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News: AUCD2014 Transcripts Available

November 26, 2014


doc File Plenary A Transcript (121KB) [download]

doc File Plenary B Transcript (116KB) [download]

doc File Plenary C Transcript (197KB) [download]

Transcripts from AUCD's three 2014 Conference plenary sessions are now available! Read and remember the information provided and insightful thoughts shared by speakers such as Shankar Vedantam, Emily Ladau, Judy Woodruff, Kathy Greenlee, Portia Wu, Melody Musgrove, Senator Tom Harkin, and more! (Videos yet to come.)

  • Is Disability at a Tipping Point? Engaging the Public to Accelerate Progress
    Connecting and communicating with diverse groups and new audiences can enrich our work and maximize our impact. How do we package and share our expertise? What can we learn from other constituencies? Who are the new partners we can bring to the table? What do we want the public to know and act upon? Do the 2015 milestone anniversaries of ADA and IDEA create opportunities to broaden our engagement? Panelists discussed what drives people to spend time and effort on some things, but not others; shared ways they have successfully built powerful and engaging campaigns and professional relationships; introduced ways we can all expand our reach; and challenged us to work closely with both our typical groups and others to communicate our compelling ideas.
    • Leon Dash, Swanlund/Center for Advanced Study Professor of Journalism, African-American Studies, and Law: University of Illinois
    • Bob Boorstin, former public policy director of Google and former Presidential speechwriter
    • Emily Ladau, Disability Rights Advocate and Blogger 
    • James Ferg-Cadima, National Public Policy Office of MALDEF
    • Shankar Vedantam, Science Correspondent, NPR
  • The Future of Education, Employment, and Community Living for People with Disabilities
    2015 will recognize the major anniversaries of the ADA and IDEA, landmark pieces of legislation that created a foundation for improving the health, economic opportunity, employment and well-being of people with disabilities. Federal initiatives such as the Affordable Care Act, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, the new definition of "community" from CMS, and the newly created Administration for Community Living are good examples of leadership from the Obama Administration that have the potential to accelerate progress as we approach these milestones.
    • Judy Woodruff, Co-Anchor and Managing Editor, PBS NewsHour
    • Portia Wu, Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
    • Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging and Administrator of the Administration for Community Living
    • Melody Musgrove, Director, Office of Special Education Programs, Department of Education
  • Engagement in Policy: Disability Priorities for the New Congress
    Scheduled just one week after a national Congressional election, this morning closing plenary event will bring together bipartisan leaders to share the priorities of the new Congress and discuss the implications of the election for people with disabilities.
    • The Honorable Tom Harkin, Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP), United States Senate
    • Taryn Williams, Associate Director for the White House Office of Public Engagement
    • Towner French, ‎Deputy Staff Director: Committee on Rules, U.S. House of Representatives
    • Kimberley Betz, Legislative Director: Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers
    • Laura Bozell, Cornerstone Government Affairs
    • Erik Fatemi, Cornerstone Government Affairs