Dr Donna Walton and Janet LaBreck

Black Disabled Lives Matter (Part 1): A National Outlook from Thought Leaders

Jul 16, 2020 01:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada), via Zoom, REGISTER BELOW

Dr. Donna Walton and Janet LaBreck, leaders in the Disability Community, discuss the experiences of Black Disabled Americans and the impact multiple prejudices have on their lives.

This two-part series will help the audience develop an understanding of how multiple identities – such as disability, race and gender expression – intersect to shape a person’s experience within the structures and systems of our society as well as within each of these communities.

Audience members will learn to identify the power they hold in the workplace and community as well as actions they can take to be in solidarity with others. Participants will find resources for developing skills around identifying and challenging their own implicit biases.

This discussion will be moderated by Lori Becker, Chief Operating Officer of Starkloff Disability Institute, and Melissa Brickey, Executive Director of Diversity Awareness Partnership.

Please submit your questions for Dr. Walton and Ms. LaBreck when you register.


About our panelists

A Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and Founder and CEO of LEGGTalk, Inc., a for profit empowerment service, Dr. Donna Walton fills a void in the rehabilitation community through servicing underemployed women and teens with disabilities in the District of Columbia. Dr. Walton has spent over 20 years’ experience in diversity, and disability employment services where she distinguished herself as leader, advocate, and proponent of equal rights for persons with disabilities, in both public and private sectors, including The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), The United States Department of Labor Office of Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (OASAM), The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the George Washington University Center for Rehabilitation Counseling Research and Education (CRCRE).


Nominated by President Barack Obama in 2013, Janet L. LaBreck served as the Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), within the United States Department of Education. RSA was established to provide leadership and resources to assist state and other agencies providing vocational rehabilitation services (VR) to individuals with disabilities to maximize their employment, independence and integration into the community and workforce. Under her leadership, LaBreck was responsible for promulgating the most substantive regulation changes to the Vocational Rehabilitation program in over 15 years. She began her 27-year career with the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) where she served as Commissioner during the last six years of her appointment. She is also the recipient of numerous awards and honors including an Honorary Doctoral Degree from New England College of Optometry (NECO). Most recently, LaBreck has established Janet L. LaBreck Consulting LLC.


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