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The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission offers professionally-led workshops, periodic conferences and roundtable sessions to provide Technical Assistance, Professional Development & Networking opportunities to benefit cultural organizations’ staff and board members, as well as individual artists.

Upcoming Workshops

An Introduction to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 

… a technical assistance workshop for non-profit arts, history and cultural organizations offered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission

Date:  October 23, 2019
10:00am- 11:30am
County Administration Building, 20 Grove Street, Somerville, NJ 08876, 3rd Floor, HR Training Conference Room.  
Parking is available in the attached Bernie Field Parking Deck. Entrance to the deck is 68 East High Street, Somerville, NJ 08876

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 An Introduction to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Join the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission in welcoming Jennifer Perry, Access Specialist, of the Northeast ADA Center at Cornell University on October 23rd, 2019.  This presentation will introduce attendees to the ADA and review the various Titles of the law, as well as discuss who the ADA protects and who enforces the law. Common questions that the Northeast ADA Center receives regarding older buildings will also be discussed. Finally, ADA requirements that make arts and cultural programs more accessible to patrons with disabilities will be reviewed.

 This seminar will cover:

  • What the Americans with Disabilities Act is

  • The Awareness Model

  • Who it effects

  • Who enforces it

  • Hot topics

  • Where/when it applies

  • Obligations for existing buildings

  • Title 2 program access

  • Services animals

  • Website accessibility

Workshop lead by: Jennifer Perry, Access Specialist, Northeast ADA Center

Jennifer Perry has worked in the accessibility field for over twenty years, with a focus primarily on design and construction issues. She provides accessibility training for architects, code officials and other stakeholders that are tailor made for jurisdictions and include state specific accessibility requirements. Jennifer also provides technical assistance to these individuals.

Before joining the Northeast ADA Center in 2014, Jennifer worked for United Spinal Association as a Compliance Specialist, proving plan review, site assessments and training programs to assist design professionals and building owners with state and federal accessibility compliance concerns. Prior to her role as a Compliance Specialist, Jennifer worked in United Spinal's Government Relations Program, where she advocated for the rights of people with disabilities in both Advocacy and Legislative roles.

Jennifer holds a B.A in Political Science and French from King's College in Wilkes-Barre, PA and is a registered International Code Council (ICC) Accessibility Specialist/Plans Examiner. She has served on several ICC Task Groups, including the Visitability and Government Relations Task Groups. She was a member of the Philadelphia Accessibility Advisory Board from 1998-2005, and currently serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Housing Equality Center of Pennsylvania. Jennifer and her family live in Sea Girt, New Jersey.

About the Northeast ADA Center

The goal of the Northeast ADA Center is to educate and empower the diverse range of ADA stakeholders throughout New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to increase their knowledge of the ADA, to support our stakeholders to include people with disabilities in local communities, and to implement the ADA in their own lives, workplaces, businesses and communities

The Northeast ADA Center is a member of the ADA National Network funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90DP0088). We provide information, guidance, and training on implementation of all aspects of the ADA. Our center is located at the Yang-Tan Institute at Cornell University. Our staff consists of individuals with and without disabilities who have extensive experience in the disability field.


 Made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. 
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