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  • Presidential Proclamation — International Day of Persons with Disabilities | Day In Washington
    s foreign policy With leadership from the Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development we are collaborating across governments and in close consultation with the global disability community to expand access to education health care HIV AIDS prevention and treatment and other development programs In 2009 we signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which seeks to ensure persons with disabilities enjoy the same rights and opportunities as all people If ratified the Convention would provide a platform to encourage other countries to join and implement the Convention laying a foundation for enhanced benefits and greater protections for the millions of Americans with disabilities who spend time abroad We know from the historic struggle for disability rights in the United States that disability inclusion is an ongoing effort and many challenges remain in securing fundamental human rights for all persons with disabilities around the world On International Day of Persons with Disabilities we press forward renewing our dedication to embrace diversity end discrimination remove barriers and uphold the rights dignity and equal opportunity of all people NOW THEREFORE I BARACK OBAMA President of the United States of America by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States do hereby proclaim December 3 2011 as International Day of Persons with Disabilities I call on all Americans to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies activities and programs IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand this second day of December in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty sixth BARACK OBAMA Tags convention day International Obama people with disabilities president proclamation USAID Post navigation ADA Anniversary Links from Around

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  • UN Conference of States Parties on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Day In Washington
    ones a respect for inherent human dignity worth independence and autonomy the rejection of discrimination the shield of equal protection and benefits under law the call for full participation and inclusion in society an insistence on equality of opportunity and accessibility a respect for difference and an embrace of diversity These principles resonate profoundly in U S disabilities legislation More than one in five Americans lives with a disability The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 has become a bill of rights for millions of citizens giving legal force to some of the strongest national protections against discrimination in the world An important legislative follow up the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 provides even more powerful guarantees of the rights of citizens living with disabilities Above all the ADA remains the achievement of the community of activists who fought vigorously and bravely for the rights and autonomy of persons with disabilities And it remains a reminder that the shackles that hold us back can be broken not just endured As President Obama has noted disability rights are not just civil rights to be enforced at home They are universal rights to be promoted around the world So on July 30 Ambassador Rice had the high honor of signing the UN Convention on behalf of the United States and taking another step on the great and ongoing American journey toward liberty and equality for all We are proud to join the 141 other UN member states that have also signed this important document And I hope the Senate will give the Convention swift consideration and approval once President Obama submits it for advice and consent My colleagues and I are looking forward to our work together both over the years ahead and during this week s Conference In keeping with this year s theme with its emphasis on legislation and implementation the United States will present a panel discussion entitled Addressing Challenges in Defining Disabilities Legislating Workable Definitions The panel will focus on the ADA Restoration Act and will feature presentations from the U S Departments of Justice and State and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission This discussion will take place today during the lunch period in Conference Room 5 We hope to see many of you there But our work together must go on beyond these halls too For all the progress of recent decades for all the promise this Convention holds we all still have much more to do As President Obama has noted persons with disabilities still often cannot choose the communities in which they live They often find that affordable high quality health care is out of reach They are more likely to be unemployed They are far more likely to live in poverty And in developing nations 90 percent of children with disabilities do not attend school As Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has noted discrimination against people with disabilities is not simply unjust It also hinders economic development limits democracy burdens

