“Disability Rights are Human Rights”

The inaugural Symposium on Disability Rights took place on February 12 – 22, 2019 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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.

Video from the 2019 Symposium

Keynote Speakers

Judy Heumann

Judy Heumann

Judith E. "Judy" Heumann is an American disability rights activist.
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.
Victor Pineda

Victor Pineda

Dr. Victor Pineda is an urban planner, social entrepreneur, filmmaker and globally recognized human rights advocate.
Keller Thompson

Keller Thompson

Keller Johnson Thompson is Helen Keller’s great-grand niece and Director of Education at the Helen Keller Foundation.

Hosted By

  • institute for human rights logo
  • lakeshore foundation logo
  • dhars logo

Sponsored By

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • institute on disability and public policy
  • Alabama Governor’s Office on Disability
  • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
  • United Ability
  • The Viscardi Center
  • UAB School of Health Professions
  • UAB Disability Support Services