Disability Blog Carnival #47 – Slight Postponement

Bloggers and readers please forgive me my tardiness. Unfortunately, I had a work-related emergency and so Disability Blog Carnival #47 will be posted tomorrow/today, October 10. My apologies to everyone. There have been some A-MA-ZING posts and really want to make sure that I do this justice.

So…keep your eyes on this site and be patient, your posts will be logged and noted and the final carnival posted. Thank you so much to everyone to contributed. I am proud to host this blog event.

Best,
Day

Introduction to Disability Blog Carnival #47 – Policy

The Disability Blog Carnival is a blog event. A Blog Carnival is similar to a magazine, in that it is dedicated to a particular topic, in this case – “Disability Studies, Disability Rights, Disability Culture” and is published on a regular schedule, often weekly or monthly. Upon learning about a carnival, bloggers can choose to write an article on the topic and post it to their own blog. They then submit a link or send an email or message to the blog carnival host for that edition to formally participate. Each edition of a blog carnival is “published” in the form of a blog article that contains permalinks to the other blogger’s sites and their articles on the particular topic.

Day in Washington is proud to host the upcoming October 9, Disability Blog Carnival #47. (Submissions due October 6). The topic for this carnival is – Policy.

Perhaps obviously, as a lobbyist whose job involves working with disability policy issues on a regular basis this would seem like an easy choice, and perhaps a limited one, but I would have to disagree. For many minority groups, whether it is race, gender or sexual orientation, policy has had a significant impact on changing the way the world responds to these classes of people. Sometimes, it has been positive such as the Civil Rights Act of 1963 and the Americans with Disabilities Act; and other times it has supported inequality, discrimination, eugenics practices and murder.

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This year was the 18th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act which means that this is the first year that we have a generation of children who have grown up with the protection of the ADA.

This year has been marked by action alerts from many disability groups about changes to Medicaid that would limit access to desperately needed health care services.

This year has been marked by a community’s refusal to accept the “R” word and a massive boycott of a mainstream Hollywood movie.

This year has been marked by activism, advocacy and fierce determination to ensure that the Community Choice Act is moved forward in Congress.

This year has been marked by changes in education policy that encourage children with disabilities to excel in advanced programs within school systems.

This year has been marked by a unique collaboration between disability and business groups to aid in passing disability-friendly legislation (ADA Amendments Act of 2008)

This year has been marked by the United Nations passage of the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities acknowledging the global need for equality and independence.

This year has been marked by Presidential campaigns that have both put “Disability” forward as an issue of interest and have, perhaps for the first time actively sought support from the disability community.

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There is not one part of our lives that is not touched by policy and law. It is our greatest ally and our greatest opponent. The disability community, in many ways has acknowledged this, understands it and embraces it. We have some of the most fiery advocates and the emphasis is on what each and every one of us can do individually and together. We live in exciting times.

I would like to take this opportunity to urge all of you to submit to Disability Blog Carnival #47. Deadline for submissions is 6 October, and edition #47 should post on 9 October (probably very late). Please submit posts in comments here, via my contact page, at the blogcarnival.com site (not screen-reader accessible), or you can reach me via email at: DayAlMohamed@gmail.com just put “Disability Blog Carnival” in the text of your post. I can also be reached via fax/voicemail at: 206-888-6009 for submissions. Thank you!

Confirmed! – ADA Amendments Act becomes law – ADA restoration efforts successful

This morning President George Bush signed into law S. 3406, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. Also present was his father, President George Bush, Sr. who signed the original Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990.

Below is the photo from the event courtesy of Pablo Martinez Monsivais of the Associated Press –
President Bush, center seated, signs, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 in a ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008. Standing behind Bush are from left to right, former President George H.W. Bush, Rep. Jame Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc., his wife Cheryl, Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., Rep., Jerrold Nadler, D-NY., Sen. Tom Harkin, D-IA., Sen., Mike Enzi, R-WY., Rep., Jim Langevin, D-RI., and US Attorney General Michael Mukasey.

ADA Restoration (via the ADA Amendments Act) – the final steps

Aloha!
I just got back 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 out to Dr. Steven Brown of the University of Hawaii’s Disability Studies program with whom I had the great pleasure of a cup of tea and some conversation.

With regard to ADA restoration, today is the day! In about 15 minutes or so the President is to sign the ADA Amendments Act into law in a small private ceremony.  As you may know, on September 17th the White House released a Statement on the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 which said:

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is instrumental in allowing individuals with disabilities to fully participate in our economy and society, and the Administration supports efforts to enhance its protections. The Administration believes that the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, which has just passed Congress, is a step in that direction, and is encouraged by the improvements made to the bill during the legislative process. The President looks forward to signing the ADAAA into law.

I hope my early posting doesn’t jinx it, but it is exciting news and I am very glad that to be back in Washington DC in time for this event.

Resources

History in the Making: Final House Passage of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008

Senate Passage of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008

Reuters – US Senate Passes Bill Protecting Disabled People

ADA Restoration Policy Update – What is Really Going On (August 29, 2008)

From the ADA Restoration Act to the ADA Amendments Act  (July 1, 2008)

ADA Restoration Act Video Testimony – Carey McClure (January 29, 2008)

House Committee on Education and Labor Hearing on the ADA Restoration Act (January 29, 2008)

Day in Washington Podcast #14(b) – Senate ADA Restoration Hearing (November 15, 2007)

Day in Washington Podcast #11 – ADA Restoration House Hearing (October 4, 2007)

Day in Washington Podcast #5 – ADA Restoration – An Analysis (What is ADA Restoration and Why is it Necessary)

American Association of People with Disabilities ADA Restoration Blog

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities ADA Restoration Page - Includes Written Testimony of Additional Supporters

 

ADA Amendments Act Passage – History in the making

History was in the making today at the House passage of the ADA Amendments Act.  The first Americans with Disabilities Act rocked the nation and over the past 18 years has literally changed the face of the country.  Accessible architecture, elevators, ramps, accessible buses and taxis, meaningful access to programs and public places.  The ADA Amendments Act is legislation worthy of following the original ADA.  And in fact, it in many ways does that, in that it heralds a return to the original intent of the 1991 American’s with Disabilities Act.

Over the past few years, the U.S. court system has slowly narrowed the scope of the ADA limiting who has access to and protection of the ADA.  Slowly, individuals with epilepsy, diabetes, cancer, HIV and certain mental health and neurological conditions were denied protection from discrimination.  The ADA Amendments Act reiterates what the the law was 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