Senator Tom Harkin

Sen. Tom Harkin — A Call to Employers

Circa 2011 NO AMERICAN DREAM WITHOUT JOBS Dear ABILITY readers, As we mark the 21st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), this landmark bipartisan legislation has played a huge role in our country. Today, the US is more accessible; people with disabilities have higher expectations of what they can achieve; and much ... Read more

Senator Harkin — Remembering Eunice Kennedy

Circa 2010 WE NEED THE EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER ACT Dear ABILITY readers, This summer, we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Despite enormous progress over the last two decades, individuals with intellectual disabilities still face challenges on many fronts. They have health problems that many physicians are reluctant to ... Read more

Harkin — A Step Toward Health Reform

Circa 2010 HEALTH REFORM MISSION STILL CRITICAL The President’s directive for health reform in his State of the Union address was clear: do not walk away. I am glad that he reaffirmed his commitment to enacting strong and comprehensive health reform this year and delivered a message the country urgently needed to hear. For ... Read more

Senator Harkin — Let’s Stop Workplace Abuses

Circa 2009 Making the Workplace Work Dear ABILITY Readers, For too long, people with disabilities have been vulnerable to exploitation in the workplace. Recently, we got a particularly shocking wake-up call. That’s when Henry’s Turkey Services in Atalissa, IA, was accused of paying employees with intellectual disabilities only $60 a month, even though they ... Read more