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2015 Disability Policy Summit & Ever Widening Circle on Thursday, October 15, 2015

WIDs Annual Disability Policy Summit and Ever Widening Circle

Thursday, October 15, 2015

2015 Disability Policy Summit 1:30pm-5:00pm:

The 2015 policy summit will be organized around a series of presentations from the disability community on critical issues and opportunities for change relating to legislative and regulatory policies affecting the disability community.  Your awareness and understanding of issues critical to inclusion of and justice for people with disabilities will be significantly expanded and your input will guide the development of these issues into further policy analysis and change initiatives.

Summit Agenda:

  • Changing the Definition of Disability in Public Policy: Update on CareerACCESS and SSDI reform proposal - Neil Jacobson and Bryon MacDonald, Policy Architects
  • “EQUITY:  Access to Assets for People with Disabilities”: Book and course series launch on financial planning and asset building for individuals with disabilities, their families and colleagues – Thomas Foley, J.D., Author and WID Deputy Director
  • “Disability FEAST”: Marsha Saxton, Project Director, and Elizabeth Layman, Intern and Website Designer, will introduce “Food Education, Accessibility, Support & Training,” our inclusive online nutrition and cooking guide, full of fun, simple recipes; food shopping, planning and preparation tips; and dozens of links to resources like adaptive cooking tool websites and instructional Youtube videos!
  • African Disability Network: Reports from our YALI Mandela fellows program and disability-related information from their home countries – Kat Zigmont, Global Initiative Assistant Director
  • Climate Change and People with Disabilities: An analysis of people with disabilities as part of the 4 main types of climate migrants: those who move because climate change stresses local resources, those who move because their home becomes unlivable, those who evacuate from natural disasters and choose not to return, and refugees from conflicts that are sparked or exacerbated by climate-related factors – Alex Ghenis, Researcher and Blogger on Climate Change and People with Disabilities
  • The Survey Says: Findings from WID-initiated focus groups, surveys and interviews on topics of interest to people with disabilities and the broader community - TBA

2015 Ever Widening Circle 5:30pm-7:30pm PST:

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Everything Is Incredible
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 showings of two films that were award winners at the 2014 Superfest International Disability Film Festival ( Everything Is Incredible (photo right) and The Interviewer (photo left).
The Interviewer
Both films are open captioned and audio described.  Acknowledgement will be given to the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, headquartered in San Francisco, and the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability, San Francisco State University, for their roles in the rebirth of Superfest.

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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 Sponsor form at the bottom of this page. All sponsorship arrangements must be made in advance only and paid by credit card or check.

We are very grateful for the contribution of our 2015 Ever Widening Circle Sponsors! Their support helps make this event possible.

Leading Sponsor:

Wells Fargo

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Supporting Sponsors:

Chevron, JPMorgan Chase & Co., IBM, and Verizon.

Verizon logo       Chevron logo
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Sustaining Sponsors:

AT&T, Pacific Gas & Electric and TracFone

AT&T logo          PG&E logo

IBM         TracFone logo

Community Sponsors:

Kaiser Permanente           Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho (GBDH) logo

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