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New Webinar- Walking Towards Justice Episode #4: Connecting and Allying with the Disability Rights Movement (September 26, 2018)

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Webinar Date/Time: September 26, 2018 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific

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About the Discussion “Connecting and Allying with the Disability Rights Movement”

At their core, walkable communities are about the way space and land use serve as foundations for how humans interact. Walkability advocates have worked tirelessly for years to address how we move through, in, and from spaces. Protecting and guaranteeing the right to experience places, spaces and environments is spatial justice and walkability advocates understand that how we organize space influences social relations.  There could not be a more potentially aligned effort to promote spatial justice than walkability advocates and disability rights advocates.

The fourth episode of the America Walks’ Walking Towards Justice discussion series, co-hosted with the National Center for Health, Physical Activity, and Disability and Lakeshore Foundation, will feature leaders and founders of the Disability Rights Movement and will explore how to promote spatial justice for all community members.  In our continued work to operationalize inclusion and accessibility in the mission of America Walks, this episode of Walking toward Justice will dive into how disability rights and the history of the disability rights movement have shaped and created the spaces we live, work and play in today. The discussion will provide an overview of the history of the disability rights movement, the intentional commitment to create accessible and inclusive spaces, and develop an awareness of the actions we all need to take to create safe, accessible, equitable and enjoyable places for everyone to walk and be physically active.

About the Walking Towards Justice Discussion Series

Too often discussions in walking and walkability happen without the benefit of historical facts, community precedents and cultural awareness. This unfortunately results in a lack of knowledge and understanding in the systematic and socially-constructed creation of past and present inequalities in neighborhood walkability—particularly in low-income and communities of colors.

To provide an open platform for discussion and aid in identifying potential solutions to improve walkability for ALL, America Walks has launched a new social equity-inspired online discussion series titled: Walking Towards JusticeWalking Towards Justice is a webinar series that integrates literature into a discussion regarding the intersectionality of mobility, race, class, gender, and politics. The quarterly webinar will include an interactive panel of leading scholars, activists, practitioners, America Walks Board members, and policymakers, who will discuss and explore connections between walking and other key topics such as social equity, residential segregation, gentrification, police brutality, and etc. Participants will also be able to engage and ask questions of panelists via chat during the live webinar.

Each discussion will be facilitated by Charles T. Brown, MPA, an America Walks’ board member who created this series in partnership with America Walks.

About the Panel

More speakers to come!

Guest Moderator Karin Korb is Lakeshore Foundation’s Policy and Public Affairs Coordinator. Ms. Korb holds an undergraduate degree in Public Administration from Kean University and a Masters of Sports Management from Georgia State University. She is deeply passionate about inclusion of persons with disability at every level of sport and life. Korb is also a two-time Paralympian and has served on the coveted USOC/USP Athletes Advisory Council for the past eight years representing seven sports. She is a certified life coach with the International Coaches Federation and offers a highly diverse level of experience having worked with local, national and international clients of varying organizations to create ongoing opportunities for sports integration. Most recently, her efforts in sports diplomacy with the US State Department have taken her to Trinidad and Tobago, Germany, Colombia, Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania. She serves on the Alabama FBI Citizens Academy Board of Directors, the Alabama Disability Advocacy Program and the Is-Able Organization’s Advisory Boards and is Co-Chair of the Alabama Obesity Task Force’s Advocacy Committee. Korb has also worked with Lakeshore Foundation’s Lima Foxtrot programs for injured military since 2006. She has worked on behalf of the International Tennis Federation’s Global Development Initiative, 1Team Global Action, NBC Universal Sports, both the United Nations International Sport and Social Impact Summit and Women’s Initiatives and most recently Champions for America’s Future. Her career in both advocacy and policy has spanned over two decades, and she always has her eyes on the pulse of humanity and how she can best collaborate, convene and represent the intentional actions of inclusivity.

Judith (Judy) Heumann is a lifelong advocate for the rights of disabled people. She contracted polio in 1949 in Brooklyn, NY and began to experience discrimination at 5 years old when she was denied the right to attend school because she was a “fire hazard.” Her parents played a strong role in fighting for her rights as a child. Judy determined that she, working in collaboration with other disabled people, had to play an increasing advocacy role as she and others experienced continuous discrimination because of their disabilities. She is now an internationally recognized leader in the disability rights community and a lifelong civil rights advocate. As a Senior Fellow at the Ford Foundation, she is currently working to help advance the inclusion of disability in the Foundation’s work and is leading a project to advance the inclusion of disabled people in the media.

President Obama appointed Judy as the first Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. Department of State, where she served from 2010-2017. Prior to this position, she served as the Director for the Department on Disability Services for the District of Columbia, where she was responsible for the Developmental Disability Administration and the Rehabilitation Services Administration. From June 2002- 2006, Judy served as the World Bank’s first Adviser on Disability and Development. In this position, she led the World Bank’s disability work to expand the Bank’s knowledge and capability to work with governments and civil society on including disability in the global conversation.

From 1993 to 2001, Judy served in the Clinton Administration as the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the Department of Education. She was also responsible for the implementation of legislation at the national level for programs in special education, disability research, vocational rehabilitation and independent living, serving more than 8 million youth and adults with disabilities.

