Join the Western Pennsylvania Disability History and Action Consortium and the Heinz History Center as we present “United States Disability Policy: A Rich History, An Unsure Future,” a talk by Michael Gamel-McCormick, Disability Policy Director for U.S. Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania.
Following the talk, a vibrant panel of leading regional advocates will discuss how the disability rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s informs their own experiences and present-day advocacy.
Funding for this event provided by the Edith L. Trees Charitable Trust. Support also provided by ACHIEVA; the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, 21 and Able Initiative; and the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University.
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Accessibility: ASL interpretation will be provided. Other accommodations available upon request. Please request by contacting Mary Hartley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-204-7199 no later than May 15.
Parking is available and the location is close to major bus lines.
About the Western Pennsylvania Disability History and Action Consortium
The Western Pennsylvania Disability History and Action Consortium was established in 2015 to preserve and honor the historic struggle of Western Pennsylvanians with disabilities to attain human and civil rights. The Consortium educates the public about this history in order to ensure disability rights through existing and new policies and laws.
Over the last five decades, landmark federal laws have been enacted to protect the rights of people with disabilities. Prior to the groundswell of advocacy for such laws in the 1960s and 1970s, people with disabilities were routinely excluded from the mainstream of community life and equal opportunity. Many thousands were institutionalized, subjected to mistreatment, and denied appropriate education.
The struggle by and for people with disabilities has only recently been recognized as part of American history. Western Pennsylvania is home to a significant amount of disability history. The region has a strong record of grassroots advocacy to ensure public education, transportation, and other services, and to end the segregation of people with disabilities in the region’s state-run institutions. The Consortium takes the lead on preserving and sharing that history. We welcome the participation of individuals and organizations that share this interest.