Innovating for Inclusion:
Doubling Disability Employment In A Changing Landscape
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.
“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
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
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.
TWITTER MOMENT: See what people were saying during this panel
The second Harkin Summit continued Friday in Washington D.C., featuring a panel of young people with disabilities to discuss the future of disability employment.