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Virtual Mini-Conferences

August 28th, 2020

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are postponing our in-person Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA until 2021. We will now host four virtual mini-conferences to cover the topics planned for the in-person conference.

Our first Virtual Mini-Conference will be held on October 17 at 2:00 PM ET. The topic will be Legal Issues and Narcolepsy: Applying for Disability & Workplace Accommodations

Sessions will include:

Narcolepsy and Disability: What to Do When the Writing is On the Wall

This session will examine options available to individuals when the symptoms of narcolepsy are making it too difficult to continue working. The benefits of short and long-term disability programs will be discussed, compared, and contrasted to the benefits of Social Security disability. The application process for Social Security disability will be examined, as well as the Social Security Administration’s criteria for evaluating the symptoms of narcolepsy.

Speaker: Anjel F. Burgess, Esq

Attorney Anjel F. Burgess has devoted her practice to helping individuals and families to navigate through the Social Security disability practice. Her clients consist of both children and adults, are located throughout the country, and have condition(s) that affect their ability to perform full-time work or appropriately engage in school-related activities. Attorney Burgess has been featured as a speaker on disability issues for a number of organizations, including The Hypersomnia Foundation, The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), The Lupus Foundation of America, and The Cobb County Bar Association.




Narcolepsy and Workplace Accommodations

Those living with narcolepsy face unique workplace challenges. Employers often falsely attribute the symptoms and effects of narcolepsy to laziness or lack of commitment to the job, instead of understanding the condition for what it often is: a legally-protected disability that affords those with the condition to specific legal protections. In this session, Chicago employment lawyer Gary Savine will describe those protections, including most importantly the right to reasonable workplace accommodations, and offer tips on how those living with narcolepsy and their advocates can best navigate these issues to protect their jobs and enhance their careers.

Speaker: Gary Savine, Savine Employment Law, Ltd. (Chicago)

Rated in 2018 and 2019 as one of the top employment lawyers serving Chicago, Gary Savine founded Savine Employment Law, Ltd. to provide employers and employees with a rare and valuable resource – a law firm that understands both sides of workplace disputes, and can translate that balanced perspective into better outcomes. Gary brings over two decades of expertise working around the globe, shoulder-to-shoulder with senior executives and human resource professionals, solving the thorniest of workplace disputes. Before starting the firm, Gary practiced employment law at two of Chicago’s largest law firms, and served as chief employment counsel at Navistar (NYSE: NAV) and Hill-Rom Holdings (NYSE: HRC). Gary represents both businesses and employees of all levels to resolve a full range of workplace issues through effective counseling, training and litigation.


The annual Narcolepsy Network membership will also take place during this mini-conference.

Save-the-date for our second Virtual Mini-Conference on Saturday, December 5, 2020 where the topics will be geared towards those who are newly diagnosed.


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Date Created: August 28th, 2020
Last Updated: September 25th, 2020

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