Washington, DC - Special Advisor for International Disability Rights Judith Heumann, along with Senator Tom Harkin, will open this year’s Disability Law Summer School at the National University Ireland, Galway. Over 140 participants from 40 countries are expected to attend the summer school, which takes place June 20-24.

This year’s theme is “Civil Society Impacting Change,” with the aim of the five-day program to equip participants with insights and skills to implement the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in their respective countries. The program will also look at some of the strategies that civil society has used to protect the rights and improve the lives of persons with disabilities around the world.