The Harkin Summit: Innovating for Inclusion

Doubling Disability Employment In A Changing Landscape


APRIL 8-9, 2019 • PARIS

Marriott Champs-Elysees

About the Summit

In its first year, the Harkin International Disability Employment Summit convened 180+ attendees from 30 countries over 1.5 days. The Summit was an invitation-only event of select stakeholders who had been successful at employing people with all types of disabilities, or adapting policies and practices that encourage others to do so.


Former U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin

“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


Senator Tammy Duckworth speaks while Senator Tom Harkin (retired) looks on during the 2018 Harkin Summit.

2019 Harkin Summit travels to Paris

In April 2019, the Harkin Summit will host its first international gathering in Paris in partnership with Humanity & Inclusion.

When: April 8-9, 2019
Where: Marriott Champs-Elysees
To Learn More: Visit the 2019 Summit website

Panel discussion addresses role of higher education in maximizing disability employment opportunities

The 2018 Harkin Summit was preluded with a panel on the role of higher education in advancing integrated employment for people with disabilities.

Keynote Speaker: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

As New York City’s 109th mayor, Bill de Blasio is committed to fighting the income inequality that has created a ‘Tale of Two Cities’ across the five boroughs. Mayor de Blasio believes all New Yorkers deserve a chance to succeed in the greatest city on earth. That means every child gets a quality education, every community is safe, and every New Yorker has an affordable place to call home.