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Summit on aging, disability resources to feature activist Emily Ladau

Emily Ladau (Source: Provided)

A consortium of local service agencies that serve seniors and people with disabilities is presenting a summit this month featuring nationally known disability rights activist and consultant Emily Ladau.

Ladau will deliver the keynote speech at “Disability Through Conversation and Collaboration,” the 2022 PA Link Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Tri-County Summit, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at United Disabilities Services Foundation, 2270 Erin Court, in East Hempfield Township.

Summit participants will learn about PA Link, a state initiative designed to help individuals connect more easily with community aging and disability services.

Participants can attend in person or online. To register, click here. Lunch at the event costs $10; to order lunch, click here.

Ladau appeared at age 10 on several episodes of Sesame Street to educate children about life with a physical disability. Her writing has been published in outlets including The New York Times, CNN, Vice, and HuffPost. Her first book, “Demystifying Disability,” was published in September 2021.

The summit is sponsored by the tri-county Aging & Disabilities Resource Center, which comprises the Berks, Lancaster and Lebanon County Area Agencies on Aging and local disabilities organizations.

Partnering the two types of organization helps to ensure there is “no wrong door” for individuals seeking services, said Lon Wible, executive director of Lancaster’s area agency, the Lancaster County Office of Aging.

For more information, contact Nicki Habecker at (610) 374-3195 or Individuals needing an accessibility accommodation are asked to contact Habecker at least 10 days before the event.