Harkin International Disability Employment Summit
Washington, D.C., November 2-3, 2017
“The unemployment rate among adult Americans with disabilities who want to work and can work is over 60 percent. That is a blot on our national character.” – Senator Tom Harkin in his farewell speech to the U.S. Senate.
Employment is key to independence and economic sustainability to ensure the world’s largest minority, people with disabilities, get a fair shot. In December 2016, the inaugural Harkin International Disability Employment Summit took place in Washington, D.C.
The summit brought together high-level representatives and grassroots implementers from around the world – all working to increase the employment of people with disabilities. Representatives from business, disability advocacy, government, education, foundations, and NGOs brought their lessons from Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe and the Americas to identify and create strategies to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
The Harkin International Disability Employment Summit will return to Washington, November 2-3, 2017.