Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium

The annual Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium honors the legacy of Dr. Jacobus tenBroek who founded the National Federation of the Blind in 1940.

Dr. Jacobus tenBroek black and white portrait.2020 Dates

Thursday, March 26 through Friday, March 27, 2020

2020 Location

National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230

2020 Theme

Race, Diversity, and Inclusion and the Right to Live in the World

Registration

Registration for the 2020 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium will open in January 2020. 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Your support of the Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium will help shape the future of disability law and ensure that people with disabilities enjoy the same right to live in the world as their non-disabled peers. To become a sponsor of the 2020 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium, please contact Anna Adler at 410-659-9314, extension 2282, or aadler@nfb.org.

CLE Credit

Documentation for CLE credits will be provided.

Steering Committee Members

  • Ella Callow
  • Tim Elder
  • Deepa Goraya
  • Jasmine Harris
  • Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum
  • Katherine Kudlick
  • Scott LaBarre
  • Katherine Martinez
  • Shannon Minter
  • Sandra Sermons 
  • Maria Town
  • Silvia Yee

Dr. Jacobus tenBroek's Publications

Dr. tenBroek's publications and speeches are as relevant and compelling today as they were decades ago. The archives in the Jacobus tenBroek Library are home to Dr. tenBroek’s collected works, and a detailed description of his personal and professional papers is available in THE CANE TIP. An accessible digital exhibit focused on Dr. tenBroek’s life and work is also available through Digital Maryland. For more information or to schedule a research appointment, please send an email to jtblibrary@nfb.org or call 410-659-9314.

[A]s to the immutability of social attitudes and discriminatory actions towards the blind, we know from intimate experience that the sighted public wishes well for the blind and that its misconceptions are rather the result of innocence and superstition than of deliberate cruelty and malice aforethought. It is not the education of the sighted only which is needed to establish the right of the blind to equality and integration. Just as necessary is the education of the blind themselves. For the process of their rehabilitation ... is complete only when they have driven the last vestige of the public stereotype of the blind from their own minds. In this sense, and to this extent only, is it true that the blind person must "adjust" to his handicap and to society. His adjustment need not—indeed must not—mean his submission to all prevailing social norms and values. His goal is not conformity but autonomy: not acquiescence, but self-determination and self control. — Dr. Jacobus tenBroek

Past Symposia

Review highlights from previous Jacobus tenBroek Law Symposia on the past symposia page.

More Information

Additional details will be posted online as they become available. For more information, please contact Lou Ann Blake at 410-659-9314, extension 2221, or lblake@nfb.org, or Stacie Dubnow at 410-659-9314, extension 2442, or sdubnow@nfb.org.