June 21, 2006

The Social Security Disability Program (SSDI) was enacted in its original form in August of 1956. It now provides benefits for 6.5 million workers. This symposium acknowledges the program’s 50th anniversary and its modifications through the years. In so doing, we reflect on the achievements of SSDI, persons with disabilities, and the opportunities to improve U.S. disability policy and programs.

Preliminary Symposium Agenda* (Holeman Lounge)
4:00pm Welcome

  • Opening remarks-Disability Insurance Policy in 2006

4:25pm The Significance of Social Security Disability Insurance

  • Putting Disability Insurance in Historical Perspective
  • Disability, Work Disability and Social Insurance: Evaluating the Fit Between Purposes and Programs

5:00pm Views on the Future of Disability Insurance

  • What is Disability?
  • An Economist’s Perspective
  • A Private Sector Perspective
  • A View from Workers’ Compensation
  • A View from the Advocacy Community
  • The Role of Disability Insurance for Individuals and Families
  • Monroe Berkowitz, Rutgers University, A Personal Perspective

6:00pm Q&A and Discussion
* Agenda subject to change.

Robert M. Ball Award Reception (Ballroom)

6:30pm Tribute to Monroe Berkowitz, 2006 Award Recipient

8:00pm Presentation of the Award

The 2006 Robert M. Ball Award Committee
Richard Burkhauser
, Co-Chair, Cornell University
Patricia Owens, Co-Chair, Patricia Owens Consultations
Nancy Altman, Author
John F. Burton, Rutgers University
Jim Ellenberger, Consultant
H. Allan Hunt, W.E. Upjohn Institute
William Johnson, Arizona State University