ERIC Number: ED363016
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr-8
Reference Count: N/A
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Child Care Providers: Increasing Service Access for Young Children with Disabilities and Families.
This presentation addresses aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act of relevance to day care centers in Arkansas. First, Title I of the Act which addresses discrimination in employment is summarized including definition of "individual with a disability," reasonable accommodations, identifying essential functions, want ads, application forms, references, and medical exams. Next, aspects of Title III, which prohibits discrimination against the full and equal enjoyment of goods and services, are considered. These include integrated programs, barrier free access, policies and procedures, and "readily achievable" accommodations, reasonable modifications, and provision of auxiliary aids and services, terminology, and suggestions for relating to people with disabilities. Schedules for accomplishing the elimination of barriers are described for new construction, alterations to existing structures, and removal of barriers in existing facilities. Seven steps for a Center's self evaluation process are presented. These are: (1) evaluate admissions and operating policies; (2) evaluate the building; (3) evaluate playgrounds; (4) evaluate staff; (5) evaluate policies and procedures; (6) evaluate emergency procedures; and (7) evaluate transport vehicles. A detailed program checklist is appended as are a list of 14 agency resources and the text of the proposed physical facility guidelines for day care facilities under the ADA. (DB)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Civil Rights Legislation, Compliance (Legal), Day Care Centers, Design Requirements, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Employment Practices, Federal Legislation, Guidelines, Mainstreaming
Arkansas Early Childhood Commission, 101 East Capitol, Suite 106, Little Rock, AR 72201 (a videotape of this presentation is available on loan).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Arkansas Early Childhood Commission, Little Rock.
Authoring Institution: Arkansas Educational Television Network, Conway.; Easter Seal Society of Arkansas.
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990