Disability.gov is a United States Government inter-agency web portal that provides access to comprehensive information about disability-related programs and services. The site contains thousands of trusted resources, updated daily, from the federal government, educational institutions, non-profit organizations and state and local governments.

Disability.gov offers information for the more than 50 million Americans with disabilities. It is also a reliable resource for parents of children with disabilities, employers, workforce and human resource professionals, veterans , military families, caregivers and other community members. The site offers resources on ten key subjects: benefits, civil rights, community life, education, emergency preparedness, employment, health, housing, technology and transportation

President Barack Obama signs a book for Taylor Wilhite, while her mother, Amy, looks on following his remarks on the 90-day anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act, in the East Room of the White House, June 22, 2010. Taylor has Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), a fast-growing cancer of the blood and bone marrow, and the President talked about her and her mother in his speech. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama signs a book for Taylor Wilhite, while her mother, Amy, looks on following his remarks on the 90-day anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act, in the East Room of the White House, June 22, 2010. Taylor has Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), a fast-growing cancer of the blood and bone marrow, and the President talked about her and her mother in his speech.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

ADA 25th Anniversary

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Twenty-five years ago, through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), our nation committed itself to eliminating discrimination against people with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division is proud to play a critical role in enforcing the ADA, working towards a future in which all the doors are open to equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, integration and economic self-sufficiency for persons with disabilities. In honor of the 25th anniversary of the ADA, each month the Department of Justice will spotlight efforts that are opening gateways to full participation and opportunity for people with disabilities.

Introduction to the ADA

Text of the ADA as amended

5/12/15 Justice.gov Ensuring Access to Jobs for People with Disabilities

250 thoughts on “Disability

  1. WH

    Thursday Sep. 30, 2010

    All Times Eastern

    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:30 AM

    Pres Obama and VP Biden receive the economic daily briefing.
    11:00 AM

    Pres Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.
    11:30 AM

    Pres Obama meets with Secretary of the Treasury Geithner.
    12:00 PM
    12:45 PM

    Pres Obama meets with Democratic Congressional leadership.

    R Gibbs briefs members of the press.
    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM

    Pres Obama meets with senior advisers.
    3:00 PM

    VP Biden attends an event for Congressional candidate Tom White.
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM

    VP Biden attends an event for New Mexico Lt. Gov. Diane Denish.
    7:35 PM

    Pres Obama attends a DNC dinner.
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    9:15 PM

    Pres Obama delivers remarks at a DNC Gen44 event.
    10:00 PM

  2. Disability.gov

    July 26, 2010

    Executive Order– Increasing Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to establish the Federal Government as a model employer of individuals with disabilities, it is hereby ordered as follows:

    Section 1. Policy. Approximately 54 million Americans are living with a disability. The Federal Government has an important interest in reducing discrimination against Americans living with a disability, in eliminating the stigma associated with disability, and in encouraging Americans with disabilities to seek employment in the Federal workforce. Yet Americans with disabilities have an employment rate far lower than that of Americans without disabilities, and they are underrepresented in the Federal workforce. Individuals with disabilities currently represent just over 5 percent of the nearly 2.5 million people in the Federal workforce, and individuals with targeted disabilities (as defined below) currently represent less than 1 percent of that workforce.

    On July 26, 2000, in the final year of his administration, President Clinton signed Executive Order 13163, calling for an additional 100,000 individuals with disabilities to be employed by the Federal Government over 5 years. Yet few steps were taken to implement that Executive Order in subsequent years.

    As the Nation’s largest employer, the Federal Government must become a model for the employment of individuals with disabilities. Executive departments and agencies (agencies) must improve their efforts to employ workers with disabilities through increased recruitment, hiring, and retention of these individuals. My Administration is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in the Federal workforce through compliance with Executive Order 13163 and achievement of the goals set forth therein over 5 years, including specific goals for hiring individuals with targeted disabilities.

    Sec. 2. Recruitment and Hiring of Individuals with Disabilities. (a) Within 60 days of the date of this order, the Director of the Office of Personnel Management, in consultation with the Secretary of Labor, the Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, shall design model recruitment and hiring strategies for agencies seeking to increase their employment of people with disabilities and develop mandatory training programs for both human resources personnel and hiring managers on the employment of individuals with disabilities.

    (b) Within 120 days of the date the Office of Personnel Management sets forth strategies and programs required under subsection (a), each agency shall develop an agency specific plan for promoting employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The plan shall be developed in consultation with and, as appropriate, subject to approval by the Director of the Office of Personnel Management and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and shall, consistent with law, include performance targets and numerical goals for employment of individuals with disabilities and sub goals for employment of individuals with targeted disabilities.

    (c) Each agency shall designate a senior-level agency official to be accountable for enhancing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities and individuals with targeted disabilities within the agency, consistent with law, and for meeting the goals of this order. This official, among other things, shall be accountable for developing and implementing the agency’s plan under subsection (b), creating recruitment and training programs for employment of individuals with disabilities and targeted disabilities, and coordinating employment counseling to help match the career aspirations of individuals with disabilities to the needs of the agency.

    (d) In implementing their plans, agencies, to the extent permitted by law, shall increase utilization of the Federal Government’s Schedule A excepted service hiring authority for persons with disabilities and increase participation of individuals with disabilities in internships, fellowships, and training and mentoring programs.

    (e) The Office of Personnel Management shall assist agencies with the implementation of their plans. The Director of the Office of Personnel Management, in consultation with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, shall implement a system for reporting regularly to the President, the heads of agencies, and the public on agencies’ progress in implementing their plans and the objectives of this order. The Office of Personnel Management, to the extent permitted by law, shall compile and post on its website Government wide statistics on the hiring of individuals with disabilities.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/executive-order-increasing-federal-employment-individuals-with-disabilities

  3. Disability.gov

    Where to Look on Disability.gov for Employment Information
    There are many resources available to help people with disabilities find employment. For information on job banks, planning your career, mentoring programs and job training programs, visit the Jobs & Career Planning section of Disability.gov. You can also search for job information in your state by visiting the Employment section of the site and choosing your state from the drop-down menu that says “Information by State” on the left side of the page.
    Places Near You to Look for a Job

    One-Stop Centers
    have many free services to help people looking for jobs. At a One-Stop Center you can find lists of job openings, computers and Internet access you can use to look for a job, career counselors who can answer your questions about how to find a job or get training for a new career and help writing your resume. Find the One-Stop Center near you by entering your zip code or your city and state on the CareerOneStop Web site. For help finding your One-Stop Center, call 1-877-348-0502 (1-877-348-0501 TTY).

    Disability Program Navigators (DPNs) are professionals who work in the One-Stop Centers who can help you learn about the many programs and services available to help you find a job. Contact information for the DPN in your area can be found on the
    DPN State Contact List

    Many states’ job banks have lists of current job openings. Visit the CareerOneStop Web site and choose your state from the “State Job Banks” drop-down menu on the upper right corner of the page.

    The Employer Assistance & Resource Network (EARN
    ) offers assistance to people with disabilities looking for work, as do State Governor’s Office on Employment of People with Disabilities.

    The Employer Locator online tool can help you find job openings in your field in the state or city where you want to work. In addition, your state’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) office provides job training and help finding a job.

    Another place to turn to for help is your local Independent Living Centers (ILC). ILCs offer assistance with finding a house or apartment, developing skills to live independently and finding a job. Contact an ILC near you by clicking on your state on the map on the Independent Living Research Utilization Web site, or select your state from their state list.

    If You Are…

    * Receiving Social Security Benefits
    * Looking for a Federal Government Job
    * A Veteran with a Disability
    * A High School or College Student

    For the entire article: http://www.disability.gov/home/i_want_to/find_a_job

    • Where to look on Disability.gov

      There are many laws that protect the rights of people with disabilities in education, employment, health care and transportation, and advance the full participation of people with disabilities in their communities, schools and at work.

      You can find information about these laws and regulations in the Civil Rights section of the site. You can also find out about legal resources and aid available in your state by choosing your state from the drop-down menu that says “Information by State” on the left side of the home page of the Civil Rights section of the site.

      For tne entire article: http://www.disability.gov/home/i_want_to/learn_about_disability_laws

    • Where to Look on Disability.gov

      For information about Social Security disability benefits and other benefit programs visit Disability.gov’s Benefits section. You can also find programs in your state by visiting the Benefits section of the site and choosing your state from the from the drop-down menu on the left side of the page that shows “Information by State”.
      Social Security’s Disability Programs.

      The Social Security Administration (SSA) pays monthly cash benefits through two programs -Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). To get SSDI benefits you must have worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes, while SSI is for people who are in financial need and may have never worked and paid Social Security taxes. Read Social Security’s brochure on disability benefits for more information. Disability payments cannot begin until you have been disabled for at least five full months. Payments usually start with your sixth month of being disabled. After you receive disability benefits for 24 months, you will be eligible for Medicare.

      For the entire article: http://www.disability.gov/home/i_want_to/learn_about_disability_benefits

    • Deaf student reflects on signing with Obama

      By DONOVAN SLACK | 3/21/12 11:08 AM EDT

      A 26-year-old community college student in Maryland was bowled over when he met President Barack Obama last week, and it wasn’t just the president’s star power. It was Obama’s use of sign language that blew away the student named Stephon.

      As reported on Distriction, Stephon posted a video of the meeting and another of his thoughts:

      The moment I will never forget was when he looked at me. He gave me a chance to talk to him. It was like he was waiting for me to say something. I took the moment and signed “I am proud of you,” and his response was “Thank u” in sign language back! Oh my gosh! I was like wow! He understood me after I said I was proud of him. It was so amazing.”

