(Sold Out - Thurs)
|Arlene Mayerson (DREDF)
(8:30 - 10:00am)
Debbie Kaplan (World Institute
Dr. J. Dougal MacKinnon, Alta Bates Hospital
Dr. Barbara Ridley, Alta Bates Hospital
Community Activism Panel
(10:00 - 11:30am)
Paul Longmore (SFSU)
Jan Garrett, Center for Independent Living
Jean Lin, Protection and Advocacy, Inc.
Dan Sorensen, State Dept of Mental Health
Mulligan (Samuelson Clinic)
Cynthia Waddel (ACE)
Jackie Brand (ATA)
Laura A. Heymann, Senior Counsel, AOL Inc.
||Art & Disability: Katherine
Sherwood (Asst Prof)
Melissa Kasnitz (DRA)
Linda Kilb, (DREDF)
Lainey Feingold, Attorney
Claudia Center, Employment Law Center
Sponsored by BJELL
(3:30 - 5:00pm)
| Stephen Rosenbaum (Lecturer
Janeen Steel (Learning Rights Project)
Rhoda Benedetti (DRA)
Paul Grossman (US DOE)
Lenore Silverman, GC, SF Unified School district
Arlene B. Mayerson
Arlene B. Mayerson has been the Directing Attorney of DREDF since 1981.
One of the nation's leading experts in disability rights law, she has
been a key advisor to both Congress and the disability community on
the major disability rights legislation for the past two decades, including
the Handicapped Children's Protection Act as well as other legislation
ensuring the special education rights of students with disabilities,
and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). At the request of members
of Congress, Ms. Mayerson supplied expert testimony before several committees
of Congress when they were debating the ADA. She filed comments on the
ADA regulations for more than 500 disability rights organizations. Ms.
Mayerson has devoted her career exclusively to disability rights practice,
representing clients in a wide array of
issues. She has provided representation, consultation to counsel, and
coordination of amicus briefs on key disability rights cases before
U.S. Supreme Court. She was appointed by the Secretary of the U.S.
Department of Education to the Civil Rights Reviewing Authority,
responsible for reviewing civil rights decisions of the Department.
In addition to her position at DREDF, Ms. Mayerson is currently a
lecturer in disability law at the University of California, Berkeley
(Boalt Hall). She has published many articles on disability rights and
is the author of a comprehensive three-volume treatise on the ADA:
Americans with Disabilities Act Annotated-Legislative History,
Regulations & Commentary (Clark Boardman Callaghan, 1994), which
sets forth the legislative history and regulations for each provision
of the ADA.
Dr. J. Dougal MacKinnon
Born and raised in New York. Moved westward and completed her doctorate
in Neurophysiology/Neuroanatomy at UC Davis. After living in Austrailia
in an Aborigine village studying different medical practices, returned
to Californiaand graduated from UCSF School of Medicine. She completed
her residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Stanford
University Medical Center. Currently Working at Alta Bates Summit Medical
Rehabilitation Center, which provides both inpatient and outpatient care
for people with disabilities with acute and long-term care needs. I am
a peer reviewer for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation
Services in Washington, D.C. and current Panel Consultant for the National
Institute on Disability and Rehab Research.(NIDRR). As a member of the
Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems National Review Board, she reviews and
compares national and international health care treatment policies. Despite!
managed care problems, she loves what she does.
