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Ari Ne’eman speaks at HPOD

A chapter from his forthcoming book on the history of disability in America

On Tuesday, February 19th, Ari Ne’eman joined the Harvard Law School Project on Disability to present on a chapter from his forthcoming book on the history of disability in America. In his introduction of Ne’eman, Professor Michael Stein lauded Ne'eman’s enduring advocacy for disability rights. Ne’eman is the founder of …

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Alford receives the Li Buyun Law Prize

The award recognizes Alford's outstanding contributions to Chinese legal research, disability rights and educational exchange

From Harvard Law Today:   William P. Alford the Jerome A. and Joan L. Cohen Professor of East Asian Legal Studies and HPOD Faculty Director at Harvard Law School, received the Li Buyun Law Prize from the Shanghai Institute of Finance and Law, a leading Chinese academic society. This year’s award ceremony was held on Dec. 8, 2018, at Gu…

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Professor Kim Samuel speaks about her work at HPOD

Social inclusion and the human right to belong

On Tuesday February 12th, Professor Kim Samuel from McGill University’s Institute for Study of International Development discussed her work on social inclusion and the right to belong, during a lunchtime talk at the Harvard Law School Project on Disability. In his introduction of Samuel, Professor William Alford touched on her commitment to i…

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In “Learning from the Past to Appreciate the Present,” Alford draws from Confucius and Contemporary China

Alford delivers Cohen chair lecture

From Harvard Law Today:   On the occasion his appointment as the inaugural Jerome A. and Joan L. Cohen Professor of East Asian Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, Professor William Alford ’77 delivered a chair lecture entitled “Learn from the Past to Appreciate the Present, That is What Makes One a Teacher 温&#…

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Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong (MASS) explore supported decision-making

Updates from the field

Since the summer of 2017, HPOD has supported a task force formed by Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong (MASS, www.ma-advocates.org), a state-wide self-advocacy organization run for and by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to explore supported decision-making. Along with the Disability Law Center (DLC, www.dlc-m…

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Professor Michael Stein Addresses U.N. Security Council

The Impact of Armed Conflict on Persons with Disabilities

On Monday, December 3, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Professor Michael Stein of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability addressed the United Nations Security Council on the situation of persons with disabilities in armed conflict. The objective of the meeting was to recognize the disproportionate impact of armed conflict…

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2018 International Day of Persons with Disabilities

“Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”

The Harvard Law School Project on Disabilties commemorates the 2018 United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) today. Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been observed every December 3rd around the world. The theme of this year's ISPD is “Em…

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Open House Honoring Special Olympics Resounding Success

Dr. Timothy Shriver and Melissa Joy Reilly receive HPOD Award on behalf of Special Olympics

Over 100 students, faculty and advocates gathered in Austin 101 midday on September 17th to watch as HPOD Faculty Director, Professor William P. Alford and Executive Director Professor Michael A. Stein award Special Olympics the annual Harvard Law School Project on Disability Award for Creative Contributions to Human Betterment.   Receiving …

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Harvard Law Today interviews Professor William Alford

HPOD marks the 50th Anniversary of the Special Olympics

Check out excerpts below from Harvard Law Today's interview with Professor William Alford or read the whole interview here. Fifty years ago, the Special Olympics was founded as a summer camp for people with intellectual disabilities. Over the past five decades, it has grown to a global movement, working in more than 170 countries on a daily ba…

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For Immediate Release: The Harvard Law School Project on Disability (HPOD) will bestow its fifth annual HPOD Award for the Betterment of Humanity

to Special Olympics on the occasion of Special Olympics’ 50th anniversary.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 31, 2018 CONTACT: Juliet Bowler | jbowler@law.harvard.edu | 617-495-3142     The Harvard Law School Project on Disability (HPOD) will bestow its fifth annual HPOD Award for the Betterment of Humanity to Special Olympics on the occasion of Special Olympics’ 50th anniversary.   FREE AND OPEN T…