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Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University and Southeast ADA Center

Southeast ADA Center hosts 4-event Virtual Series in Celebration of National Disability Awareness Month

“Increasing Access and Opportunity” is the October 2020 theme for the annual National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This year marks the 75th year of NDEAM lead by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). This year 2020 we also celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the 100th anniversary of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR).

In recognition of these important milestones, the Southeast ADA Center will host a FREE four-event Virtual Series: Disability Employment – Looking Back & Moving  Forward on each Wednesday in October starting at 1:00 pm [Eastern Time].

Wednesday - October 7, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. ET

ADA Live! Podcast & Resources: Celebrating 100 Years of Vocational Rehabilitation with RSA Commissioner Mark Schultz

For the past 100 years, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) under the guidance of the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) has enabled people with disabilities to overcome barriers to access, maintain, or return to employment. Join RSA Commissioner Schultz in discussing the past, present, and future of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Wednesday - October 14, 2020 at 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET

Webinar: Shaping Modern Disability Employment Policy through the Lens of Past Veterans’ Experience

What can the past tell us about contemporary employment policy for veterans with disabilities?  For the past decade, Dr. Larry Logue and BBI Chairman, Dr. Peter Blanck have conducted research on Union army veterans' experience with disabilities and federal government benefits. Their new book “Race, Ethnicity, and Disability: Veterans and Benefits in Post-Civil War America,” a volume in the Cambridge University Press Disability Law and Policy series investigates veterans' longevity and African Americans' treatment in the pension system. Join this webinar to discover the historical and contemporary views of the employment of veterans with disabilities.

Wednesday - October 21, 2020 at 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET

Webinar: RRTC Disability Inclusive Employment Policy Center

The unprecedented health, social, and economic challenges raised by the coronavirus pandemic have greatly affected employees with disabilities.  What does the future of U.S. employment policy look like for people with disabilities? Learn about the newly funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Disability Inclusive Employment Policy (DIEP). The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) provides funding this new initiative. The Center is formed by a key partnership of Syracuse, Harvard, and Rutgers Universities.  This Center also brings together nationally recognized researchers from multiple disciplines, including economics, psychology, law, public policy, business management, and health.

Join the panel of: Dr. Peter Blanck, Dr. Nicole Maestas, Dr. Meera Adya, Dr. Douglass Kruse, Dr. Lisa Schur, and Michael Morris, as they discuss this groundbreaking project.

Wednesday - October 28, 2020 at 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET

Webinar: Future Images of the Face of Vocational Rehabilitation

In a final tribute to National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the first 100 years of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), a panel of VR innovative leaders will discuss issues around racial equity, service delivery design, employer engagement and reasonable accommodations, technology, transition services and statewide workforce system integration.

Join the panel of: Cora McNabb, Joe Xavier, Felicia Johnson, and Allison Flanagan, as they cover future emerging issues, challenges and trends for public Vocational Rehabilitation.

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Virtual Series (4-event): Disability Employment – Looking Back & Moving Forward

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About BBI

The Burton Blatt Institute (“BBI”) at Syracuse University reaches around the globe in its efforts to advance the civic, economic, and social participation of people with disabilities. Through program development, research, and public policy guidance, BBI advances the full inclusion of people with disabilities. BBI builds on the legacy of Burton Blatt, a pioneering disability rights scholar. BBI has offices in Syracuse, NY; Washington, DC; Atlanta, GA; New York City, NY; and Lexington, KY.  Learn more at:

About the Southeast ADA Center

The Southeast ADA Center is a leader in providing information, training, and guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and disability access tailored to the needs of business, government, and individuals at local, state, and regional levels. It also conducts research to reduce and eliminate barriers to employment and economic self-sufficiency and to increase the civic and social participation of people with disabilities. Located in Atlanta, GA, the Southeast ADA Center is a project of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University and one of 10 regional centers in the ADA National Network, funded since 1991 by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). Learn more at:


The contents of this announcement were developed under a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90DP0090-01-00). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this announcement do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. The information, materials, and/or technical assistance provided by the Southeast ADA Center are intended solely as informal guidance, and are neither a determination of your legal rights or responsibilities under the Act, nor binding on any agency with enforcement responsibility under the ADA. The Southeast ADA Center does not warrant the accuracy of any information contained herein. Furthermore, in order to effectively provide technical assistance to all individuals and entities covered by the ADA, NIDILRR requires the Southeast ADA Center to assure confidentiality of communications between those covered and the Center. Any links to non-Southeast ADA Center information are provided as a courtesy, and are neither intended to, nor do they constitute, an endorsement of the linked materials. You should be aware that NIDILRR is not responsible for enforcement of the ADA. For more information or assistance, please contact the Southeast ADA Center via its web site at or by calling 1-800-949-4232 (voice) or 404-541-9001 (voice).