Reauthorization of the Developmental Disabilities Act
The last update on the Reauthorization of the DD Act reported that the
Senate and House both passed identical versions of the DD Act, but the bill
was held up in resolution because there were two different numbers. NPND is
happy to report that both the Senate bill (S. 1809) and the Senate
Concurrent Resolution (S.Con.Res.133) both passed the House without
objection. So, the next step is the President's signature. Parents,
families, and disability advocates worked together to get this legislation
passed. Thank you for your tireless efforts; it paid off! Access the
Administration on Developmental Disabilities home page: www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/add/ to learn more about the DD Act and the
programs it funds.
Family Opportunity Act (S. 2274 and H.R. 4825)
There is still time to make the Family Opportunity Act a reality! Act
before October 20th!!!
We have a chance to get the Family Opportunity Act passed before this
session of Congress ends on October 20th. But, we all need to work together
to make sure this happens. This legislation is important to families of
children with disabilities, and it should be a top legislative priority.
Let's see it passed!!!!!!
Continue to contact key members of Congress and the White House. Continue
to share your stories. Continue to let them know that families do need this
Ask them to show their support for families with children with disabilities
by bringing the FOA to the floor for consideration before Congress
adjourns. Our children depend upon it.
"LET OUR FAMILIES WORK AND
THEIR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES IN THEIR HOMES AND IN THEIR COMMUNITIES."
CONTACT INFORMATION (fax numbers listed)
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,
Jack Lew, Director of the Office of Management and Budget,
For Your Information/Participation
Disability Mentoring Day
This year Disability Mentoring Day will be held on Wednesday, October 25.
For more information access: www.disability.gov
, under the "Hot Topics"
Section, click on the link for National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
Check out these websites
www.ablegeneration.commanufacture pediatric therapeutic furniture for
children with special needs. www.qualitymall.org
a showcase of promising
practices and innovations that promote quality of life for persons with
Autism and Self Determination Symposium
Saturday, 2 December from 8AM-5:30PM at the Holiday Inn Arlington at
Ballston in Arlington, VA. NPND's Jackie Golden will be one of the
speakers. Listen and learn from individuals with Autism discussing their
efforts and accomplishments as they make their own decisions about their
own lives and futures! For more information on the program and registration
contact Rob Cutler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helpful Voting Information Links:
www.c-c-d.org/: Presidential candidate responses to disability-related
questionnaire; www.nod.org :Vote 2000 Campaign;
: State Election Resources. Per Justin
Dart "We are voting for our lives!"
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games
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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.
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