Amid the glitz and glamour surrounding President Barack Obama’s second inauguration in the coming days will be a special ball specifically for the disability community.
Over 400 people from across the nation are expected to mingle with members of Congress and Obama administration officials at the Disability Community Inaugural Ball this Saturday night.
The event at the National Press Club, which is open to the public, is one of several balls scheduled to celebrate Obama’s inauguration on Monday.
The disability ball is being hosted by the American Association of People with Disabilities and Disability Power & Pride and has support from The Arc, United Cerebral Palsy and the National Council on Independent Living, among other groups.
Those planning the event say it’s a chance for people affected by all types of disabilities to come together as a community and make an impression in Washington while also having some fun.
Several members of Congress including Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., are part of the honorary committee for the ball. It’s unclear if they will all make it to the event, but Harkin, Hoyer and Kareem Dale, a disability adviser to Obama, were among the officials who attended the first disability ball in 2009.
“It’s an opportunity for them to see that we are a community capable of wielding political power,” said Jonathan Young, co-chair of the steering committee for the ball.