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Wade Henderson

“For 20 years, the Americans with Disabilities Act has helped to fulfill the principle that people with disabilities have the inalienable right to participate fully and equally in the mainstream of society. Our country is stronger and fairer today because the ADA opened the doors of opportunity to millions of people with disabilities who had been effectively locked out of the American Dream to which we all aspire.

Simply put, the ADA was a watershed moment in the American civil rights movement, and a landmark achievement for the recognition of the basic dignity and human rights of people with disabilities in the United States.”

Wade Henderson is the president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund. The Leadership Conference is the nation’s premier civil and human rights coalition, charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. Henderson is also the Joseph L. Rauh, Jr., Professor of Public Interest Law at the David A. Clarke School of Law, University of the District of Columbia.  Henderson is well known for his expertise on a wide range of civil rights, civil liberties, and human rights issues, and is the author of numerous articles on civil rights and public policy issues. Prior to his role with The Leadership Conference, Henderson was the Washington Bureau director of the NAACP. He was previously the associate director of the Washington national office of the ACLU, where he began his career as a legislative counsel and advocate on a wide range of civil rights and civil liberties issues.  Henderson also served as executive director of the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO). Henderson is a graduate of Howard University and the Rutgers University School of Law.  He also holds an honorary Doctorate in Law from Queens College School of Law, City University of New York.