2015 Ruderman Inclusion Summit

Boston, Massachusetts
Sunday, November 01, 2015

Learn more about our plenary speakers before clicking on the I'M IN button below which will direct you to the Ruderman Inclusion Summit registration form.

Senator Tom Harkin (Ret., D-IA) is IN!

Central figure in the creation of the landmark 
1990 Americans With Disabilities Act

As a young senator, Tom was tapped by Senator Ted Kennedy to craft legislation to protect the civil rights of millions of Americans with physical and mental disabilities. Tom knew firsthand about the challenges facing people with disabilities from his late brother, Frank, who was deaf from an early age. What emerged from that process would later become Tom's signature legislative achievement — The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA has become known as the "Emancipation Proclamation for people with disabilities." The legislation changed the landscape of America by requiring buildings and transportation to be wheelchair accessible, and to provide workplace accommodations for people with disabilities. To preserve the intent of the ADA after several court rulings weakened its standards, Tom and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced the ADA Amendments bill to ensure continuing protections from discrimination for all Americans with disabilities. It was signed into law in September 2008.

Plenary Speakers 

  Ron Suskind
Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist
Author: Life, Animated:
A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes,
and Autism
Robin Katcher
Senior Program Advisor
Management Assistance Group &
Katcher Consulting

  Loretta Claiborne
Special Olympics Athlete
Disney Movie Biography:
The Loretta Claiborne Story 
John Hockenberry
Emmy and Peabody
Award-Winning Journalist
Public Radio Host:
The Takeaway  
Ruderman Family Foundation