We’re thrilled to announce that Joseph Jones, the executive director of the Harkin Institute, will be a keynote speaker at getAwareLive! His speech will be on July 26, the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) being signed into law.
The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement at Drake was founded in the spring of 2013 to inform citizens, inspire creative cooperation, and catalyze change on issues of social justice, fairness, and opportunity. The organization offers programming, research, and connectivity focused on areas that defined Senator Tom Harkin’s career, including people with disabilities, retirement security, wellness and nutrition, and labor and employment.
“Senator Harkin and The Harkin Institute are synonymous with the ADA, and they continue to be a driving force in supporting people with disabilities,” said Chris M. Pieper, CEO of Alliance Enterprises. “We’re thrilled to have Executive Director Joseph Jones participating at the conference this summer and sharing The Harkin Institute’s insights regarding issues that impact opportunities for people with disabilities.”
Since taking the helm of The Harkin Institute in 2016, Jones has advanced the legacy of Senator Harkin, facilitating non-partisan public policy research and analysis, and proposing solutions aimed to improve conditions for people with disabilities.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to speak on the ADA anniversary to this influential group of vocational rehabilitation and workforce professionals,” Jones said. “With the recent implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the landscape has changed somewhat and there are opportunities to further engage and increase awareness about how we can better serve people with disabilities.”