      UPDATE: It’s unclear how fluent the president is in American Sign Language, but he definitely has “thank you” down. Obama wowed some deaf supporters when he signed it in 2008.


      (I Met Obama) Part 2

      Uploaded by Faiibaii8 on Mar 15, 2012

      • July 20, 2015

        Remarks by the President on The Americans With Disabilities Act

        East Room

        5:33 P.M. EDT

        THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! (Applause.) Well, welcome to the White House. And thank you so much, Haben, for that amazing introduction, and for working to make sure that students with disabilities get a world-class education, just like you have. So please give Haben a big round of applause. (Applause.)

        So on a sunny day 25 years ago — I don’t know if it was as hot as it is today — (laughter) — President George H.W. Bush stood on the South Lawn and declared a new American Independence Day. “With today’s signing of the landmark Americans [with] Disabilities Act,” he said, “every man, woman and child with a disability can now pass through once-closed doors into a bright new era of equality, freedom and independence.”

        Twenty-five years later, we come together to celebrate that groundbreaking law — (applause) — and all that the law has made possible. Thanks to the ADA, the places that comprise our shared American life — schools, workplaces, movie theaters, courthouses, buses, baseball stadiums, national parks — they truly belong to everyone. Millions of Americans with disabilities have had the chance to develop their talents and make their unique contributions to the world. And thanks to them, America is stronger and more vibrant; it is a better country because of the ADA. (Applause.) That’s what this law has achieved.

        So today, we honor those who made the ADA the law of the land -– many of whom are here today. Tom Harkin — (applause) — Tom Harkin is in the back there, and Tom delivered speeches in sign language on the Senate floor in favor of this law, in part inspired by his brother, Frank.

        Bob Dole is here. (Applause.) A war hero whose combat-related disability informed the way he advocated for all Americans with disabilities.

        Tony Coelho — (applause) — told he couldn’t become a priest because of his epilepsy, so he became a congressman instead — (laughter) — and helped to pass the ADA, so fewer Americans would find the word “no” being an obstacle to their dreams.

        In the 1970s, Judy Heumann helped lead the longest sit-in at a federal building in U.S. history, in support of disability rights. (Applause.) Today, she’s at the State Department, advocating for people with disabilities worldwide. She and all the others I mentioned deserve America’s thanks for their tireless efforts. (Applause.)

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/07/20/remarks-president-americans-disabilities-act

        • President Obama on the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

          Published on Jul 27, 2015

          President Barack Obama marks the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

        • President Obama Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the ADA

          Published on Jul 27, 2015

          President Obama honored those who made the Americans with Disabilities Act the law of the land – the activists, congressional representatives, and stakeholders who worked tirelessly to ensure that millions of Americans with disabilities have the chance to make their contributions to the world.

    • Program teaches tennis to blind Fremont students

      4/7/12 By Rob Dennis – mercury news

      FREMONT — The foam ball sailed over the net, rattling as it bounced. Robin Patche quickly adjusted her feet and returned it with a smooth backhand, drawing praise from the sidelines.

      “Robin, nice turnaround,” called out Mary Alice Ross, an adapted physical education teacher at the California School for the Blind, then adding to a bystander, “She got really good really quickly.”

      Patche, 21, and about seven other students gather Tuesday afternoons in the gym at the Fremont school to take part in a nationwide program that may be the first of its kind — teaching groups of blind and visually impaired students to play tennis.

      The program was launched in Massachusetts in 2010 and expanded last fall to New York and Fremont.

      “I like being challenged by listening for (the ball) when it bounces, trying to hear where it’s at,” Patche said. “It’s really hard. But me, having low vision, I have a lot of advantage over those who are totally blind.”

      Players use junior-size rackets with shorter handles, and a net that’s not as wide or as high as a regular tennis net.

      The specially designed foam ball has a pingpong ball at its core with pieces of metal jingling inside, allowing players to hear when it’s struck or bounces.

      “That’s what I do with the Wii (video game console),” said 12-year-old Travis, of Yuba City, taking part in the class for the first time. “I just listen for the ball and hit it.”

      Administrators at the Fremont school asked that the last name of students who are minors be withheld as a condition of talking to them.
      Tennis for the visually impaired was created in Japan in 1984 and has spread to most of Asia, including South Korea, China and Taiwan. Western countries, though, have been slow to adopt it.

      Sejal Vallabh, a 17-year-old high school junior from Newton, Mass., discovered the sport two summers ago during a trip to Japan, where her mother grew up. She worked as a summer intern for a community service organization, Hands on Tokyo, which collaborates with the Japanese Blind Tennis Federation to teach the sport to those with visual impairments.

      Vallabh, who has been playing tennis since she was 7 or 8, decided to try to popularize this variation on the sport in America, launching Tennis SERVES.

      For the entire article: http://www.mercurynews.com/top-stories/ci_20342106/program-teaches-tennis-blind-fremont-students

    • Abram Powell: “I Stand With President Obama” – Join People with Disabilities for Obama

      Published on Jul 26, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
      Join in: http://OFA.BO/t8kNcY

      Abram Powell shares how throughout his life he has faced discrimination not only for his race, but for his inability to speak or hear. Because of this, he hasn’t had the same opportunities as others.

      But Abram persevered through his struggles; learning sign language from his brother, winning the gold medal at the Deaf Olympics; and working at General Motors for 39 years.

      Abram saw the need to bring change to the deaf community and the world. He continues his commitment to change by volunteering to ensure President Obama is re-elected in November.

      As he shares:

      “My goal is for all deaf people to get out and vote and support President Obama. I see a lot of deaf people not voting and they need to vote. When I found out OFA was doing voter registration it was a good way to help give information about President Obama and what he has accomplished. The President is a hard worker, just like I was a hard worker.”

      • President Obama Engages with Youth with Disabilities

        Published on Aug 23, 2012 by whitehouse

        Recently, President Obama met with some youth with disabilities. He wanted to hear their thoughts about the future of disability policy. So, he sat down with participants from the American Association of People with Disabilities internship program. These young people are passionate and strong representatives for millions of people with disabilities across the country. They represent a brighter future for America. President Obama is ready to stand with them each and every day.

  4. Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM)

    On July 26, 2010, the Department will publish four advance notices of proposed rulemaking (ANPRMs) in the Federal Register seeking public comment on the topics addressed by these fact sheets. Comments will be accepted for 180 days.

    “” Accessibility of Web Information and Services Provided by Entities Covered by the ADA

    “” Movie Captioning and Video Description

    “” Accessibility of Next Generation 9-1-1

    “” Equipment and Furniture

    For the entire article: http://www.ada.gov/anprm2010.htm

  5. For deaf, wireless devices a new portal to world

    9/20/10 JAY REEVES, AP

    TALLADEGA, Ala. – Quietly over the last decade, phones that make text messaging easy have changed life profoundly for millions of deaf people.

    Gone are the days of a deaf person driving to someone’s house just to see if they are home. Wives text their deaf husbands in the basement, just as a hearing wife might yell down the stairs. Deaf teens blend in with the mall crowd since they’re constantly texting, like everyone else in high school.

    Visit the Alabama School for the Deaf, and it’s impossible to miss the signs of a revolution that many hearing people simply never noticed. Most everyone at the school in Talladega has at least one handheld texting device, and some have two. At lunch, deaf diners order burgers and fries by text: Punch in the order and show it at the counter.

    For the first time, a generation of deaf people can communicate with the world on its terms, using cell phones, BlackBerrys or iPhones, of which some 260 million are in use in the United States.

    Matt Kochie, who is deaf, has been texting his entire adult life and has a hard time imagining a day without it.

    “We’d have to go back to pen and paper,” said Kochie, 29, a teacher at the school. “We’d have to write back and forth to communicate.”

    Without his handheld, Walter Ripley said he would be back to relying on others for even basic communication. And texting is less work, said Ripley, 54.

    “I don’t have to depend on hearing people. It makes me a lot more independent. I don’t have to ask people to call for me. Asking for people to call can be very frustrating,” said Ripley, the school’s athletic director.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100920/ap_on_re_us/us_deaf_texting

  6. Fraser Robinson III ~ Michelle Obama’s Father

    New York Daily News ~ 11-08-2008

    Fraser Robinson lll was not really famous in life. But he was the new First Lady-Elect, Michelle Obama’s dad. He was able to live with multiple sclerosis, maintain a relationship and raise a family. To Cir and I, this is such an admirable thing.

    Fraser was born on August 1, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up there and married Marianne Shields who was also born in Chicago. Fraser Robinson Marianne Craig Michelle RobinsonThey had two children, Craig and Michelle LaVaughn, who they raised on the southside of Chicago.

    Fraser was a pump worker for the City of Chicago. He tended the boilers at a water-filtration plant. On the 2008 campaign trail, we learned from both Barack and Michelle, that Mr. Robinson developed multiple sclerosis as a young man. In spite of having this disease, he continued working and according to Michelle, he hardly ever missed a day of work.

    Michelle told how she would see her father walk to work using two canes. Even though he had to sometimes struggle to get ready for work, he knew this was what he needed to do. Certain things just took a little longer for him.

    He was also active on the political front. Fraser Robinson was a Democratic Precinct Captain. Michelle and her brother, Craig looked up to their dad as their hero. They worked hard not to disappoint him.

    Both Fraser and Marianne valued hard work, independence, and honesty. They worked together to instill these values in their children.

    Craig tells the story of how he and Michelle ended up attending Princeton after they finished high school.

    Coming out of high school, Robinson was heavily recruited by both the University of Washington and Princeton. The former was offering a full ride, Princeton a financial-aid package that would leave his parents with a bill of $3,500 per year.

