Area 5 and Ferndale Partner on PDP

Attendees at the WAEOP Area 5 Professional Program Day held March 24, 2018 in Ferndale, Washington

Attendees at the WAEOP Area 5 Professional Program Day held March 24, 2018 in Ferndale, Washington

Area 5, Ferndale School District and Ferndale Administrative Assistants’ Association came together on Saturday, March 24, 2018 to host a Professional Development Program. Twelve attendees from Ferndale, Seattle, Marysville, Auburn and Arlington participated in the program focused on Notary Training and Website ADA Accessibility.

The Notary Training concentrated on Washington notary law standards. This includes the notary law changes that take effect July 1, 2018. Rebecca Jacob, President of Attorney & Notary Supply, Inc., brought over 30 years of notarial knowledge to her presentation. Last year she used her notarial experience to give input and testimony to shape our most current notary law changes that will take effect on July 1, 2018. PDP Participants learned what their role is as a notary and the responsibilities that go with that role. Also, they learned the technical details of properly notarizing different types of documents and activities.

The second part of the session was focused on accessibility for all. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.

The Website ADA Accessibility training focused on school district website accessibility that included a review of ADA requirements, guiding principles for website ADA compliance and an introduction to making sure documents placed on websites are ADA compliant. Presenter, Neil McKay, brought his expertise in this area to the group. He has been employed with Ferndale Schools since 1991 and currently serves as its webmaster. His district, like many others in Washington state, have taken the necessary steps to ensure their online content is accessible to all constituents.

For more information:
WAEOP Area 5 Director Tammy Bengen, 360.383.9207,

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