In times of great change, we must also celebrate progress toward the goal of equal opportunity for people with disabilities. July marks 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 will participate in a panel discussion about their experiences in the workplace and offer ideas for best practices employers can use to attract young people with disabilities. Panelists will address topics such as policies and programs of particular interest to younger workers with disabilities, including internship, apprenticeship, and mentorship opportunities, and how to ensure these programs are accessible for everyone. They will also touch on how young people with disabilities view disability disclosure and self-identification. A representative from the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire will also discuss key findings of the new Kessler Foundation survey on Experiences of the “ADA Generation” in the Workplace.
- Wendy Strobel-Gower, Co-Project Director, EARN, and Andrew Karhan, Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Youth TA Center, Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability at Cornell University
- Kimberly Phillips, Research Assistant Professor, Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire
- 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