To mark the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Center on Victimization and Safety hosted a summit in Washington, DC featuring a panel discussion on the progress made since the passage of the ADA, and opportunities to bridge the gaps that remain for people with disabilities involved in the justice system.
Retired Senator Tom Harkin, a long time ally of the disability rights movement and an architect of the ADA, provided opening remarks to a room full of community members, Congressional staffers, and other dedicated supports of the ADA.
Following his remarks, a panel of leaders in the disability and justice reform movements discussed the impact of the ADA and their vision for justice for people with disabilities and Deaf people in the future. Panelists for the event included Sandra Harrell (Vera Institute of Justice), Talia Lewis (Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf, “HEARD”), Kathryn Walker (The ARC), and Dara Baldwin (National Disability Rights Network). The event was moderated by Nancy Smith, the Director of the Center on Victimization and Safety.