029-2013 January 31, 2013
GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES ADA TRAINING DATES SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY IN BOTH DISTRICTS
Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. announced today theTerritory’s Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Office, in collaboration with Cornell University’s ADA Center and the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCED), will conduct2-day training sessionsin February in both districts. The 2013 Virgin Islands ADA training events will focus on new ADA regulations and emerging issues for both public and private entities in the Territory.
Governor deJongh commended the collaborative training effort, which comes as the Virgin Islands government commences its first Territory-wide 3-year Self-Evaluations and Transition Plans for all government entities.
“The Governor’s ADA Office is committed to educating, training and meeting the ADA compliance requirements for all government entities,” de Jongh said, also noting, “The Virgin Islands government and individuals with disabilities throughout the community continue the collaborative efforts to promote the exchange of information and develop positive working relationships.”
He also said, “Through careful planning, aggressive outreach, and a strong commitment by citizens and government officials, alike, we are ensuring an accessible government, so that programs and services are available to all people.”
The Virgin Islands Territorial ADA Coordinator, Stephanie E. Barnes, emphasized the importance of having representatives of the private sector attend the training sessions.
Barnes stated, “Collectively, public and private entities must collaborate to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities by improving employment opportunities, equal access to programs, services, facilities and communication in the Territory. Only by working together can we move forward and ensure compliance and access to all.”
On St. Croix, meetings will be held February 11 and 12 at the Renaissance Carambola Beach Resort. Those interested in attending can register at: http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/edi/register/index.cfm?event=4188
On St. Thomas, meetings will be held February 14 and 15 at the Marriott Frenchman’s Reef Resort. Those interested in attending can register at: http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/edi/register/index.cfm?event=4191