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Be the Change: Fortify Partnerships with LGBTQ and Disability Rights
Build the Future
Dara Baldwin, MPA, National Disability Rights Network
Workshop Block 3: Saturday, October 21 - 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
This session will engage the already existing and flourishing relationship between disability and LGBTQ rights and fortify the advocacy work. People with disabilities are people of color, different races, religion, immigrants, refugees, incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, and the LGBTQ community. This session will use multimedia, interactive conversation and advocates will learn about disability rights history, sensitivity, inclusion, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 101 and Intersectionality. There will be a brief overview of some current federal policy concerns. You’ll be provided resources and information for “changemaking toolboxes” to increase coalition building. We’ll also discuss disability rights and how disability laws can be used to assist with protecting the rights of the LGBTQ community.
Born in Torrejon, Spain to parents involved in serving their country, the desire to serve has continued through her life. Currently Ms. Baldwin is the Senior Public Policy Analyst for the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) http://www.ndrn.org/index.php in Washington, DC. NDRN is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP), largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the US. She works on NDRN’s diversity and cultural competency team and is responsible for outreach as well as working on coalitions to assist with better legislative outcomes for the community. She has extensive knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and other disability laws. She has a keen ability for networking and outreach to grassroots national and international advocates. She has led multiple national and international advocacy campaigns. Ms. Baldwin worked on 11 bills that passed in Congress and were signed by President Barak Obama during his term in office. Prior to this position, Ms. Baldwin was an ADA Compliance Specialist in the DC Government, a Policy Analyst at The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), a Child Advocate in NJ and a Sr. Policy Analyst on Criminal Justice issues. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) and has served as a Trustee on the American Society for Public Administration’s (ASPA) Board of Insurance Trustees (BIT) for two terms. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Rutgers University, Newark, NJ and was a Pi Alpha Alpha honors Graduate with a Masters of Public Administration from Rutgers University the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Newark, NJ. She believes that it is her duty to move forward with her career goals and at the same time, create a pathway for others.