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How the American Disabilities Act Applies to Addiction, Recovery and Employment with SUD Diagnosis?

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 illustrated with scenarios about alcohol, opioids, cocaine, and marijuana.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the ADA’s definition of disability and how it applies to addiction and recovery.
  • Distinguish how the ADA applies to people with addiction to alcohol and those in recovery from opioids and other drugs.
  • Learn which protections the ADA provides in access to employment, state and local government services, and places of public accommodations.

Who is encouraged to attend?

Clinicians, providers, administrators, and leadership are highly encouraged to participate to learn more about ADA protection rights.


Oce Harrison, Ed.D.

Ocee HarrisonDr. Harrison is the Project Director at the New England ADA and has directed the New England ADA Center since 2001. Dr. Harrison provides ADA, Addiction and Recovery trainings throughout New England.  She has presented at SAMHSA’s New England Addiction Training and Technology Center; the National Association for Addiction Counselors (NAADAC) 2019 annual Conference; Massachusetts Organization for Addiction and Recovery (MOAR); and in 25 city and town meetings in Massachusetts on behalf of family support chapters of Learn to Cope. She led the ADA National Networks’ ADA, Addiction and Recovery Committee which has produced a fact sheet series on how the ADA addresses addiction and recovery. Dr. Harrison is known for her initiation, follow-through skills and congeniality. Before coming to the New England ADA Center, Dr. Harrison worked with organizations such as: the Boston Self Help Center, Mass General Hospital’s Burn Unit, Perkins School for the Blind, Casa Esperanza, and the Institute for Community Inclusion at Children’s Hospital. She earned her doctorate at Boston University’s School of Education in 1994. Oce is a person living with a disability.

Starts: Mar. 14, 2023 2:00 pm
Ends: Mar. 14, 2023 3:30 pm
Registration Deadline
March 14, 2023
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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