Celebrating Diversity Through Disability: In Search of Common Values

July 29, 3:00-4:30pm


Leaders in higher education and public service come together for an important virtual discussion that will focus on people with all kinds of disabilities and discuss ways to empower and provide opportunities through education, civic engagement and the workforce.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which became law in 1990, prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. In it, civil rights protections are given to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. 



  • Catherine Carlson: Director, Office of Accessibility Services, Columbia-Greene Community College and President, New York State Disability Services Council
  • Stacey Hengsterman: President, Special Olympics NY
  • Dr. Katherine Conway Turner: President, SUNY Buffalo State College
  • John Robinson: CEO, Our Ability
  • Victoria Everett: Student, SUNY Buffalo State College