Easter Seals Legislative Newsletter
In this issue:
- President Proposes Cuts to Programs Serving People With Disabilities
- Help Easter Seals Support Veterans With Disabilities
- ADA Restoration Moves Forward
- UrgeYour Legislators to Protect Funding for Disability Services
- Support Programs Serving America's Veterans with Disabilities
- Help Restore the Promise of the ADA
President Proposes Cuts to Programs Serving People with Disabilities
President Bush has delivered the final budget proposal of his administration and it cuts nearly $15 billion from critical programs that help people with disabilities.
Programs serving people of all ages are targeted for cuts and thousands of children with disabilities could lose access to early intervention and pre-school services if the president’s recommendations become law. Aging Americans will also lose through proposed cuts to the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) and cuts to programs serving people with Alzheimer's disease.
Funding for many other programs of importance, like the Combating Autism Act (CAA), are continued at 2008 levels, with no increases for inflation or program growth.
Congress now begins its budget deliberations and expects to produce a final budget in April. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard, and to urge Congress to reexamine the president’s priorities.
Visit Easter Seals’ Federal Funding Issues page, where you will find a useful chart containing funding recommendations for most disability programs.
Help Easter Seals Support Veterans with Disabilities
Representatives from Easter Seals recently testified before the U.S. Senate to suggest ways to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) vocational rehabilitation services and supports. Community-based organizations like Easter Seals supplement and expand the reach of current VA services through their programs.
Read our full statement on the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs’ Web site.
And don’t stop there … ask Congress to increase funding for Veterans Affairs' Health & Benefit Services. By expanding the use of community-based organizations, we can meet the growing needs of our returning veterans.
Thank you all, Dreama Runyon
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Legally Teaching Disabled Children by Means of Torture?
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PLEASE SIGN - ENFORCING EXISTING LAWS, WHAT THE ADA IS MEANT TO DO
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Thank you for your time and please read this important legislation below. Thank you all for standing up for and advocating for those with disabilities.
Ask your Senators and Representatives to Cosposor the CLASS Act
Take Action!Action needed during Congressional recess
Many seniors and younger people with disabilities are forced into poverty or unnecessary institutional care because they lack coverage for long term services and supports that would enable them to remain in their homes. They often can only access coverage for services critical to their independence through the federal/state Medicaid program. Because the Medicaid program is for low income people, in order to qualify, people must "spend down" their income and assets. With their functional impairments, few people with disabilities will overcome this impoverishment.
The time has come for a national program that will provide funding for these long term services and supports - such as housing modifications, assistive technologies, transportation, respite care, and personal assistance services - in a fiscally responsible manner that promotes independence, choice and family unification.
The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLAS Act (S. 1758 ; H.R. 3001) was introduced by Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and by Representative Frank Pallone (D-NJ) on July 11. Later that month, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing on the community living services and supports. There has been no Congressional action on the bills since then.
It is time to build support for the CLASS Act by adding co-sponsors to the Senate and House bills. There is only a fairly small window of time to get the CLASS Act passed into law. Congress will return from its recess after Labor Day to face a busy schedule of appropriations bills to pass in the fall. A few months later, Congress will begin to turn its attention to the 2008 elections.
As of today, we only have three cosponsors each for the House and Senate bills and all are Democrats. We must enlist bipartisan support and significantly increase the overall number of cosponsors if we hope to see the CLASS Act pass.
Help support the CLASS Act TODAY. While the Congress is in recess until Labor Day, there are two things you can do:
1) send a message to your Senators and Representative requesting that they co-sponsor the bill. A sample e-mail message is provided. Please note that personalizing your message by adding information about yourself and why you feel so strongly about this issue greatly increases the impact of your message.
2) call your Senators and Representatives' district offices and ask their staff if any local town hall meetings are scheduled. If so, town hall meetings may offer an excellent opportunity to ask your Senators and Representatives about supporting the CLASS Act as well as to inform your local community about the legislation. You can obtain home district office contact information by entering your zip code on our website at: http://capwiz.com/thearc/dbq/officials//