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#ADA30 Summit: The Future of Work for People with Disabilities

Public Policies to Support the Future of Work

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the ADA, Philip Kahn-Pauli, RespectAbility’s Policy and Practices Director, hosts a panel of disability employment policy experts focused on building a better future and successful ways to get more people with disabilities into the workforce. The panelists discuss how to make up for the job losses experienced by workers with disabilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic and how to build a better future for people with disabilities. The panelists include: Shane Kanady, Vice President, Workforce Development at SourceAmerica; Director Craig Leen from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) at the U.S. Department of Labor; and Mark Schultz, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services and Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration at the Department of Education.

Rep. Brad Sherman on the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA)

Rep. Brad Sherman, Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship and Capital Markets, delivers a keynote during RespectAbility’s ADA30 Summit. Rep. Sherman explicitly talks about the potential for the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) to empower people with disabilities and support expanded entrepreneurship within the disability community. 

Bank of America Showcases Best Practices of Disability Employment

Mark Feinour, Executive Director of the Support Services group, Bank of America, delivers a keynote during RespectAbility’s ADA30 Summit. Feinour talks at length about the efforts around promoting accessibility and disability hiring undertaken by Bank of America.

The Private Sector and the Future of Work for People with Disabilities

Three business professionals with disabilities join together for a conversation about private-sector solutions and innovative businesses at the forefront of disability employment efforts. Randall Duchesneau, policy consultant, accessibility expert and spinal-cord injury self-advocate, moderates an in-depth conversation between Vincenzo Piscopo, Community and Stakeholder Relations Director, The Coca-Cola Company and Jim Sinocchi, Head of Disability Inclusion, JP Morgan Chase. Piscopo and Sinocchi talk at length about making people with disabilities a meaningful part of all corporate diversity and inclusion efforts.

Former Gov. Tom Ridge Underscores Importance of Bipartisan Work on Disability Issues

In this special video address by former Governor and current chair of the National Organization on Disability, Tom Ridge talks at length about working across the aisle around disability issues. Through his address, he emphasizes the continued importance of ensuring that Republicans and Democrats understand how the disability community (25 percent of adults in the U.S.) cuts across every issue facing our nation today.

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Eric Ascher

Eric Ascher is the Communications Associate for RespectAbility. He is responsible for supporting RespectAbility’s Vice President, Communications in developing and implementing advocacy efforts and communications of various types. Ascher manages RespectAbility’s social media channels, website and emails; organizes and develops webinars; and supervises Communications Fellows.

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