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T-5.1 WIOA, IDEA, the ADA and Olmstead: How to Advance Those Tools Together in Your Advocacy

Half Day Day Session

Thursday, March 8th

9:00 am - 12:30 PM


Audience Category: All

Audience Level of Expertise: All


Brief Session Description:

The objective of the session is to synthesize the legal requirements that pertain to employment-related transition services, workforce development, and youth with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"), the Supreme Court's Olmstead v. L.C. decision, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”) and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act ("WIOA''). Presenters discuss the changing landscape of law and policy in this area, and demonstrate the complementary qualities of these various legal requirements to provide a roadmap for how state and local government agencies, schools and school districts, youth with disabilities, and their families, employers, and others can navigate new rules and processes to drive successful employment outcomes. We also explore the new requirements relating to school transition services introduced by Section 511 of WIOA and their impact on schools and school transition.


Regina Kline
Partner, Brown, Goldstein & Levy
120 East Baltimore Street, 1700
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
phone: 410-962-1030, 202-330-2173


Eve L. Hill
Partner, Brown, Goldstein & Levy
120 East Baltimore Street, 1700
Baltimore, Maryland 21202


Curtis Richards
Director, Center for Workforce Development
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth

202-822-8405 x163


Presenter(s) Biography(ies):

Regina Kline joined Brown, Goldstein & Levy in February 2017.  Prior to joining the firm, Gina served as Senior Counsel in the Office of the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), where she provided legal and policy counsel regarding efforts to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act and Olmstead v. L.C.’s mandate for community integration in employment, education, law enforcement/criminal justice, homelessness, and health care. She was co-lead on multi-agency efforts to address federal policy developments and law enforcement in disability employment programs nationwide. She provided counsel and advice and collaborated across the federal government, regarding the ADA, Fair Labor Standards Act, Medicaid Act, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and the False Claims Act. She also contributed to significant guidance issued by the Civil Rights Division; provided public testimony on behalf of the Department; and represented the Department on the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.  As a Trial Attorney at the Civil Rights Division’s Disability Rights Section, Gina’s responsibilities included conducting investigations, complex civil litigation, settlement negotiations, and monitoring to enforce the rights of individuals with disabilities to receive services in the most integrated setting appropriate.  She filed two of the Department’s first cases challenging unnecessary segregation of people with disabilities in state-funded employment programs and reached the nation’s first statewide settlement agreements to transform employment programs to serve people with disabilities in competitive integrated employment. She also helped develop and file the Department’s first challenge to a segregated school system for students with behavioral disabilities.  Gina received two prestigious Attorney General’s awards for her work.  After law school, Gina clerked for the Honorable Linda K. Davis of the District of Columbia Superior Court.  She researched and drafted opinions related to the family division and the criminal division and supported Judge Davis as the judge presided over the Criminal Mental Health Diversion Court Program.  During law school, Gina was a legal intern at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, served as a Clinic Legal Intern at the National Health Law Program, worked as a Public Policy Project Law Clerk at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and was a Public Benefits Unit Legal Extern at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. At these positions, Gina assisted the homeless; lobbied members of Congress, drafted legal complaints, amendments, and proposed legislation; and provided free legal assistance to the District of Columbia’s poorest residents.  While attending law school, Gina was also awarded The Order of the Barristers, which honors ten students who excel in trial and appellate advocacy, and the Joseph Bernstein Prize for legal writing. She was the Articles Editor of the Journal of Race, Religion, Gender & Class, chaired the Moot Court Board, was a member and grant recipient of the Maryland Public Interest Law Project, and served as an Academic Achievement Program Teaching Fellow.


Eve Hill is a Partner at the law firm of Brown Goldstein & Levy.  She is a nationally known disability rights advocate and expert on disability rights law.  Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Hill was Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she was a member of the Civil Rights Division’s leadership team and was responsible for oversight of the Division’s disability rights enforcement, educational civil rights enforcement, Title VI interagency coordination and the American Indian Working Group.  Highlights of Ms. Hill’s work at the Department include participating as part of the negotiating team for the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled; testifying before Senate Committees on disability rights issues; enforcing ADA requirements for websites and other digital technology; implementing Olmstead community integration requirements in residential, employment and education settings; and enforcing civil rights in education, law enforcement, public services, and health care contexts. 


