John D. Kemp Champions Access for Those With Disabilities
Deque Systems is proud to partner with National Business & Disability Council (NBDC) on an upcoming digital accessibility litigation webinar. The President & CEO of the NBDC is John D. Kemp, who is a well-respected leader in the disability movement, and is known for his business achievements both in the corporate and non-profit worlds. As a person who uses four prostheses, he uses his experience with a disability to inspire others to achieve the impossible through knowledge, experience, vision, personality, and persistence.
Growing Up With Disabilities
John Kemp was born in 1949 with a congenital defect that left him without arms or legs. Losing his mother to cancer at a young age, Kemp’s father raised him and his two siblings. Kemp was fitted for artificial limbs as a young boy and his father worked hard to encourage him to overcome his disabilities. As a result, Kemp did things that other children, playing baseball and attending mainstream schools.
Kemp was selected as a National Easter Seal Child at age 11, where he traveled the country to represent children with disabilities. His work with the National Easter Seal Society earned him a college scholarship and he graduated from Georgetown University in 1971. Kemp went on to earn his law degree from Washburn University School of Law in 1974. He was later awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Washburn University School of Law in May, 2003.
Legal & Disability Expertise
John D. Kemp’s unique knowledge of the law and disabilities positioned him perfectly on a career path advocating the legal rights of people with disabilities. With more than 50 years of direct experience in the disability movement, John D. Kemp has partnered with, worked for and served as Board Member/Chair or CEO of some of the leading disability and nonprofit organizations such as: United Cerebral Palsy Associations, Very Special Arts, HalfthePlanet Foundation, Independent Sector, The Abilities Fund Inc., Disability Service Providers of America, Easter Seals, Goodwill Industries of America, U.S. Business Leadership Network, and the U.S. International Council on Disabilities, to name a few. In 1995, Mr. Kemp co-founded the American Association of People with Disabilities with Paul G. Hearne. In 2001, he became a partner in the Washington, DC Law Firm of Powers, Pyles, Sutter & Verville, P.C., where he developed an active federal legislative and lobbying practice.
Honors and Awards
In 1987, he was honored by the Dole Foundation, founded by Senator Bob Dole, with its Special Tribute Award in recognition of vigorous advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities. A year later, Kemp was inducted into the National Hall of Fame for Persons with Disabilities. In 1991, Kemp received the Horatio Alger Award, which honors the achievements of outstanding Americans who have overcome adversity.
In March 2006, Mr. Kemp received the Henry B. Betts Award, widely regarded as America’s highest honor for disability leadership and service. Presented jointly by the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the Betts Award recognizes a person’s work and scope of influence that have significantly improved the quality of life for people with disabilities in the past and who continues to be a force for change in the future.
Mr. Kemp has served on the Medicaid Commission as well as the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on Persons with Disabilities which guided the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the Agency for International Development (USAID) in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy and assistance with respect to people with disabilities.
In November 2012, he was asked to serve on the NYS READY Commission, established by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of critical infrastructure and key service providers that the state depends on to mitigate and respond to major disasters.
The Viscardi Center
John D. Kemp is the fourth President & CEO of the Viscardi Center, a role he has held since February 2007. The Viscardi Center, formerly known as Abilities!, is non-profit organization dedicated to educate, employ, and empower people with disabilities. The National Business & Disability Council (NBDC) at The Viscardi Center is an employer membership organization and comprehensive resource for disability employment best practices. Its members are predominantly corporations and Federal government employers committed to diversity. By becoming a member of NBDC, companies can proactively strengthen and diversify their workforce as well as comply with the requirements of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other federal regulations. NBDC can also assist companies in marketing to the 56.7 million Americans with disabilities and diversify their supply chains.
John D. Kemp Co-Hosts Digital Accessibility Litigation Webinar
The webinar will cover litigation passed related to digital accessibility, including the new Section 503 regulations, and will help you to learn how your organization can take measures to avoid legal risks. Join presenters John D. Kemp, President and CEO of the NBDC at the Viscardi Center, and Preety Kumar, CEO of Deque Systems on December 3, 2013, from 2-3 PM EST.
To register for this free session, simply click the link below to reserve your spot. We hope you will join us for this informative session on digital accessibility litigation.