The Harkin International Disability Employment Summit

Creating Careers and Professions for People with Disabilities


Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th Street NW, Washington D.C.

“The unemployment rate among adult Americans with disabilities who want to work and can work is over 60%! That is a blot on our national character.”

Sen. Harkin’s farewell speech to the Senate

A Note from Senator Harkin

Thank you for your interest in the Harkin International Disability Employment Summit. In its inaugural year, the Harkin Summit begins a tradition of bringing together change agents to develop strategies for increasing disability employment around the world.


Former U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin

Ruderman Family Foundation

The 2016 Summit is possible thanks in large part to a visionary, leadership gift from the Ruderman Family Foundation, which believes that inclusion and understanding of all people is essential to a fair and flourishing community.