“Disability Rights are Human Rights”

February 21 and 22, 2019

Hilton Birmingham at UAB (map)

808 20TH Street South
Birmingham, Alabama 35205

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 that limit accessibility to basic services and prevent persons with disabilities from participating fully in their communities, getting a quality education, achieving employment, and having their voices heard is at the center of a human rights approach to disability.

Keynote Speakers

Judy Heumann

Judy Heumann

Judith E. "Judy" Heumann is an American disability rights activist. An internationally recognized leader in the disability community, Heumann is a lifelong civil rights advocate for people with disabilities. Her work with governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) has produced significant contributions since the 1970s to the development of human rights legislation and policies benefiting children and adults with disabilities. Through her work in the World Bank and the State Department, Heumann led the mainstreaming of disability rights into international development. Her contributions extended the international reach of the independent living movement.
John Kemp

John Kemp

John D. Kemp is an American disability rights leader who co-founded the American Association of People with Disabilities and is currently the President & chief executive of the Viscardi center and the Henry Viscardi School. Owing to a congenital anomaly he was born without arms and legs and uses four prostheses to inspire people and empower people with disabilities. He is a renowned leader with disability and has occupied top posts in the leading disability and nonprofit organizations.
Victor Pineda

Victor Pineda

Dr. Victor Pineda is an urban planner, social entrepreneur, filmmaker and globally recognized human rights advocate. He is also an international speaker, consultant and adjunct professor on policy, planning and development. Dr. Pineda’s work focuses on urban resilience, inclusion and sustainability. He founded the Pineda Foundation / World Enabled, a global non-profit that promotes the rights of people with disabilities. He was recently appointed by President Obama to serve on the US Access Board. Dr. Pineda holds a PhD in Urban Planning from UCLA.
Keller Thompson

Keller Thompson

Keller Johnson Thompson was named after her great-great aunt, Helen Keller. In 1994, she joined the Helen Keller Eye Research Foundation, a foundation her grandmother helped to establish, as their Director of Education. She has developed an educational program about the life and legacy of Helen Keller which she shares with schools across the U.S.

Hosted By

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  • lakeshore foundation logo
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Sponsored By

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Alabama Governor’s Office on Disability

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