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Paralympic gold medalist Oz Sanchez to speak at ABA meeting on disability rights

Paralympic gold medalist Oz Sanchez to speak at ABA meeting on disability rights

By John Glynn

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2014 — Oscar “Oz” Sanchez, founder and president of Know No Limits, will share his inspiring life story from drugs and gang life to becoming a Paralympic gold medalist and five-time world champion hand cyclist at an American Bar Association conference on April 9 at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel. 

Sanchez will give the keynote address at 12:30 p.m. during a luncheon at the Commission on Disability Rights’ 4th National Conference on Employment and Education Law Impacting Persons with Disabilities.

During the luncheon, international law firm Perkins Coie LLP and Microsoft Legal and Corporate Affairs Group will receive the commission’s inaugural Champions for Disability Inclusion in the Legal Profession Award for their ongoing commitment to disability diversity.

Paulette Brown, the ABA’s nominee to serve as president-elect for 2014-2015 and a labor and employment law partner and chief diversity officer at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, will speak at 8 a.m.

With nearly 54 million Americans with at least one disability, the conference will focus on some of the latest disability rights issues in employment and education law. Representatives from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Justice, Department of Education, Department of Labor and the Los Angeles County Superior Court will discuss issues including reasonable accommodations and unconscious bias in the workplace, discipline and bullying of students with disabilities, and employer screenings for disability.

What:    
4th National Conference on Employment and Education Law
Impacting Persons with Disabilities
Sponsored by the Commission on Disability Rights

When: 
April 9

Where:
The Omni Los Angeles Hotel
251 S. Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA  90012

Program highlights include:

“Current State of Employment and Education for Persons with Disabilities: The Federal Agency Perspective” — Federal leaders will look at the ongoing challenges that people with disabilities face in education and employment and examine barriers to their success.
8:15 – 9:15 a.m.

“Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace” — What constitutes a protected disability? Panelists will discuss the common pitfalls of employees and employers when it comes to accommodations and provide an overview of current laws affecting enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Employment Housing Act.
9:15 – 10:45 a.m.

“Bullying & Students with Disabilities” — Recent studies say that students with disabilities are bullied by peers more than those without a disability. Panelists will discuss recent cases, best practices for preventing and eliminating bulling, and the obligations of schools and school districts.
3:45 – 5:15 p.m.

A complete agenda can be found online.

This event is free and open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Betsy Adeboyejo at Betsy.Adeboyejo@americanbar.org.

The mission of the ABA Commission on Disability Rights is to promote the ABA’s commitment to justice and the rule of law for people with mental, physical and sensory disabilities and to promote their full and equal participation in the legal profession.


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