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U.S. Education Secretary Celebrates 40 Years of Learning Under Section 504

Student Advocates of the Past Unite with the Next Generation of Youth Leaders

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Event Date 1: September 26, 2013 09:30 am - September 26, 2013 11:30 am

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will help celebrate the 40th anniversary of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 on Thursday, Sept. 26 at the Department’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. The event will highlight the importance of Section 504 by engaging students with disabilities to hear about the impact the law has had on their lives. Secretary Duncan will give remarks and participate in panel discussions about the advances made since the law's passage and its benefits to today's students.

The “Forty Years of Learning Under Section 504” celebration will emphasize the importance of accommodations, specifically in education, and highlight today’s leaders in the youth disability communities and individuals who worked to help pass the law as youth in the 1970s. Throughout the event, the U.S. Education Department will highlight its work in supporting the implementation of Section 504 over the years.

Claudia Gordon, associate director of public engagement and disability liaison for the White House, will make closing remarks.

Event 1
Who :

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Catherine Lhamon, assistant secretary for civil rights, U.S. Department of Education
Michael Yudin, acting assistant secretary of special education and rehabilitative services, U.S. Department of Education
Janet LaBreck, commissioner, Rehabilitative Services Administration, U.S. Department of Education
Judy Heumann, senior advisor for international disability rights, U.S. State Department
Sally Scott, director of disability resources, University of Mary Washington; member, Association on Higher Education and Disability
Deborah McFadden, former commissioner on disability, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and parent of two world-class paralympic athletes, Tatyana and Hannah McFadden
Claudia Gordon, associate director of public engagement and disability liaison, White House

Student Panelists:
Frances Vhay, HCS Foundation youth transitions fellow, American Association of People with Disabilities, and recent Vassar College graduate
Dana Fink, assistant project coordinator, Institute for Educational Leadership, and recent University of Illinois graduate
Eamon Gallagher, American University student
Hannah McFadden, paralympic athlete and senior at Atholton High School in Columbia, Md.

What :

40th Anniversary Celebration of Learning Under Section 504

When :

9:30 a.m. ET, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013

Where :

U.S. Department of Education
Barnard Auditorium
400 Maryland Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C.