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  • Blog Carnival #42 (Taking a Break) | Day In Washington
    but that isn t the case and when we focus to narrowly we do ourselves and the community a disservice These individuals my opinion probably need a small break from their activities Why Because they had now LIMITED themselves to the identity of a person with a disability and nothing more To be successful in lobbying or anything else in this world we need to recognize that our successes are greatly influenced by relationships And relationships are not just built on passion for a cause This was illustrated to me a couple of years ago at a national technology advisory committee meeting with representatives from disability groups and major IT industry players I had my fencing gear with me yes I mean fencing with swords because I was going to practice right after work Seeing my swords elicited a response that became a friendly conversation from two other committee members from Apple and Sun Microsystems both of whom in their spare time fence My recreational activity actually became a point of connection with these other high level representatives I am proud of my disability related work and I am just as proud of my life outside of work I write fiction I podcast and not just Day in Washington I make short films I love to fence and I even do some fire dancing and bullwhip tricks Together all of this makes me an interesting person and gives me many ways to connect with others Disability advocates are some of the strongest and most passionate people you ll ever meet but we all need to make sure that we take the time to recognize that even though we are people with disabilities and passionate about our cause we are also so much more Tags activism advocacy blog carnival break burnout disability hobbies PittRehab Uncategorized Post navigation National Forum on Disability Issues Promotional Video In Celebration of the 18th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act ADA 2 comments for Blog Carnival 42 Taking a Break Pingback Podcasting Directory wayne WeTheDisabled com August 8 2008 at 3 39 pm I really enjoyed your blog It is full of very usefull information and is wrtten in a style that is easy to understand and follow Please don t take me as being rude or anything like that but We are trying to raise as many names for a petition to send to Washington to try and get the Social Security Checks paid to the disabled raised so that they can have enough money to at least make it through the month instead of just the day the check comes in We would really appreciate it if you could take the time to check out the site and if you are led to fill out the comment section at the bottom of the home page and leave a message of your thoughts on how our Government is treating the disabled of this country Your information will be safe for it will be printed

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  • Presidential Proclamation – Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act 2011 | Day In Washington
    done and my Administration remains committed to ending all forms of discrimination and upholding the rights of Americans with disabilities The Department of Justice continues to strengthen enforcement of the ADA by ensuring that persons with disabilities have access to community based services that allow them to lead independent lives in the communities of their choosing Under provisions of the Affordable Care Act insurers will no longer be able to engage in the discriminatory practice of denying coverage based on pre existing conditions and Americans with disabilities will have greater control over their health care choices And last year I signed an Executive Order establishing the Federal Government as a model employer for individuals with disabilities placing a special focus on recruitment and retention of public servants with disabilities across Federal agencies Through the ADA America was the first country in the world to comprehensively declare equality for citizens with disabilities To continue promoting these principles we have joined in signing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities At its core this Convention promotes equality It seeks to ensure that persons with disabilities enjoy the same rights and opportunities as all people and are able to lead their lives as do other individuals Eventual ratification of this Convention would represent another important step in our forty plus years of protecting disability rights It would offer us a platform to encourage other countries to join and implement the Convention Broad implementation would mean greater protections and benefits abroad for millions of Americans with disabilities including our veterans who travel conduct business study reside or retire overseas In encouraging other countries to join and implement the Convention we also could help level the playing field to the benefit of American companies who already meet high standards under United States domestic law Improved disabilities standards abroad would also afford American businesses increased opportunities to export innovative products and technologies stimulating job creation at home Equal access equal opportunity and the freedom to make of our lives what we will are principles upon which our Nation was founded and they continue to guide our efforts to perfect our Union Together we can ensure our country is not deprived of the full talents and contributions of the approximately 54 million Americans living with disabilities and we will move forward with the work of providing pathways to opportunity to all of our 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 Tuesday July 26 2011 the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act I encourage Americans across our Nation to celebrate the 21st anniversary of this civil rights law and the many contributions of individuals with disabilities IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand this twenty fifth day of July in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven and of the Independence of the United States

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  • All Day with the ADA | Day In Washington
    birthday of our favorite piece of legislation Stay tuned and enjoy Best Day Tags ADA Americans with Disabilities Act anniversary civil rights Post navigation Events and Articles Olmstead WHO Report NIDRR Disability Affirmative Action Guest Post The Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 21 and is Ready to Party 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

