News & Events

  • Free Webinar - The Intersection of the ADA and FMLA; Which Applies and When

    Wednesday, June 26, 2024, 1-2 p.m. ET

    Presenters: Patti Bennett Riddle, Medical Leaves Administration at Cornell University Division of Human Resources, Joe Zesski, Program Manager Northeast ADA Center

    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) are two laws which afford the right for employees with disabilities to take leave when necessary due to their disability. However, the when, how, and for whom of these laws is different even while there is some overlap. Join Joe Zesski of the Northeast ADA and Patti Bennett Riddle of Cornell University's Division of Human Resources for an informative webinar about this important and often confusing topic. The presentation will begin with an overview of the ADA and FMLA in regard to leave. This will be followed by a conversation on the insights gained by Patti Bennett Riddle during her career in human resources. She will share how best practices for employers have evolved, pitfalls for employers to avoid, and lessons learned through experience and observation in the field.

    Live Spanish interpretation will not be provided, but a Spanish transcript of the webinar is available upon request following the event.

    Register for the webinar


  • Northeast ADA Center Closed May 27

    The Northeast ADA Center and technical assistance services will be closed on Monday, May 27. The center will open again on May 28. Please note that our normal hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


  • Free Webinar - Title III of the ADA and Readily Achievable Barrier Removal

    Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 1-2 p.m. ET

    Presenter: Jennifer Perry, Access Specialist, Northeast ADA

    Title III of the ADA requires places of public accommodation to remove barriers to accessibility that are deemed “readily achievable”.  The term "places of public accommodation" includes businesses that are generally open to the public and that fall into one of 12 categories listed in the ADA, such as restaurants, movie theaters, schools, day care facilities, recreation facilities, and doctors' offices .Having an awareness of barriers to accessibility, taking steps to determine how they can be overcome, developing a plan to address those improvements (including a time-frame for improvements), and finally implementing those improvements if they are readily achievable, is critical for Title III entities. Join us on May 21, 2024 as we provide an overview of the ADA Title III readily achievable barrier removal regulations.

    Register here


  • Northeast ADA Center Resource - The Small Business at Work Toolkit

    It’s National Small Business Week!

    Do you know? The Northeast ADA Center has a toolkit for small businesses that discusses the how (and why!) small businesses can successfully hire and retain employees with disabilities. You’ll find easy-to-understand, practical advice, along with expert guidance on following Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Visit the Small Business Toolkit to explore it.


  • 2024 National ADA Symposium

    The National ADA Symposium is an annual conference on the Americans with Disabilities Act and disability-related laws. This comprehensive conference provides the latest information on all areas of the ADA, including regulations and guidelines, implementation strategies, and best practices. The 2024 National ADA Symposium will be offered in two formats: Virtual and In-Person.

    Virtual National ADA Symposium:

    May 6-8, 2024, 10:30-6:30 p.m. ET

    Registration deadline is Friday, April 26.

    For more information, visit: 2024 Virtual National ADA Symposium

    National ADA Symposium Minneapolis:

    June 9-12, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. CST, Minneapolis, MN

    Registration deadline is Saturday, May 25.

    For more information, visit: 2024 National ADA Symposium Minneapolis


  • From the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability & Rehabilitation Research:

    “We want to hear from adults with disabilities about the ways you find and use information in your daily life. Your experiences will help researchers learn to share information in more accessible and meaningful ways.

    We will share what we learn with people with disabilities, their family members, researchers, and allies in the disability community.”

    To take the survey, use this link: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/7770841/Disability-Community-Survey-II

    To learn more, or ask for accommodations, email: Dr. Jennifer Bumble, jbumble@air.org


  • April is National Fair Housing Month!

    Although the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a comprehensive law, it only applies in specific housing situations. Title II of the ADA covers housing provided by public entities (state and local governments), such as housing on a state university campus or by a public housing authority, and Title III of the ADA covers places of public accommodation, such as social service establishments and housing provided on behalf a place of education.

    Questions about a landlord providing reserved parking near a tenant’s apartment in a private complex, or about grab bars in a condo bathroom, or permission to have an emotional support animal in a complex with a “no pets” policy, are important. However, these types of situations are covered by the Fair Housing Act (FHA) not by the ADA!

    For more information on housing-related discrimination and the ADA, check out our blog post!


  • Did you know the Northeast ADA Center is on social media?

    You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Follow us on social media and be the first to learn about disability-related news, hear about the research we are doing, and check out exciting projects like our infographics. Like, follow, and connect with us to keep in touch!


  • New Jersey residents: Do You Know the Developmental Disability Agencies Available to You?

    In recognition of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Ombudsman’s Office for Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities and their Families are excited to launch a survey to assess individuals with disabilities and their families’ awareness and satisfaction with several organizations. These government agencies are committed to providing services, education, and advocacy for the developmental disability community. Your participation in this survey will help the participating agencies and organizations identify areas for improvement, so we can all do better to meet the needs of this community.