    “It might as well have been a million dollars,” Robinson says.

    He told his father, Fraser Robinson, that he wanted to go to Washington. His father asked why, and Craig said he didn’t want his parents to have to pay anything. The response prompted his father to drop his head, and shake it.

    “If you pick a school based on what I have to pay, I’ll be very disappointed,” Fraser Robinson told his son.

    Fraser Robinson suffered from multiple sclerosis, an affliction that did not stop him from going to work every day in Chicago’s water department. He was a man that you desperately did not want to disappoint.

    Fraser Robinson’s son wound up at Princeton, his parents funding it with cash from an insurance policy and a credit card.Says Craig now, “My father’s decision changed my whole life. It changed all of our lives. If I hadn’t gone to Princeton, my sister probably wouldn’t have gone to Princeton and she never would’ve met Barack and none of this would’ve happened. All because of my father.”

  7. Just got an email from Jaqueline O’Boomer!!!!

    She said:

    “I finally got a replacement computer and I’m trying to log back onto propresobama.org … but I’ve mixed up my username and password and was wondering if you recall how I used to log on! I’m sure I haven’t been on your blog since June. Tried to change both my username and password, but then the system said my email address was already in use. Go figure! :)”

    She is busy now but HOPEfully will be with us soon!!!

    • Was really thrilled to get an email from her. We’ve chatted on the phone, but, it was just special to reconnect via email. Of course, the second thing I asked was if she’s been to CR’s blog.
      Look forward to having her excellent comments!!!

  8. Boston.com, Sept. 29, 2010:

    House expands access to disabled, initiative pushed by Markey

    By Matt Viser, Globe Staff

    WASHINGTON – The House last night gave final approval to legislation that significantly expands access for the blind and deaf to technology such as the internet, smart phones, and video.

    “Whether it’s a Braille reader or a broadband connection, access to technology is not a political issue – it’s a participation issue,” said Representative Ed Markey, a Malden Democrat and author of the legislation. “Two decades ago, Americans with disabilities couldn’t get around if buildings weren’t wheelchair accessible; today it’s about being Web accessible.”

    The measure, which was previously approved by the Senate, is expected to be signed into law next week by President Obama.

    The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act will mandate that remote controls have buttons to easily access closed captioning on broadcast and pay television; require telecommunications equipment that makes calls over the internet to be compatible with hearing aids; and make television program guides and selection menus accessible to those with vision loss.

    The new law also provides $10 million annually for low-income Americans who are both deaf and blind to use for purchasing accessible internet access.

    “The [Americans with Disabilities Act] mandated physical ramps into buildings. Today, individuals with disabilities need online ramps to the Internet so they can get to the Web from wherever they happen to be,” Markey said. “Passage of this bill is a landmark achievement in the fight for equal access to technology for all Americans.”


  9. TVNewsCheck.com, Sept. 29, 2010:

    Obama Poised To Sign Video Description Bill

    By Kim McAvoy

    Within two weeks, President Obama is expected to sign into law legislation authorizing the FCC to adopt rules mandating local TV broadcasters carry video descriptions for the blind.

    The measure, the Twenty-First Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act of 2010, was adopted by the Senate in August and passed the House last night.

    Once implemented, it would force the Big Four broadcast networks and their affiliates in the top 25 markets to provide four hours per week of primetime and children’s programming with video descriptions. It exempts live or near live programming. These requirements will take effect one year after the bill’s enactment.

    The nation’s top five cable TV networks would also have to provide the service….

    The driving force behind the legislation has been the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology, which includes the American Foundation for the Blind, the American Council of the Blind and the American Association of People with Disabilities. The coalition has been pushing for the legislation for three years.

    “Really for the first time blind and vision-impaired Americans will have equal access to enjoy primetime television programming. We’re not going to have to rely upon others to understand what’s going on during nonverbal parts of shows,” says Eric Bridges of the American Council of the Blind.

    Bridges says the new law would benefit between 25 million and 30 million blind and visually impaired Americans.


  10. ZDnet.com, Sept. 29, 2010:

    Bill to make Web, mobile more accessible to disabled clears Congress

    By Sam Diaz

    Congress is sending a bill to the President that aims to make technology — specifically, mobile phones and Web sites – – more accessible to people with disabilities, according to a post on the Washington Post’s Post Tech blog.

    The legislation essentially pushes forward technology — notably, text-to-speech technology and closed-captioning services — that the industry has been slow to adopt.

    As more video content moves online, hearing-impaired people are left out because closed-captioning isn’t required. so that blind and hearing impaired. As smartphones and tablets increasingly move to a touch-screen interface, people with vision impairments who depend on buttons that they can feel are also being left out….

    Specifically, the legislation allows blind consumers to choose from a broader selection of phones that meet their needs, the Post Tech blog said….


  11. DOL.gov, Sept. 29, 2010:

    US Labor Department awards more than $21 million in Disability Employment Initiative cooperative agreements to 9 states

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced an award of $21,276,575 to nine states under the Disability Employment Initiative to improve education, training, and employment opportunities and outcomes of youth and adults who are unemployed and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. The Disability Employment Initiative is jointly funded and administered by the department’s Employment and Training Administration and its Office of Disability Employment Policy.

    “During these difficult economic times, we want to make it possible for all workers, especially those with disabilities, to benefit from the Labor Department’s employment and retraining services that have a proven success rate,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “Through this new grant, individuals with disabilities will be able to utilize the necessary tools to obtain permanent and secure jobs.”

    The Labor Department has entered into cooperative agreements with the following states to implement strategic approaches to support exemplary employment services for individuals with disabilities in the public workforce system: Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, New Jersey, New York and Virginia. These projects build upon the department’s Disability Program Navigator Initiative by hiring staff with expertise in disability and workforce issues. The grants also will support extensive partnerships, collaboration and services provided across multiple workforce and disability systems in each state. These involve state vocational rehabilitation services, mental health and developmental disability agencies, Medicaid Infrastructure Grant-supported activities, independent living centers, business leadership networks, and other community and nonprofit provider organizations.

    Another critical component of the Disability Employment Initiative is expanding the workforce system’s involvement with the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work program. The Disability Employment Initiative requires a state workforce agency or local workforce investment boards participating in a cooperative agreement to become employment networks under the Ticket to Work Program. The department recognizes that many Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance beneficiaries utilize the mainstream workforce system to seek employment opportunities, as shown in the May 2010 Mathematica Policy Research Inc. report “Use of One-Stops by Social Security Disability Beneficiaries in Four States Implementing Disability Program Navigator Initiatives,” which is available at http://www.doleta.gov/disability/whatsnew.cfm.

    The department considers individuals with the most significant disabilities to be a major priority, with grant resources focused on their entry or return to work. States will be working closely with the Social Security Administration’s Work Incentive Planning and Assistance Program and its Community Work Incentive Coordinators to conduct outreach and coordination to expand services to beneficiaries.

    Grant Recipients, Disability Employment Initiative Grants:

    – State of Alaska, Department of Labor and Workforce Development – $2,727,000

    – State of Arkansas Department of Workforce Services – $1,500,000

    – Delaware Department of Labor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation – $1,490,409

    – Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity – $1,839,588

    – Kansas Department of Commerce – $1,879,459

    – State of Maine Department of Labor – $1,500,000

    – New Jersey Department of Labor, Workforce Division – $2,479,280

    – New York State Department of Labor- $4,945,060

    – Virginia Community College System – $2,915,779


  12. Office of the Press Secretary, July 24, 2009:


    …. Disability rights aren’t just civil rights to be enforced here at home; they’re universal rights to be recognized and promoted around the world. And that’s why I’m proud to announce that next week, the United States of America will join 140 other nations in signing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities — (applause) — the first new human rights convention of the 21st century.

    This extraordinary treaty calls on all nations to guarantee rights like those afforded under the ADA….

    And even as we extend our commitment to persons for — with disabilities around the world, we’re working to deepen that commitment here at home. We’ve lifted the ban on stem cell research. We’ve reauthorized the Children’s Health Insurance Program, continuing coverage for 7 million children and covering an additional 4 million children in need, including children with disabilities. I was proud to sign the landmark Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first piece of comprehensive legislation specifically aimed at addressing the challenges that are faced by Americans living with paralysis.

    We’ve nearly doubled funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. (Applause.) We’re strengthening anti-discrimination enforcement at the Justice Department. We’re creating a new special assistant position at the Department of Transportation just to focus on accessible transportation. (Applause.) We’ve launched the “Year of Community Living” to affirm the fundamental right of people with disabilities to live with dignity and respect wherever they choose. (Applause.)

    So I’m proud of the progress we’ve made. But I’m not satisfied, and I know you aren’t either. Until every American with a disability can learn in their local public school in the manner best for them, until they can apply for a job without fear of discrimination, and live and work independently in their communities if that’s what they choose, we’ve got more work to do. As long as we as a people still too easily succumb to casual discrimination or fear of the unfamiliar, we’ve still got more work to do….

    …. And today, because more than one in five Americans live with a disability — and chances are, the rest of us love somebody with one — we remember our obligation to ensuring their every chance to pursue the American Dream. We celebrate the courage and commitment of those who brought us to this point. And we recommit ourselves to building a world free of unnecessary barriers and full of that deeper understanding….


    whitehouse | July 24, 2009 –

    President Obama & Sec. Clinton Speak on Human Rights for Persons with Disabilities

    On the 19th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the President and Secretary of State laud the signing of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Proclamation.

  13. Disability.gov on Twitter, Sept. 29, 2010:

    We tweet educational resources & information every Wednesday @Disabilitygov. What topics interest you?

