U.S. Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon to Keynote National Federation of the Blind Disability Law Symposium

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Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon will deliver the keynote address at the National Federation of the Blind’s 2014 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium on Thursday, April 24, in Baltimore, Md. She will discuss the Office for Civil Rights’ efforts to ensure equal educational opportunity for students with disabilities.

This year’s symposium theme is “Disability Rights in the 21st Century: Creative Solutions for Achieving the Right to Live in the World.”

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) was founded in 1940 by Dr. Jacobus tenBroek, who was blind, and who served as president of the NFB until his death in 1968. Dr. tenBroek was also a constitutional law scholar, a professor at Berkeley, an author of treatises on the Fourteenth Amendment and social welfare, and a champion for all minorities in their struggle to achieve equality of opportunity.

Lhamon leads the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights, whose mission is to ensure equal access to education and promote educational excellence throughout America through vigorous enforcement of civil rights.