The second installment of the 2010 Real Economic Impact Tour Audioconference Series was held on February 25, 2010. Pamela Williamson, Director of Training and Technical Assistance, Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC): Southeast ADA Center and Karen Hamilton, North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities, DBTAC: Southeast ADA Center’s NC ADA Network Partner gave a very informative presentation, "Making VITA Sites Accessible to Persons with Disabilities." This presentation touched on rarely considered items such as care of landscaping as an accommodation for a blind person.
Karen Hamilton has more than 20 years experience in the disability services field including expertise in ADA training & technical assistance, inclusive program design, community support services and recreation facility management. As an independent contractor, she has experience providing training, technical writing, and program development services for non-profit organizations and government agencies on the local, state and national level.
Ms. Hamilton received her initial ADA Training as a member of the Department of Justice/Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ADA Training and Implementation Network conducted by the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund. In 1999 Ms. Hamilton established and continues to manage the NC ADA Network, an initiative of the NC Council on Developmental Disabilities and state affiliate of the DBTAC: Southeast ADA Center. The statewide NC ADA Network involves 20+ grassroots disability-led organizations that work with their local businesses and government agencies to promote voluntary compliance with the ADA. Ms. Hamilton has a Masters Degree of Education in Therapeutic Recreation from Southern Illinois University.
Pamela Williamson is the Director of Training and Technical Assistance at the DBTAC: Southeast ADA Center, a project of the Burton Blatt Institute of Syracuse University. The DBTAC, funded in 1991, is one of ten regional information centers on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) of the U.S. Department of Education. She coordinates the projectADA and disability-related questions received on the project, develops training and technical assistance materials, and conducts trainings on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Air Carrier Access Act, accessible information technology, and network building.
Ms. Williamson has also been instrumental in developing and implementing four online courses: ADA Basic Building Blocks (public version), Basic ADA Building Blocks (moderated version), At Your Service: Welcoming Customers with Disabilities, and the ADA Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act Tutorial:. In addition, she assisted in the development of the curriculum, Serving Customers with Disabilities in Air Travel.
Prior to her position with the Southeast DBTAC, she worked as the Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights (PAIR) Coordinator and Advocate for the Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities in South Carolina. Her past experience also includes working with children who receive special education services and geriatric populations.
Ms. Williamson has close family members with significant disabilities and has worked professionally with people with disabilities for over 25 years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation and is currently is enrolled in the Masters in Education Instructional Technology Program at Georgia Southern University.