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Sen. Tom Harkin to Headline Discussion in Commemoration of 40th Anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

WASHINGTON –  On Thursday, Sept. 26, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity

Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Department of Labor will hold a public symposium from

12-5 p.m. entitled “The Past, Present, and Future of the Rehabilitation Act” at EEOC

headquarters at 131 M Street, NE Washington, D.C. 20507.


Distinguished speakers will include Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), as well as EEOC Chair Jacqueline Berrien, Commissioner Chai Feldblum, and other experts on disability issues. Other invited speakers include:

·     Debra Carr, Director of the Division of Policy, Planning and Program Development for the Office of the Federal Contract Compliance Programs, U.S. Dept. of Labor

·     Judith Heumann, Special Advisor, International Disability Rights, U.S. Dept. of State

·     Claudia Gordon, Public Engagement Advisor on Disability, Office of Public Engagement, The White House

·     Jeff Rosen, Chairperson, National Council on Disability

·     John Wodatch, retired Chief, Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Dept. of Justice

.     Robert Silverstein, Attorney, Powers, Pyles, Sutter & Verville PC

·     Ruby Moore, Executive Director, The Georgia Advocacy Office


Organizations who have an interest in the employment of individuals with disabilities will also exhibit in the hall outside of the symposium, beginning at noon. To reserve a space, e-mail RSVPAnderson@eeoc.gov.

Seating for the event is limited, so you must RSVP and request any accommodations by sending an e-mail to FederalTrainingandOutreach@eeoc.gov and typing “Rehab Act

Event RSVP” in the subject line.  It is suggested that visitors arrive 30 minutes before the event begins in order to be processed through security and escorted to the meeting room. The event agenda is subject to revision.

The EEOC is the federal government agency responsible for enforcing anti- discrimination laws in the workplace.  Further information about the EEOC is available at www.eeoc.gov.



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