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Disability Rights Summit

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In honor of Disability Awareness Month, Disability Rights Legal Center will convene the 1st Annual Disability Rights Summit, an educational and collaborative forum for the disability community to network and learn about cutting edge issues impacting people with disabilities.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (click here for agenda)

California Endowment (click here for directions)

1000 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

*Parking: Free of Charge

**REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, October 16th. 
Registration is now CLOSED.

The Summit is an all-day event that seeks to raise awareness and promote the rights of people with disabilities in Southern California and beyond. The theme of this year’s inaugural event is “Technology and Health” – providing an opportunity for attendees to meet local and national experts in the field of disability rights and learn about the emerging technologies that are currently making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities.  

Plenary Sessions will include:

  • A Keynote Address by Rebecca Bond, Chief of the Disability Rights Section in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, on “Disability Rights Today & Tomorrow”
  • A Plenary Discussion on Emerging Accessible Technologies for People with Disabilities
  • An Awards & Networking  Luncheon

Breakout Sessions will include:

  • Health Care
    • Option 1: Access to Health Care for People with Disabilities
    • Option 2: Health Care Reform, Exchanges and Managed Care 
  • Transit Oriented Development -Local policy makers often tout efforts to expand what is commonly referred to as Transit Oriented Development, or “TOD” in the name of environmentally-conscience urban design.  Most plans call for increasing the use of public mass transit by planning development in and around transit hubs.  Not all TOD is the same however.  While recent expansion of public transit has focused on accessibility through universal design, in this session panelists and participants will discuss ways in which accessibility should also be analyzed through the lens of affordability preservation.  Specifically, this panel discussion will explore efforts to expand preservation of affordable housing along Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in order allow persons with disabilities to take full advantage of the greater accessibility being created; mechanisms to combat displacement including through enforcement of fair housing laws and other tenant protections; as well as efforts to push for greater inclusion of affordable housing in new development. 
  • Technology and Access: Leveling the Playing Field in Higher Education - This instructive panel will focuses on the rapidly changing role of assistive technology and accessible digital materials in higher education.  Following an overview of relevant laws, the panel will discuss recent litigation in both online and brick-and-mortar education, including a new settlement agreement reached with UC Berkeley to provide students with print disabilities access to the broad array of written materials needed to succeed in a university setting.
  • ADA and the Underemployment of People with Disabilities

The Summit is intended to attract a wide audience, including people with disabilities, service providers, civil rights advocates, legal professionals, social workers, community and government representatives and officials, and human resources workers.  Continuing education credits will be available for attorneys, HR professionals and social workers.

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities

DRLC cordially invites you to join our supporters and participate in the 1st Annual Disability Rights Summit: Health, Technology and the Future of Disability Rights. Through your generous contribution, DRLC can host this important educational event and can ensure that it will be repeated for years to come.  We hope you will choose to support DRLC and partner with us at the 1st Annual Disability Rights Summit.  For more information, or to view our Sponsorship Opportunities Packet, please click here.

Disability Rights Summit current sponsors, exhibitors and partners include:

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If you have questions or would like more information, please email or call (213)736-1471, VP (866)912-8193.

**Please note: due to the recent government shutdown, DRLC may substitute panelists and other guest speakers at the Summit.