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ADA 101 for Municipalities – Materials from Webinar of 11/08/23

Event date: 11/8/2023
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Did you know that nearly one in four Vermonters has a documented disability (Vermont Dept. of Health, 2019)? This could mean that one quarter of your residents need extra help in successfully participating in civic life. They could have a hard time seeing, hearing, walking, processing information, or using stairs. There are many things you can do to make it easier for people with disabilities in your community. These aren’t just acts of kindness: you are required by law to do so.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), local governments must make their programs, services, and facilities accessible to people with disabilities. This training:

  • builds your knowledge about disabilities and the law’s requirements,

  • highlights best practices for completing the required self-assessment,

  • provides real-world stories about common pitfalls that may foil your efforts,

  • helps you consider how programs and services are different from facilities, and

  • delivers resources you can use to make the assessment process easier.

In this webinar, speakers from VLCT’s Federal Funding Assistance Program, the Vermont Center for Independent Living, and the Vermont Department of Health explain how to create a more welcoming community for your residents and visitors. Municipalities that comply with the ADA can increase their preparedness for upcoming grant opportunities like MERP and Library capital grants.

Emerson Wheeler, Health Equity and Community Engagement Coordinator for Disability Inclusion, Vermont Department of Health
Peter Johnke, Deputy Director, Vermont Center for Independent Living
Cara Sachs, ADA Advocate, Vermont Center for Independent Living
Katie Buckley, Director, Federal Funding Assistance Program, VLCT

This webinar was fully funded by a grant to VLCT from the Vermont Legislature through the Department of Housing and Community Development.

To register for future VLCT trainings, please visit the VLCT Training and Events Calendar. If you have any questions, please use our Ask A Question webpage or email

Recorded sessions reflect current applications of the law at the time of the recording. For the most up-to-date information, VLCT members should email or use our Ask A Question webpage.

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Disclaimer: This resource is only intended to provide information and it does NOT constitute legal advice. Readers with specific legal questions are encouraged to contact an attorney. The use or downloading of this resource does NOT create an attorney-client relationship and will not be treated in a confidential manner. 

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