FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 4, 2008

CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tom Plante, 908-527-4746


Union and Somerset Counties Co-Sponsor Important Workshop
on Americans with Disabilities Act


Does your organization offer public programming? If so, you should know the guidelines for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs together with the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission will present an informative workshop on meeting ADA requirements for hosting public programs. Among the topics covered will be information on an organization’s legal obligations whether it owns a building or rents a facility.

The workshop will be offered twice: Thursday, October 2, at the Jewish Community Center, 1391 Martine Avenue, Scotch Plains; and Thursday, November 13, at the Vermeule Mansion, 614 Greenbrook Road, North Plainfield. Both workshops will be conducted from 6:45 – 9:00 p.m. Executive directors, staff, board and committee members or volunteers are encouraged to attend either workshop.

“It is important for organizations that offer public programming to understand their responsibilities and be familiar with and follow the recommendations of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” said Freeholder Angel G. Estrada, Chairman of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

John McEwen, Chairman of the Cultural Access Network of New Jersey and Executive Director of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, will take the mystery out of reaching ADA goals.  Robert Carr, ADA Coordinator, will discuss the Cultural Access Network website and how to use it as a marketing and resource tool. Architect Michael Schnoering of Farewell, Mills, Gatsch Architects will discuss ADA and how it relates to an organization’s physical structure.

Admission to the workshop is free, but registration is required one week before the workshop. To request a registration form or to learn about other programs, services and volunteer opportunities offered by the Office, please contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202; telephone 908-558-2550; email: NJ Relay users dial 711.