Ms. Bowen was a teacher before she went to law school — and she’s never stopped being one. She can clarify the most difficult issues for the most sophisticated audience. But she doesn’t think you have to be a lawyer to understand the key principles and put them to work. She conveys complex concepts in a straightforward, even-handed, entertaining way.

She draws on her extensive knowledge and training materials, but never simply repeats a “stock” presentation. Each session is

  • Tailored to what the participants already know and what they need to know
  • Filled with specific examples that may come up in your organization and approaches for addressing them
  • Updated with hot topics and recent developments
  • Geared for group interaction or open discussion

Irene Bowen is sought after by businesses, organizations, advocacy groups, colleges and universities, and others for speeches and training.

Her programs are engaging, insightful, and packed with up-to-date information.

Her trainings are known for their solid content and lively interaction.

How you benefit from training

ADA One’s training programs can help your organization

  • Prevent discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act and similar laws
  • Help your employees
    • understand how to better serve individuals with disabilities – and how that benefits your business or organization
    • avoid mistakes that could hurt your organization
    • know how to report problems to managers, in hopes of swift resolution
  • Prevent complaints or litigation
    • Avoid the inevitable expense
    • Avoid negative publicity
  • Gain a solid knowledge base for developing assessments, transition plans, self-evaluations, and barrier removal plans
    • Know how to spend your money in the right way; avoid costly mistakes just because you “didn’t know”
    • Learn to work effectively with outside contractors
  • Show a good faith effort at compliance
  • Position yourself for establishing a defense to claims that may arise

Why ADA One is the one for ADA training

What others have said about Ms. Bowen’s trainings and presentations:

“Without doubt, you gave one of the finest presentations I’ve been witness to in my many years of being present at similar conferences.” — John W. Patten, former Publisher, Business Week

From participants at conferences:

“I’ve been coming to [the association’s] conferences for 20 years, and this is one of the best training sessions I’ve ever attended. Thank you!”


“WOW… This was a great experience.”

“Excellent for both beginners and those more experienced who need updates.”

“Made technically difficult material clear to a non-legal audience.”

“One of the best sessions that I have heard. (I’ve been involved with [the national organization] for 15 years!)”

“Irene Bowen was exceptionally knowledgeable and provided very helpful and practical information.”

“Thank you for making legal issues so easy to understand.”

We can provide overviews or in-depth coverage of all ADA topics – bringing in subject matter experts, as needed, for detailed treatment of almost any issue. No one else has the

  • experience
  • depth and breadth of knowledge and
  • insight into what it all means and how the government approaches compliance.

We can also address section 504, the Fair Housing Amendments Act, the Architectural Barriers Act, and the federal accessibility standards.

Training topics

  • DOJ’s new ADA rules and the ADA Amendments Act
    • Overview
    • Title II
    • Title III
    • In-depth session, including ADA Standards
  • Review of hot topics/current developments
    • Case law developments in topics listed
    • Federal regulatory updates (rules, policies, technical assistance)
  • Intensive training in all aspects of title II, title III, and/or section 504
  • Other subjects, with presentations adapted to your interests and setting, including
    • Using DOJ’s ADA Tool Kit: an action guide for public entities
    • Project Civic Access: what you can learn, how to prepare for one or do your own
    • ADA and section 504 overview (with, as appropriate, Fair Housing Act, Architectural Barriers Act)
    • Overview of accessibility requirements
    • Emergency preparedness
    • Details of ADA accessibility requirements
    • Avoiding litigation, responding to complaints (2-4 hours)
    • Planning for accessibility, working with experts (3-4 hours)
    • Effective communication
    • Access to courts
    • Law enforcement and corrections
    • Historic preservation
    • Access to museums
    • Access to health care
    • Access to hotels
    • Physical access on campus

Formats and settings

We offer sessions from one hour to two weeks, in large or small groups, live or via audio conference.

Examples of Irene Bowen’s recent training sessions and speeches

November 2012, Legal Instruments for the Enforcement of Accessibility Laws for Disabled Persons,
The American View

HARVARD UNIVERSITY, Office of Executive Education, class on “Accessibility: Compliance, Comparisons and
Universal Design”, instructor, July 2012

American Institute of Architects 2009 national convention: New ADA
Requirements: What’s Ahead

BIRMINGHAM AND ALABAMA CHAPTERS OF AIA, “Preparing for the Proposed (New?) DOJ Regulations,” September 2009


2010 keynote speaker for plenary session: “ADA: Past, Present, Future” on the 20th anniversary of the ADA

Management Institutes and annual conferences, 2009 – 2012

  • Topics included “Managing Change on the College Campus: The Impact of Amendments to Federal Laws and Regulations” and “Keeping It Legal: Learning from Others’ Mistakes, Avoiding Accessibility Complaints and Litigation.”

State and local governments

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ADA COORDINATORS (NAADAC) – 3 ½ days of training and presentations twice a year at NAADAC’s conferences, 2008 to 2013. Find out more about NAADAC and its conferences (usually in late April and late October).

  • National conferences, every April and October
    • Take the Bull by the Horns: Service Animals and Assistance Animals
    • Project Civic Access
    • New Rules from DOJ? What Lies Ahead and How to Prepare
    • Common mistakes in construction
    • Corrections
    • The courts
    • Self evaluations and transition plans for colleges and universities
    • Meetings and events
  • Seven-part webinar series on DOJ’s new regulations: ADA, the Next Generation, presented fall 2010 (CD now available with including power points, audio recordings, and handouts for each of seven sessions)

County of Fulton, Georgia, February 2012: ADA Self-Evaluation Program Survey Training

Nevada Public Agency Insurance Pool, January 2012 (webinar): “2010 Changes to ADA Regulations: What Local Governments Need to Know”

City of Chicago, several days of training of City staff on ADA requirements and carrying out program surveys, 2010

State of Alaska Access 2010: Alaska’s New Frontier, 2010

Higher education

Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)

KEYNOTE SPEECH: “ADA: Past, Present, Future” on the 20th anniversary of the ADA at AHEAD, July 2010 (text and photos, PDF, 1.36 MB).

Speaker and trainer on a regular basis for AHEAD national conferences, webinars, management institutes. See examples of presentations here: [link to higher education page, speaking]


Presentations at national conference, mid-year Higher Education Discrimination Law Workshop, and webinar, 2009-2013, including “Surviving an ADA Accessibility Audit: Best Practices for Policy Development and Compliance.”

U.S. Department of Education’s Disability Network, January 2009

MISSISSIPPI AHEAD, 2010: “A New Day for the ADA?”and “Keeping It Legal: Learning from others’ mistakes, avoiding accessibility complaints and litigation.”

New York State Disability Services Council, 2010: One-day workshop, including “You Gotta Have a Plan: Self-evaluations and Transition Plans” and “What’s Ahead in Rulemaking and Enforcement?”

CORNELL UNIVERSITY, 2010: Americans with Disabilities Act Update, Program Access

Other presentations related to higher education