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  • Disability News Update – February 6, 2012 | Day In Washington
    assure that Council member meetings NCD staff meetings and meetings between Council members stakeholders and NCD staff as applicable meet all Federal state and local requirements for accessibility and support the specific needs of attendees with disabilities Also perform special assignments studies or projects that are of a confidential or sensitive nature for the Executive Director that involve changes in managerial policies practices methods procedures and or organizational structures About the National Council on Disability NCD is a small independent federal agency charged with advising the President Congress and other federal agencies regarding policies programs practices and procedures that affect people with disabilities NCD is comprised of a team of fifteen Senate confirmed Presidential appointees an Executive Director appointed by the Chairman and eleven full time professional staff members Staff members work on a wide array of interesting subjects We offer both flexible work schedules and an opportunity for challenging and interesting work Link to full description http www usajobs gov GetJob ViewDetails 307529400 ODEP News Brief January 27 2012 Link ODEP News Brief February 3 2012 Link JAN e News Volume 10 Issue 1 First Quarter 2012 Link Technology NASA to hire more STEM students with disabilities To Prospective NASA Student Interns with Disabilities NASA is looking to increase the number of students with disabilities pursuing science technology engineering and math STEM careers through our internship programs We have a two percent hiring goal Students can apply for summer internships now The deadline for submitting applications is February 1 2012 They can register for an account and look for internships anytime at the One Stop Shopping Initiative OSSI Student On Line Application for Recruiting interns fellows and scholars SOLAR at http intern nasa gov Summer 2012 internships run for ten weeks from early June through early mid August NASA internships are also offered during Spring Fall and Year Long Sessions In order to be eligible to apply students must be accepted as freshmen at an accredited institution of higher learning i e a college or university at the time of the internship This is what we call a rising freshman NASA has internships for rising freshmen through doctoral students in STEM fields A minimum GPA of 2 8 is required to apply however applicants must understand that the competition for internships is keen The age limits for interns are eighteen years and up Internships are available at all NASA centers nationwide Students can submit a completed application whether they apply to an opportunity or not However applying to opportunities has the advantage of allowing applicants to be considered by mentors who work in disciplines of interest and at a particular center For example an opportunity having to do with the Solar Dynamics Observatory SDO will be at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland because SDO is located there Not applying to an opportunity means that prospective interns will be hoping that a mentor happens to read their applications rather than directing their applications to mentors in fields and at centers of interest Students who are selected for summer internships will receive an offer letter by E mail sometime after February 1 2012 They will then have five days to either accept or reject the offer through their OSSI SOLAR account The offer will automatically expire after five days if no action is taken Please see the below attached recruitment letter the recruitment flier and the instructions for how to use the on line application system Also please feel free to contact me for more information or help with applying Please feel free to contact me for more information or help with applying Kenneth A Silberman Esq U S Supreme Court Maryland Patent Bars B A M Eng J D NASA Engineer Registered Patent Attorney Education Office Code 160 NASA GSFC Mailstop 160 Bldg 28 Rm N165 Greenbelt MD 20771 USA More Info Contact TSA Helpline for Travelers with Disabilities The Transportation Security Administration TSA announced the launch of TSA Cares today a new helpline number designed to assist travelers with disabilities and medical conditions prior to getting to the airport Travelers may call TSA Cares toll free at 1 855 787 2227 prior to traveling with questions about screening policies procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint TSA Cares provides passengers with disabilities and medical needs another resource to use before they fly so they know what to expect when going through the screening process said TSA Administrator John Pistole This additional level of personal communication helps ensure that even those who do not travel often are aware of our screening policies before they arrive at the airport Since its inception TSA has provided information to all travelers through its TSA Contact Center and Customer Service Managers in airports nationwide TSA Cares will serve as an additional dedicated resource for passengers with disabilities medical conditions or other circumstances or their loved ones who want to prepare for the screening process prior to flying When a passenger with a disability or medical condition calls TSA Cares a representative will provide assistance either with information about screening that is relevant to the passenger s specific disability or medical condition or the passenger may be referred to disability experts at TSA TSA recommends that passengers call approximately 72 hours ahead of travel so that TSA Cares has the opportunity to coordinate checkpoint support with a TSA Customer Service Manager located at the airport when necessary Every person and item must be screened before entering the secure area of an airport and the manner in which the screening is conducted will depend on the passenger s abilities and any specific equipment brought to the security checkpoint TSA strives to provide the highest level of security while ensuring that all passengers are treated with dignity and respect The agency works regularly with a broad coalition of disability and medical condition advocacy groups to help understand their needs and adapt screening procedures accordingly TSA holds quarterly meetings with this coalition to inform

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  • Happy ADA Quotable – Paul Longmore | Day In Washington
    access disabled people have compelled their country to move away from that historical isolation segregation and exclusion Paul Longmore Post navigation White House Disability Call Tomorrow Wednesday July 27 at 1pm ADA Anniversary Links from Around the Web About Day in Washington is a nationally syndicated disability policy blog podcast This site offers information and analysis of disability policy and politics from those who are in the midst of it Text of podcasts is available in the blog post If you have difficulty downloading the audio please right click and save it to your computer for playback If you have a topic that you think Day in Washington should discuss or if you are interested in guest podcasting please send us an email Follow Me on Social Media Search for Recent Posts DIW Podcast Education Loan Forgiveness and Disability Or why we need S 2800 the Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act DIW Podcast Bradley Lomax Revolutionary Black Nationalism and Disability Power DIW Podcast Kathy D Woods Designer DIW Podcast Cathay Williams Female Buffalo Soldier DIW Podcast The President s Executive Order on Gun Violence and Mental Health Tweets by DayinWashington Tags accessibility activism ADA ada amendments ada amendments act

