Harkin Summit 2022

When pathways to inclusion are open to people with disabilities it helps everyone.

— Former Senator Tom Harkin

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Nina Goswami
Creative Diversity Partner and journalist

“I often refer to disability as an illusion,” explained Former Senator Tom Harkin at the International Disability Summit that bears his name.

“They think that [disability] defines this person,” he told the delegates at ICC Belfast on 7 June 2022. “We know that a disability does not define a person – their dreams, aspirations… especially if the barriers are removed.”

In 1990, Harkin was one of the driving forces behind the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As he opened the Belfast Summit, he recollected how he purposefully helped to draft the legislation to “ensure employment was number one”.

For Harkin, “work is a defining feature of human existence” (quoting the former Director-General of the International Labour Organization Juan Somavia). He wanted to convene influencers, policymakers from across the globe to “see how all of us together can come together and explore the best ways to advance the [...]

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