The ADA, Addiction, Recovery and Employment Workshop

Tuesday, June 16, 2020


There are thousands of people in recovery from addiction unaware of their civil rights under the ADA. The ADA insures 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 illustratedwith scenarios about alcohol, opioids, cocaine and marijuana.

  • 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.

  • Objective #4: Learn about does and don't during the three stages of employment (interview and application, post offer and pre-employment, and during employment)

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Note: No credit is available for reviewing the recorded session.


Oce Harrison, Director, New England ADA Center

Stacy Hart, ADA Trainer, Information and Outreach Specialist, New England ADA Center