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 also 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 author who specializes in ADA title I compliance, the interactive accommodation process, leave management, and workplace flexibility.
Prior to being elevated to Principal Consultant, Tracie served as Lead ADA Consultant. She consulted with employers, human resources professionals, and legal professionals nationally on ADA compliance issues and engaging in the interactive accommodation process. Earlier in her career, Tracie collaboratively developed and launched the Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE), a U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), award-winning national public awareness campaign designed to promote employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. She served as CDE Program Manager for four years and provided leadership, accountability, and management of resources necessary to fulfill the CDE mission. Tracie engaged key, national disability and business stakeholder groups in the effort, including the U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) [now DISABILITY:IN], Special Olympics, the National Business & Disability Council (NBDC), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), among others. She continues to serve as a partner and advisor to the CDE. Tracie also previously served as JAN Team Lead and Senior Sensory and Immunology Specialist, providing accommodation solutions for individuals with sensory, immunology, and endocrinology related limitations.
Tracie is a graduate of West Virginia University (WVU) with a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She has held professional certification as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and Certified Leave Management Specialist.