Essential Eligibility Criteria: Protecting Your Program & Increasing Inclusivity with EEC and ADA

This interactive session will help you understand how crafting “essential eligibility criteria” (EEC) under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can decrease a program’s risk exposure while increasing a program’s inclusivity. We will break down the relevant parts of Title III of the ADA into practical terms. Then, you will receive hands-on practice developing EEC. By the end, you should have a better grasp of how the ADA applies to your programs, along with clear actionable steps to assist with compliance, including: drafting or reviewing EEC for your program(s); reviewing your public-facing presence (website, marketing materials, etc.) to ensure that what you are putting out to prospective participants includes and/or aligns with your EEC and conveys that you do not discriminate based on disabilities; and designing and integrating into your staff training how to communicate appropriately with prospective participants regarding disability accommodation requests.