Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Event Details

Lectures on Development and Developmental Disabilities - Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Lecture: Sharon Lewis

Date: January 20, 2011

Time: 4:10PM to 5:10PM

Location: Room 241 Vanderbilt Kennedy Center/MRL Building

Lectures on Development Disabilities

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"Shifting Landscapes: Current Challenges and Opportunities in Developmental Disabilities Policy"

Sharon Lewis, Commissioner, Administration on Developmental Disabilities, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Sharon Lewis was appointed Commissioner of the Administration on Developmental Disabilities in March 2010. She serves as the Senior Disability Policy Advisor to U.S. House Committee on Education & Labor Chairman George Miller. Lewis advises Chairman Miller and Committee members on legislative strategy and disability-related policy in education, employment, and health care. She has worked on legislation such as the Americans with Disabilities Restoration Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and the Rehabilitation Act. She has been a strong voice for inclusion of disability concerns in broader legislation such as No Child Left Behind, Head Start, and the Workforce Investment Act.

Lewis’s awards include the 2010 Distinguished Leadership in National Disability Policy Award and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Chairman's Award. She received the 2008 Gold Star Award of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, presented to a Capitol Hill staffer who exemplifies true partnership in crafting strong public policy.

A reception will follow the lecture.

Space may be limited. Please register early at the link above.