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  • Toasters and Hairdryers – Autism Explained | Day In Washington
    brain does it automatically for you You don t have to remember to blink because your brain does it So sometimes you USE your brain to do things and sometimes your brain just does things because that s what it s wired to do The same thing is true in autism Bud uses his brain for everything too But because there are differences in the way his brain is connected there are differences in the way his brain reacts to things Now we all know that your brain is a machine that s made of tissue and neurons and nerve cells But let s pretend it was a more simple machine Let s pretend your brain wasn t made of tissue and neurons and nerve cells but instead it was made of metal and plastic and electrical wires And let s pretend that when you put that metal and plastic and electrical wire together it turned into a toaster And let s pretend that MOST of us had toaster brains Some of us might make white toast and some wheat toast or rye toast and some of us might make light toast and some of us dark toast Some of us might only toast bagels and sometimes we might even burn the toast but for the most part all of our brains would be able to do the same thing make toast Because we have brains that are really GOOD at making toast we will want to have a world where it s REALLY important and REALLY valuable to make toast Right Heads nodded around the room Now let s pretend that Bud s brain is ALSO made of metal and plastic and electrical wires just like our brains except that when HIS metal and plastic and electrical wires get put together they turn into a totally different kind of machine Instead of being a TOASTER Bud s metal and plastic and electrical wires turn into a HAIR DRYER I swear I heard gasps Now there s nothing WRONG with a hair dryer right Hair dryers are great There are some things that hair dryers are really good for There are some things that a hair dryer can do even BETTER than a toaster But it is REALLY REALLY hard to make toast with a hair dryer They laughed again and nodded and totally completely got it So in our pretend world even though Bud has a perfectly wonderful hair dryer brain it s going to be hard for him because we toaster brained people have decided that the most important thing that people do in our world is make toast And Bud probably can make toast with his hair dryer right But he is going to have to work a lot harder to make toast with his hair dryer brain than we will with our toaster brains It will probably take him a lot longer to make his toast And no matter how hard he works his hair dryer

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  • Return of Day in Washington | Day In Washington
    make no promises that I will post your article but there are so many wonderful advocates out there doing amazing things that can and do impact disability policy I think it is important to be able to offer a forum for that to be highlighted Never fear though Day in Washington will continue with its history of strong legislative analysis of disability policy and I look forward to many more years of providing this service to the community For those of you who are interested in acting as a guest blogger podcaster please contact me at 206 888 6009 or via the blog s Contact Page In the mean time I ve got some great experts lined up who will offer some interesting and even controversial posts so stay tuned for new content Best Day Tags Announcements Featured Post navigation Latest News Leaving APA Moving to DoL New Disability Video is Featured on DIW 1 comment for Return of Day in Washington arjo opera hoist February 18 2010 at 11 18 am Right on Damn I m getting addicted to your blog Comments are closed About Day in Washington is a nationally syndicated disability policy blog podcast This site offers information and analysis of disability policy and politics from those who are in the midst of it Text of podcasts is available in the blog post If you have difficulty downloading the audio please right click and save it to your computer for playback If you have a topic that you think Day in Washington should discuss or if you are interested in guest podcasting please send us an email Follow Me on Social Media Search for Recent Posts DIW Podcast Education Loan Forgiveness and Disability Or why we need S 2800 the Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act DIW

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  • Vacation | Day In Washington
    Additional Long Term Services and Supports Amendments in the new Senate Finance bill Back and just in time Major Hill Rally on Long Term Services and Supports About Day in Washington is a nationally syndicated disability policy blog podcast This site offers information and analysis of disability policy and politics from those who are in the midst of it Text of podcasts is available in the blog post If you have difficulty downloading the audio please right click and save it to your computer for playback If you have a topic that you think Day in Washington should discuss or if you are interested in guest podcasting please send us an email Follow Me on Social Media Search for Recent Posts DIW Podcast Education Loan Forgiveness and Disability Or why we need S 2800 the Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act DIW Podcast Bradley Lomax Revolutionary Black Nationalism and Disability Power DIW Podcast Kathy D Woods Designer DIW Podcast Cathay Williams Female Buffalo Soldier DIW Podcast The President s Executive Order on Gun Violence and Mental Health Tweets by DayinWashington Tags accessibility activism ADA ada amendments ada amendments act ADA Restoration advocacy Americans with Disabilities Act anniversary Announcements civil rights

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  • Additional Long Term Services and Supports Amendments in the new Senate Finance bill | Day In Washington
    of the Long Term Services and Supports section Insert The Chairman s Mark would protect against spousal impoverishment in all Medicaid home and community based services programs by requiring states to apply the same spousal impoverishment rules currently provided to the spouses of nursing home residents in Medicaid The provision would sunset after five years To Accept with Modification Cantwell Amendment C1 On page 50 at the end of the Long Term Services and Supports section Insert The Chairman s Mark would provide states that undertake structural reforms proven to increase nursing home diversions and access to home and community based services in their Medicaid programs a targeted increase in the federal medical assistance percentage FMAP The amount of the FMAP increase would be tied to the percentage of a state s long term services and supports that is offered through HCBS with lower FMAP increases going to states that will need to make fewer reforms States would be able to offer HCBS through a waiver or through a state plan amendment SPA Tags Baucus Cantwell chairman s mark community Community Choice community choice act Community First Choice Option fmap HCBS health health reform home and community based services independent living Kerry Legislation Medicaid Rockefeller Senate Finance Committee Post navigation Community First Choice Option in new Senate Finance Bill Vacation About Day in Washington is a nationally syndicated disability policy blog podcast This site offers information and analysis of disability policy and politics from those who are in the midst of it Text of podcasts is available in the blog post If you have difficulty downloading the audio please right click and save it to your computer for playback If you have a topic that you think Day in Washington should discuss or if you are interested in guest podcasting

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