United Cerebral Palsy would like to sincerely thank retiring U.S. Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa for his 40 years of service in Congress. Throughout his career, he demonstrated a deep commitment to and passion for disability policy and the families that policy impacts. We are grateful for everything he did forward an agenda of equality and independence for everyone.
Several other Congressional champions for people with disabilities also will be leaving office this year including Senator Jay Rockefeller (WV); Senator Carl Levin(MI); Rep. Henry Waxman (CA); Rep. George Miller (CA); and Rep. John D. Dingell (MI).
Each contributed to the passage of major legislation which improved the status quo for people with disabilities and their families. Their legacies include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Affordable Care Act (ACA), Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, which collectively impact millions of Americans.
This video honoring the retiring Members of Congress was jointly developed by six national organizations – The Arc, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Association of University Centers on Disabilities, National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered, and United Cerebral Palsy.