Former U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, Vinton Cerf, and other influential leaders in disability inclusion, technology, and advocacy discuss how embracing assistive technologies and adopting an inclusive mindset drive U.S. economic growth by employing the nearly 11 million people with disabilities at a National Press Club Headliners event on September 4. 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Harkin is the chief sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 while Vinton Cerf is the winner of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for founding and developing the internet. They were joined by others to convene a discussion about the impact potential of this untapped population, and how workplaces can set in motion the necessary culture shift and technology acceleration to make it happen.

Speakers:

  • Tom Harkin, former U.S. senator and author and chief sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
  • Vinton Cerf, winner of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation for founding and developing the Internet
  • Dr. Gregg Vanderheiden, professor and director of the Trace R&D Center, University of Maryland, and pioneering advocate for access to technology
  • Kim Charlson, global advocate for inclusion, serving as executive director of Perkins Library, a division of Perkins School for the Blind, and immediate past president of the American Council of the Blind
  • Chet Cooper, leading expert for people with disabilities and founder of ABILITYMagazine.com, abilityJOBS.com, ABILITYJobFair.org and ABILITYCorps.org
  • Rob Wong, assistive technology entrepreneur and CEO of Control Bionics, provider of EMG wearable bionics devices

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