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Long Haulers: Post-Acute COVID-19 Syndrome: The Aftermath of Cognitive Disability

Sponsored by Berkeley College and the National Rehabilitation Association's Metropolitan New York Chapter

Join us for this important event where you will learn that the COVID-19 infection may not end after your initial symptoms. People across the country deemed as “long haulers” have been experiencing brain fog and other cognitive deficits after their initial infection from COVID-19. This presentation will discuss the effects of Post-Acute COVID-19 Syndrome and how you can find the resources and supports to address memory and executive functioning difficulties. The presentation will cover the following topics:

  • Covid-19 Effects on Executive Functioning
  • Post-Covid Conditions and the ADA Interactive Process
  • Psychological Aspects of Disability: Addressing New Disability Status in the Able-Bodied World
  • Question & Answer session to follow

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 12:00 - 1:30 PM EST A Berkeley College Zoom Webinar Event

12:00 • Welcome

Sharon McLennon-Wier, Ph.D., CRC, LMHC

Director of Disability Services, Berkeley College

Michael Smith

President of Berkeley College

Chris Kempski

Co-President of the National Rehabilitation Association's Metropolitan New York Chapter

Wendy Hersh

Co-President of the National Rehabilitation Association's Metropolitan New York Chapter

12:00 - 12:20 PM • Covid-19 Effects on Executive Functioning

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Bonnie Marks, Ph.D., CRC

Senior Psychologist in the Brain Injury Day Treatment Program at Rusk Institute

Dr. Bonnie Marks specializes in rehabilitation psychology, traumatic brain injury, concussion, sports psychology, and mindfulness for stress management. As a Senior Psychologist in the Brain Injury Day Treatment Program at Rusk Institute, she offers a holistic approach to rehabilitation for people with brain injury. A member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, she counsels athletes at every level as well as non-athletes on individual rehabilitation and performance goals. She also gives frequent lectures to the Rusk community on mindfulness, stress resilience, and health and wellness. She has received the Dr. Alfred H. Schwartz and Iris Nelson-Schwartz Humanitarian Award from the National Rehabilitation Association, NY Metropolitan Chapter.

12:20 - 12:40 PM • Post-COVID Conditions and the ADA Interactive Process

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Tracie DeFreitas, M.S.

Principal Consultant, ADA Specialist at Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

Tracie DeFreitas is a Principal Consultant and ADA Specialist for the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), the leading national source of expert guidance on workplace accommodation and disability employment issues. With more than twenty-five years of experience in the disability employment field, Tracie is one of JAN’s most senior consultants. She has served the JAN organization in various roles since joining the team in 1994, including as Lead ADA Consultant, Project Manager for the Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE), an award-winning national public awareness campaign, and Senior Sensory and Immunology Specialist and Team Lead. Tracie is a JAN senior leadership partner, leads the ADA Team and trains, supports, and mentors all other JAN specialty teams and employment specialists. She provides practical guidance and expert disability-related federal employment law consultation regarding a broad range of ADA issues and workplace accommodation situations. Tracie is also an experienced national speaker and published writer who specializes in ADA title I compliance, the interactive accommodation process, leave management, and workplace flexibility.

Tracie is a graduate of West Virginia University (WVU) with a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling (1996) and Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology (1994). She has held professional certification as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and Certified Leave Management Specialist.

12:40 - 1:00 PM • Psychological Aspect of Disability: Addressing New Disability Status in an Able-Bodied World

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Sharon McLennon-Wier, Ph.D., CRC, LMHC

Director of Disability Services, Berkeley College

Dr. Sharon Melisse McLennon-Wier has been working in the field of rehabilitation counseling and mental health for over 20 years. Dr. McLennon-Wier received her Ph.D. degree from Seton Hall University in Counseling Psychology in 2012. She obtained a U.S. Law and Methodology Certificate from New York University’s School of Continuing Education in 2003, her M.S. degree in Rehabilitation Counseling at Hunter College, City University of New York in 1998, and her B.S. degree in Biology from Syracuse University in 1993.

Dr. McLennon-Wier is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Currently, she works for Berkeley College as the Director of Disability Services for New Jersey and New York campuses. She is dedicated to providing training and presentations regarding psychological topics associated with the aspect of disability. She has presented at numerous conferences through Division 22 and Division 33 of the American Psychological Association. Her research interests are in the areas of sexuality and disability. She has published several articles and book chapters regarding this subject matter. In addition, she has served the rehabilitation professional community by her service to the National Rehabilitation Association’s Metro New York chapter. She is Past President of the Metro New York NRA Chapter 2001 to 2002 and was the co-chairperson for exhibits of the NERA conference held in New York in 2003 and 2013.

1:00 - 1:30 PM • Question and Answer Session

This event is free to all. CRC credits have been requested.

Login information will be emailed.

For additional questions contact:

Vincent Mas, Disability Services, Berkeley College
914-694-1122 ext. 3168

Sharon McLennon-Wier, Ph.D., CRC, LMHC, Director of Disability Services
914-694-1122 ext. 3169

Disability Services Department Website

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