Advocacy

The Liaison Committee represents the Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD) in its advocacy for students with learning disabilities.  The Liaison Committee co-chairs represent CLD on the Education Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD).  The advocacy of this group is a powerful national voice for all individuals with any type of disability.  The website www.c-c-d.org provides up to date information on current national initiatives.

 

ESSA Fact Sheet

The US Department of Education has released the final regulations for The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA). CLD’s Liaison Committee Co-chairs Roberta Strosnider and Debi Gartland attended an Ed Dept meeting on Dec 1st in which the ESSA regulations were highlighted. Click here for the recently released Fact Sheet and remember to bookmark the following to keep up with ESSA:

http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/index.html

 

RATIFY THE DISABILITY TREATY

CLD works to promote the importance of self-direction and dignity for individuals with LD. Supporting the CRPD is in keeping with these ideals. By ratifying it, the U.S. would not only clearly demonstrate its commitment to protecting the rights of people with disabilities but would also have the opportunity to participate in the discussions going on at the international level about how to best promote and protect those rights in practice.

 

Some individuals have expressed misgivings about the treaty. However, we are confident these concerns can be addressed by the adoption of a set of treaty conditions called reservations, understandings and declarations. These protect U.S. sovereignty, ensure parental rights and recognize the treaty as a nondiscrimination instrument, similar to the landmark ADA. Furthermore, the CRPD has bipartisan support. More than 700 American organizations, including over 20 of the top veterans organizations, faith-based groups, civil rights organizations, disability groups, and business leaders have pledged their support to this treaty.

 

Please contact your Senators asking them to pass the CRPD now! Visit the citizen action portal, www.disabilitytreaty.org, to contact the target Senators on the Foreign Relations Committee that need to hear from you! Below is a template e-mail which you can copy to send to your Senators to urge them to ratify the treaty.

 

SAMPLE

Dear Senator XXXX,

 

I am writing to urge you to vote to ratify the Disability Treaty, also known as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Disability Treaty is an international human rights compact that promotes greater access to education, employment, community living and civic participation for people with disabilities worldwide. It is based on existing United States disability rights laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

 

The United States must ratify the Disability Treaty in order to participate in UN negotiations regarding its implementation and the setting of international accessibility standards. It is important for the US to be at the table during these negotiations, so that we can advocate for the policies which will work best for Americans with disabilities working or traveling abroad – for example, veterans, Paralympians who represent the United States at international events, and military families with overseas assignments who have children with disabilities. Being at the table will also allow us to find new markets for American products and expertise. American businesses lead the world in accessible product design, and ratifying the Disability Treaty would allow those businesses greater access to international markets.

 

Ratifying the Convention will not harm United States sovereignty or give the UN control over United States law. Ratification will increase the revenue of American companies and make the rest of the world more accessible to Americans with disabilities.

 

Nineteen veterans’ groups, 26 religious groups, 60 businesses, 750 disability organizations, the Chamber of Commerce, and a broad bipartisan coalition of current and former policymakers all support the Disability Treaty. So do many of your voting constituents, and, I hope, so will you.

 

Thank you for your time and attention on this important issue.

 

Sincerely, [Your full name] [Your hometown]


ADA Anniversary:

Excerpt from the White House Press Release Regarding ADA—
White House ADA Reception
The President spoke on the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act last Monday, July 20, during a reception in the East Room. At this event, he met with disability rights advocates, next generation leaders, and law makers who contributed to the passage of this transformative law. He also noted his very personal connection to disability when he discussed his father-in-law’s experiences with multiple sclerosis before the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Senate Passes Hatch, Murray Bipartisan Resolution Commemorating Americans with Disabilities Act Anniversary (Washington, D.C.) –
The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan resolution from U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Patty Murray (D-WA) to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed into law on July 26, 1990.