Powers Principal Bobby Silverstein provided a keynote briefing on Tuesday regarding disability laws and policies to a delegation of disability rights advocates from China.
The International Visitor Leadership Program coordinated the program as part of a three-week delegation visit. The IVLP brings more than 5,000 exchange participants to the U.S. each year. These visitors are current and emerging foreign leaders experience the U.S. firsthand through short-term visits and meetings with their American counterparts.
This year, the program included nine Chinese disability rights advocates and social entrepreneurs who attended sessions on federal, state and local legislative measures that support people with disabilities in the areas of education, housing and employment.
On Tuesday, Bobby presented about the history of the disability rights movement in the United States, including the bipartisan negotiation process that led to the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Bobby has negotiated and drafted bipartisan legislation, and was known as the “behind-the-scenes architect” of more than 20 bills enacted into law, including the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act.
Bobby has worked in the disability policy field for more than 40 years. He served in various capacities on Capitol Hill, including Staff Director and Chief Counsel to the Senate Subcommittee on disability policy chaired by Senator Tom Harkin.
Bobby represents trade associations, voluntary health organizations, coalitions, and universities that provide services and support to people with disabilities. He focuses on federal regulatory and legislative issues in the areas of disability, healthcare, rehabilitation, employment, education, social security, and civil rights