IARP New England Webinar Series - October 30
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When: Friday, October 30, 2020
12:00 PM ET- 2:00 PM ET
Where: Online
United States
Contact: Erin Bailey

Online registration is available until: 10/29/2020
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30th Anniversary of the ADA – How times have changed! -Updates to the ADA, the impact of Covid 19, Cases, Job Search & Work Considerations and ADA Services Career Options

This is the 30th Anniversary of the ADA. This webinar will consist of a panel presentation with time for question and answer regarding ADA topics. Stacy Hart and Kathy Gips of the New England ADA Center will participate in a panel presentation and discussion to introduce webinar participants to their Center, and the services it offers to businesses, government entities, individuals and advocates. They will provide us with updates to the ADA since its passage thirty years ago, and present some interesting cases as well as the interplay between the ADA and Covid 19. Stephanie Hart Nowell, the co-founder of Occupational Resource Network, Inc. will address the application of the ADA in the job search process and in requesting accommodations from current employers. Alicia Heine, AD Product Development from The Hartford, will introduce participants to the ADA services offered by disability insurance carriers to assist employers as a potential career option for rehabilitation professionals in the private sector.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this activity, participants:

  • will be able to describe the services of the ADA Center as a resource for information regarding equal employment opportunities, reasonable accommodations and equal access for individuals with disabilities.
  • will be aware of changes in the ADA since its passage in 1990.
  • will understand how the ADA has been applied through specific case examples and with Covid 19.
  • will be able to assist individuals in understanding how the ADA applies as they seek work and pursue accommodations to stay at work or return to work.
  • will be aware of the ADA Services offered to individuals and employers by disability insurance carriers
  • may consider work in ADA Services as a career option in the private sector


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Members - $25 / Non-members - $35

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Speaker Bios:

Kathy Gips assures quality control for the provision of technical assistance and information dissemination at the New England ADA Center. She has expertise in all titles of the ADA; Sections 501, 503, 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act; related state disability rights laws concerning employment, housing and public accommodations. In addition to in-person and remote trainings Kathy develops ADA guidance material and web courses. Prior to working at the New England ADA Center Kathy was director of training for the National Access for Public Schools Project and Assistant Director of Community Services at the Massachusetts Office on Disability.

Stacy Hart, is an ADA Trainer, Information and Outreach Specialist for IHCD’s New England ADA Center. Stacy sees her work here as a continuation of making our communities more accessible and inclusive of everyone. Even as we celebrate 30 years of the ADA, many people with disabilities, including people who are addicted to alcohol and people in recovery from the illegal use of drugs still do not know they have protections from disability-related discrimination under the ADA. To fill this gap in knowledge, Stacy has provided trainings geared toward people in recovery from addiction to substances and has helped develop several factsheets on the topic. She also provides training on the ADA, Section 504 and state building code.

Stephanie Hart Nowell is a partner at Occupational Resource Network, a private rehabilitation firm she founded with Nancy Segreve in 1995 with the mission to provide the customized services necessary to resolve the complex issues employees and employers face in the workplace. Stephanie is a seasoned vocational rehabilitation consultant with over 30 years’ experience providing counseling, vocational assessments and vocational rehabilitation services. She completed her graduate education at Assumption College earning a Master’s degree and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies. She is nationally certified as a rehabilitation counselor and is licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as well as the State of Rhode Island. Stephanie has a broad base of experience working with adults and children in vocational, educational, and therapeutic settings. Stephanie has completed specialized training in ergonomics and has worked extensively with employers to develop transitional return to work programs, conducting worksite evaluations and facilitating reasonable accommodations for individuals.

Alicia J. Heine, MA, CRC, CCM, CDMS, CEAS, is the AD Product Development in the Absence Management area at The Hartford. Alicia has an extensive background in Vocational Rehabilitation in disability insurance and Workers’ Compensation. In her current role, she consults with employers on the ADA, Workplace Ergonomics and Risk Engineering Services and helps to develop Stay at Work and Return to Work Programs. In her career, she has served as National Director of Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Clinical Vendor Manager for major disability carriers. Alicia was selected as a Commissioner for the Commission on Disability Management Certification (CDMS), elected to serve on the Board of the New England Chapter of IARP (International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals), and has recently Co-authored several articles that have been published in the DMEC @ Work Magazine – ADA Accommodations: Working Together Simplifies Retention Issues, Mental Wellness: Effective Accommodations Maybe Easier then Employers Think, and Interactive Process Strategies: Documenting Essential Job Functions and Descriptions. She is a nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), Certified Case Manager (CCM), Certified Disability Management Specialist (CDMS), and a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist (CEAS).

If you need to request reasonable accommodations, contact Erin at erin.bailey@crc-s.com.

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