Virtual: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Addiction, Recovery and Employment

Event Date/Time: 

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020
1:00 PM EDT - 3:00 PM EDT





A 2 hour training event with Oce Harrison

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

This training has been changed to remote only!

SOR Scholarship Application

PRESENTATION: There are thousands of people in recovery from addiction unaware of their civil rights under the ADA. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ensures that people with addiction to alcohol, and in recovery from opioids and other drugs have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. Find out how the ADA addresses alcohol and substance use disorders differently. This session will also introduce how the ADA applies to addiction in three phases of employment: pre-offer, post offer, and employment. These differences will be illustrated with scenarios about alcohol, opioids, cocaine and marijuana.

As a result of attending this presentation participants will:

  • Understand the ADA’s definition of disability and how it applies to addiction and recovery.
  • Distinguish how the ADA applies to people with addiction to alcohol, and those in recovery from opioids and other drugs.
  • Learn which protections the ADA provides in access to: employment, state and local government services and places of public accommodations.
  • Learn about does and don’ts during the three stages of employment (interview and application, post offer and pre-employment, and during employment).

ABOUT THE PRESENTER:  Oce Harrison, Ed.D. Project Director has directed the New England ADA Center since 2001 and provides Title I Employment trainings throughout New England.  She led the region’s largest events marking the 20th and 25th anniversaries of the Americans with Disabilities Act. From 2006-2011, she collaborated with the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University, yielding ground breaking research methods and results on ’High School to College Transition of Students with Disabilities; ‘ The Impact of the Great Recession on Unemployment of Americans with Disabilities;  and ‘The Triumph of the Older Worker Despite the Great Recession’. She is currently conducting a media campaign to reach out to older Americans who may not identify as having a disability; and people in recovery from the opioid epidemic with behavioral health issues unaware of their civil rights under the ADA.

Dr. Harrison is known for her initiation, follow-through skills and congeniality. Before coming to IHCD, Dr. Harrison worked with organizations such as:  the Boston Self Help Center, Mass General Hospital’s Burn Unit, Perkins School for the Blind, Casa Esperanza and the Institute for Community Inclusion at Children’s Hospital.  She earned her doctorate at Boston University's School of Education in 1994.

Fee: $25,  NBCC add $5.  Lunch will be on your own.   Scholarships are available for this training. Please apply using the SOR scholarship application link above. For registration and scholarship information contact:  603-225-7060

2 Contact Hours Available

CRSW Performance Domains: 1-4

LADC/MLADC Categories of Competence: 13

Certified Prevention Specialist Category: 3-6

NBCC: LICSW/L-MFT/LCMHC (Category A) & Psychologist Category A
NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. ACEP No 6754. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NHADACA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.


From the Sponsor: 

Region 1 - New England ADA Center


Employer, People with Disabilities, State and Local Government, Consumer Advocate, Family Member of Person With Disability


Employment (ADA Title I), Reasonable Accommodation





Registration Deadline: 

Wednesday, June 24, 2020