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BBI Chairman Peter Blanck to speak to DRI, leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel

Thursday June 17, 2021 Peter Blanck and colleges will discuss Removing Barriers for Those who have Mixed-visible or Non-visible Diversity at the 2021 Diversity for Success Seminar. Often diversity issues are focused on visible traits such as gender or race. But some disabilities, sexual orientation, and gender identity are not readily visible to the eye. This panel will discuss how to create an environment where those with invisible diversity can operate at the highest level. Continue Reading

Diane R. Wiener will read from her new poetry chapbook, Flashes & Specks, at the Tioga Arts Council (TAC),

Full-color book cover featuring original artwork—“The Origins”—by Lucy Wales. Book title in rectangular banner, top; deep blue background with white sans serif, capitalized lettering. The words “Poems by Diane R. Wiener” (at the very top) look as if made with an old school label maker, with the effect of appearing to be embossed. The words “Flashes & Specks” (after a white horizontal line) have blue spots in the lettering, as if mottled—possibly like a Crip appaloosa horse. The main scene on the cover is a fantastical world depicting steampunk grasshoppers, slugs, and snails. The slugs are suspended from shells (like hot air balloons) as they travel from a watery planet-orb through the sky to the land below. When they land, the shells connect to their bodies, and they become snails. The grasshoppers, aloft, have top hats and gears; the slugs-to-snails have steam engines on their shells (with accompanying, emergent smoke) and wear monocles. The artwork is multi-media—ink with watercolor. The color palette is a reflective mixture of the environments depicted—blues, greens, grays, and tans, with some creams, ivories, whites, and, indeed, magic

On Saturday, June 26, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. (Eastern), Diane R. Wiener will read from her new poetry chapbook, Flashes & Specks, at the Tioga Arts Council (TAC), in the gallery located at 179 Front Street, in Owego.

The reading can also be accessed on Zoom:
Zoom Meeting ID: 987 6304 4729
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ADA Live! A Look at the Mental Health Needs of Indigenous People in America

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 – 1:00 pm EDT

Indigenous people – Native Americans or Alaska Natives – make up nearly two percent of the U. S. population, and many have more than one ethnic identity. Indigenous people experience greater health problems with lower life expectancy, higher rates of substance abuse, and a suicide rate 2.5 times greater than the rest of the United States. Economic barriers and poor access to medical care, and cultural differences result in a higher prevalence of mental health conditions for Indigenous people.
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USC Gould’s Saks Institute Spring Symposium 2021 Psychiatric Advance Directives and the Importance of Choice

USC Gould’s Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics supported by California’s Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission

presents Spring Symposium 2021: Psychiatric Advance Directives and the Importance of Choice

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 10:00 AM PST – 2:00 PM PST

FREE Register Now

Join Peers, Consumer Advocates, Mental Health Lawyers and Professionals for a discussion about autonomy and choice for people living with serious mental illness. This virtual symposium will focus on understanding Psychiatric Advance Directives as a form of Supported Decision-Making – and the State of California’s MHSA multi-county Innovations PADs Project. Continue Reading

Peter Blanck presents, Inclusivity in Sustainable Design: Global Universal Design Commission – How architecture can transcend accessibility, innovate and serve all


person measuring a tableJoin us for a look at the essential role of inclusivity in design through the lens of innovation as we explore how the sustainable future of inclusivity embraces global universal design principles.
The highlight discussion will focus on insights, design details and a critical paradigm shift towards implementation. Chairman of the Global Universal Design Commission, Peter Blanck, Ph.D., J.D., will share the universal design principals that allow the design and development of buildings and environments to be usable by all people to the greatest extent possible without the need for retrofitting or specialized design. Moderator, Dr. Christine Bruckner, FAIA of M Moser Associates and past AIA IR President will introduce the essential importance of implementing inclusivity in architecture to serve all users and the importance of embracing universal design as an innovative baseline for a sustainable, vibrant, inclusive future. Continue Reading

ADA Live! Special Episode: Gil v. Winn-Dixie, 11th Circuit Decision on Web Access and the ADA

Wednesday – April 21, 2021
1:00 PM (Eastern)] | 12:00 Noon [Central]

ADA Live! is a free online program of the Southeast ADA Center, a project of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University. “ADA Live!” focuses on the rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). New episodes are available the first Wednesday of each month on SoundCloud ADA Live! Continue Reading

ADA Live! Aging, Disability and ADA: Know Your Rights

Wednesday – May 5, 2021
1:00 PM [Eastern] and 12:00 Noon [Central]
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For this episode of ADA Live!
*Available – Wednesday, May 5 at 1:00 pm [Eastern]
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On this episode of ADA Live! …
The “graying” of America is continuing at an accelerated pace. In the past 10 years, there has been a staggering 35% increase in the total number of people in the US aged 65 and over, now at 52.4 million people. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the over-65 population will be 77 million by the year 2035 – when, for the first time, the number of older people will be larger than the number of children under age 18.
For many of us, aging means daily living can become more difficult. Aging also increases the likelihood of acquiring a disability and the likely result that more people will be eligible for protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Plan to join us for this thought-provoking episode of ADA Live! in recognition of May as Older Americans Month. Our guest, Nick Nyberg, Programs & Planning Division Chief with the Alabama Department of Senior Services, will discuss the Older Americans Act of 1965 and its impact on the services and supports for older people what these supports can be, and much more.
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TUNE-IN: ADA Live! Episode 93: Aging, Disability and ADA: Know Your Rights on Wednesday – May 5 at 1:00 PM (Eastern) and 12:00 noon (Central)More ways to listen: SoundCloud ADA Live! (audio) plus options for captions (CC) available by interactive transcript and transcript file through the ADA Live! website. Learn more & explore:
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·           + Southeast ADA Center: Court Decision Brief: Gil v. Winn-Dixie (2021)
·            + Peter Blanck, e-Quality: The Struggle for Web Accessibility by People with Cognitive Disabilities (Cambridge  University Press, 2014)
About ADA Live! 
The ADA Live! podcast and resources focuses on rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). A new episode airs for 30-45 minutes on the first Wednesday of each month. ADA Live! is produced by the Southeast ADA Center, one of ten regional ADA Centers in the ADA National Network
No registration is required. You can submit your questions, explore resources and the program schedule, and connect to archived episodes on or download podcasts from
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 Americans with disabilities. Located in Atlanta, GA, it is a project of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) of 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.

