October 21, 2019 – New York, NY – Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), the leading national nonprofit disability rights legal center, honors three outstanding advocates for the disability community in 2019. Loreen Arbus, Bank of America, and Jill Houghton + Disability:IN will each be presented with Eagle Awards at DRA’s New York Gala on October 21, 2019. Additional distinguished guests include Cynthia Nixon, Rebecca Alexander, and Maysoon Zayid.
About DRA’s Eagle Awards:
Every year, DRA celebrates outstanding advocates for the disability community who champion our shared vision of equal opportunities for all. Eagle Awardees are individuals, organizations, and corporations who model disability inclusion and integration. They support people with disabilities by developing and implementing accessibility solutions; changing policies, practices, and behaviors to benefit people with disabilities; partnering with the disability community; innovating and setting precedents that influence peers to take similar proactive measures; employing and promoting people with disabilities; and committing resources to support disability-focused organizations. Since DRA’s inception, the organization has honored more than 50 Eagle Awardees.
About the 2019 Eagle Awardees:
DRA Eagle Awardee Loreen Arbus is an advocate for women and girls and the worlds largest minority: people with disabilities. She holds the distinction of being the first woman to head programming for a U.S. network. She is the author of six books and numerous magazine/newspaper articles. She is a member of The Writers Guild, The Producers Guild, The Actors Guild, and SAG-AFTRA, and serves on over a dozen nonprofit boards. To learn more about Loreen Arbus, visit http://www.arbusprod.com.
DRA Eagle Awardee Bank of America are committed to providing employees with the resources to grow professionally and personally, and to creating a culture where they can bring their whole selves to work. This includes the support they provide to employees affected by disabilities, like workplace accommodations, alternative communications, educational opportunities, and health/wellness programs. Bank of America is also proud of their Support Services team, an in-house marketing/fulfillment operation made up of 300 employees with developmental disabilities who support every major line of business within the enterprise. To learn more about Bank of America, visit https://www.bankofamerica.com.
DRA Eagle Awardee Jill Houghton is the President and CEO of Disability:IN, the leading nonprofit resource for business disability inclusion worldwide. Jill Houghton drives their vision to build an inclusive global economy where people with disabilities can participate fully and meaningfully. Through her leadership, Disability:IN has empowered over 185 corporations which have successfully hired over 30,000 people with disabilities. To learn more about Disability:IN, visit https://disabilityin.org.
About Disability Rights Advocates (DRA):
Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), founded in 1993, is the leading national nonprofit disability rights legal center. Its mission is to advance equal rights and opportunity for people with all types of disabilities nationwide. DRA represents people with the full spectrum of disabilities in complex, system-changing, class action cases. Thanks to DRA’s precedent-setting work, people with disabilities across the country have dramatically-improved access to education, housing, health care, employment, transportation, disaster preparedness planning, and voting. For more information, visit www.dralegal.org.