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2014 Disability Policy Summit & Ever Widening Circle on Thursday, October 9, 2014

Bay Area Disability Community Call to Action: #ChangeStartsHere

Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 9:00am-5:00pm PST

Neil Jacobson

The 2014 Keynote, “Take Charge for Change,” presented by; Neil Jacobson, Abilicorp, Inc, & WID Senior Policy Consultant & 2014 Henry J. Viscardi Achievement Award Recipient.

Summit Highlights:

CareerAccess; the alternative for SSI eligible youth to escape poverty and dependence. The CareerACCESS goal is to make it easy to work.

The disability legislative agenda: Bay Area thought leaders; we need your voice!

Drive the discussion around Bills critical to people with disabilities! What's making its way through the U.S. Congress and the California legislature and what it means for you!

Employers are looking for talent: a panel presentation on methods for outreaching to people with disabilities, where are we hiding? Connecting disabled talent with great careers!

Seniors and Technology: the top 5 technology solutions keeping seniors independent and in their homes!

Get to work!: Pick a group for hands on activities to discover amazing new work-tools, build killer robots, or develp a systems change action strategy!

Over lunch enjoy a performance by

comedian and disability activist, Nina G.

Nina G. Performing

For registration please follow the link below to Eventbrite:

Eventbrite - World Institute on Disability's 16th Annual Ever Widening Circle Gala

WIDs Disability Policy Summit Co-Sponsors are:


California Foundation for Independent Living Centers, Center for Independent Living – Berkeley, Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco, and LightHouse for the Blind San Francisco

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Ever Widening Circle 

5:00pm-7:00pm PST

Our Ever Widening Circle event, immediately following our annual Disability Policy Summit, will include a cocktail reception, a short program and an awards ceremony. This year’s event will feature Word for Word Performing Arts Company, an ensemble whose mission is to tell great stories with elegant theatricality, staging performances of classic and contemporary fiction.

Word for Word

Photo of Hawk (Carl Lumbly) and Girl (JoAnne Winter) from Word for Word Performing Arts Company’s 36 Stories by Sam Shepard, adapted and directed by Amy Kossow - photographer credit: Mark Leialoha

Word for Word will present an excerpt of its recent hit 36 Stories by Sam Shepard - the tale of a lone writer, on the road in search of inspiration. Along the road he meets all sorts of extraordinary characters – some of which are really there…

For more information about Word for Word go to:

Hotel Recommendation

The Oakland Marriott City Center is conveniently located on the BART line in downtown Oakland.

Become an Ever Widening Circle Sponsor

The success and visibility of Ever Widening Circle is the result of the strong collaborative ties between WID and its partners and sponsors. WID invites individuals and companies to join with us in our commitment to advancing disability rights and support our policy summit and gala event by becoming a sponsor at one of the levels listed on the enclosed sponsorship form. The reply form provides instructions for submitting your logo and text for your ad in our souvenir program book. Please return the reply form as soon as possible so that we can recognize your sponsorship in all of our promotional materials.

A limited number of half-price individual tickets that allow members of the disability community and our nonprofit partners to attend are available for $75 each and must be purchased in advance by credit card or check only.

If you are interested in becoming an Ever Widening Circle sponsor, contact Kat Zigmont, Executive Projects Coordinator, at or download the Corporate or Community Sponsor form at the bottom of this page. All sponsorship arrangements must be made in advance only and paid by credit card or check.

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