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  • ADA | Day In Washington | Page 2
    was almost exactly one year ago that the President signed the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act ADAAA into law As a part of tht law Congress directed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission EEOC to amend its ADA regulation Read more Senator Edward Kennedy Dies In memoriam DIW goes dark by Day Al Mohamed August 26 2009 Comments Off on Senator Edward Kennedy Dies In memoriam DIW goes dark Senator Edward Moore Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts the last surviving brother in an enduring political dynasty and one of the most influential senators in history died last night Perhaps more than any other individual Senator Kennedy s commitment and dedication to the Read more Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act Statement from Former President George H W Bush by Day Al Mohamed July 24 2009 Comments Off on Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act Statement from Former President George H W Bush Read more ADA Amendments Act in the Courtroom Audio Now Available by Day Al Mohamed April 14 2009 1 Comment On March 3rd 2009 I posted in Day In Washington about Kirk Jenkins lawsuit against the National Board of Medical Examiners He had been denied an accommodation for the Medical Licensing Exam and filed a lawsuit Kirk lost his initial Read more ADA Amendments Act Lawsuit Kirk Jenkins v The National Board of Medical Examiners Day in Washington Policy Podcast 35 by Day Al Mohamed March 3 2009 3 Comments Day in Washington Disability Policy Podcast Episode Summary Last year one of the most contentious and the most uplifting events was the passage of the ADA Amendments Act On September 25 2008 the legislation was signed into law In Read more Page 2 of 3 1 2 3 About Day in Washington is a nationally syndicated disability

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  • ADA | Day In Washington | Page 3
    in town from Hawaii last night There are not enough words in the english language to describe my exhaustion but it was a great trip and I thoroughly enjoyed it Let me give a shout Read more ADA Restoration Efforts Senate Passage of the ADA Amendments Act by Day Al Mohamed September 12 2008 2 Comments Day in Washington The Disability Policy Podcast explores and discusses various aspects of disability policy Each episode will cover a specific issue within disability and or a disability related news article These 5 10 minute podcasts offer an easy to understand introduction to disability Read more Disability Policy Podcast Update August 9th ADA Restoration What is Really Going On by Day Al Mohamed August 25 2008 3 Comments Unfortunately I am once again behind on my posting and podcasts Work has been quite busy and I was recently out of town for our national convention In spite of the fact that I did not have a post for Read more In Celebration of the 18th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act ADA by Day Al Mohamed July 28 2008 Comments Off on In Celebration of the 18th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act ADA Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act 2008 A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America From http www whitehouse gov news releases 2008 07 20080725 html The Americans with Disabilities Act ADA has helped tear down barriers for millions of people living with disabilities On Read more ADA Restoration Act to the ADA Amendment Act by Day Al Mohamed July 1 2008 4 Comments It has been an amazing few weeks As some of you know as a part of my job I ve been participating in the efforts to restore the Americans with

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  • ADA Amendments Act Passage – History in the making | Day In Washington
    originally meant to attain elimination and prevention of discrimination on the basis of disability People shouldn t have to choose between taking their medications and being protected by the law individuals with intellectual disabilities should not be denied use of the ADA when they have been successful in their efforts to lead independent lives This afternoon the U S House of Representatives voted to pass this legislation Just last week the Senate passed it by unanimous consent Now the bill goes to the President for his signature At this point it looks like signing of the bill could take place as early as next week and it is rumored that President George Bush Sr who signed the orginal ADA will be present for this new legislation I lament that I was not able to attend the event today or the rally held outside the Capitol However would like to express my thanks to all involved and express my pride in the community business and disability for working to make this happen Posted from the Los Angeles Airport Tags ada amendments ADA Restoration Americans with Disabilities Act disability george bush Legislation Post navigation ADA Restoration Efforts Senate Passage of the ADA Amendments Act ADA Restoration via the ADA Amendments Act the final steps 2 comments for ADA Amendments Act Passage History in the making Judith Heumann September 18 2008 at 7 20 am Thanks for this Pingback ADA Restoration via the ADA Amendments Act the final steps Day In Washington 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

