Friday Fax

October 13, 2000   No. 206


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: 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 legislation.


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. 


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: , 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. a showcase of promising practices and innovations that promote quality of life for persons with developmental disabilities.

  • 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

  •  Helpful Voting Information Links: Presidential candidate responses to disability-related questionnaire; :Vote 2000 Campaign; : State Election Resources. Per Justin Dart "We are voting for our lives!"

  •  NPND Friday Fax There will be NO Friday Fax for the next two weeks20 October and 27 October. The Friday Fax will be back on Friday, 3 November with updated information you need to know. In the meantime keep accessing the NPND website at: !


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  • WeMedia Magazine WeMedia is offering NPND's Network a one-year free subscription to WeMedia magazine. To take advantage of this offer, please access:  or call toll-free (877) 935-6789.  While you're visiting the WeMedia website, explore all the information WeMedia has housed on its site and be sure to check back regularly as new information, features, products, and services are being posted constantly. 

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