Friday Fax

 SEPTEMBER 29, 2000 

NO. 204

FAMILY OPPORTUNITY ACT UPDATE

The Senate Finance Committee had the mark-up of "H.R. 4844, the Railroad Retirement and Survivors Improvement Act" on Thursday, 28 September. The FOA that Senator Grassley offered as an amendment to this legislation was "voted down." Sen. Grassley fought for the FOA, but he did not have the support of Senator Roth,  Chairman of the Finance Committee, nor a number of Finance Committee members, who were also FOA co-sponsors: Senators Thompson, Murkowski, Moynihan, Rockefeller, and Baucus. The fight is not over with yet, but time is running out. We need to get FOA passed before October 6th. This legislation is important to families of children with disabilities, and it should be a top legislative priority.

ACTION NEEDED

  • Applaud Senator Grassley for his continued tireless efforts on behalf of children with disabilities. Let his colleagues who didn't support FOA know how disappointed you are that they did not support Senator Grassley and children with disabilities.

  • Continue to contact key members of Congress and government and ask them to show their support for families with children with disabilities by making the FOA a priority.

CONTACT INFORMATION (fax numbers listed)

  • Senators Grassley (R-IA): 202-224-3744;
  •  Roth (R-DE): 202-228-5798; 
  • Baucus (D-MT): 202-228-3687; 
  • Thompson (R-TN): 202-228-3679; 
  • Murkowski (R-AK): 202-224-5301; 
  • Moynihan (D-NY): 202-228-0406;
  • Rockefeller (D-WV): 202-224-7665.
  • Sen. Lott (R-MS), Senate Majority Leader, 202-224-4639
  • Sen. Nickels (R-OK), Senate Majority Whip, 202-224-3913
  • Rep. Hastert (R-IL), Speaker of the House, 202-225-5646
  • Sen. Daschle (D-SD), Senate Minority Leader, 202-224-7895
  • Sen. Reid (D-NV), Senate Minority Whip, 202-224-7362
  • Rep. 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

www.senate.gov /www.house.gov / US Capitol 202-224-3121

National Council on Disability Briefings

NCD is conducting regional community briefings 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 final briefing:
Date/Time: September 29, 2000 - 1PM - 5PM
Location: Unitarian Church, Unity Temple
KANSAS CITY, MO
Contact: Caroline Stewart 877-588-5644


WEMEDIA UPDATES

* Access the Vote Access the Vote is WeMedia's initiative to encourage  people with disabilities to register to vote in the Tuesday, November 7th election. Why vote? Because your vote and the votes of the 45 million citizens with disabilities can swing any election. At www.wemedia.com  you can request an absentee ballot (Only until Sunday, Oct. 7 so act now!), find out how to get a ride to the polls, track legislation and learn the candidates' positions. This election can be different. Right now, if you and 45 million other people with disabilities vote, you will decide. Access: www.wemedia.com .

* Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games WeMedia is bringing the world together with our unprecedented and exclusive webcast coverage of the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games. Webcasting is like watching TV on your own personal computer. WeMedia's Paralympic webcast promises to be an extraordinary moment in history - bringing you the Role Models of the 21st Century. To pre-register and learn about the Paralympic experience, access:  www.wemedia.com 

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

* March For Justice -- October 3rd 
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. Access: www.tash.org/marchforjustice .

* Disability Mentoring Day Scheduled for October 25. For more information access: www.disability.gov, under the "Hot Topics" Section, click on the link for National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

* Notice for Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)-IDEA Early Intervention Program (Part C) A NPRM is the US Dept of Education's "draft" regulations for implementing a law. Anyone can send comments. Access the proposed rules: www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS/OSEP/index.html . Comments are due on December 4, 2000.

* Youth Essay Contest The Presidential Task Force on the Employment of Adults with Disabilities is sponsoring an essay contest open to youth of all ages, with and without disabilities. The deadline for submission of essays is October 15, 2000. For more information contact: 202-693-4939/4920(TTY) or Basha-Rhonda@dol.gov 


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.

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(202) 463-2299 (202) 463-9403 (fax) * npnd@cs.net  / www.npnd.org 

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