Civil Rights Summit To Include Disability Expert 4/10/14


People with disabilities will be represented in the Civil Rights Summit after a national campaign yielded several letters and calls to politicians and organizers.

Bob Kafka of ADAPT Austin wrote an email to organizers a couple of months ago after noticing that people with disabilities and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 would not be included in the three-day event. After receiving no response, he renewed his efforts over the past several days, making phone calls and urging national organizations to chime in.

“We were not attacking the celebration,” Kafka said of the summit. “We were just really very, very angry that once again that disability rights were not being considered.”

On Tuesday outside of the LBJ Presidential Library, however, ADAPT and several local and statewide organizations that offered their support, celebrated the inclusion of disability policy expert Lex Frieden on a social justice panel set for Thursday. Frieden is slated to talk about the link between the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the disabilities act.

The Americans with Disabilities Act was informed by the Civil Rights Act when it was drafted, Kafka said.

“The disability community has been very active in the civil rights arena,” Kafka said.

Live Stream:

CIVIL RIGHTS SUMMIT INCLUDES PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES FOR THE FIRST TIME THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2:05 CENTRAL TIME (1:05 EASTERN). LIVE STREAMING, http://www.civilrightssummit.org.

Leaders in social justice issues (Lex Frieden and others) of today discuss their initiatives to direct 21st century social change. The discussion starts at 2:05 p.m. Central Time (1:05 Eastern) after President Barack Obama speaks.

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