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Martin Luther King, Jr. Public Library • 901 G St., NW • Main Level • Washington DC, 20004
October 19, 2010
9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

2 AGENDA AT A GLANCE

3 BIOGRAPHIES

6 PANELIST DETAILS

7 SPONSORS AND CONTRIBUTORS

8 LIST OF EXHIBITORS

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AGENDA AT A GLANCE . . .

9:30 AM Registration
9:50 AM Welcoming Remarks by Ginnie Cooper
10:00 AM Opening Remarks by Derek Orr
10:15 AM Morning Keynote Address by Ari Ne’eman
10:45 AM Panel I: Workforce Development
11:45 AM LUNCH - Developmental Disabilities Council
Panel
12:30 PM Afternoon Keynote Address by John Kemp
1:00 PM Panel II: Community Inclusion
2:00 PM Panel III: Government Resources
2:45 PM Closing Remarks by Derek Orr

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Biography
Adrian M. Fenty
Mayor, District of Columbia
Adrian M. Fenty is the fifth elected Mayor of the
District of Columbia. Fenty served as
Chairperson of the Committee on Human
Services, overseeing the Department of Youth
Rehabilitation Services, the Child and Family
Services Agency, the Department of Human
Services and the Office on Aging. The committee was responsible
for overseeing a budget of $750 million. Highlights of his legislative
service include establishing a stable, long-term funding source for
school modernization and leading the charge to make indoor
District workplaces smoke-free.
In his first year in office, Fenty began the long-overdue
transformation of the District of Columbia Public Schools by placing
them under the authority of the Mayor. DCPS has begun a new era
of high-quality education with a new management team, new
personnel rules and an ambitious facilities modernization program.
The Fenty Administration has added police officers and expanded
community policing initiatives, expanded health care coverage for
the uninsured, and constructed thousands of units of affordable
housing while revamping delivery of services to the homeless.
Also in its first year, the Fenty Administration reorganized the
Department of Health and created a Department of Disability
Services as a cabinet-level agency. It finalized the sale of Greater
Southeast Community Hospital (now United Medical Center) in a
public-private partnership that kept the facility open for patients east
of the Anacostia River. It opened a new one-stop permitting center
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and launched a CapStat accountability program to examine the
performance of each District Government agency using objective,
numerical standards.
Mayor Fenty has ordered aggressive reform in the areas of
child welfare, emergency medical services and routine service
delivery. He instituted the District’s switch from the antiquated zone
system to time-and-distance meters for its taxicabs. The
Administration has also delivered the new Frederick Douglas
Memorial Bridge and Nationals Park on time and on budget.

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F EATURED K EYNOTE S PEAKERS . . .
Ari Ne'eman is the Founding President of
the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, where
he initiates and directs efforts to increase
the representation of autistic individuals in
public policy discussions. He is an adult on
the autism spectrum and a leading
advocate in the neurodiversity movement,
frequently briefing policymakers and
speaking publicly on disability and autism
policy issues. In April 2010, he was
appointed by Secretary Sebelius as a public
member to the Interagency Autism
Coordinating Committee, a Federal advisory committee that
coordinates all efforts within the Department of Health and Human
Services concerning autism. In 2009, President Obama nominated
Ari to the National Council on Disability, a federal agency charged
with advising Congress and the President on disability policy
issues. He was confirmed by the Senate in July 2010. He is both
the youngest and the first Autistic member of the National Council
on Disability.

Ari also served as Vice Chair of the New Jersey Adults with Autism
Task Force, where he represented autistic adults in reviewing the
state’s autism services. Prior to that, Ari served on the New Jersey
Special Education Review Commission, where he authored a
minority report on the topic of aversives, restraint and seclusion. In
2008, Ari was the first ever Patricia Morrissey Disability Policy
Fellow at the Institute for Educational Leadership. That year, he
also received the HSC Foundation “Advocates in Disability” Award,
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and in 2009, he received the Expanding Horizons Award from
United Cerebral Palsy. He is also a board member of TASH, an
advocacy organization focusing on advancing social justice for
people with significant disabilities. He has a bachelor's degree from
the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, where he studied
political science in the Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program.

