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ADA & Access Matters

Edition #23 – November 17, 2022

ADA Puzzler: Winner and Answer – November 2022


Winner of the November ADA Puzzler

Diane Siebert
disAbility Solutions for Independent Living, Inc. 
Daytona Beach, Florida

Answer to November ADA Puzzler

Employers with 15 or more employees must allow a qualified employee with a disability to bring their service animal into the workplace as an accommodation.

  • 1) True
  • 2) False


2) False

The correct answer is “false” because the question asks if the employer “must” allow the service animal.  ADA Title I does not require that an employer allow a service animal as an accommodation if another accommodation would be equally effective for the employee to perform the essential functions of the job.



Play. Win. Learn. > Thursday, December 1.
All correct submissions are entered into a drawing for choice of a prize
or one course from My ADA Learning – Southeast ADA Center.

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EVENT 12/1: Why No One Has To Be Normal Anymore

+ WHEN: Thursday, 12/1 at 7:00-8:30 p.m. [Eastern Time]

+ WHERE: Virtual and In-person (Syracuse, New York)

+ WHAT: Join University Professor Stephen Kuusisto of Syracuse University, the Southeast ADA Center, and a panel of faculty, staff and students as we discuss disability history and honor the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. 


  • ASL and CART will be provided.
  • In-person event limited to 60 participants. Light refreshments will be served.

REGISTER for 12/1 Event

Hosted by:  Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach and the Southeast ADA Center in the Burton Blatt Institute – Syracuse University.

November and December – Celebrate. Learn. Share.

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

Month Themes – November and December

National Family Caregivers Month

Hashtags: #CaregivingHappens #NFCMonth #NationalFamilyCaregivingMonth #RAISEcaregiving #FamilyCaregiver

Day Themes – November and December

Events and ADA Training

November 2022 Events and ADA Training

December 2022 Events and ADA Training

More: Events Calendar

Save the Dates: 2023 National and Virtual ADA Symposiums

The Great Plains ADA Center and the ADA National Network will be offering two multi-day events in 2023 with about 100 sessions for the in-person event and around 48 sessions for the virtual event. All sessions will be 90 minutes and cover topics related to the ADA.

Mark Your Calendars!
+ National ADA Symposium on May 21-24, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri
+ Virtual ADA Symposium on June 12-14, 2023 

Learn More:

Newsroom: Southeast ADA Center

TUNE-IN to this informative ADA Live! Podcast

ADA Live! Episode 111: Supporting Our Veterans: Tips for Job Seekers and Returning Workers

As Veterans return to civilian life, some want to return to jobs they held before entering the military. Some will begin the search for new jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4.9 million Veterans, or 27 percent, have a service-connected disability.

In recognition of Veterans Day on November 11, and in honor of military Veterans, we dedicate this episode of ADA Live! to the employment of Veterans and the challenges some Veterans face in returning to civilian employment.

More Episodes and

University of North Carolina (UNC) Cares becomes State NC Affiliate for Southeast ADA Center

The University of North Carolina Center for Aging Research and Educational Services (Cares) has been awarded a 4-year contract to assist in strengthening information, education and technical guidance in support of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The contract was awarded by the Southeast ADA Center (SEADA), one of 10 regional centers in the ADA National Network, and a project of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University.

Under the contract, Cares will serve as the North Carolina State Affiliate for the Southeast ADA Center. Cares will partner with organizations across the state, particularly in the underserved aging network. Cares will also work to identify individuals to participate in SEADA research studies involving intersectionality of race and disability. These studies will focus on three ADA related topics: employment, short and long-term poverty, and access to digital technology.

“As the North Carolina affiliate to the Southeast ADA Center, the Cares team is excited about sharing vital information and technical assistance to support the rights of people with disabilities throughout the state,” said Linda Kendall Fields, Cares program coordinator.

Established in 1987, Cares works to improve the lives of older adults and adults with disabilities and their families in North Carolina. Cares also offers a variety of educational programs for human services professionals designed to strengthen their service to vulnerable populations. Cares frequently works with the N.C. Division of Aging and other recipients of federal grants to conduct independent evaluations of grant-funded interventions and initiatives.

To get a monthly email from Cares with curated information and training opportunities from the Southeast ADA Center, sign-up for Cares SEADA Distribution List.

For more information, email or visit the Cares website at

Bookmark. Explore. Learn More: Training about the ADA and disability-related topics from the Southeast ADA Center.

News by Topic

Disability Community

Employment and Benefits

Federal Feedback and Public Comment

Financial Equity

Health Care Access

Recreation, Travel and Transportation

Laws and Courts Briefs

Legal and policy developments relevant to civil rights protections and the impact of court decisions in the Southeast Region and the ADA are analyzed in partnership with the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University.

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.


FIND Resources by Topic

Resources List: Emergency and Severe Weather
Source: Southeast ADA Center

QUESTIONS? Contact your regional ADA Center at 1-800-949-4232 (toll-free).

COVID-19, ADA and Disability Resources

Check out resources that provide the disability community with information about rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and how they apply to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
*Note: We do not give medical or legal advice. Please contact healthcare or legal experts for more information.

Featured COVID-19 and Disability Resources

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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)

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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.