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Episode 87: Veterans, Employment and Disability: A Historical Perspective

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

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Larry Logue, Ph.D., Senior Fellow at BBI and former professor of history at Mississippi College
Peter Blanck Ph.D., J.D., University Professor & Chairman Burton Blatt Institute


This year has been remarkable in terms of celebrating the employment of persons with disabilities. This year 2020 includes important milestones – the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); the 75th year of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) with the theme: ‘Increasing Access and Opportunity’; and the 100th anniversary of the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program.

November 2020 is also the 82nd anniversary of Veterans Day. According to the data from the most recent national census and from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 18.2 million veterans in the United States and, of those, 4.7 million, or 25 percent, had a service-connected disability.

Join us for this informative episode that focuses a lens on employment and Veterans with our guests Dr. Larry Logue and Dr. Peter Blanck of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University. Our guests will also share insights from their research “Win Pensions and Live in Idleness” Disability and Employment Among Union Army Veterans Before the Accommodation Principle, which investigates recently available data on the life course and the circumstances of Union army recruits’ compared to their civilian peers.

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Burton Blatt Institute
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. BBI builds on the legacy of Burton Blatt, former Dean of the Syracuse University School of Education, and a pioneering disability rights scholar to better the lives of people with disabilities. BBI has offices in Syracuse, New York, New York City, Washington DC, Lexington, Kentucky, and Atlanta, Georgia. Given the strong ties between one’s ability to earn income and fully participate in their communities. BBI’s work focuses on two interconnected innovation areas, economic participation and community participation. Through program development, research, and public policy guidance in those innovation areas, BBI advances, the full inclusion of people with disabilities. For more information about the Burton Blatt Institute visit,