New ADA Live podcast! Episode 109: Workplace Accommodations and the ADA

Under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done during the hiring process. Job accommodations are changes to the ways workplace tasks are typically done that help people with disabilities be successful and have the same opportunities as people without disabilities.
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New ADA Live podcast! Episode 107: Breaking Barriers for Disability Rights: Historical Reflections with Judy Heumann

In celebration of the 32nd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Judy Heumann and Peter Blanck share the barrier-breaking history of the disability rights movement in the United States.

Judy Heumann is an author, disability rights leader, founder of the World Institute on Disability, former Assistant Secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSSERS), former Special Advisor on Disability Rights for the U.S. State Department, and subject of the documentary Crip Camp. Judy will be our honored guest for this ADA Live! podcast, and the host will be Peter Blanck, Ph.D., J.D. and University Professor and Chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University. Continue Reading

BBI at Syracuse College of Law Named Exemplar Disability Rights Program by US News

“Advice for Law School Applicants with Disabilities” US News contributor Gabriel Kuris provides some tips to successfully navigate the admissions process and the law school experience. While applying to and attending law school are difficult for anyone, people with disabilities often face extra hurdles on the path to practicing law. According to Peter Blanck, university professor of Syracuse University in New York and chairman of the school’s Burton Blatt Institute – a global advocacy organization for people with disabilities, “Applying to law school requires strong self-advocacy and patience that puts a unique burden on students with disabilities.” Some law schools have specific centers or programs focused on disability rights or advocacy. According to the article, two of the most prominent are the Burton Blatt Institute and the Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy and Innovation at Loyola Law School in California.

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New ADA Live podcast! Episode 106: COVID and Mental Health

As we begin the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading health and research organizations are reviewing data on what we have been through and how we have been impacted. An area of concern is how the pandemic has affected our mental health. According to a scientific brief released in March 2022 by the World Health Organization (WHO), in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, global prevalence of anxiety and depression increased by 25%. And a Mental Health America (MHA) 2021 report titled “COVID 19 and Mental Health: A Growing Crisis” reports the number of people looking for help with anxiety and depression has skyrocketed.

To help us understand these findings and to offer a clinical perspective on how COVID has impacted our mental health, we welcome Dr. Lin Hogan, a clinical therapist at Weems Community Mental Health Center, Forest Institute of Professional Psychiatry, in Meridian, Mississippi. Our host is Dr. Peter Blanck, University Professor and Chair of the Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University.

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New ADA Live podcast! Episode 105: Let’s Fly Away – Air Travel for Passengers with Disabilities

Air travel is often essential for employment, integral for recreation pursuits and vital for social and family connections. But, air travel can be challenging and full of anxiety for the 27 million travelers with disabilities and the 3.3 million passengers who use a wheelchair or other medical device for mobility.

In this episode of ADA Live! discover what airports and airlines are doing to make air travel experiences better for people with disabilities. Our guest is Steve Mayers, Director of Customer Experience and ADA Coordinator, at the busiest airport in the world, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

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New Disability Rights Today! The ADA Three Decades Later: How Are We Doing?


Thirty-two (32) years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the ADA is still treated as an afterthought, rather than a powerful civil rights law. Please join us for this important discussion about how ADA compliance has progressed over the years and where gaps remain in realizing the ideals and intent of the ADA.

On this episode of Disability Rights Today, our first guest is nationally known advocate and expert on disability rights law, Eve Hill, a partner at the law firm of Brown Goldstein & Levy. Our second guest is Jason Turkish, President and Managing Partner of Nyman Turkish PC, a nationwide litigation and disability law firm. Our host is Dr. Peter Blanck, Chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute and University Professor at Syracuse University. Continue Reading

New ADA Live podcast! Episode 104: Employment, ADA, and Post-COVID Health

As we enter the third year of the pandemic, COVID-19 continues to have a significant impact on the economy and the workforce. Some employees have developed post-COVID health conditions, or long COVID. And these post-COVID health conditions could impact one or more major life areas that may trigger protections for employees under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

In this episode of ADA Live!, we will discuss the impact of post-COVID health on the workplace, employees, and employers – and its effect on our economic recovery. Our guest is Sharon Rennert, Senior Attorney Advisor, in the Division of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (ADA/GINA), Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Continue Reading