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"Justice Everywhere:

Civil Rights and the Disability Community"

Claudia L. Gordon, Esq.


Presented by the American Sign Language Program, the Learning Needs and Evaluation Center, and the Office of the Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer


Date:Thursday, January 26, 2012
Location:Minor Hall 125
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m., Reception to follow

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once wrote, “Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The urge for freedom will eventually come.”

For people with disabilities, the urge for freedom led to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 1990.  Such legislation gave the nation an opportunity to shift the prevalent paradigm from seeing disability as illness to one that includes disability on the spectrum of all oppressed peoples deserving of respect, dignity, opportunity and equity. 

Questions to be considered:

-What led up to this historic legislation?

- What impact has it had on today’s society and specifically on our   institutions of higher learning?

- What lessons have been learned?

- What work remains to be done?

Claudia Gordon, Esq. is sure to engage you as she shares her expertise along with her personal experience of the ADA and its impact on the dialogue that surrounds social justice in America.

Speaker Bio:

Claudia L. Gordon is currently a political appointee with the Obama administration serving as Special Assistant to the Director of the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).¬† Prior to DOL she was a senior policy advisor with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL). In this role, she provided legal and policy advice on the full breadth of civil rights and civil liberties issues the Department must address. ¬†These issues included, but were not limited to, ensuring compliance with Federal civil rights laws relating to the rights of people with disabilities in DHS programs and activities. 


“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.