Why Social Workers Need to Know About the ADA

Why Social Workers Need to Know About
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Michigan Social Worker Continuing Education Workshop

Disability Rights are Civil RightsDisability is a human diversity issue and the ADA is a civil rights law. At this interactive workshop you will learn to recognize when your clients are facing systemic barriers of an ADA nature, understand what your professional obligations are to provide accommodations to clients with disabilities in your practice, begin to recognize ableism in the policies and practices of your organization, and learn about current public policy issues impacted by the ADA.

Friday, September 8, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Check in with coffee & light refreshments
9:00 a.m. – noon: Workshop

Fetzer Center
Western Michigan University
2350 Business Court, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(parking available on-site)

This FREE workshop provides 3 Social Work CE credits. This course is approved by the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative, approval number: 072517-02

Workshop Objectives:

The goals of this interactive workshop are to increase the knowledge of social workers so that they can:

  • Recognize when clients are facing systems barriers of an ADA nature (employment discrimination, accessible format request denials, etc) and help clients advocate for themselves or find appropriate resources for support.
  • Learn what they, as social workers, are required to do under the ADA to accommodate clients, from intake through discharge, in all types of practice settings.
  • Understand their obligations to welcome and accommodate volunteers, board members and potential employees under the ADA and operationalize that understand into policies and procedures.
  • Recognize and begin to address their own privilege and ableism as a barrier to understanding disability as a diversity issue and providing culturally competent services.

Follow this link to download the flyer  for this workshop.


3 Free CE CreditsThis workshop is free, however registration is required. Use the button below to register online or call Michele at (269) 345-1516 x116. Registration deadline is Tuesday, September 5. Register NOW! Space is limited!

When registering let us know if you need an accommodation to participate.

This is a fragrance free environment; please do not wear any perfumes, colognes or scented products.

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This workshop is presented by Disability Network Southwest Michigan and made possible in part by the ADA Michigan, an affiliate of the Great Lakes ADA Center, through grant 90DP0091-01-00 from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research.