CONTACT YOUR SENATOR TODAY AND TELL THEM TO PASS SB 1356
From now through April 25, Senators and Representatives will be in their home districts. We need our advocates to start scheduling time to make personal visits if at all possible, or by phone to urge their support to bring S.1356 to the Senate floor for a vote.
Reauthorizing the Rehabilitation Act is NCIL and APRIL’s top priority and it will be one of the greatest advancements for Americans with disabilities in years. There is increasing urgency to get the Reauthorization of the Rehabilitation Act passed NOW!!!!!
The Workforce Investment Act (WIA), has not been reauthorized since 1998, even though Congress requires it to be reauthorized every five years. S.1356, which contains the reauthorization of the Rehabilitation Act, was passed out of the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee in July on a strong 18-3 vote. The next step is a floor vote by the entire Senate.
Disability and Independent Living advocates have worked tirelessly with legislators to strengthen the language within the Rehabilitation Act. S.1356 contains significant improvements to the Independent Living program, including the creation of an Independent Living Administration (ILA), which will be located within the Administration for Community Living.
The proposed changes are a bipartisan effort to allow individuals with disabilities to maximize their independence and ability to participate fully in all aspects of American society.
When you talk to your Senator, tell them that, according to the Rehabilitation Services Administration, during fiscal years 2008-2010, Centers for Independent Living:
- Provided the core services of advocacy, information and referral, peer support, and independent living skills training to over 3.7 million individuals with disabilities;
- Attracted over $910 million through private, state, local, and other sources, and;
- Moved 10,711 people out of nursing homes and institutions;
- Saved states and the Federal government nearly $194,000,000;
- Provided personal assistance services to 260,000 people with disabilities;
- Assisted 135,000 people in securing accessible, affordable, and integrated housing;
- Provided Assistive Technology to 129,000 people with disabilities;
- Provided employment services to 87,000 people with disabilities;
- Provided transportation services to over 79,000 people with disabilities, and;
- Served over 43,000 youth with disabilities.
Additional information on S. 1356 can be found at www.ncil.org/rehabact Please take this opportunity to let your Senators know that they should support WIA and how it would affect you! Tell your Senator it is time to move S. 1356 to the Senate Floor and pass it!
You’re Invited to join us in an ……….
May 7, 2014 at 3:00 - 4:30 pm Eastern Time
Call the APRIL Bridgeline number: 218.339.2699 - pin code 922899
This is not a toll free call. Your regular long distance charges will apply. CART will be provided and the presentation will be recorded. There is no registration fee.
NOTE: When calling in during the scheduled time, if you are put on hold for longer than a minute or two or if the sound quality is poor, please hang up and call again.
Topic: Expanding CIL Capacity through Engagement of Consumers with Mental Illness
Kathie Knoble-Iverson, IL Resources – LaCrosse, WI
Dee Barnard, Access to Independence – Madison, WI
Join us to:
- Learn how to build Center capacity to include serving persons living with mental illness.
- Hear about training that will help IL staff be more comfortable providing services to people living with mental illness.
- Find out how to utilize Mental Health Peer Specialists to provide IL peer support.
- Use an assessment tool to see how your Center stacks up at being cross disability – including serving persons with mental illness.
Call in from a quiet location and join the discussion or feel free to just listen in.
VICTORY: DISABILITY RIGHTS ARE CIVIL RIGHTS
Dear ADA Advocates:
Lex Frieden, who played an integral role in the development, passage and implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, (ADA) has been invited and accepted to speak on a panel discussion on social justice at 2:05pm central, Thursday April 8th immediately following the keynote speech by President Barack Obama. Lex will join former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin; humanitarian Maria Shriver; athlete and philanthropist David Robinson; and businessman Steve Stoute on the panel. Lex will talk about the linkage of the ADA with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, why disability rights are civil rights and how the discrimination faced by people with disabilities is similar to that faced by people of color, women and LGBT individuals.
Lex will emphasize how important community integration is to the over 50 million people with disabilities living in the US today.
Under immense national pressure from disability rights advocates to include disability rights as part of the Civil Rights Summit celebrating the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Mark Updegrove, Director of the LBJ Library and main organizer of the Summit personally reached out to Lex Frieden and invited him to participate on the social justice panel as a civil and disability rights activist.
This panel like the rest of the Summit will be live streamed.
Disability rights and ADA supporters will be having a press conference on Tues April 8th at 11am central in Austin at Red River and Dean Keeton celebrating DISABILITY RIGHTS ARE CIVIL RIGHTS and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
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FTA Section 5310 Grant Recipients
We want to hear your thoughts!
Please provide your feedback during the upcoming Federal Transit Administration Online Dialogue on Section 5310 Performance Measures
March 31 – April 18, 2014
Participate to discuss:
• What performance measures reflect the benefits of the Section 5310 program
• Top ways Section 5310 funding can be used to meet transportation needs
• The extent to which your agency will be able to collect data
• FTA is considering combining the reporting requirements of Section 5335(c) into a single requirement for recipients of
Section 5310. The method will utilize the National Transit Database (NTD) system for recipients of Section 5310, Section 5311, or Section 5307 to report on behalf of their subrecipients.
Share your thoughts on specific questions, post your own questions, vote on ideas, and see and react to topics on the table using and online platform that you can access anytime during the dialogue.
Who’s encouraged to participate?
Section 5310 grant recipients and sub-grantees, Section 5310 service providers, national non-profit and community organizations, state and local agency officials and staff, advocates, and anyone with an interest in transportation service for people with disabilities and older adults.
Why should you participate? Because your opinion matters!
• FTA will use the information to make decisions about future investment and policies related to Section 5310 providers.
• Performance measurement data can be used as an improvement tool within your own organization and in outreach and communication with key stakeholders.
Register and plan to participate March 31-April 18. FTA’s Section 5310 online dialogue is hosted by Easter Seals Project ACTION. ESPA staff will be available to answer questions you have regarding registration or accessing the dialogue.