Tuesday, Jul 21, 2020 1:30p -
Sudbury, Massachusetts 01776
The Kennedy Institute will join the George and Barbara Bush Foundation, National Organization on Disability, TIRR Memorial Hermann, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, The Harkin Institute, and Higher Ground Productions, in convening key activists, advocates, and policymakers who helped make the Americans with Disabilities Act a reality for a virtual, bipartisan commemoration of the landmark civil rights legislation.
Senator Edward M. Kennedy was a chief sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act and introduced the legislation in the United States Senate. He was a disability champion that believed in equal opportunity and dignity and understood disability as a human issue. Senator Kennedy worked with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to secure passage of the ADA that ensures Americans with disabilities are able to live productive lives free from discrimination in employment and accommodations.
The National Organization on Disability and Lex Frieden of TIRR Memorial Hermann have worked closely with the George and Barbara Bush Foundation in planning this year’s commemoration, which will also feature contributions from Higher Ground Productions and their “Crip Camp” film recently released on Netflix; the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas, and The Harkin Institute at Drake University; and President Bush’s former White House advisors C. Boyden Gray and Governor John Sununu. Any member of the general public who would like to attend can register here.
Moderated by Judy Woodruff, managing editor and anchor of PBS’s NewsHour program, the conversation will have several special guest appearances including:
• Boyden Gray, former White House advisor for President George H.W. Bush
• Former U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)
• Carolyn Osolinik, former Senate Judiciary Committee Chief Counsel for Senator Edward M. Kennedy
• John Sununu, Former Governor of New Hampshire
About the Edward M. Kennedy Institute
The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is dedicated to educating the public about the important role of the Senate in our government, encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse, and inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders to engage in the civic life of their communities. Learn more via emkinstitute.org.
Time: 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm