United Spinal Hosts Disability Leadership and Policy Summit Protecting the Rights of People with Disabilities: Employment, Transportation, and Healthcare Top Issues

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NEW YORK, May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Spinal Association  will present the 4th Annual Disability Leadership

and Policy Summit on June 1st at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, focusing on protecting the rights to employment, transportation, and healthcare of people
with disabilities.

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The Summit, co-hosted by Hofstra University's Rehabilitation Program, will feature a panel of national leading experts discussing employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Topics include implementation of healthcare reform law; accessible transportation issues; New York State Medicaid cuts; and Medicare's impact on funding, equipment reimbursement, outpatient therapy caps and physician payment.

A resource fair consisting of community organizations and agencies dedicated to improving the quality of life and independence of people living with disabilities will also be open to attendees.

Summit presenters will include John Kemp, executive director of Abilities, Inc.; Joseph Isaacs, CAE, United Spinal's vice president of Public Policy; Andrew Morris, United Spinal's director of Government Relations; Barbara Kornblau, JD, OTR/L, FAOTA, former dean and professor of Nursing at the University of Michigan-Flint; Bruce Darling, co-founder and executive director of the Center for Disability Rights; and James Weisman, United Spinal's senior vice president and general counsel.

Following the event, there will be a Visionary Awards Reception to present John Kemp with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Angela Davis, disability rights activist, will also be honored for her leadership to improve transportation throughout Nassau County.

Admission is free and open to the public.

The Summit will take place at:200 Hofstra University 112 Student Center, Hempstead, NY

For more information, please visit http://www.unitedspinal.org/events/summit or call 800-404-2898.

About United Spinal Associationwww.unitedspinal.org

United Spinal is a national 501(c) (3) nonprofit membership organization formed in 1946 by paralyzed veterans and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Americans with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), including multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, ALS and post-polio. It played a significant role in writing the Americans with Disabilities Act, and made important contributions to the Fair Housing Amendments Act and the Air Carrier Access Act. Membership is free and is open to all individuals with SCI/D. United Spinal was instrumental in getting New York City to create sidewalk curb ramps and accessible public transportation that has been used as a model for many United States cities.

Available Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), click appropriate link.Paul Tobinhttp://www.profnetconnect.com/paul_tobinJim Weismanhttp://www.profnetconnect.com/jim_weisman

SOURCE United Spinal Association


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