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Kennedy Center Invites NCIL Conference Attendees to the Jean Kennedy Smith Series: DISABILITY + CULTURE

Are you interested in Disability history, art, and culture? Then you should attend the first Jean Kennedy Smith Series: DISABILITY + CULTURE, celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the ADA and the 40th Anniversary of VSA on Sunday, July 26. This historic event will take place at 8:00 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. It will include tributes to the ADA and Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, interviews with young or emerging artists by PBS’s Judy Woodruff, followed by a musical treat. This event is ticketed and not open to the public – it is by invitation only and we are pleased to offer NCIL conference attendees the opportunity to attend. 

If you would like an invitation, please send an email with your first and last name and your email address to When you receive the invitation, you will need to RSVP to reserve up to 4 tickets. Tickets are limited and reservations are available on a first come, first served basis and will be taken through Tuesday, July 21 or until the event is sold out, whichever comes first.

You also have the opportunity to attend the 25/40 Celebration July 16-26, 2015! The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 40th anniversary of VSA with 11 days of free programming – performances and exhibits!

The Smithsonian Festival ADA will take place in the National Museum of American History from July 24-26. More information is available at

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