EVENT ADVISORY: Sen. Warren, Secretary Castro To Headline Americans with Disabilities at 30

Washington, D.C. — The 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) comes this month at a pivotal moment for the disability rights movement. While a generation has now benefited from the ADA, disabled Americans are also facing new challenges. Cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), aggressive continuing disability reviews for Social Security benefits, and an overstretched health care workforce are all affecting the day-to-day lives of people with disabilities and their families. Conservatives are actively weaponizing the ADA to suppress and attack other marginalized communities on issues of voting, access to health care, homelessness, and the national COVID-19 response. At the same time, with the long-term impact of the coronavirus still unknown, the United States may potentially see the largest boom in disability numbers since the AIDS and HIV crisis during the 1980s.

Please join the Center for American Progress Action Fund, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, and a panel of cross-movement organizers for the commemoration of the ADA and a discussion of where the disability rights movement goes from here.


Opening remarks:
Rebecca Cokley, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress Action Fund

Distinguished guests:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Secretary Julián Castro, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Neera Tanden, CEO, Center for American Progress Action Fund

Featured panelists:
Ella Callow, Chief ADA/504 Compliance Officer, University of California, Berkeley
Sandy Ho, Founder, Disability Intersectionality Summit; Research Associate, Lurie Institute for Disability Policy
Nicole Lee, Founder, Inclusive Life; Founder, Nicole Lee Consulting, LLC

Vilissa Thompson, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress Action Fund

Thursday, July 23, 2020

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET

You must RSVP to watch the livestream event by clicking this link. An email will then be sent with instructions on how to watch.

This event will be live captioned at americanprogressaction.org/livecaptioning.

Join the conversation on Twitter at #ADA30.

For more information or to speak with an expert, please contact Julia Cusick at .