Justice For All
Knight Ridder Newspapers combed through the president-elect's speeches and
position papers to compile a list of his promises. Here's the section related to disability.
- Triple the federal Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers' budget for
technologies that assist disabled people.
- Create a new fund to help bring those technologies to market.
- Provide $20 million to states to help people with disabilities work from
- Provide $45 million for pilot transportation programs.
- Provide $25 million to help small businesses comply with the Americans
with Disabilities Act.
- Establish a $100 million matching grant program for community-based
- Issue an executive order implementing the Supreme Court's Olmstead ruling,
which requires moving disabled people from institutions to community-based facilities when possible.
- Increase funding for low-interest loan programs to help people with
disabilities purchase assisting technology.
- Increase funding for special education to meet the federal obligation
under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
- Create a national commission to recommend reforms of the mental health
service delivery system.
- Make it easier for disabled people to vote.
- Provide $10 million in matching funds annually to increase access for
people with disabilities to organizations exempt from Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, such as churches, mosques, synagogues and
- Revise Department of Housing and Urban Development's section 8 rent
subsidies to disabled people to permit them to use as much as a year's worth of vouchers to finance down payments on homes.
For the complete list of promises, go to:
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