Help APRIL set a 21st Century base funding for Centers
More than a decade and a half ago, a national effort was undertaken to establish a funding benchmark necessary to operate a center for independent living that was adequately carrying out the duties and responsibilities spelled out in Title VII.
This benchmark base funding, required to provide the four core services plus two others identified in the Rehabilitation ACT of 1973, is critical in our ongoing discussions with federal and state policy makers. It is difficult to argue for an increase in funding for general operations if we don’t have a rationale—or a bottom line—for engaging in the activities the law requires us to do.
Second Hearing on the Disability Treaty Draws Big Crowd
Yesterday morning, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee held the second of two hearings on the Disability Treaty, and our community turned out in great numbers again! Advocates representing the broad and diverse coalition in favor of the treaty were present at the hearing to show their support.
Thank you! Your Energy Has Brought the Treaty This Far!
A highlight of the event was the delivery to the committee of a petition with over 67,000 signatures from across the country calling for ratification. This number continues to grow, add your name at www.disabilitytreaty.org.
Marca Bristo, President of the US International Council on Disabilities, was energized by the turnout at the second hearing and encouraged by the substantive discussion of the treaty. Ms. Bristo remarked, "I'm thrilled and gratified that we have had such a robust turnout for this hearing. Those present today represented the strength, diversity, and commitment of our community. Our coalition reflects America and the millions of Americans with disabilities, professionals, veterans, and religious and civil rights organizations who both need and want the Disability Treaty to be ratified. I would like to thank Secretary Kerry and Chairman Menendez for their continued leadership and support on this crucial treaty."
Independent Living on Tulsa Time conference photos
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Handouts from Paula McElwee’s workshop entitled, “Meeting the Regs for Federal Money: A Self Evaluation” at the APRIL Conference in Tulsa.
Power Point file Management Checkup: http://www.april-rural.org/images/stories/2013/conference/Management%20Checkup%20APRIL.pptx
Health of a CIL Word File http://www.april-rural.org/images/stories/2013/conference/Word_version_APRIL_Health_of_CIL.docx
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