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Join Us: A Disability Rights Forum and Launch of the NAB’s Refreshed Six Foundational Principles

Source: National Advisory Board

Thirteen years ago, the National Advisory Board (NAB) on Improving Health Care Services for Older Adults and People with Disabilities launched our groundbreaking Six Foundational Principles, affirming the rights of older adults and people with disabilities to live at home, on their own terms, with the health and community support they need. Together with advocates around the country, we use these Principles to inform lawmakers and health care leaders about the needs and preferences of people with disabilities and older adults.  The Principles convey the importance of equitable access to health care and the critical need for home and community-based services to policy makers, regulators, and industry leaders.  

Now, as we look back, celebrate what we’ve accomplished, and recognize the 30th anniversary of the ADA, we are also reminded of the collective work ahead of us in making our ideals of inclusion and equality a reality. During this forum we will address the disparities laid bare by COVID-19, discuss our path forward, and lay the groundwork for continued advances in the movement.   

Join us on October 30th from 1:00pm to 4:30pm Eastern for the launch of the NAB’s updated Six Foundational Principles and interactive discussions with community leaders on the history and future of disability rights.  

Register for the event here! 

We are excited to have outstanding disability rights leaders with us to talk about home and community-based services (HCBS), employment, mental health, technology accessibility, and health disparities in COVID-19. Speakers include:

  • Lex Frieden, Architect of the ADA and Convener of the NAB
  • Julia Bascom, Executive Director, Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)
  • Kelly Buckland, Executive Director, National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)
  • Crosby Cromwell, Disability Consultant
  • Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO, Mental Health America (MHA)
  • Jeff Hughes, Executive Director, Progressive Independence
  • Andy Imparato, Executive Director, Disability Rights California (DRC)
  • Joseph Jones, Executive Director, The Harkin Institute
  • Anil Lewis, Executive Director, National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
  • Christina Mills, Executive Director, California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC)
  • Cynthia Overton, Director of Tech Workplace Initiatives, Kapor Center
  • Maria Town, President and CEO, American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
  • John Tschida, Executive Director at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
  • Dior Vargas, Queer Latina Feminist Mental Health Activist

Please share this invite with your colleagues, legislators, friends, and family on Facebook and Twitter, and use #ADA30 and #DFI6Principles to share your thoughts and questions on social media. We look forward to connecting and discussing with you!


  1. Leann Rogers says

    The national office should be better at answering phone calls.
    When does ANYONE actually answer the phones?

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