  14. Disability Blog, September 27, 2010:

    The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program

    By Guest Blogger Eric Brown, Program Manager, Presidential Management Fellows Program

    The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) aims to Recruit, Retain and Honor a World-Class Workforce to Serve the American People.

    At OPM, we are excited to announce the start of the annual Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program application period. The PMF Class of 2011 application will be open October 1 – 15, 2010. Applicants can access the application via our website at http://www.pmf.gov or http://www.USAJOBS.gov. We are especially interested in attracting diverse applicants to the PMF Program, and encourage students with disabilities to apply.

    The goal of the PMF Program is to attract to federal service outstanding men and women from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths, who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs. It is the federal government’s cornerstone program to help agencies meet their critical need for leadership continuity. Since 1977, the PMF Program has helped federal agencies meet their workforce and succession planning needs by attracting outstanding masters, law, and doctoral-level students to federal service….


  15. Disability.gov:

    Foundation for Science & Disability (FSD) Science Student Grant Fund

    FSD works to increase opportunities in science for students with disabilities. Awards of $1,000 each will be made to fourth year undergraduate (who have been accepted to graduate or professional school) and graduate students who have a disability. The awards are for students pursuing a science project or thesis in any field of Mathematics, Science, Medicine, Engineering or Computer Science. Application deadline is December 1, 2010….


  16. SSA.gov:

    Social Security benfits for disabled children

    A child who is disabled may depend on your help for the rest of their lives. Social Security has two programs that pay disability benefits to disabled children: Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

    If you retire, become disabled, or die, Social Security benefits may be paid to your children over 18 who have been disabled before the age of 22 and continue to be disabled. Social Security benefits for disabled children may continue as long as they are unable to work because of their disability. (Remember, Social Security benefits to all other children stop at age 18.)

    Disabled Children under 18 years old

    Social Security makes payment under the SSI program to disabled children under 18 whose families have little income and resources. SSI payments are based on need rather than prior work and may be paid to children regardless whether a parent is retired, disabled or has died. These benefits also continue as long as the child is disabled and has little income or resources.

    A child under 18 is considered disabled if his or her physical or mental condition is so severe that it results in marked and severe functional limitations. The condition must last or be expected to last at least 12 months or be expected to result in the child’s death. And of course, the child must not be working at a job that we consider to be substantial work.

    Disabled Children 18 years or older

    Under both Social Security and SSI, children 18 or older are considered disabled if they meet the adult definition of disability, i.e., their condition must be severe enough to prevent them from doing any kind of work for which they are suited.

    Useful URLs

    •Benefits for Children with Disabilities (Publication No. 05-10026) http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/10026.html
    •SSI booklet (Publication No. 05-11000) http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/11000.html
    •Youth With Disabilities. http://www.ssa.gov/work/Youth/youth.html

    Social Security has a toll-free number that operates from 7a.m. to 7p.m., on Monday through Friday: 1-800-772-1213. If you have a touch-tone phone, recorded information and services are available 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may call our toll-free “TTY” number, 1-800-325-0778, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Please have your Social Security number handy when you call us.

    Or visit your local Social Security office. http://s3abaca.ssa.gov/pro/fol/fol-home.html


  17. Disability.gov on Twitter, Sept. 26, 2010:

    We tweet emergency preparedness & civil rights related resources and information every Sunday @Disabilitygov. What topics interest you?

  18. Disability.gov on Twitter, Sept. 27, 2010:

    We tweet benefits & housing resources & information every Monday @Disabilitygov. What topics interest you?

  19. WashingtonPost.com, Sept. 29, 2010:

    Dems’ bill would help more small businesses than extending tax cuts for rich

    By Greg Sargent/The Plum Line

    Fun fact of the day: The small business bill that the President signed earlier this week would help far more small businesses than extending the Bush tax cuts for those above $250,000.

    The small business bill was opposed by almost all Repubicans, while the principle rationale many GOPers (and some conservative Dems) have given for extending the high end tax cuts is that it would help small businesses.

    Extending the Bush tax cuts would impact roughly 2.5 percent of small businesses — some 900,000 of them, according to the Tax Policy Center.

    By contrast, the new small business bill, which would create a $30 billion fund to open up lending to small businesses, would directly impact far more of them than extending the high-end tax cuts. According to the White House fact sheet, over one million small businesses are eligible to receive investments this year that could be excluded from capital gains taxation; and millions more will be able to make new investments, because the ceiling has been lifted on the amount that can be written off….


  20. Thursday, Sept. 30

    Obama attends a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Washington on Thursday evening.

    Biden will be in Omaha to campaign for congressional candidate Tom White. Afterward, he will head to Albuquerque to campaign for gubernatorial candidate Diane Denish.

    Gore will be in Tampa to campaign for Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Kendrick Meek (Fla.).

    The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds at 10 a.m. hearing on “Federal Loans to Students at For-Profit Schools.” 216 Hart.

    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee convenes at 10 a.m. for a hearing on the “phantom recall” of the drug Motrin. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Joshua Sharfstein and Johnson & Johnson CEO William Weldon are expected to testify. HVC-210 Capitol Building.

    The Senate Banking Committee meets at 10 a.m. for a hearing on “Implementing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act,” with testimony from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and the heads of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission and others. 538 Dirksen.

    Salazar gives a speech on energy policy at 10:30 a.m. at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

    The Cato Institute holds a noon briefing on “Rethinking Biofuels Policy.” B-338 Rayburn.

    Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), chairmen of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, respectively, address a National Press Club lunch. The lunch begins at 12:30 p.m.; remarks begin at 1 p.m. National Press Building, 529 14th St. NW.

    It’s the final day for candidates to raise money for third-quarter Federal Election Commission reports, which are due Oct. 15.

    • CNN live coverage today http://live.cnn.com/

      12:30 PM White House briefing
      The White House holds a briefing with reporters.

      12:30 PM Midterm elections preview
      The chairmen of the Republican and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committees address the National Press Club on the midterm elections.

      02:30 PM House Democrats briefing
      House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats discuss what was accomplished this Congressional session.

      04:45 PM Al Gore on the campaign trail
      Former vice president and Nobel laureate Al Gore campaigns for Democratic Senate candidate Kendrick Meek in Florida.

      09:15 PM Obama addresses DNC event
      President Obama speaks at a Democratic National Committee event in Washington.

      CSPAN rebroadcast: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/295745-2

      President Obama speaks at a Democratic National Committee event in Washington.

  21. I’m reading that fake progressive Ariana Huffington was on Rachel Maddow last night. She was so agitated about POTUS that most viewers could not understand what she was saying. She is using the same line: Middle class POTUS is just not into you. I didn’t see it but read the comments and people are not happy with her performance.

    • Good morning Sandy. When Arianna came on, I wanted to see what she was going to say. When she started criticizing PBO for creating the deficit commisson first before setting up some other commission, which I don’t remember, I fastforwarded thru her interview. I could sense that my blood pressure was going up so I refused to watch.🙂

      It all boils down to the fact that Huffington does not like POTUS and it is hard for her to hide it. Since when did she become a big advocate for the middle class with all of her money???

      • following are Arianna’s comments about POTUS last night in case you want to know what she said.

        Arianna appeared on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” Wednesday night to discuss Democrats running from their own party and platform in their reelection campaigns.

        President Barack Obama’s choice to attack the disaffected liberal wing of his party, as opposed to the conservative Democrats who are ostensibly defeating or watering down his initiatives, just weakens his image further, Arianna told Maddow.

        “Maybe progressives and the middle class need to sort of face up to the fact that the President is not that much into them, that he would rather hang out with Larry Summers, or flirt with Olympia Snowe, or play wargames late into the night with General Petraeus,” she said. “He has compromised his own arch-narrative. Remember, he set up a deficit commission before he set up a jobs commission.”

      • Good morning, OTeam.

        AH’s new book is entitled, Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream. So everything you’re going to hear coming out of her mouth is in service to her selling more books. It’s in her own personal interest to make everyone feel that America has become part of the Third World and PBO is grist for her mill despite the fact that he’s done more for the middle class than just about any President in recent memory – tax cuts, health care reform, credit card consumer protections, cash for clunkers, home weatherization, cash for home appliance energy savings, student loan improvements, focus on community college upgrades, K-12 Race to the Top, small business tax cuts, Lilly Ledbetter Act – I could go on and on but you already know all this.

        Let’s not forget that she was a strong supporter of the Contract with America and the rise of Newt Gingrich. Basically, I consider her to be a political ambulance chaser, saying whatever will give her the most fame and fortune at any given time. She has raised $20 million in venture capital for HuffPuff, which placed the valuation for it at $110 million in 2008. So money and attention are flowing her way and she will do whatever is necessary to sell more books and more sensationalistic headlines. Remember when she had one of her huge red headlines asking VP Biden to quit over the Afghanistan strategy sessions? BTW, I met someone who used to work for her at the Democratic National Convention in 2008 and he said all she really cares about is being famous.

    • Good morning Sandy. When Arianna came on, like COS, I wanted to hear what she had to say. She immediately criticized that the Stimulus was too small and that the President ignored Roper’s advice. I switched channels. She was there to promote her book. If that doesn’t tell you who is out of touch with today’s problems, I don’t know what does. We have 33 days until election. The talk should be how to not lose the majorities. I will not read anything from Huffington Post directly from now on and the minute she appears on any show I am watching I am done. I do the same with Howard Fineman. I would love Jonathan Alter and Richard Wolfe to appear much more often. Maybe I would watch these shows.

