One-day Summit celebrates the good that can be done to end stigmas and advance opportunities for the 56 million Americans with disabilities. All invited to attend or watch webcast.
Key goals of RespectAbility include : the ability for all Americans to learn, contribute skills and fulfill their human potential. You are invited to get to know the people and best practices around transformative systems change that can improve the lives of the 1-in-6 people in our nation (56 million people) who live with a physical, mental health, cognitive or other significant disability that is a barrier to everyday living.
They are hosting a free gathering in the U.S. Capitol complex (Rayburn House Office Building) on Monday, July 22. They would love for you to join them. The agenda is below and the bios of all the diverse and outstanding speakers can be found on their website. The people working on the front lines on education and employment for people with disabilities will be speaking and/or in the room. Five of their speakers are blind, four use wheelchairs, one is deaf/hard of hearing and others have a variety of other disabilities including learning and attention issues. They also have a full panel on intersectionality as people of color and English-as-second-language learners with disabilities face unique challenges and opportunities.
Participation is free but spaces are limited. RSVPs are required. We hope you will sign up now! For more info and to Register:
- You can attend this Summit in-person (but ONLY if you RSVP in advance and plan to attend), or watch on C-SPAN (either 1 or 2) or on Respectabilty's Facebook page: http://www.Facebook.com/RespectabilityUSA
WHAT: From Washington to Hollywood and Beyond: The Future of Americans with Disabilities
Registration is required. Space is limited.
(subject to change)
9:00 AM: WELCOME & INTRODUCTION
- Steve Bartlett, Chair, RespectAbility
- Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President and Co-Founder, RespectAbility
- National Anthem (Vocals by Sarah Meehan and Adam Fishbein, Fellows, RespectAbility; violin by Debbie Fink, Director of Community Outreach & Impact, RespectAbility)
- Ollie Cantos, Disability Advocate and Lawyer
- Moderator: Philip Kahn Pauli, Policy and Practices Director, RespectAbility
- Jennifer Sheehy, Deputy Ass’t, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
- Mary Lazare, Principal Deputy Administrator, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for Aging
- Rachel Stevens, Senior Policy Analyst, National Governors Association
11:00 AM: KEYNOTE — Disability, Creativity and Purpose
- Introduction: Vivian Bass, Executive Committee, RespectAbility
- Keynote: Vincenzo Piscopo, Community and Stakeholders Relations Director, Coca-Cola
- Moderator: Janie Jeffers, Former Senior Policy Advisor for the President’s Crime Prevention Council
- Janet LaBreck, Former Commissioner, Rehabilitation Services Administration
- Robert Stephens, Director of Government Relations, National Center for Learning Disabilities
- Diane Smith Howard, Managing Attorney, National Disability Rights Network
- Rep. Brad Sherman (others members invited)
- Moderator: Jonathan Murray, Reality TV Pioneer; Founder and Executive Consultant, Bunim-Murray Productions
- Judy Heumann, Disability Rights Activist; Senior Fellow, Ford Foundation
- Candace Cable, Self-Advocate, 12-time Paralympic Medalist; California Workforce Program Manager, RespectAbility
- Nasreen Alkhateeb, Award-Winning Transmedia Storyteller
- Ali Stroker, Tony Award-Winning Actress (via video)
- Recipient: Jonathan Murray, Multi-Emmy-winning creator of Born This Way, Autism: The Musical, Deaf Out Loud; Founder and Executive Consultant, Bunim-Murray Productions
- Moderator: Nicole LeBlanc, Person Centered Advisory & Leadership Coordinator, Human Services Research Institute; Former RespectAbility Policy Fellow
- Ila Eckhoff, Managing Director, BlackRock
- Evelyn Kelley, US Patent & Trademark Office, RespectAbility Board Member
- Laka Negassa, Policy Fellow, RespectAbility
3:15 PM: PANEL — The RespectAbility Report: Navigating the Elections Landscape
- Moderator: Steve Bartlett, RespectAbility Chair
- Lauren Appelbaum, VP of Communications, RespectAbility
- Philip Kahn Pauli, Policy and Practices Director, RespectAbility
- Randall Duchesneau (*invited), Accessibility Specialist, US Access Board; Board of Advisors, RespectAbility
WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2044, Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.
ALSO: You may watch on C-SPAN (either 1 or 2) or on Respectabilty's Facebook page: http://www.Facebook.com/RespectabilityUSA
WHEN: Monday, July 22, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET)
COST: Free, including breakfast and lunch
MORE INFORMATION AND RSVP: https://www.respectability.org/2019/07/2019-dc-summit/
We hope you can join us on July 22nd!
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi
GENERAL CONTACT: Christopher Trujillo, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-748-3582
MEDIA CONTACT: Lauren Appelbaum, email@example.com, 202-591-0703