Training Details

Event Dates and Timeframe
  • Tuesday, July 14, 2020
    • 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM


Cost Range


Host and Instructor

Host: Great Lakes ADA Center
Instructor: Timotheus “T.J.” Gordon, Jr, RA, Jae Jin Pak, Emily Ladau, Maria Town


Join us as our speakers look forward and discuss what needs to be done to further the rights of persons with disabilities and fulfill the goals of the ADA.


Timotheus “T.J.” Gordon, Jr, RA, Institute of Disability and Human Development, UIC
Timotheus “T.J.” Gordon, Jr. is a research assistant at UIC’s Institute of Disability and Human Development, writer, and autistic self-advocate in Chicago. Gordon usually advocates for autism and disability acceptance in communities of color, equitable funding for diverse learning, combating police violence towards people with disabilities He is also a co-founder of Chicagoland Disabled People of Color Coalition, a group consisting of people of color with disabilities in the Chicagoland area who promote disability acceptance and self-advocacy in marginalized communities.

Jae Jin Pak, Community Education & Training Coordinator,, Disability and Human Development, UIC
Jae Jin is the Self Advocacy Training Coordinator for the IL LEND program working to empower self advocatesthrough leadership development. He has worked to build bridges between diverse communities and providers to foster collaborations and partnerships. Jae JIn also serves as community education & training coordinator for IDHD, developing, coordinating and conducting presentation on disability related topics.

Emily Ladau, Editor in Chief, Rooted in Rights Blog
Emily Ladau is a passionate disability rights activist, writer, speaker, and digital communications consultant whose career began at the age of 10, when she appeared on several episodes of Sesame Street to educate children about her life with a physical disability. A native of Long Island, New York, Emily graduated with a B.A. in English from Adelphi University in 2013. In 2017, she was named as one of Adelphi’s 10 Under 10 Young Alumni. In 2018, she was awarded the Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities.

Maria Town, President and CEO, American Association of People with Disabilities

Continuing Education Recognition Available
Certificate ACTCP or Certificate of Attendance Credit hours 1.5

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