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.
DISCLAIMER: The contents of this podcast and email were developed by the Southeast ADA Center, a project of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University and the ADA National Network, under a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant #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 podcast and email do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government

Stephen Kuusisto, awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation 2021 fellowship awards for Poetry

Stephen Kuusisto
Credit: Tyler Flynn Dorholt

We are  thrilled to share that the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation 2021 fellowship  honor our own Stephen Kuusisto, University Professor and Director of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach at the Burton Blatt Institute! Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Continue Reading

Americans with Disabilities Act Symposium

ADA SymposiumFriday, April 23, 2021 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. ET | Zoom Webinar

Thirty years ago, the ADA became law, ensuring basic civil rights for people with disabilities in all areas of public life. Over the past few decades, the field of disability rights law has experienced rapid growth, as scholars, practitioners, and legislators alike have sought to advance the mission of the ADA to create a more fair, just, and equal world.

To that end, Syracuse University College of Law founded, in 2005, the award winning Disability Law and Policy Program, which has become the most extensive disability law program in the United States. DLPP faculty and students work on the front lines of domestic and international issues of paramount significance to people with disabilities all around the world.

ADA Symposium Poster

Volume 71 of Syracuse Law Review hopes to recognize, and continue, this progress with the publication of a Special Volume. This latest issue features scholarship that discusses both where we have been, and, perhaps more importantly, where we have yet to go in the field of disability rights law.

Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); the 15th anniversary of the Disability Law and Policy Program; and the Syracuse Law Review ADA Special Volume


10:00 a.m. Arrival of Participants

10:05 a.m. Welcoming Remarks



  • Dean Craig M. Boise
  • Arlene S. Kanter, Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence and Director, Disability Law and Policy Program
  • Lisa G. LiuSyracuse Law Review Lead Articles Editor
  • Michael D. Stoianoff, Syracuse Law Review Lead Articles Editor

10:15 a.m. Morning Keynote
Biden Administration Goals for Community Living and Disability Inclusion


  • Alison BarkoffActing Administrator & Assistant Secretary for Aging, Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

10:30 a.m. Panel Discussion I
Presentations by Special Volume Contributors


    • Getting It: The ADA After Thirty Years
      Elizabeth F. Emens, Columbia Law School, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law
    • Centering Disability Justice
      Natalie M. Chin, City University of New York School of Law, Associate Professor of Law
    • Policing Under Disability Law (Stanford Law Review, Vol. 73, Forthcoming)
      Jamelia Morgan, University of Connecticut School of Law, Associate Professor of Law and Robert D. Glass Research Scholar
  • The Future Is Here: The Right to Work Remotely Under Title I of the Americans With Disabilities Act
    Professor Arlene Kanter

Moderator: Doron Dorfman, Associate Professor of Law

12:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion

Informal Discussion on the ADA’s past and future with presenters and Mercedees Rees, President, Disability Law Society, and students from the Disability Law and Policy Program.

1:00 p.m. Afternoon Keynote
Overview of the ADA: The Past, Present, and Future


  • Judy Heumann, International Disability Rights activist, author of Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist
  • Arlene Mayerson Esq., Founding Directing Attorney Emerita, Of-counsel, DREDF

Moderator: Professor Arlene S. Kanter

1:30 p.m., Panel Discussion II
Presentations by Special Volume Contributors


    • Program Access Under Disability Discrimination Law
      Mark C. Weber, DePaul College of Law, Vincent de Paul Professor of Law
    • The ADA Constrained: How Federal Courts Entrench the Perpetrator Perspective in Prison Cases
      Prianka Nair, Brooklyn Law School, Assistant Professor of Clinical Law and Co-Director,  Disability and Civil Rights Clinic
    • The Commonality of Discrimination: Class Certification Under the ADA
      Steven Schwartz, Center for Public Representation, Litigation Director
      Kathryn Rucker, Center for Public Representation, Staff Attorney
  • The ADA’s Imagined Future
    Professor Doron Dorfman

Moderator: Professor Arlene S. Kanter

2:30 p.m. Q&A Session
Special Volume Contributors and Speakers Panel

3:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

*Subject to alteration before April 23, 2021.

CART and sign language interpreters will be provided. Additional accommodation requests can be made on the registration form.

ADA Live! Let’s Dig-In: The ADA, Accessible Farming & Gardening

Wednesday – April 7, 2021 1:00 PM [Eastern]

The roots of agriculture run deep in our country, from large farms to community gardens, and it’s vital to the quality of our lives. We do not often think about how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to large farms, community gardens, or neighborhood farmer’s markets. With spring around the corner, many of us are ready to be outside and get into the dirt by clearing, tilling, and planting.

This episode of ADA Live! will dig into the topic of the ADA, accessible farming and gardening with our guest, Paul Jones, Manager of the Breaking New Ground (BNG) Resource Center and the National AgrAbility Project located at Purdue University. Please join us as we learn about the important work of AgrAbility, accessible agriculture, and relevant requirements under the ADA. Continue Reading