Center for American Progress

EVENT ADVISORY: CAP to Launch Disability Justice Initiative on Anniversary of ADA
Press Advisory

EVENT ADVISORY: CAP to Launch Disability Justice Initiative on Anniversary of ADA

Washington, D.C. — It has been nearly 28 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) first laid the groundwork for equal opportunity and deinstitutionalization for the 1 in 5 Americans living with disabilities. But almost three decades later, much work remains: People with disabilities face poverty rates nearly three times higher than people without disabilities; are disproportionately likely to live and work in conditions that are hazardous to their health and are especially vulnerable to extreme weather events; and are hugely overrepresented in our nation’s prisons and jails.

That’s why, on Wednesday, July 25, the Center for American Progress is proud to host Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and a panel of cutting-edge women and disability thought leaders to launch the Disability Justice Initiative, a project focused on expanding opportunity and applying disability as a lens across policy issues to build out an inclusive agenda, including and especially for marginalized communities such as people of color with disabilities. With the launch of the Disability Justice Initiative, CAP is proud to be first and only think tank to host a dedicated disability project.


Introductory remarks:
Winnie Stachelberg, Executive Vice President, External Affairs, Center for American Progress

In conversation:
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)
Rebecca Cokley, Director, Disability Justice Initiative, Center for American Progress

Featured panelists:
Keri Gray, Director, Rising Leaders Initiatives, Disability: IN
Noorain Khan, Program Officer, Office of the President, Ford Foundation
Elena Hung, President and Co-founder, Little Lobbyists
Mia Ives-Rublee, Disability Caucus, National Women’s March
Julia Bascom, Executive Director, Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Rebecca Vallas, Vice President, Poverty to Prosperity Program, Center for American Progress


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

10:00 a.m. ET – 11:30 a.m. ET 


Center for American Progress

1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor

Washington, D.C. 20005

Accessibility: This event will be live-interpreted in ASL and live-captioned. The live video stream of the event will have live captioning.

For more information or to speak with an expert, please contact Kyle Epstein at [email protected] or 202.481.8137.