Disability Groups Gather in Washington, D.C. for a Common Purpose

Feb 27, 2019

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“Let’s Elevate the Dialogue” Around Disability Employment in America

Today in our nation’s capital, the National Organization on Disability joins with a fifteen leading disability organizations from across the country to focus attention on the critical issue of employment for people with disabilities.

Sponsored by United States Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and featuring special guests, NOD Chairman Tom Ridge and National Council on Disability Chairman Neil Romano, the gathering represents the third time these disability organizations have come together at the request of Gov. Ridge.

NOD's Charles Catherine, Carol Glazer, Rep. Jim Langevin and Gov. Tom Ridge

In April and October 2018, NOD convened these organizations in a “Disability Employment Roundtable.” The coalition collectively identified two policy priorities to work on together: (1) eliminating “14C” certificates, which allow employers to pay workers with disabilities sub-minimum wage; and (2) to bear down on enforcing the 503-rule change for federal contractors.

“When this coalition of disability organizations recently met with the U.S. Labor Secretary, he notably didn’t ask about political affiliations. He understands, as we do, that our issue cuts across party lines,” said NOD President Carol Glazer. “The most important social and economic issues all do. Employment is one of the most vexing challenges facing the disability community today. Gatherings like these elevate the dialogue and ensure policymakers have a better understanding of what needs to be done.”

Today at the U.S. Capitol, the coalition is briefing elected officials at a Congressional Reception sponsored by these nine coalition members, DiversityInc and The Hershey Company. The group anticipates reconvening twice more in 2019.

The sponsoring organizations are:

  • American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
  • Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
  • Autism Speaks
  • Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
  • DiversityInc
  • National Center for Learning Disabilities
  • National Council on Disability (NCD)
  • National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS)
  • National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
  • National Organization on Disability (NOD)
  • Ridge Policy Group

Additional coalition members include:

  • The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)
  • Disability:IN
  • Judy Heumann
  • National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
  • National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)

 

Gov. Tom Ridge
Gov. Tom Ridge
Sen. Bob Casey
Sen. Bob Casey
Alicia Petross, Senior Director Global Culture, Diversity and Inclusion, and Engagement, The Hershey Company
Alicia Petross, Senior Director Global Culture, Diversity and Inclusion, and Engagement, The Hershey Company
Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland
Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland
Lance Robertson, Assistant Secretary for Aging; Administrator for the Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Lance Robertson, Assistant Secretary for Aging; Administrator for the Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Neil Romano, Chairman, National Council on Disability
Neil Romano, Chairman, National Council on Disability
DiversityInc CEO + NOD Vice Chair, Luke Visconti
DiversityInc CEO + NOD Vice Chair, Luke Visconti
The Hershey Company was represented by Alicia Petross, Ipalla Cooke, Joanna Turner, Ken Woodruff, Lisa Slater, Lorie Sedlmyer, Marc Rinaldi, Tim Daniels, and Tim Hinegardner
The Hershey Company was represented by Alicia Petross, Ipalla Cooke, Joanna Turner, Ken Woodruff, Lisa Slater, Lorie Sedlmyer, Marc Rinaldi, Tim Daniels, and Tim Hinegardner
JPMorgan Chase + Co's Jim Sinocchi with Gov. Tom Ridge
JPMorgan Chase + Co’s Jim Sinocchi with Gov. Tom Ridge
Judy Heumann, Joyce Bender, Carol Glazer, Gov. Tom Ridge and Candace Cable
Judy Heumann, Joyce Bender, Carol Glazer, Gov. Tom Ridge and Candace Cable

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