Fixed had a phenomenal DC Premiere  at St. Stephens and the Incarnation Episcopal Church on March 3rd, 2015. Co-sponsored by the United Spinal Association, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network and several other leading disability rights groups, as well as the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes. Moderated by Patrick Cokley from the Lead On Network.

Event Program:
Opening Remarks 7pm -7:10pm
MC, Patrick Cokley, Lead On Network
Film screening – FIXED 7:10-8:10PM
Panel discussion 8:15-9:00PM

MODERATOR: Mr. Cokley is a long-time disability advocate who works to bring issues of inclusion to the forefront of all communities. He has significant experience working at the intersection of disability policy and social media, in both the Federal and non-profit sectors. As a founding member of the Lead On Network, Mr. Cokley serves as the Administrator for the Lead On Update, an up-to-the-minute social-media focused resource to discover, collect, and also provide commentary on media articles on technology, employment, and education as well as policies, programs, and events on Capitol Hill as they relate to disability. Visit the site at www.leadonnetwork.org/wordpress or follow us on facebook, tumblr or twitter @leadonupdate. As a graduate of a Historically Black University, Mr. Cokley believes that it is imperative that the disability and traditional diversity communities learn to work together as they both share the core values of inclusion. Cultural barriers have led to disability being a taboo subject in many ethnic communities, and the disability community needs the experience of the diversity field to continue their advocacy and policy goals. Only together can both communities realize the success of an America that is inclusive of all of its citizens.

PANELISTS:
Heather L. Ansley is the Associate General Counsel for Corporate and Government Relations at Paralyzed Veterans of America. Ms. Ansley began her tenure with the organization in January 2015. She also works to promote collaboration between disability organizations and veterans service organizations by serving as a co-chair of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Veterans and Military Families Task Force.

Alexandra Bennewith, MPA, Vice President, Government Relations, United Spinal Association. Bennewith directs legislative and regulatory policy at both the federal and state level and works closely with a range of stakeholders in the durable medical equipment and supplies, prescription drug, public health, employment, social security and disability advocacy communities. She serves as Steering Committee Co-chair for the ITEM Coalition, Steering Committee Co-chair for the Coalition to Preserve Rehabilitation, is a member of the CRT Separate Benefit Steering Committee and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Federal Activism Advisory Committee and represents the Multiple Sclerosis Coalition on that Committee. She has over 16 years of government affairs and public affairs experience and in prior years has worked at the American Association for Homecare and has advocated for consumers at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) and the Spina Bifida Association of America (SBAA). She graduated from Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Arts and received her Master of Public Administration at American University.

Heyab Berhan is an Independent Living Specialist and Peer Group Coordinator for the DC Center for Independent Living.

Samantha Crane is Director of Public Policy at the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN). ASAN’s policy center produces reports and briefings on issues of public policy, including access to health care and services, as well as systems change toolkits for advocates.

Mathew McCollough is currently the Executive Director of the District of Columbia Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC), which promotes independence and equal opportunity for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Prior to assuming this position, he served as the Communications Manager for the DC Office of Disability Rights, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance office for the District Government. He has been recognized for his communication and training expertise in the areas of education, diversity and sensitivity, cultural competency, and disability issues to a broad spectrum of audiences—students, advocates, parents, managers, community leaders, and other stakeholders.

Dr. Gregor Wolbring is Associate Professor of Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, University of Calgary, Canada. Dr. Wolbring is also a Visiting Professor of Ability Expectation and Ableism Studies at American University of Sovereign Nations (AUSN); scientific staff at the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis in Karlsruhe, Germany; a Fellow at the Institute for Science, Policy and Society at the University of Ottawa, Canada; adjunct faculty in Critical Disability Studies at York University, Toronto, Canada; and Affiliated Scholar at the Center for Nanotechnology and Society at Arizona State University. He serves on a number of boards, including the Society for Disability Studies, an academic professional association; and several civic organizations, including the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, and Thalidomide Victims Association of Canada. He is past-President of the Canadian Disability Studies Association, and has also served on the board of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and on the board of the Provincial Health Ethics Network, Alberta, Canada to just name three past affiliations.

On November 11, 2013, Dr. Wolbring was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Government of Canada in recognition of his academic ad advocacy work, which was cited as “tireless and of benefit to the greater community.” In 1998 he was the recipient of the National award by the Council of Canadians with Disabilities. To learn more about Dr. Wolbring and his work, see
http://www.crds.org/research/faculty/Gregor_Wolbring2.shtml.

We would like to thank our generous sponsors for making this event possible:

United Spinal Association is the largest disability-led nonprofit serving and representing the interests of more than a million Americans living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), through chapters, support groups and individual membership. United Spinal has dedicated its energy, and programs, to improving the quality of life for these Americans of all ages and advancing their independence. Learn more at www.unitedspinal.org

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a nonprofit organization run by and for Autistic people. ASAN was created to serve as a national grassroots disability rights organization for the Autistic community, and does so by advocating for systems change and ensuring that the voices of Autistic people are heard in policy debates and the halls of power while working to educate communities and improve public perceptions of autism. ASAN believes that the goal of autism advocacy should be a world in which Autistic people enjoy the same access, rights, and opportunities as all other citizens. Learn more at autisticadvocacy.org

The District of Columbia Office of Human Rights (OHR) was established to eradicate discrimination, increase equal opportunity and protect human rights for persons who live in or visit the District of Columbia. The agency enforces local and federal human rights laws, including the DC Human Rights Act, by providing a legal process to those who believe they have been discriminated against because of a disability or other protected trait. In 2014, OHR launched an “AccessibleDC” campaign which aimed to make restaurants more accessibility-friendly. Learn more at ohr.dc.gov.

The Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes is an intellectual network aimed at enhancing the contribution of science and technology to society’s pursuit of equality, justice, freedom, and overall quality of life. The Consortium fosters policies to help decision makers and institutions grapple with the immense power and importance of science and technology as society charts a course for the future. Learn more at cspo.org

Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded in 1946 by a band of service members who came home from World War II with a spinal cord injury. Today, the work continues to create an America where all veterans and people with disabilities, and their families, have everything they need to live full and productive lives. Learn more at www.pva.org

The District of Columbia Center for Independent Living is a nonprofit, community based, cross disability organization serving all citizens with disabilities. The DCCIL was established through Congressional Legislation and is one of 400 Centers for Independent Living (CILs) nationwide assisting people with significant disabilities to live independently in their homes and their communities. Learn more at www.dccil.org

Capital Cab provides sedan and wheelchair accessible taxi service in the District . Learn more and schedule a ride at dctaxionline.com

CP Shoes Tumblr is a tumblr blog about fashion, shoes and disability. Witness the wobbly wreckage that is navigating the necessity of wearing shoes as a working professional with cerebral palsy at cpshoes.tumblr.com

Thanks to the phenomenal Alison Whyte for coordinating; and to Megan Moore, Julia Sanders, Maria Town, Lindsay Baran, Anais Sensiba, Matt Borus, the Washington Peace Center, St. Stephens and the Incarnation Episcopal Church and all the other amazing volunteers for pulling this event together.