  22. White House White Board: CEA Chair Austan Goolsbee Explains the Tax Cut Fight

    Today we’re trying out something new — White House Whiteboard, in which one of our key players on the White House team will cut through the political back-and-forth you hear every day and break down an issue affecting American families into simple, understandable terms. Today, Austan Goolsbee, the new Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers here at the White House, tackles the tax cut fight and what it means that Congressional Republicans are “holding middle class tax cuts hostage” as the President has said:

    •Under President Obama’s plan, all Americans would receive a tax cut on the first $250,000 of their income. Every middle class family would receive the immediate certainty and comfort of knowing their tax cuts were permanently extended. Every American making more than $250,000 per year they would receive a tax cut on the first $250,000 of their income.

    •Instead of working to give middle class families this immediate certainty and comfort, Congressional Republicans are continuing to hold that relief hostage in order to have our nation borrow $700 billion that we can’t afford to provide an average tax cut of $100,000 to millionaires and billionaires.

    •We simply can’t afford to give the wealthiest Americans these big tax cuts that would add to our deficit and, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, be just about the least effective way to grow our economy and help create jobs.


  23. Just want to mention that as the House goes into recess for the election, Speaker Pelosi and other Democrats will be giving a briefing on what was accomplished in this Congressional session at 2:30 PM Eastern. It will be livestreamed on CNN: http://live.cnn.com/

    • Also, here is an encouraging message from my US Senate candidate, Rodney Glassman:

      “Today is another exciting day for Team Glassman. Yesterday, the Democratic National Committee set up our Rodney Glassman Senate Campaign page so people from across the country can make neighbor-to-neighbor phone calls to help retire John McCain. With our latest poll showing McCain is more unpopular in Arizona than he has ever been, this is a great opportunity to play offense and retire the U.S. senator whose career has spanned across four decades in Washington, D.C., with nothing to show for the residents of Arizona.

      I am writing you today because next week Arizonans will begin early voting. Now I need your help more than ever. We had a very powerful showing this past Sunday night as I held John McCain accountable for just saying NO to Arizona over and over again. In a perfect world, everyone would have been able to watch the debate and make a decision. But that’s not the world we live in. Today, I ask for your time. Can you invest two hours or more per week to help me get elected, so I can help serve the people of Arizona? What would it be worth to have someone in Washington, D.C., representing and listening to you?

      How can you help? Our Phoenix and Tucson offices are open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. We have shifts ready for you to come and reach out to others in our state and let them know why you support our campaign to get Arizona moving forward again. After all, nothing is more powerful than one neighbor reaching out to another. Will you commit to sign up today? Please press this link and help us start bringing change to Arizona.

      I know that many of you live in areas that are not close to one of our offices. Our new, handy, at-home tool allows you to make calls on behalf of our campaign right from home. You also can find events in your area or you can even plan your own events and post them. One volunteer emailed me today to say how excited she was to be able to single-handedly have friends over, print out a list from the website, and have a phone-banking party.

      This week is crucial; we have to make as many calls to Arizonans as we can. We are at a decisive moment in the campaign. Will you help give us the extra push we need?

      I am ready to be your senator, but I need your support and I need it now.

  24. From TPM: With Rahm leaving, I imagine a lot of people in Washington will start to open up about his tenure as chief of staff, both for good and ill. At a DC breakfast this morning with reporters, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius offered some insight into what it’s like working for Rahm — and denied he was responsible for killing the public option….Asked specifically by the Chicago Sun-Times’/Politics Daily Lynn Sweet if Emanuel deserves the credit or blame for killing the public option, Sebelius flatly said “No.”

    So I guess we’re going to go through another mega-round of Blame Rahm in the next week or two. More Washington Parlor Games.

  25. Morning, guys

    Yesterday i turned Jon Stewart off for the first time ever. His PBO bashing just crossed the line for me. I guess he thought he’ll look very clever bashing PBO the same day the president endorsed his parade. I had some thoughts about going to that Stewart/Colbert parade, but not anymore.

    The professional left can go to hell.

  26. Painfully slowly, the economy *is* getting better

    US Stocks Add To Early Gains After Chicago PMI Data

    NEW YORK (Dow Jones)–U.S. stocks surged on the final day of the best September in 71 years, boosted by encouraging manufacturing and jobs data.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 78 points, or 0.7%, to 10911 on Thursday, the final day of the third quarter. The Dow has climbed nearly 12% this quarter, buoyed by the strongest September rally since 1939. This month alone, the measure has surged 9.3%, with monthly gains in all of its 30 components, while the Standard & Poor’s 500-share index has jumped 9.9% as fears over a double-dip recession eased.

    September’s surge brought the benchmark indexes into the black for the year. The Dow is now up almost 5% year to date. Of the previous 68 years when the measure was up after three quarters, it continued to rise 71% of the time and ended the year in the black 94% of those years.

    Better-than-expected manufacturing and jobs data helped boost the sectors most closely tied to the U.S. economy. The closely-watched Chicago purchasing managers’ index was 60.4 in September, higher than the 56.0 reading expected by economists.

    Separately, the number of U.S. workers filing new claims for jobless benefits dropped by more than expected last week, falling by 16,000 to 453,000 in the week ended Sept. 25, the Labor Department said. The government also revised slightly upward its estimate of second-quarter gross domestic product.


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  28. whitehouse | September 30, 2010 –

    White House White Board: CEA Chair Austan Goolsbee Explains the Tax Cut Fight

    Introducing White House Whiteboard. In this first edition, Austan Goolsbee, Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers here at the White House, tackles the tax cut fight and what it means that Congressional Republicans are “holding middle class tax cuts hostage” as the President has said.

    • The White House Blog, Sept. 30, 2010:

      White House White Board: CEA Chair Austan Goolsbee Explains the Tax Cut Fight

      Posted by Jesse Lee

      Key points and links:

      •Under President Obama’s plan, all Americans would receive a tax cut on the first $250,000 of their income. Every middle class family would receive the immediate certainty and comfort of knowing their tax cuts were permanently extended. Every American making more than $250,000 per year they would receive a tax cut on the first $250,000 of their income.

      •Instead of working to give middle class families this immediate certainty and comfort, Congressional Republicans are continuing to hold that relief hostage in order to have our nation borrow $700 billion that we can’t afford to provide an average tax cut of $100,000 to millionaires and billionaires.

      •We simply can’t afford to give the wealthiest Americans these big tax cuts that would add to our deficit and, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, be just about the least effective way to grow our economy and help create jobs.


  29. Sierra Club Press Room

    September 28, 2010

    ReEnergize the Vote to Marshal Young Voters on 16 College Campuses on National Voter Registration Day
    Major nonpartisan youth voter registration “blitz” spearheaded by Sierra Student Coalition to register thousands of new voters

    On Tuesday, September 28, volunteers with ReEnergize the Vote, a non-partisan youth voter registration and mobilization campaign spearheaded by the Sierra Student Coalition, will fan out across sixteen college campuses to register thousands of young people to vote. The intense effort marks “National Voter Registration Day,” when dozens of groups including the Sierra Student Coalition, (an arm of the Sierra Club), Vote Again 2010, and university student associations will join together to help young people demonstrate their power and change America for the better.

    “There’s so much at stake for my generation in the upcoming elections,” said Simone Rayford, a volunteer with the ReEnergize the Vote campaign at Texas Southern University. “I want to make sure that young people’s votes are counted and our voices are heard, like in 2008.”

The ReEnergize the Vote and Sierra Student Coalition efforts are at the center of the movement to register and turnout young people to vote during this election cycle. Hundreds of young organizers and volunteers are mobilizing young voters in six states – Colorado, Texas, Oregon Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. In total, ReEnergize the Vote plans to register 32,000 young voters who either voted for the first time in 2008 or will vote for the first time in 2010; and to collect 58,000 “Pledges to Vote” from young people across the country.

    “Every day, we’re talking to dozens of young people across the political spectrum who are concerned about issues like America’s energy policies and access to quality, affordable education,” said Miller Nuttle, ReEnergize the Vote field organizer in Pittsburgh. “We’re working hard to remind them that voting is the first step to changing things in this country.”

    On Tuesday, ReEnergize the Vote organizers are holding a number of creative events on college campuses to engage and register young voters. Students at Ohio University will table at Art Show, while students at the University of Nevada, Reno will register voters at an Ice Cream Social, and Penn State students will conduct a ‘dorm storm’ canvass. In Houston, students at the HBCU Texas Southern University are partnering with the NAACP and student groups for an all-day ‘Registration Party’ with music and dancing.

    ReEnergize the Vote is working also in coalition with a number of groups to ramp up youth excitement around the elections. On Tuesday in Ft. Collins, Colorado, ReEnergize the Vote volunteers at Colorado State University are collaborating with New Era Colorado, Rock the Vote, Sierra Student Coalition, CoPIRG, ASCSU, and Vote CSU for an all-day voter registration ‘blitz.’ At Portland Community College in Oregon, ReEenergize the Vote is collaborating with the student associations and the Bus Project for a voter registration BBQ cookout.

    For the entire article: http://action.sierraclub.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=187184.0

    • Latest Tweet link from ReenergizeTheVote.org:

      New Young Voters Re-Energize the Electorate and Our Organizers

      by Jonathan Tracy, Campus Organizer – Portland, OR

      …. Today I was registering students to vote at a community college in Southwest Portland, and after several hours I was beginning to feel pretty exhausted. It had been a long day, I had meetings very early in the morning, had spoken in front of several classes, had tabled on two different campuses, and was now on a third campus with a clipboard and a new volunteer. It was late afternoon and I felt myself hitting the wall.

      Right when I thought I was going to surely have to take a break, or at least indulge my caffeine addiction, a very young looking student approached me and asked if he could register to vote. As he filled out the form he asked questions at every point, not out of confusion, but because he wanted to make sure nothing would stop him from getting his ballot.

