Sidewalks for Access, Designing Trails for Access and Transition Plan Development. The short interactive courses will provide assistance on meeting the needs of all sidewalk and trail users. Designers and builders will gain a clear understanding of the applicable legislation, standards and requirements, as well as the abilities of the users.

The Transition Plan Development course will teach community leaders how to develop a comprehensive transition plan that assesses and meet the needs of persons with disabilities. Participants will also gain understanding of the requirements of Title II of the ADA, which include grievance procedures and self assessment of a local government's current services, policies and practices with regard to accessibility requirements.

The courses will be instructed by ADA specialist Richard Andrews. Andrews has spent the last eight years working closely with communities in Oklahoma to develop accessible trails and sidewalk projects. Andrews' work with communities on issues related to transportation infrastructure improvements, ADA compliance and bicycle/pedestrian program implementation provide a unique insight in the intermodal needs and challenges of communities in Oklahoma.

"The workshops provide useful tools for professionals and community leaders to understand their roles and responsibilities under the ADA with regard to public access," Andrews said. Those tools include providing information on planning, public involvement, design, construction and maintenance of community sidewalks and trails.

The Fall 2008 course schedule and locations are as follows:

Designing Sidewalks For Access:

Friday, October 24, OU Norman, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Friday, December 12, OU Tulsa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Designing Trails for Access:

Friday, September 19, OU Norman, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Friday, November 14, OU Tulsa, 9 a.m.-4p.m.

Transition Plan Development:

Friday, September 5, OU Tulsa, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Friday, October 3, OU Norman, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Friday, November 7, OU Norman, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

For more information on courses and enrollment please contact Pamela Hockett-Lewis at (405) 325-2848 or plewis@ou.edu


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