Reflecting Upon the ADA: Soaring to Employment

Webinar:                  Date: July 12, 2022   |   Time: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm EST


More than 300 people joined the DETAC as we celebrated the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and learnt how the ADA has supported the goal of competitive, integrated employment (CIE) for persons with disabilities. Pre-recorded remarks was provided by Acting Administrator Alison Barkoff from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) that included highlights describing how ACL has made strategic investments to advance CIE in communities. Additionally, a panel comprised of five self-advocates from across the country jointly reflected on how the ADA has impacted and empowered them to achieve employment.


Highlighting the Evolution of Investments that ACL has Made in Support of CIE by:


  • Alison Barkoff: Acting Administrator of the ACL and Assistant Secretary for Aging


Followed by a panel of self-advocates from across the country:


  • Nicole LeBlanc: Self-Advocate Adviser, DETAC
  • Tracy Rackensperger, Ph.D.: Public Service Faculty Member, Institute on Human Development and Disability, University of Georgia
  • Katie Lowe: Business Owner, “Cheetah Greetings” Cards
  • Jack Carfagna: Business Owner, “Mr. C’s Old Thyme Scents” Candles
  • Mikelle Learned: Podcaster & Jewelry Maker, The Shining Beautiful Series


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