“We are trying to construct a more inclusive society. We are going to make a country in which no one is left out.”         

–           Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) was, and continues to be, one of the most inspirational men in U.S. history.  As millions of Americans struggled to survive through the Great Depression, FDR was a pillar of strength and hope.  As the only President to enter office with a physical disability, Roosevelt had a unique insight regarding building an inclusive society.  His wife Eleanor explained:

“Franklin’s illness . . . gave him strength and courage he had not had before.  He had to think out the fundamentals of living and learn the greatest of all lessons – infinite patience and never ending persistence.”

Committed to public service, FDR served as U.S. Senator, Assistant Secretary of the Navy and President.  At age 39 he contracted polio, which left him paralyzed from the waist down.  FDR refused to allow his disease and disability to identify or to limit him.  After rigorous therapy, he “walked” with leg braces.  He also had a car specially designed so he could drive.  This modification, now used by millions of disabled Americans, gives individuals the independence and freedom to be mobile.

FDR’s courage, determination and commitment to personal freedom led the country through difficult times.  It is FDR’s spirit that guides Disability Rights Legal Center’s (DRLC) mission and purpose, which it honors with its annual FDR dinner.

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.”      

–           Franklin D. Roosevelt

This special annual event, always attended by an FDR descendant, has honored such notable corporations and individuals as Larry Flynt, Nordstrom, Teledyne Technologies and the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Please join us in honoring luminaries from entertainment, sports, civil liberties and business communities who demonstrate commitment to inclusion at DRLC’s:

41st Annual FDR Dinner
“Protecting the Possibilities”
Omni Hotel California Plaza
November 17, 2016
Cocktail Reception: 5 pm
Dinner: 6:30 pm

Support Disability Rights Legal Center, and FDR’s vision of an inclusive society, by sponsoring its annual FDR Dinner.  For more information or to reserve participation, contact Jordan Kough by phone at 443-309-2283 or email at Jordan.Kough@drlcenter.org.