ADA 29 Anniversary:The Forefront of Disability Rights for Addiction and Recovery




Panel Discussion on Current
and Future Legal Trends

Wednesday, July 24that 12:00 PM-1:30 PM

200 Portland Street, 1st FL • Boston MA

Many people with addiction and in recovery are unaware of their civil rights under the ADA. Common assumotion is that 10% of the population is in recovery. Our panelists will discuss current and future trends in civil rights issues and enforcement for people in recovery from substance and opioid use disorders. This subject is complex due to developing court cases. We will begin promptly at noon. Panelists include:

Gregory Dorchak








Gregory is an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Civil Rights Unit at the United States Attorney’s Office. While Greg enforces all federal civil rights statutes, he has recently focused on the civil rights for individuals in recovery for substance use disorder. Prior to working at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Greg enforced fair housing statutes for HUD. Greg is also an instructor at UMass Amherst where he teaches Public Policy. He obtained his Ph.D. from UMass Amherst, and his law degree from Northeastern University

Jared Owen








Jared works as Policy & Communications Coordinator at MA Organization for Addiction Recovery. In graduate school at MIT, he became addicted to opioids, and his life spiraled out of control. He entered a residential treatment facility, the Meridian House in East Boston where he stayed a year before graduating in February of 2016. Jared has been in recovery for 5 years and recently returned to MIT to be granted a Master’s Degree. He currently advocates for improved addiction treatment and recovery support services to bend the curve of the ongoing opioid overdose epidemic. Jared speaks out about his lived experience to reduce stigma, raise awareness, and demonstrate the value of recovery from substance use disorders

Oce Harrison








Oce has directed the New England ADA Center since 2001 and provides Title I trainings throughout the region. She recently provides trainings about how the ADA applies to addiction and recovery for people with addiction to alcohol and in recovery from substance use disorders; as well as for family members of people with addiction and addiction professionals.

Click Link to Register for ADA 29 Discussion Panel

Questions, contact Stacy Hart at or 1-800-949-4232
For an accommodation, please make request by July 18th.

This is a scent and nut free event. Free and open to the public.

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