John D. Kemp, a principal in the law firm of


Powers, Pyles, Sutter and Verville, has a federal
law and legislative practice in the areas of
disability, rehabilitation, health care, and nonprofit
organizations. Mr. Kemp graduated from
Georgetown University in 1971 and from
Washburn University School of Law in 1974. Mr. Kemp was
awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Washburn University
School of Law in May 2003.
In 2006, Mr. Kemp received the Henry B. Betts Award, the most
prestigious award within the national disability community which
honors an individual whose work and scope of influence have
significantly improved the quality of life for people with
disabilities. In 2003, Mr. Kemp received a special New Freedom
Initiative award from the US Department of Health and Human
Services in recognition of his "ongoing commitment and strong
leadership in improving the quality of life for persons with
disabilities."
Mr. Kemp has served as Chief Executive Officer of United Cerebral
Palsy Associations, VSA Arts and Half the Planet Foundation, and
serves in that capacity for Disability Service Providers of America, a
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lobbying trade association. He has served as General Counsel and
Vice President - Development for the National Easter Seal Society
and managed a law firm that advised companies on state and
federal civil rights, employment and education laws and policies
regarding persons with disabilities. Kemp & Young, Inc. developed
management training programs, offered consulting services, and
edited and published Disability & Employment Reporter, a monthly
legal and legislative newsletter for employers.
Mr. Kemp currently serves as a member of the nonprofit Boards of
Directors for several organizations, including: the United States
International Council on Disabilities; the National Rehabilitation
Hospital of Washington, DC; and CAST of Wakefield, MA. Mr.
Kemp served as a presidential appointee to the National Council on
Disability for six years ending in early 2002. He has been a member
of the Board of Directors of The Commission on Accreditation of
Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), serving as its Chairman for three
years; Independent Sector, serving nine years and as its Vice
Chairman; the American Occupational Therapy Association
(AOTA); the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago; and the American
Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), of which he is a co-
founder. Mr. Kemp is an advisory board member of Aequus
Technologies, LLC, a for-profit corporation producing disability
technology solutions.
Mr. Kemp has personal experience with disability. Having been
born without arms below the elbows and legs below the knees,
Kemp uses four prostheses in living an independent, productive life.
In 1997, he was recognized as Washburn University Law School's
Distinguished Alumni Fellow, and in 1991 was inducted into the
Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, an honor
extended to singularly accomplished individuals in recognition of
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their achievements in the face of extraordinary challenges. A
frequently requested Keynote Speaker and humorist, Kemp
delivers 20-30 major addresses annually before conferences,
conventions and annual meetings. He is admitted to practice in
Kansas and the District of Columbia.
In March 2004, Mr. Kemp’s co-authored and co-edited book,
Reflections From A Different Journey, was published by McGraw-
Hill and is available in bookstores nationwide and online at
Disabilities Books, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. With the
Foreword by Marlee Matlin and essays from writers who were
raised from birth or early childhood with their disabilities,
Reflections is advice that people with disabilities want all parents to
have about parenting.

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PANEL I: WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
Shelby Hill, Marriott Bridges
Julio Alvarado, Social Security Administration/Ticket to Work
Dr. Edna Johnson, Rehabilitation Services Administration,
DDS
Christina Meneses, University Legal Services

PANEL II: COMMUNITY INCLUSION - DC’S OLMSTEAD INITIATIVE


Laura White, Office of Disability Rights
Leyla Sarigol, Department of Healthcare Finance
Sakina McWright , Department on Disability Services
Money Follows The Person Participants

PANEL III: DISTRICT RESOURCES


Iden McCollough, Ida Mae Campbell Wellness Center
Silvia Garrick, Office of the Peoples Counsel
Tonya Gonzalez, Office of Human Rights
Dr. Terracita Powell, Aging and Disability Resource Center

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A special thank you to our sponsors and contributors:

Office of Disability Rights


Department of Mental Health
Department of Healthcare Finance
Department on Disability Services
Department of Employment Services
Office of Human Rights
Serve DC
DC Commission on Persons with Disabilities
DC Office on Aging
DC Public Library
Developmental Disabilities Council of DC
DC Aging and Disability Resource Center
Friends of the DC Regional Library for the Blind & Physically
Handicapped
Marriott Foundation Bridges
University Legal Services
Ida Mae Campbell Wellness Center

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EXHIBITOR AND INFORMATION TABLES …
POPULAR LIBRARY EXHIBITOR AREA
AGENCY NAME TABLE #
DC BOARD OF ETHICS AND ELECTIONS 1
DEPARTMENT ON DISABILITY SERVICES 2
DCOA – AGING AND DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER 3
WMATA 4
THE KENNEDY CENTER 5
PARENT ADVOCATE COMMUNITY PARTNERS 6
MONTGOMERY COLLEGE 7
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION 8
OFFICE OF THE PEOPLE’S COUNSEL 9
PROJECT SEARCH 10

LEVEL A EXHIBITOR AREA


AGENCY NAME TABLE #
COLUMBIA LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND 1
DC COMMISSION ON PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES 2
DC PUBLIC LIBRARY 3
DC RELAY (HAMILTON RELAY) 4
DUARTEK, INC. 5
ENVISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. 6
HELP-YOUR-SELF, INC. 7
IDA MAE CAMPBELL WELLNESS CENTER 8
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INTEGRATION TECHNOLOGIES GROUP 9
MARRIOTT BRIDGES FROM SCHOOL TO WORK 10
MONEY FOLLOWS THE PERSON 11
TCS ASSOCIATES 12
NATIONAL INDUSTRIES FOR THE BLIND/ABILITY ONE 13
PREVENTION OF BLINDNESS 14
**DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT SERVICES MOBILE IS STATIONED OUTSIDE OF THE
FRONT DOOR.

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