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Celebrating ADA30: A Discussion on Youth Employment from the ADA Generation

During this webinar, young adults who came of age after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (called the “ADA Generation”) participated in a panel discussion about their experiences in the workplace and offered ideas for best practices employers can use to attract young people with disabilities.

In times of great change, we must also celebrate progress toward the goal of equal opportunity for people with disabilities. July 2020 marked the 30th  anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The young people with disabilities who came of age after the passage of this landmark legislation are often called the “ADA Generation.” During this webinar, members of the ADA Generation participated in a panel discussion about their experiences in the workplace and offered ideas for best practices employers can use to attract young people with disabilities. A representative from the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire also discussed key findings of the new Kessler Foundation survey on Experiences of the “ADA Generation” in the Workplace.

Presenters and Panelists

  • Kings Floyd, Disability Activist and Advocate and Communications Specialist
  • Emily Ladau, Writer, Speaker, and Disability Advocate
  • Valerie Novack, Disability Rights Advocate and Disability Policy Researcher
  • Kimberly Phillips, Research Assistant Professor, Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire

Moderators

  • Wendy Strobel-Gower, Co-Project Director, EARN
  • Andrew Karhan, Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Youth TA Center, Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability at Cornell University