Sen. Tom Harkin (retired), a primary author and chief Senate sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act, will address the Beacon College Class of 2017 at the commencement ceremony May 6. Beacon is the first college or university accredited to award bachelor’s degrees primarily to students who learn differently. Harkin, who claimed a Senate seat in 1984 after serving a decade in the U.S. House of Representatives, was selected by Sen. Ted Kennedy to draft a measure to safeguard the civil rights of millions of Americans living with mental and physical disabilities like his older brother Frank, who was deaf. On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law Harkin’s signature legislation, The Americans with Disabilities Act.
TAVARES — For elementary school students, recess is the glorious reprieve from reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic. For Tony Naumann, recess did not mean tetherball, playing Tarzan on the monkey bars, or playing red light, green light. Recess meant catching up on the three R’s. “I had to stay inside during recess and do math, he […]
I have had the privilege with Dr. Chandler and my wife, Oksana, to have been hosted in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia by the Prince Salman Center on Disability. We have been invited as the ambassadors for Beacon College and American higher education in general. Now, on the long journey back from this extraordinary experience, I cannot […]