We’re thrilled to announce that Senator Tom Harkin will be the keynote speaker at getAwareLive! 2018. Our annual conference is devoted to improving employment opportunities for people with disabilities. It’s a passion we share with the Senator.
Senator Harkin served as a U.S. Senator representing Iowa for more than 30 years, retiring in 2015 when he established The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement. He co-authored the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the landmark legislation signed into law in 1990 that protected civil rights of millions of Americans with physical and mental disabilities.
The Harkin Institute recently hosted The Harkin Summit, centered on accelerating employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The unemployment rate for adult Americans who want to work hovers around 60%, a condition Senator Harkin calls “a blot on our national character.”
“Our goal is to double the labor force participation rate of people with disabilities around the world over the next 10 years,” Senator Harkin said. “I’m looking forward to working with the vocational rehabilitation professionals, and workforce and technology leaders at getAwareLive! to come up with fresh and bold ideas that will accelerate work opportunities for people with disabilities.”
Bold ideas needed
Those bold ideas and new approaches will be the focus of Senator Harkin’s keynote.
“Everyone realizes Senator Harkin’s legendary impact on improving opportunities for Americans with disabilities, and we’re thrilled to have him speak at our conference,” said Alliance Enterprises CEO, Chris M. Pieper. “We’re aligned with the Senator in pushing for greater and more meaningful employment opportunities for people with disabilities. That’s what this conference is about.”
During the conference, Senator Harkin will announce the second annual Thomas Harkin Americans with Disabilities (THAD) Excellence Award winner. The award recognizes a member of the rehabilitation services community who exemplifies outstanding service to people with disabilities.
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