Barbara Ridley, RN FNP
She was born in England, and attended North London School of Nursing and
University of Sussex. After relocating to the US she began working as
a nurse practitioner in San Francisco hospitals. She stumbled into Rehabilitation
Nursing by accident and found she loved it. She worked for five years
in the spinal cord injury unit in at Davies Medical Center in San Francisco
and the for the past 16 years at Alta Bates. Returned to school to get
a Masters of Science in Nursing from UCSF and a Family Nurse Practitioner
Certificate from Sonoma State. Currently Works as a Nurse Practitioner
in the Disabled Community Health Clinic and the Breast Health Access Program
for Women with Disabilities at Alta Bates Summit. Also serves on the Professional
Advisory Committee of the Northern California Chapter of the Multiple
Paul K. Longmore
Paul K. Longmore, Professor of History and Director of the Institute
Disability at San Francisco State University, specializes in Early
American history and the history of people with disabilities. He earned
his Ph.D. at the Claremont Graduate School and his B.A. and M.A. at
Longmore's book The Invention of George Washington (University of
California Press, 1988; paper University Press of Virginia, 1998) is
study of Washington as a political actor and conscious shaper of his
public image. Longmore has also written articles in scholarly journals
and newspapers on themes related to Early American history and to the
history of people with disabilities and their contemporary civil rights
struggle. With Lauri Umansky, he co-edited The New Disability History:
American Perspectives (New York University Press, 2001), an anthology
essays, and is co-editing a book series, The History of Disability for
NYU Press. He is researching several other books: "George Washington
and the Invention of the American Nation"; "Nationalism and
Revolution"; "Presenting Tiny Tim: Telethons, American Culture,
Making of Disability Identities"; and "Screening Stereotypes:
Representing People with Disabilities in Motion Pictures and Television,
A Cultural-Historical Analysis."
Longmore has obtained grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities
to conduct a Summer Institute on Disability Studies, the Mount Vernon
Ladies Association for research on George Washington, the National Institute
of Disability and Rehabilitation Research to examine the impact of disability
studies curricula, and the U.S. Department of Education to direct a
mentoring project to facilitate the transition of students with disabilities
from college to careers. He has also received an Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral
Fellowship in the Humanities, a Huntington Library Research Fellowship,
and an H. B Earhart Foundation Research Fellowship.
Jan Garrett is currently the Executive Director of the Center for
Independent Living (CIL) Berkeley / Oakland, the first organization of
its kind in the world. A person with a disability herself, Jan
understands the importance that independent living services play in the
lives of many people with disabilities. Before coming to CIL, Jan was
the Director of the Alcohol, Drugs & Disability Project at Progressive
Research & Training for Action (PRTA) in Oakland, where she provided
training and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA) and other disability civil rights laws. Prior to joining PRTA,
Jan worked as a staff attorney for Disability Rights, Education &
Defense Fund, Inc. (DREDF), where she litigated a number of disability
civil rights cases and conducted several seminars on the ADA. For two
semesters, Jan also taught a course on disability civil rights at San
Francisco State. Jan received her law degree from the University of
Oklahoma College of Law.
Mr. Sorensen has been active in advocacy groups for people with
developmental and other substantial disabilities for over 30 years.
is the father of a son with multiple developmental disabilities.
He served as executive director of two different area boards on
developmental disabilities over an eight year period serving 14
counties. He was active in the early efforts to secure the rights of
people with disabilities and a member of the 504 Committee operating
of the Center for Independent Living in Berkeley. He was the founder
The Disabled in State Service, which worked to end employment
discrimination against people with disabilities. He was the first
person to work full time in state government to ensure the civil rights
of people with disabilities.
Mr. Sorensen founded and chaired the California Coalition on Crime
Against People with Disabilities (formally known as the California Victims
of Crime Committee)and has taken a leadership role on the problem of
violent crime against people with substantial disabilities over the
last ten years. He helped develop and is the Program Coordinator of
the California Health and Human Services Agency's Crime Victims with
Disabilities Initiative, the first permanent state government program
in the nation comprehensively addressing crime and violence against
people with disabilities.
Jean Lin is a Multicultural Affairs Advocate for Protection and
Advocacy, Inc. (PAI), a non-profit organization that provides free legal
services to people with disabilities in the state. As an outreach
coordinator, Jean works with the underserved multi-ethnic communities
disability right issues, particularly equal access to services for
minorities with disabilities. Jean believes she's the product of the
Independent Living movement and has been an active member with the
Berkeley Independent Living Center for over ten years.