      He had turned 18 four days earlier. He is worried about the future of the country, not settled on who or what he wants to vote for, the stereotypical profile of what many people would dismiss as a disengaged youth voter. In reality, he cannot wait for his voter pamphlet and ballot in the mail. And next Monday, when I am back on his campus, he is going to be one of the volunteers with a clipboard by my side helping everyone feel that same sense of empowerment. I didn’t need a break after that.


  30. Boy, these reporters at Gibb’s presser are acting like a room full of 1st graders. They are blaming the Dems and trying so hard to take the blame re the tax cuts off the republicans. Knowing that it takes 60 votes to pass anything in the Senate.

      • I also noticed the word protest. I have never heard it described as a protest. April gets on my nerves. Her questions also seem as if they are designed to stir up mess among the African Americans. Boy, they are getting on my nerves.

  31. WashingtonMonthly.com, Sept. 30, 2010:


    By Steve Benen

    …. At issue is the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Emergency Fund, which should have been one of the most popular programs in Congress. A key component of the Recovery Act, the fund subsidizes jobs with private companies, nonprofits, and government agencies, and has single handedly put more than 240,000 unemployed people back to work in 32 states and the District of Columbia.

    Governors, including Mississippi’s Haley Barbour (R), have sung its praises, and urged its extension. In July, CNN called the TANF Emergency Fund “a stimulus program even a Republican can love.”

    Except, Republicans didn’t love it. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) led the floor fight this week, and was even willing to accept a compromise: instead of a year-long extension that Democrats had requested, Durbin sought a three-month extension, at a cost of just $500 million, in order to keep the fund alive through the end of the year. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) refused to allow it….

    …. Dems first tried to reauthorize the TANF Emergency Fund in March, but Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) blocked it. Dems tried again earlier this month, but Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) blocked it. Dems tried again this week, but Enzi blocked it….

    This isn’t some academic exercise — by killing the measure, Republicans will force thousands of Americans out of work. The House approved an extension of the program (twice) but the Senate GOP just didn’t care. As a result, the TANF Emergency Fund comes to an end tonight at midnight. Thousands of layoffs will begin quickly, and continue as we get closer to the holiday season…..

    Indeed, in a sane political world, the death of the TANF Emergency Fund would be a pretty big scandal, and Republicans would have been afraid to kill an effective jobs program with an unemployment rate near 10%….

    Republicans will keep asking, “Where are the jobs?” and no one seems inclined to answer, “Your party got rid of them.”


  32. LasVegasSun.com, Sept. 28, 2010:

    Sharron Angle spokeswoman condemns her candidate’s ad on immigration

    By Delen Goldberg • September 28, 2010 • 5:47 PM

    The chairwoman of the Nevada Republican Hispanic Caucus, who moonlights as a spokeswoman for Sharron Angle, this week denounced the Republican U.S. Senate candidate’s ad on immigration.

    Tibi Ellis on Monday told 1060 AM Spanish radio host Edwin Saldarriaga that she doesn’t agree with Angle’s depiction of illegal immigrants in a campaign ad released earlier this month.

    “I condemned this type of propaganda, no matter who is running them, where they blame Mexicans as the only problem and where they attack them as the only source of illegal immigration,” Ellis told Saldarriaga. “I don’t agree with that.”….

    …..Angle calls Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid “the best friend an illegal alien ever had” in the ad.

    “Sharron Angle’s extreme hostility toward Hispanic Nevadans is so blatant and so striking that not even her own campaign surrogates can avoid denouncing her shameless efforts to play on voters’ worst fears with her thoroughly-debunked lies about immigration,” Reid spokesman Kelly Steele said.


  33. USNews.com, Sept. 30, 2010:

    Obama’s Right, Cranky Liberals Need To Be More Realistic

    By Susan Milligan

    ….Despite a toxic partisan environment on Capitol Hill, Obama has delivered on much of what he promised to accomplish. But it’s still not enough for the party’s cranky left flank, which seems to believe that the president can get whatever he wants just because he’s president. That’s a view, notably, that incensed the left during the presidency of George W. Bush, an administration progressives accused of asserting way too much executive power.

    So Obama gets a healthcare package passed, succeeding where predecessors had failed for 40 years. The left is complaining that Obama didn’t try hard enough for a public option. Nice in theory; dead wrong in reality. The Senate would never have passed such a provision, and insisting on it would have left Obama with exactly what Sen. Edward M. Kennedy had when he battled with former President Nixon on healthcare: nothing. Kennedy once told me that one of his greatest regrets is that he didn’t cut a deal with Nixon on healthcare then–at least, Kennedy said a few years before he died, they would have had a structure for some kind of universal healthcare. Details could be improved in later years, he said, but it’s rare when the momentum and political climate exist to pass a big piece of legislation. Obama–not much older than Kennedy was when the Massachusetts senator was sticking to his demands for a straight-up national healthcare program–figured that out earlier, and got a bill. Conservatives hate it, and that’s valid. But for progressives to suggest that Obama could have gotten something more sweeping through Congress is exasperatingly naïve….

    By definition, when a party has majorities as big as the Democrats now enjoy, a substantial chunk of the caucus is this close to being on the other side of the aisle. Democrats, for much of the healthcare debate, had 60 votes in the Senate. But this is not a 60-40 country, ideologically, and so some of nominally Democratic seats are held by moderate-to-conservative lawmakers. Progressives could work to defeat those conservative Democrats, and in some cases, have indeed tried to do so in primaries. But in most cases, the only candidate those districts will pick to replace a conservative Democrat is an actual Republican.

    Obama, in an upcoming interview with Rolling Stone, summed up his approach nicely:

    “You’ve got to make a set of decisions in terms of “What are we trying to do here? Are we trying to just keep everybody ginned up for the next election, or at some point do you try to win elections because you’re actually trying to govern?” I made a decision early on in my presidency that if I had an opportunity to do things that would make a difference for years to come, I’m going to go ahead and take it.”

    Republicans may rightly be criticized for being the Party of No. But there’s no defense for Democrats becoming the Party of Never Enough.


  34. In.Reuters.com, Sept. 30, 2010:

    Disney health campaign to feature Michelle Obama

    Walt Disney Co on Thursday launched a multimedia healthy lifestyle initiative aimed at kids featuring public-service announcements by First Lady Michelle Obama and young Disney stars.

    Disney said The Disney Magic of Healthy Living program builds on its commitment begun in 2006 to inspire healthy choices by showing fun, easy ways to weave healthy practices into everyday life. It focuses on nutrition, healthcare and fitness.

    The initiative includes a year-long series of public service announcements featuring Michelle Obama and stars like Nick Jonas, which will be featured on Disney Channel, Disney😄, Radio Disney, Disney.com, ABC as well as other networks.

    Disney also launched new websites and a national essay contest related to the campaign.


      • CR she is doing some serious campaigning and blaming Jerry Brown. Also saying that Brown is worried because the Latinos’s are supporting her and he is desperate.

        • The GOP candidates want to make life for the Latinos and other minorities as hard as they can with things like the Arizona law, ban against gay marriage, withdrawal of funds for social programs, the list goes on and on.

    • Lawyer: Whitman knew for years her housekeeper was illegal immigrant

      9/30/10 By Ken McLaughlin, Josh Richman and Steve Harmon – Bay Area News Group

      The morning after the first debate of the governor’s race, and six days before mail ballots go out, Meg Whitman woke up to a candidate’s nightmare.

      In an explosive allegation that rocked the tech billionaire’s campaign, her former housekeeper said Whitman knew for years she was an illegal immigrant but fired her only after deciding to run for governor.

      “I felt she was throwing me away like a piece of garbage,” Nicandra Diaz Santillan, of Union City, said in a tearful news conference. She alleged Whitman said when she fired her, “You have never seen me, and I’ve never seen you.”

      The housekeeper’s high-profile attorney, Gloria Allred, said her 39-year-old client was “exploited, disrespected, humiliated and emotionally and financially abused” by the former eBay CEO, who is running against Democrat Jerry Brown.

      Even before the news conference was held in Los Angeles, Whitman’s campaign dismissed the allegation as politically motivated, noting that Allred, a Democrat, has a history of injecting eleventh-hour accusations into campaigns.

      “Everything Gloria Allred is saying is a lie,” Whitman told reporters during a campaign appearance at Cisco Systems in San Jose. She added that Diaz was “being manipulated, and I’m sorry for that.”

      Allred’s allegation that Whitman ignored requests from federal officials to determine Diaz’s immigration status could upend what has been a campaign juggernaut — provoking charges that Whitman has been hypocritical on immigration, broke the law and sought to cover up her misdeeds.

      On the campaign trail, and as recently as Tuesday night’s debate with Brown, Whitman has called for tougher sanctions against employers who hire illegal workers.

      “We do have to hold employers accountable,” she said at the debate.

      Allred also accused Whitman of cheating Diaz out of years’ worth of wages, implying she used the maid’s illegal status as leverage. Allred has filed a claim with the state against Whitman, which if supported could lead to fines and restitution.

      Allred intends to fire another shot this morning.

      “Now that she has denied it, we will release (more) evidence tomorrow,” Allred said late Wednesday in an e-mail to the Mercury News.

      The allegations also came just before Saturday’s scheduled debate in Fresno, where Brown and Whitman will be questioned by a panel of Latino journalists. Attracting Latino voters is key if Whitman hopes to overcome the Democratic Party’s statewide registration advantage.

