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4th Thursday ADA Talks 2023

A virtual monthly series on topics related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and disability access that runs for 60-minutes on the fourth Thursday from January to October (10 sessions).


Why No One Has To Be Normal Anymore

Join University Professor Stephen Kuusisto of the Syracuse University Burton Blatt Institute (BBI), and a panel of faculty, staff and students for an engaging discussion of disability history and disability life in celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Disabled, Trans, and Queer: Intersectional Conversations in the Workplace

Too often people with disabilities and LGBTQIA+ individuals are left out of important conversations — diversity, inclusion, equal access, and discrimination to name a few—even though we are deeply impacted by these topics on a daily basis.We can all begin to heal as a community by embracing and honoring our differences. Advocacy can help us develop compassion for ourselves and others. Listening deeply and taking action can give us true strength. Our collective efforts will enable us to better understand how our lives are shaped by our lived experiences, to raise our awareness of experiences outside our own, and see the connections between our lives and those of others.

Employment and ADA Series (3 webinars)


ADA Impact on Individuals and the COVID-19 Long Haul

In this webinar, experts in the field share information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and how it can help those with disabilities as they navigate COVID-19. Presenters will share a vast array of information related to the disability community that includes highlights and obstacles to virtual living, COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and information, and accommodations and assistive technology that can help with the COVID-19 long haul.


Disability in a COVID World: Employment, Communications, Physical Spaces & Mental Health

In celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD or IDPwD), three panels of diverse presenters discuss disability in a COVID world with a focus on employment, mental health, and physical spaces and effective communications.

Protecting your Mental Health during the Pandemic and Holidays

In this webinar, a panel of three mental health professionals discuss how a socially distant holiday season and colder weather may affect our mental health. The panel also shares strategies we can use to improve our mental health and cope in these difficult times.

Virtual Series: Disability Employment – Looking Back and Moving Forward

“Increasing Access and Opportunity” was the October 2020 theme for the annual National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), and marked the 75th year of NDEAM lead by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). During 2020, we also celebrated 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 hosted this four-event series in October 2020.


Webinar Series: Advancing Equal Employment Opportunities and Creating Inclusive Workplaces

This eight-part webinar series focuses on building awareness of Employment First. The series  features a variety of topics for supported employment providers, vocational rehabilitation professionals, self-advocates, and families. Each webinar embraces the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) vision, mission and values, and provide tools and resources that can be used to advance equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities.


Webinar Series: Veterans, Disability, and the Power of Literature

In this unique three-part webinar experience, join author and Vietnam War veteran Doug Anderson and author Steve Kuusisto, as they discuss veterans, disabilities and the critical role that creative writing has played in the difficult re-adjustment to civilian life. The themes in this series include: the transformation of beliefs of war from the ancient glorification of battle in works like the Iliad; to the raw realism of Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried: and Doug Anderson’s memoir “Keep Your Head Down: The Sixties, and a Journey of Self-Discovery.”

Financial Webinar Series – Show Me the Money!

This informative three-part webinar series explores topics including: creating a culture of financial inclusion and access; “Money Smart,” a financial education tool developed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC); and Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) accounts. The presenters for this series include representatives of Regions Bank, the FDIC, and state ABLE programs.

The History of Disabilities Webinar Series

This four-part webinar series provides an educational framework for students, social service professionals, family members, and most of all, people who experience disability. We explore the roots of the disability rights movement and the historical turning points that shape contemporary policy. Dr. Logue’s conversational style and deep subject matter knowledge make for an intriguing and thought-provoking webinar experience.