The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at 20: Looking Back/Looking Ahead to Building a More Inclusive Community

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 -
8:30am to 11:00am EDT
American Foundation for the Blind, 2 Penn Plaza, Suite 1101, NYC.
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WHO SHOULD ATTEND: All interested funders.


Continental breakfast provided.
This briefing session is designed to:
  • Provide funders with a 360 status report on the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Highlight successful models of inclusion, independence and empowerment of people with disabilities.
  • Offer accessible tools and resources for grantmakers.
  • Discuss opportunities for funders and nonprofits to collaborate and help to create more inclusive communities.
As we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the American Disabilities Act, funders are invited to learn more about the work of the Disability Funders Network and its efforts to help promote more inclusive models for grantmaking. The Disability Funders Network is a grantmakers’ affinity group whose mission is to promote awareness, support, and inclusion of people with disability issues and disability issues in grantmaking programs and organizations.   Established in 1994, DFN is working with grantmakers to replace the traditional medical/charity model of disability funding with one that is based on inclusion, empowerment, constituency involvement, and collaboration.  
Even with the gains made in disability issues in the past twenty years, people with disabilities constitute the largest minority group in the U.S, making up an estimated 20 percent of the total population. It is a diverse group, crossing lines of age, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.   As baby boomers age, this number will double in the next 20 years. However, only some three percent of institutional philanthropy dollars go to programs targeting or specifically including people with disabilities.
Please join us to help ensure that the spirit of the ADA is realized for all people with disabilities and to advance new perspectives and promising practices of how funders can respond to and integrate disability issues as an essential component of their grantmaking efforts.
NOTE: There will be a special accessibility demonstration presented by the American Foundation for the Blind.


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