Wednesday marked the final day of the annual Roll on Capitol Hill event in Washington D.C. The four day event, which takes place in the nation’s capital every year brought on hundreds of wheelchair users and disability advocates to talk about issues that affect the community. They also pressed lawmakers to take up legislation that promotes inclusivity and accessibility across the country.
Now that the event is over, we will take a look at some of the major highlights.
About the Event
This years’ Roll on Capitol Hill marked the 5th time that the event has taken place. It is put on annually by the United Spinal Association, an advocacy group for people who are impacted by spinal cord injuries and disorders (including ALS, Spina Bifida, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy.), and veterans with disabilities.
The annual legislative advocacy event “addresses issues that impact the health, independence and quality of life” of many people with disabilities. Representatives who attend the event advocate for a broad spectrum of issues important to the more than 200 support groups they represent.
The Key Highlights
Some of the most notable things on the agenda this year included speaker panels and presentations, advocacy training, Capitol Hill meetings and a Congressional Awards Reception for politicians who advocate for disability rights and increased accessibility.
Some of the major topics that they covered included:
- Access to medical equipment/supplies and prescription drugs
- The need for accurate incidence and prevalence data related to SCI/D
- Funding for grants, tax credits, and housing modifications for veteran home buyers
Several politicians were also given rewards for their service to the disability community. These members of congress included:
- Sen. Charles Schumer (NY): The James J. Peters Disability Rights Champion Award
- Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (NY): The VetsFirst Congressional Bronze Star Award
- Senators Mark Kirk (IL) and Johnny Isakson (GA): Co-Recipients of the Junius A. Kellogg Congressional Outstanding Leadership Award
The 2016 Advocate of the Year Award was given to Stephanie Woodward, Esq. for her leadership on the Disability Integration Act.
Some notable attendees who came to the event included:
- Author, motivational speaker and United Spinal Board Member, Gary Karp
- Hip Hop Artist, Namel Norris
To learn more about the Roll on Capitol Hill Event, you can visit the United Spinal Association website.
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