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Southeast ADA Center Launches Disability and COVID-19 Portal

May 6, 2020
Source: ADA, Disability and COVID-19 Portal

The Southeast ADA Center (SEADA), a project of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University and a member of the ADA National Network, announces the launch of a dynamic and expanded Disability and COVID-19 Portal. 

The Portal, first developed in mid-March, began as a way for the Southeast ADA Center to provide timely and relevant information for people with disabilities about the COVID-19 pandemic and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). You can explore the Portal through Alerts, Fast Facts, Virtual Events, and over 250 Resources from known national, federal, state, and organizational sources. Some information is available in Spanish, and American Sign Language. 

The Southeast ADA Center Director, Barry Whaley remarked, “as the worldwide pandemic unfolded, it became clear that people with disabilities and older adults were most at risk of becoming ill and facing a life-threatening virus.  It is our duty to provide accurate information and resources for people to access in the midst of food, housing, and financial insecurities.”

The portal also invites people with disabilities, older adults, families, caregivers, and direct support professionals to share their stories of how COVID-19 has changed their lives.  Connect and share your story in your own way: write an essay, create a poem or send us your art, photo, audio, or video that shows the impact of the pandemic.

Visit the ADA, Disability and COVID-19 Portal  at:

For questions and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), contact your regional ADA Center in the ADA National Network at 1-800-949-4232. All calls are confidential.

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Barry Whaley                         

About BBI
The Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University reaches around the globe in its efforts to advance the civic, economic, and social participation of people with disabilities. Through program development, research, and public policy guidance, BBI advances the full inclusion of people with disabilities. BBI builds on the legacy of Burton Blatt, a pioneering disability rights scholar. BBI has offices in Syracuse, NY; Washington, DC; Atlanta, GA; New York City, NY; and Lexington, KY.  Learn more:

About the Southeast ADA Center
The Southeast ADA Center is a leader in providing information, training, and guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and disability access tailored to the needs of business, government, and individuals at local, state, and regional levels. The Southeast ADA Center also conducts research to reduce and eliminate barriers to employment and economic self-sufficiency and to increase the civic and social participation of people with disabilities. Located in Atlanta, GA, the Southeast ADA Center is a project of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University and one of 10 regional centers in the ADA National Network, funded since 1991 by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). Learn more:

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