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Memorial Day – Office Closed at 1 pm ET on 5/26 to 5/29

♥ Memorial Day – Remember & Honor ♥

The Southeast ADA Center, a project of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University (SU), will be closed for Memorial Day at 1:00 p.m. [Eastern] on Friday, May 26 to Monday, May 29.

Your calls and emails are important to us. We will respond when the office reopens on Tuesday – May 30 at 9:00 a.m. [Eastern].

Our websites are always open 24/7 at: –
We wish you a safe and healthy holiday weekend.

More about Memorial Day

ADA Puzzler – May 2023: Winner and Answer



John R. Gorentz
Orange County Public Works Department
Orlando, Florida

May ADA Puzzler

What is the limit of compensatory (money) damages someone can claim under the ADA Title I when filing a lawsuit against an employer with 15 to 101 employees?

  1. $30,000
  2. $50,000
  3. $100,000
  4. Compensatory damages are not allowed under the ADA.

+ CORRECT Answer

b. $50, 000

+ LEARN More

Damages in cases of intentional discrimination in employment
U.S. Code Title 42, Chapter 21, Subchapter 1, Section 1981a
Source: Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute (LII)

+ NEXT Puzzler

Newsroom: Southeast ADA Center

Plan to Attend! May 25 ADA Talks Webinar:
ADA, Higher Education, and Section 504

Thursday – May 25, 2023
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. [Eastern Time]

Host: University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI), Southeast ADA Center, Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University.

Session Format and Credit

  • Real-time captioning and American Sign Language (ASL) will be provided during the session.
  • Certificate of Participation available if you register, attend entire session and complete the Post Test Eval.

> Register for 4th Thursday ADA Talks 2023

Archive Sessions

> MORE: 4th Thursday ADA Talks Series 2023

Virtual Interview Series: Section 504 at 50

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Southeast ADA Center has a virtual interview series featuring leaders of the disability rights movement who advance the cause of equal rights through their tireless work.

Listen and Learn:

Events and ADA Training

May 2023 Events and ADA Training

June 2023 Events and ADA Training

More: Events Calendar

Register: 2023 Virtual ADA Symposium

The Great Plains ADA Center and the ADA National Network will be offering around 48 sessions for the virtual event. All sessions will be 90 minutes and cover topics related to the ADA.

Virtual ADA Symposium
June 12 – June 14, 2023
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. [Eastern Time]
Registration Closes: June 4, 2023

Learn More & Register:

May – Explore. Learn. Share.

Discover featured themes to explore, learn and share about disability and the ADA throughout the year and on the ADA Anniversary (July 26). FOLLOW: Facebook @SoutheastADACenter

Day Themes – May

Thursday – May 18: Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)


Hashtags: #GAAD #a11y

Tuesday – May 30: World Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Day 

Theme: Connections

Hashtags: #MSConnections

Month Themes – May

Mental Health Awareness Month

Theme: Take Some Time to Look Around, Look Within

Featured News

Hashtags: #MentalHealth #LookAround #LookWithin

Older Americans Month

Theme: Aging Unbound

Hashtags: #OlderAmericansMonth

ALS Awareness Month

Hashtags: #ALS #ALSAwarenessMonth #ALSStories

Arthritis Awareness Month

Hashtags: #Arthritis #ArthritisAwareness

Stroke Awareness Month

Hashtags: #Stroke #StrokeAwareness

Health Care Access Resources

TUNE-IN to ADA Live! #117:
ADA and Effective Communication in Health Care with the Department of Justice


For people with hearing loss and deafness, communication barriers in health care result in the inability to understand critical health information. Hearing loss is the third most common disability and the most significant among seniors. Learn about the rights of people with hearing loss, Deafness, or other communication needs in health care settings from two Assistant United States attorneys – Steve Gordon and Kara Sweet from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Our guests will also highlight cases and settlement agreements the DOJ has handled that deal with these rights under the ADA.

Listen. Read. Explore: and SoundCloud ADA Live!

Featured News

Archive Webinars From the ADA National Network

Long COVID, ADA, and Disability

Legal News and Courts Briefs

Court Briefs from Southeast ADA Center

MORE: Court Decisions | Disability Issues

Emergency Resources – Plan, Prepare and Respond

Be ready – know your evacuation zone, review policies, and stock up on all the essential items to stay safe before, during and after emergencies and severe weather.

Featured Emergency Resource

FIND Resources by Topic

Resources List: Emergency and Severe Weather

Connect, Follow and Contact

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Questions on the ADA?

Southeast ADA Center
Phone: 404-541-9001
Toll-Free: 800-949-4232 (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN)

A Project of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) of Syracuse University.
Funded by National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

Disclaimer: Accessibility cannot be guaranteed for external websites. The Southeast ADA Center provides these links as a courtesy and does not endorse, take responsibility, or exercise control of the organization nor vouch for the accuracy of the contents of the destination link. The contents of this electronic newsletter were developed under Grant #90DPAD0005-01-00 from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). The information, materials, and/or technical assistance are intended solely as informal guidance, and are neither a determination of your legal rights or responsibilities under the ADA, nor binding on any agency with enforcement responsibility under the ADA.