The Friday Fax

SEPTEMBER 15, 2000   

NO. 202


The number of House and Senate sponsors for the Family Opportunity Act--FOA (S.2274/H.R.4825) continues to grow: Senate=75 cosponsors and the House=93 cosponsors. With each of these new co-sponsors, the FOA moves closer to possible passage. This bill needs to get to the floors of the House and Senate and to get passed this year.Congressional leaders need to hear that this legislation is important to families of children with disabilities and that it should be one of their top legislative priorities. If it is not a priority, it will not get floor time and, even with its strong bipartisan support, will unfortunately die. President Clinton  has indicated his support for this bill but does not have it among his priorities for "end of the year action". Therefore, it is critical that Administration decision makers hear from you.


Fax letters to key members of government and make them aware of the importance of this law (names and fax #s listed below). They need to hear our stories!! Ask them to show their support for families with children with disabilities by making the Family Opportunity Act a priority and getting it to the floor for a  vote.

CONTACT INFORMATION (fax numbers listed)

  • Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS), Senate Majority Leader, 202-224-4639

  • Sen. Don Nickels (R-OK), Senate Majority Whip, 202-224-3913 

  • Rep. Dennis Hastert (R-IL), Speaker of the House, 202-225-5646

  • Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD), Senate Minority Leader, 202-224-7895

  • Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Minority Whip, 202-224-7362

  • Rep. Dick Gephardt (D-MO), House Minority Leader, 202-225-7414

  • John Podesta, Domestic Policy Advisor to President Clinton,         202-456-2883

  • Jack Lew, Director of the Office of Management and Budget,        202-395-3888.

VOTE 2000

Poor voter turnout by Americans with disabilities is partly a result of low voter registration rates. There are approximately 23.5 million people with disabilities who did not vote in the 1996 presidential election; about 9.2 million are not even registered to vote. Most disability service providers are in violation of the National Voter Registration Act, also known as the Motor Voter Law, which requires them to offer voter registration to their clients. A National Organization on Disability/Louis Harris poll found that only 44% of people with disabilities have been offered the opportunity to register to vote by their service providers. 
Register to vote online

  • (click on "Be a Voter"): National Organization on Disability.

  • : WeMedia - register to vote, request an absentee ballot, and learn about your candidates.


National Council on Disability Briefings

NCD is conducting regional community briefings around the country to share findings and recommendations on federal enforcement of disability civil rights laws with people with disabilities. The briefings are open to the public, and free of charge, and will focus on NCD's new Ten Point Strategy for the Next Decade of Disability Civil Rights Enforcement. The listed contact person can provide details and a registration form. 

Dates, Times, Locations, Contact/Registration

  • Date/Time: September 15, 2000 - 3PM - 7PM (revised time) 
    Location: Sheraton Biscayne Bay Hotel MIAMI, FL
    Contact: Peggy Chavis 706-548-7436 

  • Date/Time: September 19, 2000 - 10AM - 4PM 
    Location: Federal Reserve Bank Galleria
    Contact: Laurie Ventola 617-236-7210 x182

  • Date/Time: September 21, 2000 - 1PM - 5PM
    Location: Portland Conference Center
    Contact: Kari Bergesen 503-243-2081 x 203

  • Date/Time: September 27, 2000 - 1PM - 5PM
    Location: Rapid City Regional Hospital (West Auditorium)
    Contact: Barb Beck 605-361-3171

  • Date/Time: September 28, 2000 - 1PM - 5PM
    Location: Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers
    Contact: Zakiyyah Wahid 312-413-1493

  • Date/Time: September 28, 2000 - 1PM - 5PM
    Location: Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall
    Contact: Carlos Garcia 213-427-8747

  • Date/Time: September 29, 2000 - 1PM - 5PM
    Location: Unitarian Church, Unity Temple
    Contact: Caroline Stewart 816-531-7070/877-588-5644

Access the NPND website:  for more detailed information, including location addresses.

March For Justice

Join thousands of civil rights advocates to support the ADA and the civil rights of all Americans on Tuesday, October 3rd at noon on the U.S. Capitol grounds at Upper Senate Park (North side of the Capitol) in Washington, DC. For more info:

NPND Needs Your Support - CFC #1532

NPND is participating for the eighth year in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Alert your friends and relatives in the military and federal government to check off #1532. Access the NPND website to learn how your dollars can help support NPND's efforts.

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