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Southeast ADA Center launches virtual Interview Series: Section 504 at 50

January 4, 2023
Source: Southeast ADA Center, Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) of Syracuse University

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Southeast ADA Center has launched a virtual interview series featuring leaders of the disability rights movement who advance the cause of equal rights through their tireless work.
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About Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973: This law protects the rights of qualified individuals with disabilities from discrimination. The nondiscrimination requirements of the law apply to employers and organizations that receive financial assistance from any Federal department or agency, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). These organizations and employers include many hospitals, nursing homes, mental health centers, and human service programs. Section 504 forbids organizations and employers from excluding or denying individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to receive program benefits and services. It defines the rights of individuals with disabilities to participate in, and have access to, program benefits and services.

The Section 504 at 50 Interview Series is hosted by Dr. Peter Blanck, Jonathan Martinis, and Barry Whaley of the Southeast ADA Center and Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University. Guests for the series include:

  • Andrew Imparato, Disability Rights California
  • Charlotte McClain-Nhalpo, The World Bank
  • Emily Ladau, author and disability rights activist
  • John Wodatch, former Chief of Disability Rights, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Judy Heumann, author and disability activist
  • Kathy Martinez, disability and accessibility strategy consultant
  • Lex Frieden, educator, disability rights activist
  • Lois Curtis, artist and plaintiff in Olmstead v. L.C.
  • Lydia X.Z. Brown, Center for Democracy and Technology
  • Mohammed Ali Loufty, Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs
  • Sanchin Pavithran, The Access Board
  • Sandy Ho, Borealis Philanthropy
  • Tom Olin, social documentarian


Barry Whaley
Director – Southeast ADA Center, Project of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University
Phone: 404-541-9001

About the Southeast ADA Center

The Southeast ADA Center, based in Lexington, Kentucky, is one of 10 regional ADA centers in the ADA National Network, that provides information, training, and guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and disability access. We are a project of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) of Syracuse University and funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration on Community Living (ACL), National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). Web:

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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; New York City, NY; and Lexington, KY. Web: