Miller announces featured speakers for his upcoming Disability and Mental Health Summit

HARRISBURG, Jan. 31 – State Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny, announced Friday the Keynote Speaker for his upcoming Disability and Mental Health Summit on March 3.

Former Congressman and author of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, Tony Coelho, will be providing the keynote address for the summit from 4:40 p.m. to 5:10 p.m.

“I am so excited that Congressman Coelho is able to join us, especially given that 2020 is the 30th anniversary of the passage of his bill,” Miller said. “The ADA is a seminal piece of civil rights legislation for our country and is responsible for increasing opportunity and access for millions of Americans.”

The ADA was passed in 1990 by a Democratic Congress and a Republican president, prohibiting discrimination based on disability and requiring reasonable accommodations for employees and accessibility requirements on public accommodations.

“The Americans with Disabilities Act was never the product of one individual,” Miller said, “but no doubt, Congressman Coelho and his work played a key role in advancing the rights of Americans with disabilities. His experience, motivation and insight into the historical context are important for all of us to know and understand.”

Additional speakers of note include Gov. Wolf’s secretary of Human Services, Teresa Miller, Deputy Secretary Kirstin Ahrens of the Office of Developmental programs, Senator Bob Casey’s disability policy director, Michael Gamel-McCormick, and Bobby Silverstein, a member of the State Exchange on Employment and Disability team and key Senate staffer who worked on the passage of the ADA.

Demand is already high for the Disability & Mental Health Summit; interested parties should visit to reserve their spot today. There is no cost to attend the Summit