    This survey is for New Jersey residents only. The survey is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Chinese, and Gujarati. See below for the links to the specific language.

    English Survey

    Spanish Survey

    Portuguese Survey

    Korean Survey

    Chinese Survey

    Gujarati Survey

    The survey will be available until April 15th, 2024.

    If there are any questions about the survey or if you need any assistance in completing it, please contact Kerry McGrath at kerry.mcgrath@njcdd.org or (609)-984-4516. A live interpreter is available upon request.


  • CAPE-Youth’s Youth Fellowship Applications are LIVE!

    The Center for Advancing Policy on Employment for Youth (CAPE-Youth) is looking for youth and young adults with disabilities aged 16-21 to participate as youth fellows in our National Working Group on Youth Transition. If selected as a youth fellow, you will learn and develop professional skills to influence disability policy through:

    • Meeting directly with state leaders;
    • Traveling to education and workforce conferences;
    • Informing written policy products on disability and transition; and
    • Making a change.

    To apply for the fellowship, click here.

    The deadline to apply is March 18 at 10 p.m. ET. Please share this opportunity with others you believe may be interested.

    **If you have any additional questions or need accommodations to complete this application, please reach out to kosmani@cornell.edu.

    CAPE-Youth is a federally-funded research and technical assistance center that helps states develop services, laws and programs that improve employment outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities. CAPE-Youth prioritizes youth voice when doing this work. It is imperative to have youth at the table as leaders, sharing their experiences and interacting directly with policymakers during these discussions.

    CAPE-Youth's National Working Group consists of approximately 40 policymakers and practitioners and eight to 10 youth fellows. If selected as a youth fellow, you will attend working group convenings to discuss ideas for addressing issues that youth with disabilities face in their communities and professionally engage with state leaders to improve the transition from high school to employment or postsecondary education.

    Travel expenses for participation in the National Working Group are covered by CAPE-Youth. In some instances, fellows will also be provided a stipend for their engagement with and representation of CAPE-Youth for events outside of the working group.


  • Free Webinar - Is Accommodation Forever?

    Tuesday, March 19, 2024, 1-2 p.m. ET

    Presenter: Jeffrey Tamburo, Training and Content Development Specialist, Northeast ADA Center

    Much focus is given to exploring and implementing reasonable accommodations in the workplace, but it is equally important to continue to monitor accommodations to insure they remain effective over time. This session will explore best practices for the employment service professional to consider in their work with employers and supported employees when monitoring the ongoing effectiveness of workplace accommodations.

    Register here


  • Intersection of Territory Law and the ADA in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands

    August 20, 2024, 1:00-2:00 pm EST

    Presenters: Mildred Gomez Torres and Nellyber Correa Rivera - MAVI (Northeast ADA affiliate), Archie Jennings - DRCVI (Northeast ADA affiliate), Joe Zesski - Northeast ADA

    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) sets a minimal standard for providing equal access and equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities. States and territories in the US, however, have their own laws which can provide greater or additional protections to the rights of people with disabilities. In this webinar, learn about specific laws in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands that address the disability community and how they intersect with the ADA.

    Register here

    Presented By: Mildred Gomez Torres & Archie Jennings

  • Engaging Kids About Disability Through Animated Cartoons

    July 16, 2024, 1:00-2:00 pm EST

    Presenters: Peter Quinn, Multimedia Editor Yang-Tan Institute, Joe Zesski, Program Manager Northeast ADA Center

    The Northeast ADA Center has been producing and testing a unique animated cartoon series for children in elementary school that will educate them about disability inclusion. The video series, along with a companion curriculum, is intended to assist parents and educators with engaging children in conversations and in learning about people with disabilities and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The webinar will address the development, challenges, and testing of the cartoons and curriculum. It will share how the cartoons are made and give participants tips on how they can access and use this valuable resource.

    Register here

    Presented By: Peter Quinn & Joe Zesski

  • The Intersection of the ADA and FMLA; Which Applies and When

    June 26, 2024, 1:00-2:00 pm EST

    Presenters: Patti Bennett Riddle, Medical Leaves Administration at Cornell University Division of Human Resources, Joe Zesski, Program Manager Northeast ADA Center

    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) are two laws which afford the right for employees with disabilities to take leave when necessary due to their disability. However, the when, how, and for whom of these laws is different even while there is some overlap. Join Joe Zesski of the Northeast ADA and Patti Bennett Riddle of Cornell University's Division of Human Resources for an informative webinar about this important and often confusing topic. The presentation will begin with an overview of the ADA and FMLA in regard to leave. This will be followed by a conversation on the insights gained by Patti Bennett Riddle during her career in human resources. She will share how best practices for employers have evolved, pitfalls for employers to avoid, and lessons learned through experience and observation in the field.

    Live Spanish interpretation will not be provided, but a Spanish transcript of the webinar is available upon request following the event.

    Register here

    Presented By: Patti Bennet Riddle & Joe Zesski