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Disability Leadership: Celebrating 25 Years of the ADA - July 8, 2015

8:00 am - 4:30 pm EDT, July 08, 2015   |   Organized by: Mid-Atlantic Lyceum


Disability Leadership: Celebrating 25 Years of the ADA
ADA25: Lessons in Leadership and Legacy

July 8, 2015, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Constitution Center Auditorium, Washington, D.C.
An exciting day long workshop hosted by: Gary C. Norman, Esq. and Angela Fox, Esq.

The  ADA25:  Lessons in Leadership and Legacy Conference will be held on July 8, 2015 from 8:00 am to 4:30pm. We will gather at the Constitution Center Auditorium in Washington D.C.  There is no fee for registration. Please stop by our Event Bright page to RSVP.  Attendees must be registered before registration closes on June 29th.

As a conference envisioned, designed, and led by two attorneys with disabilities, our commitment will be to active visibility and inclusion; collaborating with leaders with disabilities, or happily providing reasonable accommodations when the request is communicated to the planning committee. Indeed, the Mid-Atlantic Lyceum is an organization founded and operated by leaders with disabilities. Should a reasonable accommodation be helpful, actively communicate with the planning committee.


8:30 to 9 A.M. Registration and Networking

9:00 to 9:15 A.M. Welcome and Opening Remarks – Angela Fox, Esq.; and Executive Sponsors

9:15 to 10:30 A.M. The Art of Possibility – Jeff O’Malley and Andrew Marshall at the Center for Governmental Excellence, Partnership for Public Service; Gary C. Norman, Esq. L.L.M. on behalf of Federal Employees with Disabilities

“The Art of Possibility” uses the metaphor of music to express living a full life. The steps include creating your own world through positive thinking, believing in possibilities, giving other people maximum credit to empower them, making contributions to others and your community, being a strong, perhaps silent leader, and accepting things the way they are.

10:30 to 11 A.M. Making Contributions to Others and Your Community through Mentorship – Olegario Cantos, VII. Esq

Leaders develop others by helping them identify strengths and recognizing perceived weaknesses as opportunities. Through mentorship, leaders transform lives by serving as positive role models, providing advice and guidance on the path to a solid future, and being someone on whom others can depend. “With the right level of commitment firmly in place, disability becomes immaterial.”

11 A.M. to 11:15 A.M. Break and Networking

11:15 A.M. to 11:45 A.M. The ADA’s Global Legacy: Disability Leadership in the International Community – David Morrissey, Executive Director of the U.S. International Council on Disability

The enactment of the ADA 25 years ago was the most significant civil rights legislation for individuals with disabilities in the United States. The ADA has also inspired the rest of the world to work toward establishing equal opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Participants will learn about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the ADA’s global legacy, and opportunities for international disability leadership

11:45 A.M. to 1 P.M. – Lunch (on your own) and Networking

1 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. Building Leadership Competencies: Listening, Communicating, and Creative Thinking – Laura Wexler, The Stoop Storytelling Series

Leaders foster an atmosphere of open communication and listening as well as building environments that encourage creative thinking and new approaches. Participants will listen to leaders in the disability community as they share their personal journeys and the impact of the ADA on their lives. Participants will receive training in the seven tips for telling a compelling, seven-minute personal story. Guided by the motto, “Everyone has a story. What’s yours?” Stoop helps ordinary people showcase their extraordinary stories.

3:30 P.M. to 3:45P.M. Break and Networking

3:45 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. Lessons in Leadership for the Digital Age – Guest Fara, National Transportation Safety Board

Leaders communicate vision, influence others, and adjust to changing environments.
Participants will create their own brand statement and learn to communicate and market their brand. Participants also will also learn how to leverage the ever-changing environment of social media for personal and professional leadership development.

4:30 P.M. Closing Remarks – Gary C Norman Esq. and Sheila Durant, Esq

Registration Dates

June 01-29, 2015


Constitution Center

400 7th St SW

Washington, DC US

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