United Spinal Association to host disability leadership and policy summit

April 05, 2010
United Spinal Association will host its inaugural Disability Leadership and Policy Summit on April 15th in Philadelphia, commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was signed into law on July 26, 1990 and prohibits discrimination based on disability. The law was amended in 2008 to offer more protection to disabled workers.
     During the summit, United Spinal will honor Senator Arlen Specter, Dick and Ginny Thornburgh, and Liberty Resources, Inc. with this year's 2010 Visionary Award, for their leadership, extraordinary service, and outstanding commitment to advancing the lives of people with disabilities.
     Mr. Thornburgh served as Governor of Pennsylvania and Attorney General of the United States. He was a staunch supporter of the ADA and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. Mrs. Thornburgh has spent the past 40 years as an advocate for people with disabilities and works with the American Association of People with Disabilities to improve program and architectural access in religious congregations and seminaries. With five terms in office, Specter is the longest-serving U.S. Senator in Pennsylvania's history and has been a fierce advocate for Veterans benefits and an early ADA supporter and proponent. Liberty Resources, Inc. is the largest Independent Living Center in Pennsylvania that advocates on behalf of individuals with disabilities.