      For the entire article: http://www.mercurynews.com/california-governors-race-2010/ci_16211525?source=rss&nclick_check=1

  35. Politics or Patients?

    Posted by Stephanie Cutter on September 30, 2010

    Today, the Wall Street Journal editorial page takes a look at the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and put the insurance industry back in control of the health care system and calls the plan a “good campaign platform.”

    But for millions of Americans, the Affordable Care Act isn’t about politics or campaign platforms – it’s about getting the health care they need and being protected from the worst insurance company abuses.

    It’s about people like Gail O’Brien from Keene, New Hampshire who was diagnosed with high grade non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma earlier this year. At the time, she had no health insurance. Thankfully, the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan was established by the Affordable Care Act. As a result, Gail now has insurance that will pay for her treatments and is responding very well.

    It’s about families like the Restemayer’s in Bismarck, North Dakota. Jennifer Restemayer’s daughter Alison has a rare genetic disorder and was close to hitting the lifetime limit on health care in her father’s policy. The Affordable Care Act will remove the lifetime limit so Alison can continue to get the care she needs.

    It’s about Dawn Josephson in Jacksonville, Florida whose family finally has comprehensive coverage because insurance companies can no longer discriminate against children with pre-existing conditions.

    And it’s about people like Josh Lapps of Nazareth, Pennsylvania and Gail Weschler of St. Louis, Missouri. Under the new law, Josh and Gail’s son will be able to remain on their parent’s health insurance policy until they turn 26.

    Read more about all of their stories by clicking here.

    Defenders of the insurance industry want to focus on politics, pledges and campaigns. We’re focused on families like the O’Brien’s, the Josephson’s and the Weschler’s and delivering the benefits of the Affordable Care Act to the American people.

    Stephanie Cutter is Assistant to the President for Special Projects

  36. Hey folks! Hope your day is going well. So far, so good here. Looks like a slow news day for the most part, which is good I suppose – no news is good news and all.

    Well, I’ll be checking back in later!

  37. September 29, 2010

    Statement by the President on the House Approval of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act

    “We will never forget the searing images of September 11, 2001. And we will never forget the selfless courage demonstrated by the firefighters, police officers, and first responders who risked their lives to save others. In the face of unspeakable brutality and evil, these brave men and women demonstrated the enduring strength of our values and the American spirit. Many who survived did not emerge from the dust and debris unscathed, facing continuing health problems as a result of their service. The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act would ensure that rescue and recovery workers, residents, students, and others suffering from health consequences related to the World Trade Center disaster have access to the medical monitoring and treatment they need. It is a critical step for those who continue to bear the physical scars of those attacks. I applaud the House for its support of this bill and for standing up on behalf of these heroes, who served our country in its time of greatest need. I look forward to Congress completing consideration of this legislation so I can sign it into law.”

    • From Wikipedia:

      James Zadroga ( 1971 – January 5, 2006) was a New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer who died of a respiratory disease that has been attributed to his participation in rescue and recovery operations in the rubble of the World Trade Center following the September 11 attacks. Zadroga was the first NYPD officer whose death was attributed to exposure to his contact with toxic chemicals at the attack site. New York City officials have challenged the attribution of his cause of death.

      Zadroga had joined the New York City Police Department in 1992 and attained the rank of Detective. He was a healthy non-smoker and had no known history of asthma or other respiratory conditions before spending 450 hours participating in the recovery efforts at the 9/11 attack site. Weeks after his time at the World Trade Center site, Zadroga developed a persistent cough, and, as the months progressed, he developed shortness of breath and became unable to walk distances more than 100 feet without gasping for air.

      The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund awarded Zadroga a monetary settlement in 2004, after determining that his exposure to dust at Ground Zero had caused his respiratory illness. The New York City Police Department Medical Board approved his application for permanent disability retirement that same year, after concluding that his illness was related to dust exposure.

  38. Reuters.com, Sept. 30, 2010:

    AIG exit plan to slash U.S. bailout costs

    By David Lawder

    WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – American International Group’s (AIG.N) plan to exit government support could cut the cost of the U.S. Treasury’s bailout program by half, to less than $50 billion based on current market valuations, a senior Obama administration official said on Thursday.

    The plan to convert the Treasury’s preferred shares in the bailed out insurer to common stock could yield a profit of around $16.5 billion for taxpayers, compared to a previously estimated loss of about $45 billion, the official said.

    Under a Federal Reserve and Treasury bailout that exceeded $180 billion at one point, the Treasury invested about $49.1 billion from TARP into AIG, including capitalized interest costs. Based on an actual cash cost of about $47.5 billion, the Treasury views $28.70 at its break-even share price for AIG.

    On Thursday, AIG shares were up more than 1 percent to $38.65, a price that hangs a $64 billion valuation on the government’s stake.

    The administration official cautioned, however, that any declines in AIG’s share price could reduce taxpayer profits. But Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner briefed President Barack Obama that the internal cost estimate for the Troubled Asset Relief Program could comfortably fall by around half from its previous level of around $101 billion, the official said….


  39. DOI.gov, Sept. 30, 2010:

    Salazar Announces Regulations to Strengthen Drilling Safety, Reduce Risk of Human Error on Offshore Oil and Gas Operations

    The Department of the Interior today announced two new rules that will help improve drilling safety by strengthening requirements for safety equipment, well control systems, and blowout prevention practices on offshore oil and gas operations, and improve workplace safety by reducing the risk of human error.

    “These new rules and the aggressive reform agenda we have undertaken are raising the bar for the oil and gas industry’s safety and environmental practices on the Outer Continental Shelf,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, who announced the rules today in a speech at the Woodrow Wilson International Center. “Under these new rules, operators will need to comply with tougher requirements for everything from well design and cementing practices to blowout preventers and employee training. They will also need to develop comprehensive plans to manage risks and hazards at every step of the drilling process, so as to reduce the risk of human error.”

    The Drilling Safety Rule and the Workplace Safety Rule join a host of reforms that the Department of the Interior has undertaken in the five months since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that touch every stage of the offshore planning, review, permitting, drilling, and development processes.

    “These two rules are part of a broader series of reforms we are undertaking to reduce the risks of offshore energy operations,” said Michael R. Bromwich, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM). “We are substantially raising the standards for all offshore operators, and are doing it in an orderly and responsible way. We will continue to move forward with other changes and reforms in what will remain a dynamic regulatory environment. We owe the public nothing less.”….


  40. whitehouse | September 30, 2010 –

    Discussing the Economy in Richmond

    President Obama holds a discussion on the economy with local families in Richmond, VA. September 29, 2010.

    • Office of the Press Secretary, September 29, 2010:

      Remarks by the President in a Discussion on the Economy in Richmond, Virginia

      …. Now, I’m not a math teacher. (Laughter.) But I know a little bit about math. [Republicans are] proposing about $4 trillion worth of tax cuts. About $700 billion of those tax cuts are for people who typically are millionaires and billionaires, and on average would get $100,000 in tax relief — $700 billion that we don’t have, we’d have to borrow in order to provide these tax cuts. And 98 percent of Americans wouldn’t see any benefit from it.

      And keep in mind that because we don’t have it, it would actually end up costing more than $700 billion, because we’d end up having — since we’re borrowing it, we’d have to pay interest on it.

      Now, just to give you some sense of how they are proposing to pay for this, they’re recommending a 20 percent cut in education spending. They are proposing essentially that we lower our support to students on student loans who want to go to college and grants for students who want to go to college, which would affect millions of students all across the country. They are proposing to roll back tax cuts that we had put in place during the Recovery Act that give 95 percent of working Americans tax relief.

      So when you add it all up, essentially their proposal would drastically expand the deficit instead of shrinking it. Now, what they’ll say is, well, we’re going to have additional cuts. But they don’t specify what those cuts would be. And one of the things I’m here to tell you — and then I want to sort of hear from you in terms of what your priorities are — is I’ve got some very smart people working for me in my budget office. But they will tell me that one thing they can’t do is cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans by $700 billion, protect Social Security, protect Medicare, protect veterans funding, and balance the budget. They just can’t do it. The math doesn’t add up.

      And so part of the challenge, I think, particularly if we’re thinking about the next generation, is making sure, as we move forward over the next couple of years, that we have an honest and serious conversation about how we’re going to get control of our budget. That is going to be a big challenge.

      And the choice that you make in this election I think should be based on facts and making sure that whatever politicians are saying, that they can back it up with some actual figures and numbers that work….


  41. rockthevote | September 22, 2010 –

    Mike Posner on why he votes

    Mike Posner sits with Rock the Vote to talk about why he Rocks the Vote. Always politically minded because of his passion for education. Watch for yourself and see why Mike Posner is involved.

  42. The White House Blog, Sept. 30, 2010:

    If We’re Serious about Jobs, Don’t Stop Job Creation

    Posted by Lawrence H. Summers, Director of the National Economic Council

    Today, the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Emergency Contingency Fund will expire because a minority in Congress blocked the extension proposed by the President. This will put up to 100,000 jobs in jeopardy, raising unemployment and potentially even cost the government more money in additional public assistance funds. A strong commitment that the program will be restored when Congress returns could still save some of these jobs, and provide crucial help to workers, businesses and communities.

    The TANF Emergency Contingency Fund lets states use Recovery Act dollars to help employers pay for the cost of hiring low-income unemployed workers. Since the inception of the program, states have provided jobs to more than 250,000 jobless parents and disadvantaged youth according to a recent analysis. In September alone, up to 100,000 Americans were employed in subsidized jobs funded through the Emergency Fund – jobs that are in jeopardy given the expiration of this successful initiative. We certainly shouldn’t let effective programs expire, especially when they’re still very much needed to help these low-income workers earn the paychecks they need to support their families.

