From Rights to Action – Pittsburgh

Nov 20, 2014
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Rodef Shalom Temple

United Way of Allegheny County’s 21 and Able Initiative along with the FISA Foundation and ACHIEVA would like to invite you to From Rights to Action on November 20th.  Please be sure to register at the link below and take advantage of the scholarships provided if needed to attend.  You must register in advance.

The forum provides a unique opportunity to learn from expert strategists and develop new approaches to long standing challenges such as employment and housing.

Keynote by Andy Imparato, JD, Executive Director, Association of University Centers on Disabilities – “Full Steam Ahead, the connection of our local and state efforts to the nations agenda on disability policy”

Steve Suroviec, Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania’s Office of Developmental Programs, previously Director of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, “How Public Policy and Disability Advocacy Intersect”

Other Speakers/Panelists Include:

Alexa Brill & Katy Albert, #IWantToWork Campaign

Tina Calabro & Mark Steidl, From Wrongs To Rights Moving Forward

Sarah Pesi, Sarah’s Bill

Varun Viswanathan, Housing Advocacy

Venita Smith, EmploymentAdvocacy

Lucy Spruill & Nancy Murray, housing and employment solutions discussion

Strategy in the 21st Century, Moderated by Kristy Trautmann:  Heather Arnet, Women and Girls Foundation of Western Pennsylvania; John Denny, Principal, Denny Civic Solutions, Campaign For What Works; Ian James, CEO, The Strategy Network and Chris Maury, CEO, Conversant Labs

We will celebrate the successes of the disability rights movement and redouble advocacy efforts to address challenges of employment and housing still facing individuals with disabilities and their families in Pennsylvania.  Please join us and participate in this unique educational opportunity highlighting local, state and national efforts and to help to create a plan to move forward.

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