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National ADA Symposium

May 21-24, 2023
Kansas City, Missouri - Westin Crown Center
Registration is Open.


The Virtual National ADA Symposium will be held June 12th-14th.
Registration will open in February.

Male wheelchair user presenting at the ADA Symposium
A comprehensive conference on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Anjali J. Forber-Pratt

Dr. Anjali Forber-Pratt with her service dog.Dr. Anjali J. Forber-Pratt was appointed to serve as the Director of ACL’s National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) on May 24, 2021.

Dr. Forber-Pratt began her research career in 2006, and her primary area of expertise is disability identity development. Prior to joining ACL, she served as an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University. In addition to teaching courses and serving as a mentor to undergraduate students and thesis advisor for candidates for master’s and doctoral degrees, she served as principal investigator for research projects covering a range of disability issues, including training of special education teachers, experiences of students with disabilities at every education level, and identity development. She has authored 33 peer-reviewed journal articles and is the author or co-author of a number of textbook chapters.

A two-time Paralympian and medalist in the sport of wheelchair racing, Dr. Forber-Pratt has dedicated her life to helping others recognize their potential. Globally, she is involved with disability advocacy efforts related to access to employment, education and sport. She was honored with the inaugural American Psychological Association Citizen Psychologist Award for Advancing Disability as a Human Rights and Social Justice Issue Award in 2020 and was recognized by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education as a 2018 Emerging Scholar. In 2013, she was awarded the American Association of People with Disabilities’ prestigious Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award, given to emerging leaders within the national disability community. Also in 2013, she was named a Champion of Change by the White House and had an opportunity to participate in a roundtable discussion with President Obama about disability policy issues.