United Spinal Association, Jackson Heights, NY, will present the 2nd Annual Disability Leadership and Policy Summit on April 21 in Philadelphia, focusing on employment as the gateway to empowerment and independence.

The Summit, cohosted by Temple University, will feature a panel of national leading experts discussing programs and policies that will lead to new employment opportunities for people with disabilities and veterans.

A variety of exhibitors will be in attendance––including local businesses and agencies––providing job resources and one-on-one career counseling.

VetsFirst, a program of United Spinal Association, will also be hosting a job resource fair during the Summit, to provide career counseling and tips on obtaining VA benefits from organizations and governmental agencies that assist veterans and their families.

Following the event, there will be a Visionary Awards Reception to honor leaders within the disability community who have demonstrated extraordinary service and outstanding commitment to people with disabilities. Admission is free and hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks will be served.

The Summit is to be held at Temple University’s Student Center, 1755 N 13th Street, Philadelphia.

Click here for more information, or call (800) 404-2898.

Presenters will include Lynnae M. Ruttledge , commissioner, Rehabilitation Services Administration with the Department of Education; Christine M. Griffin, deputy director, Office of Personnel Management; Ted Daywalt , president and CEO, VetJobs; Ronald W. Benson, deputy regional administrator, Veterans’ Employment and Training Service Philadelphia Region; Sara Mahoney, business development specialist, Office of Disability Employment Policy; Renee Kirby, assistant director, Disability Resources and Services, Temple University.

United Spinal is a national, nonprofit membership organization formed in 1946 by paralyzed veterans and strives to improve the quality of life for all Americans with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), including multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, ALS and post-polio.

[Source: United Spinal Association]