Excerpted from 5th National Conference: Disability Issues in Employment and Education Law, Recorded on June 22, 2018
Rebecca B. Bond, Chief, Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC
Johnny Collett, Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC
Debra M. Lawrence, Regional Attorney, Philadelphia District Office, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Philadelphia, PA
Frank Lopez, Deputy Assistant General Counsel, Division of Educational Equity, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, DC
Marc Maurer, Ph.D., President, National Federation of the Blind, Baltimore, MD
Persons with disabilities continue to encounter significant barriers in obtaining an education and getting a job. The unemployment rate of people with disabilities is almost double that of people who do not have disabilities, and students with disabilities graduate high school and college at significantly lower rates than the general population. Experts discuss current initiatives, policy development, and enforcement efforts by federal agencies in the areas of employment and education as they relate to individuals with disabilities.