News & Events

  • Free Webinar - Engaging Kids About Disability Through Animated Cartoons

    Tuesday, July 16, 2024, 1-2 p.m. ET

    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 school cartoon series intended for elementary-aged children that is designed to educate the next generation about disability inclusion. The videos, along with a companion curriculum, are intended to assist parents and educators to engage children in conversations and in learning about people with disabilities and the 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


  • Northeast ADA Center Closed July 4

    The Northeast ADA Center and technical assistance services will be closed on July 4. The center will open again on July 5. Please note that our normal hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm.


  • Free Webinar - Engaging Kids About Disability Through Animated Cartoons

    Tuesday, July 16, 2024, 1-2 p.m. ET

    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 school cartoon series intended for elementary-aged children that is designed to educate the next generation about disability inclusion. The videos, along with a companion curriculum, is intended to assist parents and educators to engage children in conversations and in learning about people with disabilities and the 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 for Northeast ADA Center Webinar


  • Northeast ADA Center Closed June 19

    The Northeast ADA Center and technical assistance services will be closed on June 19. The center will open again on June 20. Please note that our normal hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


  • Free Webinar - Pacific ADA Center: Private Businesses Open to the Public

    Tuesday, June 18, 2024, 3-4 p.m. ET

    Join the Pacific ADA Center for the second of four free virtual lunch and learn webinars. This session will describe how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects your rights to goods and services in private businesses. Learn about the ADA and your civil rights as a person with a disability!

    Register for Pacific ADA Center webinar


  • June 7 & 10 - Northeast ADA Center Technical Assistance Operating with Limited Staffing

    The Northeast ADA Center technical assistance services will be operating with limited staffing Friday, June 7, and Monday, June 10, 2024. We appreciate your patience as our response may be delayed during these times. We encourage you to explore the resources available on the Northeast ADA Center website.


  • 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


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

    September 25, 2024, 1:00-2:00 pm EST

    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.

    Presented By: Joe Zesski & Patti Bennett Riddle

  • 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