Achieving Independence - the Challenge for the 21st Century: A Decade of Progress in Disability Policy: Setting an Agenda for the Future

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Linda Toms-Barker, Gina McDonald, Speed Davis, Andy Imparato
DIANE Publishing, 1997 - 189 pages
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This report calls for real change by & for real people. It is the result of recommendations developed by a diverse group of 300 participants at a National Summit on Disability Policy. At this historic gathering, people with disabilities representing the grassroots & national leaders alike, developed recommendations that build on two major accomplishments of the last decade -- the passage of ADA & the empowerment of people with disabilities, both of which embody the principles of inclusion, independence, & empowerment. Covers: civil rights, education, employment, technology, housing & much more.
 

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Page 188 - Gathering information about the implementation, effectiveness, and impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 USC 12101 et seq.).
Page 176 - Desegregation will break down the legal barriers and bring men together physically, but something must touch the hearts and souls of men so that they will come together spiritually because it is natural and right. A vigorous enforcement of civil rights laws will bring an end to segregated public facilities which are barriers to a truly desegregated society, but it cannot bring an end to fears, prejudice, pride, and irrationality, which are the barriers to a truly integrated society.
Page 145 - Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. Even a superficial look at history reveals that no social advance rolls in on the wheels of inevitability. Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
Page 187 - Act; as well as all statutes and regulations pertaining to federal programs that assist such individuals with disabilities, in order to assess the effectiveness of such policies, programs, practices, procedures, statutes, and regulations in meeting the needs of individuals with disabilities. • Reviewing and evaluating, on a continuing basis, new and emerging disability policy issues affecting individuals with disabilities at the federal, state, and local levels, and in the private sector, including...
Page 187 - Congress, the Secretary of Education, the Director of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, and other officials of federal agencies, respecting ways to better promote equal opportunity, economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society for Americans with disabilities. Providing Congress, on a continuing basis, advice, recommendations, legislative proposals, and any additional information that NCD or Congress deems...
Page 187 - NCD is an independent federal agency led by 15 members appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the US Senate.
Page 188 - NCD is to promote policies, programs, practices, and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability; and to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve economic selfsufficiency, independent living, and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society.
Page 188 - ... local levels, and in the private sector, including the need for and coordination of adult services, access to personal assistance services, school reform efforts and the impact of such efforts on individuals with disabilities, access to health care, and policies that operate as disincentives for these individuals to seek and retain employment.
Page 189 - ADA, improving assistive technology, and ensuring that persons with disabilities who are members of minority groups fully participate in society. Statutory History NCD was initially established in 1978 as an advisory board within the Department of Education (Public Law 95-602). The Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1984 (Public Law 98-221) transformed NCD into an independent agency.
Page 38 - The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, State and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications.

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