The 4th Thursday ADA Talks: The Americans with Disabilities Act in a COVID-19 World


Date: Thursday, January 28, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Presenters: Pam Williamson serves as the Assistant Director of the Southeast ADA Center, a project of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University. The Southeast ADA Center is a member of the ADA National Network and is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, a Center within the Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Ms. Williamson has expertise on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Air Carrier Access Act, building effective grassroots networks, special education services, and aging populations. She also has experience with facilitating collaborations among individuals and groups, building the capacity of organizations to facilitate voluntary compliance with the ADA, and leading groups to enhance their knowledge and skills in mutually identified areas of interest. She is a member of Georgia APSE (Association of People Supporting Employment First) and serves on the Board of Directors. Ms. Williamson contributed to the development and implementation of three online courses: ADA Basic Building Blocks (adabasics.org), At Your Service: Welcoming Customers with Disabilities (atyourservicecourse.org), and the ADA Title II Tutorial (adatitle2.org). She also co-authored the curricula, Serving Customers with Disabilities in Air Travel and ADA and Self-Advocacy for Youth - Train-the-Trainer Curriculum: An Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Roadmap. Ms. Williamson is a person with a disability. She is an alumna of Georgia Southern University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Bruce, and her dog, Bandit, reading, and playing Jeopardy.

Location: Online via zoom

In March 2020, the world turned upside down when the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 to be a worldwide pandemic. Nearly one year later, people with disabilities continue to be severely impacted by the pandemic in the areas of employment, access to medical care, and obtaining services from private businesses. Southeast ADA Center staff have responded to over 400 requests for information about COVID-19 and how the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to these situations. Join us for the ADA Talk as we discuss several frequently asked questions and how to apply the ADA in a COVID-19 world.

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