Disability Rights are Human Rights: IDPP Co-Sponsoring Symposium on Disability Rights

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The Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) is proudly co-sponsoring and participating in the upcoming Symposium on Disability Rights, hosted by the Institute for Human Rights at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

  • Dates: February 21 and 22, 2019 (Thursday and Friday

  • Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm EST

  • Location: Double Tree by Hamilton at UAB

  • Hashtag (be sure to share on social media): #DisabilityRightsBHM

“We’re proud to support Tina Kempin Reuter, one of our faculty associates, in supporting this amazing symposium,” said IDPP Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn. Dr. Reuter is Director of UAB’s Institute for Human Rights.

“IDPP will be providing remote participation for many of the event speakers, and we hope many will take advantage of this opportunity,” says Cogburn.

IDPP International Advisory Board Chair Victor Pineda will be the symposium’s first keynote speaker and will be speaking at 9:00am on Thursday. Dr. Cogburn will be helping to lead the closing roundtable discussion at 2:30pm on Friday, helping to contextualize the significance of the symposium within the broader discussion of national, regional, and global disability rights and policy advocacy. 

The quest for improving the rights of people with disabilities locally, nationally, and internationally is urgent and significant. Addressing the needs of the disability community through the removal of social, economic, and environmental barriers is critical.  

The Symposium on Disability Rights will address the many ways to support with disabilities so they can thrive fully in their communities, obtain a quality education, excel in their employment and careers, and have their voices heard.

Presentations and poster sessions will shed light on topics including disability rights and education, employment, housing, history, health and medicine, identity, law and policy.

Additional sponsors include the Alabama Governor’s Office on Disability, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, United Ability, the Viscardi Center, and UAB’s School of Health Professions and Office of Disability Support Services.

View the full symposium schedule of events and speakers here.