The Harkin Summit: Innovating for Inclusion

Doubling Disability Employment In A Changing Landscape

NOVEMBER 15-16, 2018 • WASHINGTON DC

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

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.

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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

Updates

Keynote Speaker: Tammy Duckworth, U.S. Senator for Illinois

Keynote Speaker: Tammy Duckworth, U.S. Senator for Illinois

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth is an Iraq War Veteran, Purple Heart recipient and former Assistant Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. She was among the first Army women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Duckworth served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years before retiring from military service in 2014 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. She was elected to the U.S.

World Bank Group Announces New Commitments on Disability Inclusion

LONDON, July 24, 2018 – Today, at the Global Disability Summit, co-hosted by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DfID) in partnership with the Government of Kenya and the International Disability Alliance, the World Bank Group (WBG), along with other Summit participants, announced its set of ten commitments to accelerate global action for disability-inclusive development in key areas such as education, digital developm

Dr. Kim: Focus of the World Bank's 'human capital project' is equal opportunity

The Harkin International Disability Employment Summit concluded with a final dialogue between Senator Tom Harkin and Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group. Dr. Kim, who grew up in an Iowa that was represented by Tom Harkin in the United States Senate, attended University of Iowa for a period before transferring and eventually graduating from Brown University. He’d then obtain an M.D.