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The ADA, Addiction and Recovery

2:00 pm EDT June 16, 2020   |   Organized by: Great Lakes ADA Center


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 disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. This includes people with alcohol use disorder and substance use disorders. Find out how the ADA addresses alcohol and substance use disorders differently. These differences will be illustrated with scenarios about alcohol, opioids, cocaine and marijuana. People with addiction are people with disabilities, too. Learn about civil rights and obligations!

Objective #1: Understand the ADA’s definition of disability and how it applies to addiction and recovery.

Objective #2: Distinguish how the ADA applies to people with addiction to alcohol, and those in recovery from opioids and other drugs.

Objective #3: Learn which protections the ADA provides in access to: employment, state and local government services and places of public accommodations.


  • Required

  • Cost - Free

  • To register please please visit the event website - You must have an account and be signed in to complete your registration. For first time users you must create an account. This step is done only once and you will use the same account to register for different sessions throughout the year. After you create an account, you will immediately be able to register for any of our sessions.

  • Continuing Education

    • ACTCP - 1.5 credit hours

    • Certificate of Attendance - 1.5 credit hours

Oce Harrison

Director, New England ADA Center

Since 2001, Oce has directed the Institute for Human Centered Design’s New England Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center and provides ‘Addiction, Recovery and the ADA’ trainings throughout New England. Recently, she is working with organization+++ns such as: Learn To Cope, Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery, and the National Association of Addiction Professionals. She is also conducting research on identifying characteristics of people with disabilities in New England,and challenges to implementing the ADA for municipalities in New England. Dr. Harrison is known for her initiation, follow-through skills and congeniality. She has led the region’s largest ADA events on Boston Common marking the 20th and 25th anniversaries of the ADA. She earned her doctorate at Boston University's School of Education in 1994. In addition, Dr. Harrison has since taught at Lesley University, Springfield College, North Shore Community College and Bridgewater State University.


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