Over the course of her life, Judy has been involved on the national and international front working with disabled people’s organizations and governments in the US and around the world to advance the human rights of disabled people. She has traveled using her motorized wheelchair to countries on every continent, in urban and rural communities. She has played a role in the development and implementation of major legislation including the IDEA, Section 504, the Americans with Disability Act and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Judy graduated from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY in 1969 and received her Master’s in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley in 1975. She has received numerous awards including being the first recipient of the Henry B. Betts Award in recognition of efforts to significantly improve the quality of life for people with disabilities and the Max Starkloff Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council on Independent Living. She has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Long Island University in Brooklyn as well as Brooklyn College, an Honorary Doctorate of Public Administration from the University of Illinois, Champaign, and an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from the University of Toledo, Ohio.

She has been featured in numerous documentaries on the history of the Disability Rights Movement and recently her story was told on Comedy Central’s Drunk History, in which she was portrayed by Ali Stroker, the first disabled woman to play on Broadway.

Judy’s goal in life is to continue to advance the rights and empowerment of ALL disabled people around the world.

Mia Ives Rublee, during #BadAssHelenKeller and #FierceFannyLou:How Disability Rights Can Save the Women’s Movement. The Women’s Convention 2017, Detroit, MI. Saturday, October 28, 2017. (Photo by Viviana Pernot)

Mia Ives-Rublee, MSW, is a Disabled transracial adoptee who has dedicated her life’s work to civil rights activism. She began her journey as an adapted athlete, competing internationally in track, road racing, fencing, and crossfit. She obtained her Masters in Social Work and began working with Disabled people to help them find work and independence in their communities. She has worked as a research assistant at UNC Chapel Hill Department of Emergency Medicine and lectured across the country on issues related to social justice and enabling everyone to participate fully in all aspects of society. More recently, she began working for Women’s March, founding and coordinating the Women’s March Disability Caucus. She helped coordinate accessibility services for over 41,000 Disabled people and ensured that Women’s March was fully inclusive. For her work on the Women’s March on Washington, Mia was named by Glamour Magazine as one of 2017’s Women of the Year Award.

 

 

 

Keith Jones is the President and CEO of SoulTouchin’ Experiences. An organization aimed at bringing a perspective to the issues of access inclusion and empowerment, which affect him as well as others who are persons with a disability. Mr. Jones is also extremely active in multicultural, cross-disability education and outreach efforts and, conducts trainings (including train the trainer) with the purpose of strengthening efforts to “provide services and information to people with disabilities.

Mr. Jones over the past years has been recognized locally and national as a strong advocate on a wide breath of issues. Over his years as and advocate Mr. Jones has been awarded New Leadership Development Award From The President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. The Commonwealth Coalition’s Progressive Leadership Award the 2006 Moro Fleming Consumer Involvement Award from the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, with as well as, a recent graduate of the inaugural class of Initiative for Diversity in Civic Leadership. Also, in 2008 long shot 2008 U S Senatorial bid based on “Fulfilling America’s Promise”.

Mr. Jones in his role as an advocate is a public speaker on the issues and topics that range from Education and employment to Health Care and Home and Community Based Services Intersection of Community Business and Public Policy Disability Rights and Inclusion. Most recently Mr. Jones has been featured in two critically acclaimed documentaries Dan Habib’s “Including Samuel” and Maggie Doben’s “Labeled Disabled”.

In recent years Mr. Jones has worked with local and national organizations on a wide range of social justice issues. The issuers ranging from immigration and criminal justice reform to the redesigning of the accessible icon – each with a focus on giving voice to the concerns of those in those who are often excluded from the discussion.

Mr. Jones has been called “a pioneer” in the disability rights movement and it is truly committed to progressive effective change. Mr. Jones hopes that by contributing to the dialog and working to create and improve on policies and attitudes, everyone will be able to pursue reaching their full potential. Which is why he believes in the mission of SoulTouchin’’ Experiences so strongly.

Rhonda Raven Neuhaus is a lawyer, disability rights advocate coach and healer. She holds a JD from the University of Maryland School of Law, an MA in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University and a BA from Rollins College.

She has worked for over 20 years focusing on human rights, advocacy, capacity-building and civil society strengthening in international development programming.  She has provided subject matter expertise to governments and NGO’s on human rights law, policy, international disability standards and strategies for ensuring the rights of all underrepresented groups in development programming. From 2008-2011, she built and managed the Making it Work Initiative working towards implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at Handicap International and from 2011-2015, she was the Policy Analyst for Government Affairs at the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), running their Washington DC’s policy office. At DREDF, she focused on advocacy around persons with disabilities in areas including healthcare, education, transportation, led actions towards US ratification of the CRPD and worked in coalition building within the disability and civil rights communities.

She has been a consultant on disability and development issues for the US State Department and the US Embassy in Mexico providing education and training on gender and disability rights as well as with BlueLaw International, providing human rights education and advocacy services relating to the CRPD. Prior to her legal education, she worked as an inclusive development specialist at Mobility International USA (MIUSA) where she designed and implemented international exchange and economic development programming worldwide.

In addition to her longtime programmatic design, implementation and advocacy work, she is an experienced trainer and facilitator, having trained and presented in over 55 countries globally. She is a Mediator and conflict resolution professional and was a founding member of Mediators Beyond Borders. She has co-produced training videos and published in local, national and international media on the subject of human rights and disability inclusion.

Complementarily to her career in human and civil rights, Rhonda has had a healing practice over 20 years, Spiral Healing by Raven.  She offers private sessions on *healing and self-care* for the Advocate – as well as supporting individuals and groups via many healing and coaching modalities which support people’s deep healing and growth. She holds all of who she is in her complementary skills and has learned that healing trauma and rebalancing are needed in all areas in which she has worked. She believes there are many ways to positively effect change and healing in this world.

She is currently available for both disability rights keynotes, presentations, trainings and clients seeking support with all that is currently occurring in the world — and with all that we collectively work to accomplish.