Senator Harkins narrates his heartwarming personal story of how he was driven to make inclusion a way of life. He says the fundamental way to create an inclusive society is to clear a path for people with special needs which clears the path for everyone.
About Tom Harkin Tom Harkin is an American politician and author who served as the United States Senator from Iowa from 1985 to 2015 and served in the United States House of Representatives from 1975 to 1985. He is one of the longest-serving senators in the history of the country. Harkin introduced the Americans with Disabilities Act to the Senate. He delivered part of his speech in sign language so that his deaf brother could understand. He has also been active in combating child labor, the retirement crisis, and champions simplifying health reforms. Tom Harkin was also the Grand Marshal at the first Disability Pride Parade in New York, and the Chicago Disability Pride Parade in 2015. He also began the Harkin Summit to promote the employment of persons with disabilities.