As a Chinese-American with a disability (cerebral palsy), Jean has
first-hand experience in confronting the many barriers that people with
disabilities often face in maneuvering throughout the disability
services system. Through personal experience, she believes that it is
utmost importance that the service providers maintain consistency in
their service delivery in multi-cultural communities. Jean works to
foster trust in traditionally mistrustful, fall-into-the-crack,
undeserved communities and raise issues about disability rights to
people's comfort level, so as to respect the culture but promote diverse
understanding, which will make room for new knowledge about disability
right acceptance in all cultures.
Jacquelyn Brand was the founder and first
Executive Director of the Alliance for Technology Access (ATA), a national
organization with local community access centers across the country
dedicated to providing access to communication and information technologies
for children and adults with disabilities. She served as Director of
this organization from 1987 - 1996, and currently sits as a member of
the Board of Directors. She also founded and served as the first Executive
Director of the Center for Accessible Technology in Berkeley, California,
one of the earliest community-based technology programs established
to provide access to current and emerging technologies.
Ms. Brand coordinates the work of the Universal Service Alliance (USA),
a project of ATA, which is focused on achieving access to emerging technologies
for all underserved communities. USA played a pivotal role in negotiating
the Community Partnership Agreement with Southwest Bell Communications
and Pacific Bell, creating a technology fund to reach underserved communities.
The Community Technology Foundation of California (CTFC), created as
a result of these negotiations, provides grants of 5 million dollars
annually to the community. Ms. Brand serves as the Vice President of
the Board of Directors for this body.
Ms. Brand serves on many boards and task forces focused on access for
underserved communities, and especially individuals with disabilities,
including the AOL-Time Warner Accessibility Advisory Committee, the
Cingular Wireless Access Task Force, and the National Task Force on
Technology and Disability. She is the President of the Independent Living
Network (ILN), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing options
for independent living to individuals with significant disabilities.
ILN looks at the enormous potential of assistive and general technologies
for supporting people with disabilities in achieving full and productive
Ms. Brand has been honored for her work frequently, receiving the Strache
Leadership Award at California State University, Northridge (CSUN),
the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award in her community, and
was inducted into the Exceptional Parent Family Hall of Fame. In 1992,
Ms. Brand was the recipient of the Henry B. Betts Award, established
to honor a single individual each year for significant work in improving
the quality of life for people with disabilities. She is the parent
of two grown daughters, one of whom has significant disabilities.
Laura A. Heymann
Laura A. Heymann is Senior Counsel at America Online, Inc., where she
focuses on First Amendment-related issues. Before joining AOL, she was
with Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C., and a clerk to
the Hon. Patricia M. Wald on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
She is a 1991 graduate of Yale University and a 1997 graduate of Boalt
Hall. She has participated in panels on a number of Internet-related issues,
including online defamation, anonymous speech, and intellectual property.
Ms. Heymann plans to discuss sensitivity to disability issues from the
Internet service provider's point of view, including the National Federation
of the Blind litigation and AOL's current efforts to make the Internet
accessible to all.
Talk with Prof. Katherine Sherwood
Professor Sherwood will discuss how her artwork has
changed as a result of her disability.
Katherine Sherwood, Associate Professor of Art Practice at the University
of California, Berkeley, teaches painting and drawing. As part of Cal's
Disability Studies minor, she will teach "Art, Medicine, and Disabilities,"
a course that will look at disability and medicine in art history, visual
representations of culturally different healing modalities, and the
work of modern and contemporary disabled visual artists. A painter,
her works have been included in local, national, and international exhibitions
at Chiang Mai University in Thailand, Universidad de Concepción
in Chile, and the 2000 Whitney Biennial in NewYork. She is the 1999
winner of the Adeline Kent Award which included a solo exhibit at the
San Francisco Art Institute. Recent shows have been at Gallery Paule
Anglim in San Francisco and at Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles.
