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Why Hire Lawyers with Disabilities?

Why should employers prioritize hiring lawyers with disabilities? In honor of the 30th anniversary of the ADA and the 75th observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the ABA and LSAC spoke with a diverse group of legal professionals to demonstrate why disability inclusion is so vital.

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Paul G. Hearne Award

Each year the ABA and Commission honor an individual or organization that advances the rights of people with disabilities.

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Champions for Disability Inclusion

The CDR will recognize a law firm or corporation that have made measurable progress in the recruitment, hiring, retention, and advancement to leadership positions of lawyers with disabilities.

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The CDR Spotlight is a feature that highlights an attorney or law student with a disability who is an asset to the profession.

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Cohen and Wolf's Lunch & Learn Series: ABA’s Commission on Disability Rights

Last October, CDR Chair Bob Dinerstein and Commissioner Brandon Lee Wolff spoke to Cohen and Wolf about the importance of the ABA’s Commission, the problems law students and professionals with mental, sensory, and physical disabilities face, and options for assistance.

Voting and the Disability Community: Progress Made and Needed

Voting is a fundamental right in the United States for all individuals. This webinar focuses on that right for voters with disabilities. Our panel discusses how the disabled community fared in the 2020 elections with vastly expanded voting by mail, consolidated polling places, persistent privacy concerns, and limited resources, among other barriers, and the path forward.

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Activate Diversity: Access to Healthcare in Minority and Disabled Communities

This program addressed the disparity of healthcare due to lack of resources and lack of knowledge within the communities.

Global Disability Rights: Perspectives from Around the World

There are more than one billion disabled individuals worldwide. Many live in conflict settings or in developing countries where they are subjected to violence and discrimination and experience myriad barriers to education, employment, housing, health care, independent decision-making, and political participation. Panelists discuss the progress made under the ADA in the United States and the UN CRPD worldwide, in integrating disability rights within the broader human rights agenda, as well as the pressing challenges that continue, including violence against women and children with disabilities, institutionalization, the COVID-19 pandemic, and more.

Accessibility at Work and in Our Digital Lives

NDEAM 2019 Training

On October 15th, 2019, in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the ABA Commission on Disability Rights hosted a training on inclusive technology.

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Disability Issues in Education and Employment Law

The 5th National Conference examines disability issues that arise in both employment and education law.

Lawyering with Disabilities

CDR Past Chair Denise Avant spoke in a live webinar, "Lawyering with Disabilities: Reasonable Accommodations and Access Needs," hosted by India-based LawSikho, addressing what it means to be an attorney with a disability. Watch the webinar archive for free on YouTube!