Previously, Ms. Hill served as Senior Vice President of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, where she was responsible for the Institute’s disability civil rights work.  Ms. Hill was the founding Director of the Washington DC Office of Disability Rights, a Cabinet-level DC government agency.  Prior to joining the District, she was Executive Director of the Disability Rights Legal Center in Los Angeles.  She was also a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Loyola Law School and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California School of Law and Loyola Marymount University School of Education.   


Ms. Hill started her disability rights work at the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Disability Rights Section.  Before joining the Justice Department, Ms. Hill was an associate with the Washington, D.C. firm of Pierson Semmes & Bemis. 


Ms. Hill is the co-author of a treatise and casebook on Disability Civil Rights Law and Policy, as well as law review articles on disability rights.   Ms. Hill received her J.D. cum laude from Cornell Law School, which recently presented her its Exemplary Public Service Award.


Curtis Richards is Director of the Center for Workforce Development at IEL.  He is a nationally-recognized leader in the disability community.  Richards serves as the lead technical assistance (TA) provider for the National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability for Youth (NCWD/Y).  With support from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, NCWD/Youth is a national technical assistance center focused on assisting the workforce development system to better serve youth, including youth with disabilities.  Examples of his TA include:  (a) assisting the Florida Partners in Transition with the development of a comprehensive statewide Transition Strategic Plan (based on the NCWD/Y’s Guideposts for Success), and providing on-going TA to local-level teams implementing the plan; (b) providing content expertise and TA to the National Governors Association’s Policy Academy on Improving Outcomes for Young Adults with Disabilities; (c) assisting the HSC Foundation in convening a transition summit, identifying activities to support youth with disabilities, and using the Guideposts to identify gaps in services for youth with disabilities; and, (d) providing TA to the Gates Foundation’s East Coast Education Team.  Richards assisted in developing the framework, Guideposts for Success (including Guideposts specifically addressing foster care youth, juvenile justice youth, and youth with mental health needs), the Guideposts for Employers, the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities of Youth Service Practitioners, and the National Alliance for Secondary Education and Transition (NASET) Standards & Indicators.  He writes issue briefs, background papers, policy analyses, and articles on various topics and serves as a trainer and workshop presenter for an array of workforce development audiences.  He is the content lead at NCWD/Y on connecting activities, universal access, self-sufficiency, performance accountability, juvenile justice, significant disabilities, postsecondary education, and disability public policy.  He conducts site visits under NCWD/Y’s Community College Case Study project. Richards originally joined IEL as a Senior Policy Fellow (dedicated to the NCWD/Y) in 2001.  He also formed his own public policy consulting firm, known as The Advocrat Group, in 2001 with an emphasis on issues of disability, education, employment, and health care.  Richards served the last three years of the Clinton Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the U.S. Department of Education.  In that capacity, he administered more than $10 billion of national programs in special education, disability research, and vocational rehabilitation for youth and adults with disabilities.  Before trekking to Washington, Richards was Chief Consultant to the California State Assembly's Budget Committee, where he guided strategy for legislative discussion, modification, and adoption of a state-spending plan.  As he did for several years, Richards held specific budget responsibilities for key programs and departments serving people with disabilities, including special education, vocational rehabilitation, aging and long-term care, mental health, and developmental services.  And, from 1991 to 1995, Richards served as an Assistant Director for Consumer Affairs in the California Department of Rehabilitation.  Richards also has an extensive background in postsecondary education.  He served as Consultant to a California State Assembly committee on higher education from 1985 to 1991, and, before that, lobbied for California State University students for five years.  Richards has spoken extensively on disability issues throughout the country, on a wide range of topics including the disability civil rights movement, the Americans with Disabilities Act, education of disabled youth and adults, and disability and employment. And, as a freelance writer, he has a number of magazine, journal, and newsletter articles in his portfolio, many addressing the same subjects.  Richards has been honored for his work in the disability field.  Among his numerous awards are:  a 2000 Certificate of Appreciation from the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, a 1999 Disability Rights Activist Award from the California Foundation of Independent Living Centers, and the 1997 Lanterman Award from the California Association of Postsecondary Education and the Disabled.  Richards has been visually impaired since he was a toddler.  Richards holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government-Journalism from the California State University, Sacramento.


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