Why Voting Rights Matter for People with Disabilities

This event is co-sponsored by The Century Foundation and the Albert Shanker Institute.

One in four people in the United States have a disability, making the disabled community one of the largest voting blocs in our country. Yet, they are underserved and face enormous challenges in exercising their right to vote, from polling place accessibility issues to guardianship laws, and more. At the same time, states are increasingly restricting access to voting for all Americans.

Please join U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth and a distinguished group of experts on Wednesday, December 8, from 1:30-2:30 PM ET as we discuss the threat to voting rights and why it is critical to protect them, especially for people with disabilities, and what Congress is considering doing to protect voting rights for all Americans.

Live captions and ASL interpretation will be available.

Please register HERE to obtain the Zoom link.

PROGRAM

WELCOME REMARKS
Ralph Neas,senior counsel on voting rights, The Century Foundation

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Judith (Judy) Heumann, disability rights advocate
Maria Town, president and CEO, American Association of People with Disabilities

MODERATOR
Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

PANELISTS
The Honorable Tammy Duckworth, United States Senator (D-IL)
Mia Ives-Rublee, director, disability justice initiative, Center for American Progress
Lisa A. Schur, professor, labor studies and employment relations (LSER); director, program for disability research, Rutgers University
Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO

CLOSING REMARKS
Mary Cathryn Ricker, executive director, Albert Shanker Institute