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  • ADA Restoration Efforts – Senate Passage of the ADA Amendments Act | Day In Washington
    Day in Washington is your disability policy podcast covering legislative issues of interest to the disability community We also spotlight specific bills and other related news articles I m your host Day Al Mohamed working to make sure you stay informed This is Podcast 29 on Thursday September 11 2008 Over the next few months we ll be experimenting with a new feedback system in addition to being able to comment in the blog itself you can call 206 279 9159 and leave either a voicemail message or send a fax We do want to hear from you PODCAST As many of you know there have been significant efforts recently to amend the Americans with Disabilities Act the civil rights act for people with disabilities for almost twenty years In spite of the progress wrought by the original ADA Supreme Court decisions and lower court decisions have greatly narrowed the scope of who is protected by the ADA The result is H R 3195 and S 3406 ADA restoration bills titled the ADA Amendments Act The House legislation was passed on June 25th 402 to 17 I was in the House Gallery then and today I am proud to say that I was in the Senate Gallery when the Senate approved by unanimous consent S 3406 their legislation to fix the ADA The Senate bill is similar to the bipartisan H R 3195 originally introduced in the House by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner What this means is that S 3406 the Senate bill must first go back to the House for a vote Only after the House votes to accept this Senate version of the bill can it go on to the White House for the final presidential signature Now as to how quickly the legislation will reach the House floor well the word is that it is expected to reach the floor as early as Wednesday Let me give you a few words from Senator Tom Harkin who spoke at the press conference following the Senate s passage of the ADA Amendments Act With today s vote we have restored the promise of the ADA which was signed into law 18 years ago The protections afforded under this historic law have been eroded and the result is that people with serious conditions like epilepsy or diabetes could be forced to choose between treating their conditions and forfeiting their protections under the law That is not what Congress intended when we passed the law and this bill is the right fix From Senator Orrin Hatch This is a historic day This bill continues our ongoing effort to expand opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate in the American Dream Passage of the ADA Amendments Act ensures that the Americans with Disabilities Act will continue to help change lives From Congressman Steny H Hoyer I am pleased that the Senate has followed the House and passed the ADA Amendments Act a bill that is virtually identical to

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  • Disability Policy Podcast Update (August 9th) – ADA Restoration: What is Really Going On? | Day In Washington
    available showing how bad things had become in the court system and the enthusiastic support of House Majority Leader it seemed to be a good opportunity On July 26 on the 17th anniversary of the enactment of the original ADA Representatives Hoyer and Sensenbrenner introduced H R 3195 the ADA Restoration Act of 2007 Disability advocates had been contacting congress and working to educate them about the problems with the ADA and it would seem that Congress listened the bill had 143 original co sponsors On the same day a Senate companion bill S 1881 was introduced by Senators Tom Harkin and Arlen Specter That number quickly grew to over 250 co sponsors However in addition to gaining supporters the bill was also gaining opposition Members of the business community and even some within the education community expressed concern that the changes suggested by the legislation went too far and would actually be a detriment to business That the ADA restoration Act far from helping people with disabilities would actually harm them because ANYONE would then qualify Right or wrong whether you agree or disagree those concerns resonated with Congress and there was considerable concern that legislators might be convinced to block or amend the bill in a way that truly would negatively impact people with disabilities So in early 2008 the disability community was strongly encouraged to meet with the business community and try to negotiate a deal The idea was to create legislation that both sides could agree on that could make it through congress Negotiated bills generally tend to move forward faster and with wider support through the legislative process However they ARE a compromise which means all sides are equally unhappy After 3 months of negotiations between the disability community and the business community the proposed deal language was drafted As I said earlier the ADA is THE civil rights bill for people with disabilities It is at the heart of almost all legislation relating to discrimination and people with disabilities so it is also going to be probably the issue to bring out the most passion in the heart of any and all advocates for disability rights This compromise legislation was not easy and there has been a lot of general unhappiness regarding it Let me be clear the vast majority of groups do support this compromise bill and it is moving forward amazingly fast in Congress but initially there was a lot of skepticism Was the disability community giving up too much Was it truly necessary to compromise with business Couldn t this wait until next year for a different administration There were a lot of questions and on an issue that draws as much passion as the ADA opinions can and did differ Never the less even though there existed unease regarding the legislation the disability community overall was willing to accept the negotiated bill and began lobbying Congress What was interesting was that the lobby teams were of business and disability groups

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