HHS Section 504 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Thursday, November 2nd, 2023
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm [Eastern Time]

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Sponsors: Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, Southeast ADA Center, Rocky Mountain ADA Center, Pacific ADA Center, and Northwest ADA Center

Description:
On September 14, 2023, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a proposed rule under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. The proposed rule covers all recipients of HHS funds and includes proposed provisions on medical treatment; the child welfare system; web, mobile, and kiosk accessibility; accessible medical equipment; and integration, along with many other issues. The rule is open for public comments though November 13, 2023. In this presentation, OCR will walk us through some of the key provisions of the proposed rule and share how to comment.

The webinar will be captioned.

Link to the proposed rule:
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2023/09/14/2023-19149/discrimination-on-the-basis-of-disability-in-health-and-human-service-programs-or-activities(link is external)

Link to the fact sheet:
https://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-individuals/disability/section-504-rehabilitation-act-of-1973/fact-sheet/index.html(link is external)

Audience:
Business, Employer, People with Disabilities, State and Local Government, ADA Coordinator, Attorney or Other Legal Professional, Educator, Family Member of Person with Disability, Federal or Non-Federal Partner, Media, Medical Professional, Policy Expert, Service Provider, State/Local Affiliate

Topics:
Public Accommodations (ADA Title III), Technology (Accessible), Telecommunication (ADA Title IV), Accessible Technologies, Effective Communication, Medical Assistance, Program Access, Reasonable Modification of Policy and Procedures

Speakers:
Molly Burgdorf is currently a Supervisor Policy Advisor in the Office for Civil Rights at HHS, and the team lead on the Section 504 rulemaking. She is an advocate, an attorney, and a woman with a disability. Molly has also served as the Senior Director of Rights Policy with The Arc of the United States, the Senior Policy Attorney at the Center for Public Representation, Senior Advisor with the Administration for Community Living, and Senior Advisor with the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at HHS, among other roles.

John Thompson is a Policy Analyst for the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights. He has investigated allegations of civil rights violations in public and private entities across the United States, negotiated settlement agreements, and helped draft regulations and guidance concerning discrimination based on race, color, national origin, disability, sex, and age.

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