Former Sen. Bob Dole Receives Human Spirit Award
October 31, 2011 –PBS Newshour anchor Judy Woodruff presented former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) with the Georgetown University Human Spirit Award today for his lifetime commitment and contributions to the independence and employment of people with disabilities.
Dole was one of the advocates of the American Disabilities Act of 1990 and has been involved with helping veterans for many years.
The awarding took place during a “Conference on Employment of People with Disabilities” at the Georgetown McDonough School of Business, which sponsored the event along with the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development.
Two expert panels were part of the conference – one discussed the public policy choices affecting employment of people with disabilities and the other explored more specifically the regulatory environment affecting such employment.
In an address to students, faculty and others, Dole lamented how badly disabled children were treated 60 years ago and then said, “If you understand how bad it was, you understand how far we’ve come.”
The 88-year-old former senator urged students to “do just one thing a day, make a phone call… send a note … send an email to somebody who’s in the hospital or living with a disability.”