by Andy Imparato, Executive Director, AUCD
This month, as we reflect on 25 years of implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it is easy to focus on the letter of the law and miss the larger message of this historic legislation. For me, the greatest value of the ADA has been its role in framing disability as a natural part of the human experience and branding discrimination against children and adults with disabilities as something that is unlawful, unnatural and unnecessary.
Today, the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) officially announced American Airlines has come on board as a Tour Partner of America's Disability Rights Museum on Wheels (DRMW), the country's first disability rights mobile museum.
Danny Ricci serves as a summer 2015 projects intern at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. Danny assists with various tasks throughout the office as necessary, but is especially interested in the area of how public policy created through executive and legislative means affects disability rights.
AUCD is happy to announce the Early Career Professionals' June guest blogger - Julia Nelson. She is a recent LEND graduate from the University of Arizona, and shares her message of proactive unemployment prevention for students with disabilities. Please take a moment to read "One Simple Goal."
Today The US Supreme Court released a decision in the King v. Burwell case, which challenged a portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Members of the AUCD Network have a Congressional mandate to educate policy makers. This guide (free to download) describes the processes involved in legislation and provides suggestions for maximizing the effectiveness of your interactions with policymakers.
Find out what on tap for the House and Senate this week; ESEA reauthorization action; letter urging a ban on aversive conditioning devices; and more.
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
The conference will take place at a time when we are witnessing a positive shift into the language of human rights, strengthened by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which enhances the concept of equal opportunities for all. The conference will enable us to discuss and share different models of implementation and enterprises for turning these declarations into possible actions.For the first time, the USC UCEDD/LEND at Children's Hospital Los Angeles will be a partner in organizing and sponsoring the conference.
Location: Bethesda, MD
This bi-annual meeting is an opportunity for MCHB-funded Autism CARES legislation grantees representing research, training, and state implementation stakeholders to share information about activities within their respective networks, discuss emerging trends, and facilitate meaningful collaboration.
Location: Washington, DC
The 2015 Healthy Aging Summit will specifically highlight the science of healthy aging and preventive services and identify policy gaps that can be pursued to improve the quality of life for older adults. A greater understanding of the social, environmental and emotional factors that influence health in the later years of life can improve quality of life and reduce healthcare costs.