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First Published Wednesday, 4 February 2009


A headshot of Jacobus tenBroek from the left side.

Jacobus ten Broek was a founder of the National Federation for the Blind — one of the first organizations of people with disabilities to insist that those with disabilities sit on the board and direct the organization.


When : April 17, 2009
Where: The National Federation of the Blind
Jernigan Institute
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, MD 21230


View the Agenda (Word
file)<http://www.nfb. org/images/ nfb/Agenda% 202009%20symposi um.doc>


Registration :


Registration Fee . . . . . . . $150.00
Student . . . . . . . . . . . . . $20.00


A limited number of scholarships to cover the registration fee will be
available to individuals with demonstrated financial need.


To register online<https://www. nfb.org/Forms. asp?MODE= NEW&SnID= 2021426860& Forms_FormTypeID =-129>,
payment must be made by credit card at the time of registration.


To register by mail or fax, *download the registration form (Word
file)<http://www.nfb. org/images/ nfb/2009% 20symposium% 20registration% 20form.doc>
*. Completed registration forms with credit card information may be faxed
to Lou Ann Blake at (410) 659-5129. Mail forms giving credit card
information or enclosing check made payable to the National Federation of
the Blind to:


Lou Ann Blake
National Federation of the Blind
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, MD 21230


Hotel Information :


A block of rooms has been reserved for law symposium participants at the
Holiday Inn Inner Harbor, located at 301 West Lombard Street, Baltimore,
Maryland 21201. Rooms may be reserved for April 16 and 17, 2009, at the
rate of $157.00 per night, plus applicable taxes and surcharges, by calling
the hotel directly at (410) 685-3500 and requesting the National Federation
of the Blind block, group number 373400. Reservations must be made by 3:00
p.m., March 26, 2009. The NFB will provide a free morning and evening
shuttle between the hotel and Jernigan Institute. Participants who will be
staying at the Holiday Inn and who require accessible transportation should
contact Lou Ann Blake by April 1, 2009.


Accommodations : Symposium materials will be provided in print, large
print, and Braille. Participants who require other accommodations should
contact Lou Ann Blake by April 1, 2009.


For More Information Contact: Lou Ann Blake, Law Symposium Coordinator
Phone: (410) 659-9314, extension
2221
E-mail: lblake@nfb.org


“The right of access to public accommodations and common carriers is a
civil right. It is a basic right indispensable to participation in the
community, a substantive right to which all are fully and equally
entitled.” Jacobus tenBroek, The Right to Live in the World: The Disabled
in the Law of Torts, 54 CAL. L. REV. 841, 858 (1966).
About the Symposium


Jacobus tenBroek founded the National Federation of the Blind in 1940 and
served as its president until his death in 1968. He was a constitutional law
scholar, a blind professor at Berkeley, and an author of treatises on the
Fourteenth Amendment and social welfare. Dr. tenBroek created the concept
that civil rights should apply to disabled Americans, [image: Jacobus
tenBroek works at his desk.]and he published extensively regarding the
variables involved in the application of the law to those with
disabilities. That blind and other disabled people have been able to gain a
substantial measure of participation in American life is largely due to Dr.
tenBroek’s thought and energy.


To carry forward the work of Dr. tenBroek in assuring that all citizens may
have the opportunity for full participation in the society in which we live,
the National Federation of the Blind is hosting the Jacobus tenBroek
Disability Law Symposium. The 2009 symposium, “New Perspectives on
Disability Law: Advancing the Right to Live in the World,” will examine the
new perspectives on disability law both in the United States, brought about
by the election of a new administration and the signing of the ADA
Amendments Act, and internationally, as a result of the ratification of the
United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The
symposium will consist of five panels of distinguished law professors,
practitioners, and advocates, who will discuss various aspects of both
United States and international disability law. Invitations to present have
already been accepted by Samuel Bagenstos, Professor of Law at Washington
University School of Law and Visiting Professor at the University of
Michigan School of Law; Gerard Quinn, Professor of Law at the National
University of Ireland, Galway; and Peter Blanck, University Professor and
Chair of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University. We have also
extended invitations to officials of the Obama administration including the
United States Attorney General and the White House advisor on disability
policy. *Ari Ne’eman, president of The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, will
give the luncheon keynote address.



Ari Ne’eman
President
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network
1660 L Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
http://www.autistic advocacy. org
732.763.5530



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