Continuing the Journey…
Beacon College hosts our Capital Campaign “KICKS FOR BRICKS” Gala on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Please join us for dinner and dancing as well as special guest speakers at Lake Receptions in Mount Dora. Dress to the nines but dig out from storage your bedazzler and accentuate your duds with some fun and comfortable crazy sneakers.
In our continued pursuit of excellence, our small, but growing liberal arts college needs a new Academic Center to better serve our mission of preparing collegians with learning disabilities, ADHD, and other learning differences to succeed in the global marketplace. Please invest in our future and help us to grow in ways that will make us all proud for a lifetime. We look forward to seeing you on October 5th. Help us to “Continue our Journey” to serve students with learning differences.
Sen. Tom Harkin (retired)
Sen. Tom Harkin (retired), served in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate from 1975 to 2014. Harkin was a primary author and chief Senate sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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.
Later, concerned with enhancing both collaboration in paralysis research and the quality of life of paralyzed Americans, he launched a Clinical Trials Network to gauge rehabilitation therapies efficacy. His Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act incorporated those goals. President Obama signed the law named for the late “Superman” actor and his wife on March 20, 2009.
Today, through the Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement, Harkin oversees the Harkin International Disability Employment Summit, created to help nurture employment opportunities, respect jobseekers’ dignity, shrink poverty and boost chances that individuals living with disability can escape lives tethered to government and charity.
The former Navy jet pilot is married to the former Ruth Raduenz, the first female elected as Story County Attorney in Iowa. The couple has two daughters, Amy and Jenny, and two grandchildren.
Scott Maxwell writes the “Taking Names” column for the Orlando Sentinel. Three times a week, his column focuses on the interesting, funny, maddening and crazy things that make Florida … well, Florida.
He particularly enjoys telling readers what the politicians do not.
Scott came to the Sentinel in 1998, when he covered Orange County. He started his column in 2002, and his work has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of American Business Writers and Editors and others.