This panel will focus on the
effect of recent court rulings on disability litigation. Disability
rights litigators will address the Supreme Court's increasing
tendency towards conservative federalist rulings and discuss strategies
litigators can employ to achieve success despite this alarming
Melissa Kasnitz, a graduate of Boalt
Hall and Yale University, is a staff
attorney at Disability Rights Advocates. In five years at DRA, she has
worked to ensure access to a broad range of public entities and places
of public accommodation. Some of the most significant cases she has
* Litigation against the flagship Macy's store
in San Francisco's Union
Square, to ensure access for people with mobility disabilities. This
landmark case established after trial that retailers must provide access
merchandise to the extent readily achievable, and led to numerous other
lawsuits around the nation to enforce the ADA against retail operators.
California, a settlement ensuring removal of architectural barriers,
enhanced customer service, and a claims fund of $3,000,000 for damages
just been granted final approval by the court.
* Litigation against the City of Sacramento to ensure that it removes
access barriers along the public rights of way, including installation
curb ramps and removal of barriers along the length of the sidewalk.
City has agreed to install 1500 curb ramps per year until all intersections
are accessible; however, it is opposing any obligation to remove other
sidewalk barriers. This issue will be heard by the 9th Circuit on March
* Litigation against the California Department of Education and Board
Education, to ensure that the state's new High School Exit Exam does
discriminate against public school children with disabilities. The Court
recently issued a preliminary injunction against the state to ensure
children with disabilities who are taking the exam on March 5-7 receive
* Litigation against BART to ensure that elevators are maintained so
people who use wheelchairs can access public transportation. This case
resulted in a published preliminary injunction order, and an eventual
settlement guaranteeing access upgrades throughout the transit system.
Linda D. Kilb
Since 1989, Linda D. Kilb has been an attorney with the Disability
Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc. (DREDF), a national law and
policy center with offices in Berkeley, California and Washington, D.C..
In this capacity she represents plaintiffs and amici in litigation brought
under a range of disability rights laws, and participates in the development
of policy positions and legislative lobbying efforts to advance the
civil rights of people with disabilities. From 1992-1995 Ms. Kilb served
as the Managing Director of DREDF, and she is now the Director of DREDF's
California IOLTA Trust Fund Program, which provides support services
to legal services offices in California. Ms. Kilb received her undergraduate
degree summa cum laude, phi beta kappa in political science from the
University of California at Berkeley in 1985, and was graduated with
honors from the Harvard Law School in 1988.
Lainey B. Feingold
Since 1996, Lainey Feingold has had her own law practice in Berkeley,
California devoted exclusively to representing persons with disabilities
under federal and state law, primarily in matters seeking class-wide
relief. Prior to opening her practice she was Litigation Director of
the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF), a national
public interest law and policy organization dedicated to the civil
rights of persons with disabilities. She is a 1981 graduate of Hastings
College of the Law in San Francisco, and practiced union_side labor
and plaintiffs' employment law prior to her involvement in disability
Most recently, Ms Feingold has represented the blindness community
nationally in negotiating the first settlement agreements in the country
that require financial institutions to install "talking ATMs"
and ensure website accessibility and effective communication of financial
information. She has resolved numerous cases on behalf of persons with
disabilities against public accommodations, including national class
actions against Shell and Chevron resulting in ADA implementation programs
at over 5,000 service stations across the country. Ms. Feingold has
taught disability rights classes at Bay Area law schools for many years
and has spoken extensively on disability rights issues.
Persons with disabilities seek education that is equal and accessible,
from preschool through higher education. This presents challenges
to older education systems and questions from all sides on the
best way to integrate persons of diverse backgrounds and abilities.
The panel on education and disability will cover these issues
and the law backing up education reforms.
Four experienced attorneys are on the panel. Rhoda Benedetti
is a staff attorney with Disability Rights Advocates, Inc. Her
work focuses largely on special education. Paul D. Grossman is
the Chief Civil Rights Attorney at the U.S. Department of Education
in San Francisco. His work focuses on higher education issues.
Janeen Steel is an attorney with the Western Law Center for Disability
Rights in Los Angeles. She is the founding director of the Learning
Rights Project, a program that assists students with learning
difficulties, learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder
(ADD), and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to
receive an appropriate education alongside their peers. Lenore
Silverman, a former educator, is a Marin County attorney who represents
Rhoda Benedetti is a staff attorney with Disability Rights
Advocates (DRA) in Oakland. The mother of a child with special needs,
Benedetti learned firsthand about rejection at the school house door.
