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Monday, July 27, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT


Microsoft Teams


Emily Malsch, Disability:IN

Congressional Insider’s Reflections on the ADA- Past, Present, and Future

 MONDAY, JULY 27, 2020 • 12:00PM - 1:00PM EDT



Bobby Silverstein, the former chief congressional aide to Senator Tom Harkin (the chief sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)) and current principal in the Washington DC-based Powers Law firm, will reflect on the efforts by the business and disability communities to enact the ADA and analyze emerging ADA implementation challenges, including a range of issues affecting people with disabilities such as voluntary affirmative action and self-identification and self-disclosure; artificial intelligence; the gig economy; accessibility of websites, online systems, and mobile apps; personal assistance services; and service and assistance animals. 

Learning objectives include identifying and describing the: 

  • Role of the business community and the disability community in securing enactment of the ADA.
  • Four goals of disability policy and core principles of equal opportunity/nondiscrimination articulated in the ADA.
  • Emerging ADA implementation issues such as:
    • Voluntary affirmative action recruitment and hiring policies and practices;
    • Accessibility of websites and online systems;
    • Centralized accommodation funds;
    • Screening applicants using artificial intelligence;
    • Personal assistance services;
    • COVID-19; and
    • Gig economy (employees vs. independent contractors).

    Registration closes on Friday, July 24th.  


    • You must register in order to receive information on how to join the webinar; registrants will receive an email confirming their registration and providing the Microsoft Teams Live Event attendee link. 
    • This webinar, as with all webinars included in the Disability:IN Webinar Series, will be closed captioned via Microsoft Teams, and will be recorded (access the recording via the attendee link provided during registration). 


    For questions or additional information, please contact Emily Malsch at emily@DisabilityIN.org.