Harkin International Disability Employment Summit

“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’s Farewell Speech to the U.S. Senate

The Harkin International Disability Employment Summit has drawn 603 people from more than 50 countries since its establishment in 2016. The Summit is an invitation-only event of select stakeholders who have been successful at employing people with all types of disabilities, or adapting policies and practices that encourage others to do so.

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Latest Updates

May 10 | Job Fair and Networking Event (part of the Harkin Summit on Scaling Disability Driven Innovation)

Date: May 10, 2023   Time: 10:00a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Location: The Tom and Ruth Harkin Center  (2800 University Ave., Des Moines, IA 50311) Please join us for an inclusive and accessible job fair and networking opportunity!   This inclusive job...

May 10 | Disability-Driven Innovation Summit Business Pitch Session

Disability-Driven Innovation Summit Business Pitch Session On May 10, the Disability-Driven Innovation Summit will host an in person and virtual session for entrepreneurs and small business owners that embody the best of disability-driven innovation. Ideal...

Watch on Demand | A Conversation with NYT Disability Reporter Amanda Morris

This webinar was recorded on December 16, 2021. The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement partnered with the Zero Project and the National Center on Disability and Journalism to host a conversation with Amanda Morris, the New York Times' first...

Harkin International Disability Employment Journal 2018

Participants at the 2018 Harkin Summit were tasked with creating action plans with a goal of increasing the rate of competitive, integrated employment for people with disabilities, focusing on five key areas: big ideas, helping workers thrive in a corporate setting, transforming livelihoods in the Global South, artificial intelligence and the workplace of the future, and closing the gender gap.