Determined to fight for equal access to public schools for children
disabilities, Ms. Benedetti attended law school at night while caring
her child during the day. A 1996 graduate of John F. Kennedy University
School of Law, Ms. Benedetti came to DRA with an Equal Justice Fellowship
from the National Associaton of Public Interest Law. As her fellowship
project, Ms. Benedetti brought and won a desegregation class action
behalf of 5,000 children with disabilities in Contra Costa County. The
landmark settlement ensures both architectural and programmatic access
schools and the commitment of $30 million over ten years to fund the
Ms. Benedetti now specializes in high impact education cases to ensure
access for people with disabilities, such as Gustafson v. UC Berkeley,
class action brought by Boalt Hall students seeking architectural access
For more than twenty years, Paul Grossman has been the chief regional
attorney of the San Francisco office of the U.S. Department of Education's
Office for Civil Rights. He is also an adjunct professor of disability
law at the University of California's Hastings College of Law. Recently,
for his work in the field of students with disabilities, he received honors
from the Department of Education, the Association for Higher Education
and Disability, and the California Association of Post-Secondary Educators
of Persons with Disabilities.
STEPHEN ROSENBAUM has a JD from University of California at Berkeley
School of Law (Boalt Hall) and has a master's in public policy as well
from UC-Berkeley. Mr. Rosenbaum has practiced with various legal
services and public interest law firms. In 1998, he associated with
Protection & Advocacy's Oakland office where he specializes in legal
matters related to elementary and secondary school students with
disabilities and support services for adults with developmental
disabilities in institutional and community-based facilities. He is
also an adjunct faculty member at Boalt Hall, where he teaches a social
justice law and practice seminar.
Janeen Steel, Esq., is the Founding Director of the Learning Rights
Project at the Western Law Center for Disabilities Rights in Los Angeles,
California. She received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law and focuses
her career exclusively on special education rights. Her work in this
field is becoming increasingly well-known, particularly due to the Learning
Rights Manual, a user-friendly handbook for people with learning disabilities
and their parents. It teaches a step-by-step approach to advocating
for rights under special education law.
Lenore A. Silverman, Esq.
Ms. Silverman holds bachelor and masters degrees in speech pathology.
She taught in the Disabilities Resources Department at Santa Rosa Junior
College from 1979 to 1984. During this time she began a program for students
with post-traumatic head injuries. From 1984 to 1986, Ms. Silverman worked
for the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges serving as statewide
coordinator for Disabled Student Programs and Services. Her primary responsibilities
were to coordinate legislative projects and facilitate the implementation
of new curriculum objectives throughout the community college system.
Ms. Silverman also served on the board of California Post Secondary Educators
of the Disabled and co-authored The ABI Handbook - Serving Students with
Acquired Brain Injury.
Ms. Silverman attended law school at the University of San Francisco
from 1986-1989. After graduating she worked for the Hon. Daniel M. Hanlon
and the Hon. Ira A Brown, San Francisco Superior Court and for the Hon.
Dianne Fienstein during her gubernatorial campaign drafting issue papers
on education and the judiciary.
In 1991, Ms. Silverman moved to Connecticut and was admitted to the
practice of law in both New York and Connecticut. She worked for the
New York State Courts and during the 1994-1995 school year was the Acting
Director of Special Education for the Greenwich Public Schools in Greenwich
Connecticut. During this period of time she worked on school reform
issues with the Connecticut State Department of Education and with the
National School Boards Association.
After returning to California in 1995, Ms. Silverman began representing
school districts and Community Colleges with a focus on special education
and disability related issues. She has been on the Board of Directors
of the College of Marin Foundation since 1995 and is also on the Board
of Marin County Women Lawyers. Ms Silverman also serves as a member
of the Judicial Fairness Committee in Marin County. Recently, Ms. Silverman
accepted the position as Deputy General Counsel for the San Francisco
Unified School District.