ADA30 Conversation with Ann Cody at the Intersection of Inclusion, Integration and Disability Identity in Sport and Physical Activity

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Ann Cody oversees the International Disability Rights portfolio at the U.S. Department of State. She is responsible for the Department’s engagement to combat discrimination and abuse against persons with disabilities globally and to promote the rights, respect, and full inclusion of all persons with disabilities on an equal basis with others.

Prior to joining the State Department, Ann oversaw the Washington, D.C. office of BlazeSports America where she shaped the organization’s policy efforts and helped lead its international initiatives. Her Washington experience also includes nearly a decade in governmental affairs advising clients on legislative and regulatory strategies and leading efforts to secure congressional and agency support for disability, local government, health, and sport initiatives.

A Paralympic gold medalist, Ann held leadership positions at the highest levels of the Paralympic movement with the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee, and International Olympic Committee. She is a recipient of the Paralympic Order – the highest honor bestowed by the International Paralympic Committee; George M. Steinbrenner Sport Leadership Award recognizing significant contributions to Olympic and Paralympic sport in the U.S.; the University of Illinois Alumni Association’s Humanitarian of the Year Award; and an honorary doctorate from the State University of New York at Cortland.

Disability in Sport International (DIS), Lakeshore Foundation/The National Center on Health, Physical Activity & Disability, (NCHPAD), the North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (NAFAPA) and the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (IFAPA) will collaborate in hosting a series of conversations throughout 2020-2021. These will be in recognition of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, to engage on topics and themes related to the intersection of inclusion, integration and disability identity in sport and physical activity. Speakers will be asked to reflect on and consider the balance of inclusion and integration advocacy efforts with disability identity in sport and physical activity. Speakers will also share insights and perspectives on the intersections of individuals with disabilities in sport and physical activity, with race, gender, and the LGBT movements.