    Small businesses are hiring many of the workers supported by this program and these businesses have been able to grow as a result. A recent New York Times story highlighted an innovative program in Mississippi that used the funding to pay private companies to hire 3,200 workers and paid their salaries on a sliding scale so that the employers would end up paying the entire amount after six months. As a local employer recently told the Los Angeles Times, “It’s a win-win. We needed the help and they needed the jobs.”

    Without federal funding, most states and localities won’t be able to continue to provide support for these jobs. Governors from both parties have called for the extension of the program and some will try to keep it going for a couple of months with state funds, buying Congress time to act. But the reality is that many states will be unable to fill the gap, and those that can, only temporarily. A commitment to extending this program will give more governors the confidence not to end it now and could save up to 100,000 jobs.

    We should all support effective job creation programs. I hope Republicans will join with Democrats in Congress to renew funding for the Emergency Contingency Fund and provide businesses a chance to hire and the neediest Americans an opportunity to work.


  43. rockthevote | September 30, 2010 –

    JoJo Registers To Vote

    Jojo came to Rock the Vote to shoot a video about the importance of voting. While filming she was reminded that she needed to register to vote. This footage isn’t staged or rehearsed. It’s the actual footage of Jojo registering to vote with Rock the Vote President Heather Smith.

  44. ThinkProgress.org:

    Richest House Member Darrell Issa Wants Tax Rates For The Rich Lowered From Bush Rates

    By Ben Armbruster

    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) went on Fox News last night to promote the GOP line that the government must not let the Bush tax cuts expire for the rich, repeating his charge that the House should hold a vote on the Bush tax cuts “or resign.” ….

    Incredibly, Issa later argued that the tax cuts should be extended for the rich because those making less than $250,000 per year might one day win the lottery….

    Seeing that Issa doesn’t seem to care about the cost of extending the Bush tax cuts for the rich, he probably isn’t too worried about the additional hundreds of billions in debt that would result from cutting them even more. Rather, he stands to handsomely benefit from lower tax rates on the rich….

    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), with a net worth of $160.1 million, is the second-richest member of Congress under The Hill’s formula….


  45. rockthevote | September 10, 2010 –

    Democracy Class Launch with Cali Swag District

    Rock the Vote launches a new high school civics program, Democracy Class, at Arleta High School in Los Angeles. California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, Councilman Tony Cardenas and Cali Swag District come into the classroom to talk to the students about the importance of voting.

  46. whitehouse | September 30, 2010 –

    National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform meeting

    The bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform holds a meeting on Capitol Hill.

  47. MSNBC.com, Sept. 30, 2010:

    SEIU seizes on Whitman housekeeper story

    Mark Murray writes:

    An SEIU-backed independent expenditure campaign, Cambiando California, is launching a new Spanish-language TV ad hitting California GOP gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman for attacking undocumented immigrants — but then employing one for nine years.

    Here’s the script (translated to English):

    Meg Whitman says she’s a different kind of Republican…

    But Pete Wilson is in charge of her campaign.

    Whitman attacks undocumented workers to win votes, but an undocumented woman worked in her home for nine years.

    She says she’ll create jobs – but wants to eliminate forty-thousand state jobs, including teachers and nurses.

    Whitman says one thing in Spanish — and something different in English.

    The real Meg Whitman has no shame.

    She’s a two-faced woman.


    CambiandoCA | September 30, 2010 –

    Meg Whitman – 9 Años

  48. Seattle PI.com, Sept. 30, 2010:

    Conn. [GOP] Senate candidate won’t rule out wage cuts

    By Susan Haigh, AP Writer

    EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut’s Republican U.S. Senate candidate did not rule out cutting the minimum wage to help struggling businesses, and said Thursday that future increases to both the state and federal rates should be evaluated….

    The issue of the minimum wage came up after a reporter asked [Linda] McMahon about whether she supported the NFIB’s political platform.

    When asked if she knew the current rate, McMahon, the former CEO of Stamford-based World Wrestling Entertainment, said she did not remember and would have to double-check. Connecticut’s minimum wage is $8.25 an hour, while the federal wage is $7.25 an hour. When pressed about her opinion of the state’s rate, McMahon said she would not comment further on it.

    After the news conference, McMahon clarified in an interview with reporters that she supports keeping the minimum wage in place and was not advocating that it be scrapped. Her campaign released a video of those comments later in the afternoon but did not include footage from the news conference in which she did not voice opposition when specifically asked about reducing current wage rates….

    McMahon, a political newcomer, is in a competitive race with Democratic Attorney General Richard Blumenthal for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Chris Dodd. She has said she’ll spend as much as $50 million of her own money on the race.

    National Democrats seized upon McMahon’s comments, bringing up how WWE laid off about 10 percent of its employees in 2009.

    “It’s not a huge surprise that multi-millionaire ex-CEO Linda McMahon is open to lowering the minimum wage,” said Deirdre Murphy, national press secretary for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. “After years of laying off employees while pocketing millions of dollars in profits, Linda McMahon has proven herself wrong for Connecticut’s middle class families time after time.”


  49. Can I just say selfishly that I do not want President Obama to run in 2012. I cannot bear another four years of the horrible politics we have had to endure is things do not change. The democrats should be winning by a landslide given the antics of the Tea Party Republicans and Republicans. I just do not understand any of this.

    • As for the GOP/TeaBagger/Haters all they care about is to take Pres Obama down no matter what the cost to America. These people live/breath hate and want to instill fear in others. These people are truly wicked.

      For most people this economic downturn is causing real hurting so people are depressed and desperate and who can cast blame on them.

      ((HUG)) Hang tough Jackie! Don’t you dare give up on Pres Obama because he would not ever give up on America!

      I think that I will send an email to the WH telling them that I appreciate PBO and all that he is doing for America!

  50. PattyMurray.com:

    New myPatty video: Patty “Walks the Walk” on vets issues

    by Doug Foote, New Media Director

    When it comes to our veterans, Patty Murray not only “talks the talk”, but “walks the walk” as well.

    Veterans are finding it easier to receive an education through the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill that Senator Murray championed through the Senate.

    Dave from Renton, a Marine who served in the Iraq War felt her impact when he returned home to a difficult job market. Through the new G.I. Bill, he was able to receive a great education and re-enter the job market with a new confidence and outlook.

    Through his research of Murray-backed legislation, Dave found that Patty has been working throughout her career to help veterans like himself in more ways than he could imagine.

    “I know, right now, if [the Senate] is in session… Murray’s at her desk with the phone in her hand,” he said.


    pattymurrayforsenate | September 24, 2010 –

    “Walking the Walk”

    Dave, a young veteran from Renton, WA, talks about his experiences with the G.I. Bill.

  51. RickLarsen.org:

    Latest tweet from @larsenrick:

    “King5 poll shows 7 pt turnaround in the race. Snrs now support me by 12 pt margin. Only now bldg momentum. We’ll keep pushing thru Nov 2.”

    Rep. Rick Larsen speaking to 39th District Democrats:

    “I would say that we have an economic future in this country, and I’m not going to be the candidate in this race who’s going to talk down the future of America….

    Compare my plan of action, of moving forward, of retaining jobs, of helping out growth industries, of helping small businesses [get] access to credit, like the small business bill that we just passed – I’m sure my opponent would have voted against it …

    We’re going to continue some help that we’re giving to the Small Business Administration, which resulted in 140-plus loans since October of last year, about $52 million…. Helping small businesses keep their doors open, hire people, create jobs.”


    repricklarsen | September 28, 2010 –

    Rick talking to the 39th District Dems about the economy

  52. Courier-Journal.com, Sept. 30, 2010:

    Father featured in ad ‘insulted’ by Rand Paul response

    By Bruce Schreiner, AP

    A Kentucky man who recounts his son’s lost battle with drug addiction in a TV commercial for Democratic Senate candidate Jack Conway says he was insulted when Republican Rand Paul termed the ad “creepy.”

    Mike Donta, who is shown standing at his son’s grave in the ad, told The Associated Press that “it’s a shame that Rand’s reaction is to attack me instead of focus on solutions” to Kentucky’s drug problems….


    jackconwayforsenate | September 24, 2010 –

    He Doesnt Know Us

    Boyd County resident Mike Donta speaks about the personal tragedy he experienced when he lost his son, Michael, to drug addiction. Michael Donta, who died in July 2010, left behind a young son, Jaxon, pictured in the ad with his grandfather Mike.

  53. CUSGE | September 30, 2010 –

    Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden on Veterans for Smart Power

    Beau Biden, Attorney General of the State of Delaware and Captain in the Delaware Army National Guard, gives remarks to the USGLC Washington Conference on the importance of a smart power approach to America’s national security.

  54. Good Evening O’Fam

    Hope everyone had a good day.

    Don’t ya just love family. I get home this evening from a long boring day of sitting in the courthouse for jury duty and there is a message on my answering machine from my cousin from Hampton, VA letting me know that her entire family (6 of them) is coming up for the march on Saturday and they’ll be camping out at my house Saturday Night🙂

      • One and Done!

        Thank Goodness they dismissed us at 4:30 today. The timing for this right now was awful. We are swamped at work.

        • I know that is what I was thinking that here you are short one person already!

          Are you FIRED UP for the 10*2*10 rally on Saturday?!!!🙂

    • Local demonstrators gear up for 10.2.10 march in D.C.

      9/30/10 By CYRIL JOSH BARKER Amsterdam News Staff

      Excitement is brewing as tens of thousand of people across the country head to Washington, D.C., this Saturday for the One Nation Working Together Rally. The event, also dubbed the “10.2.10 march,” aims to bring together human and civil rights leaders, labor leaders, environmental and peace activists, faith leaders, celebrities and sports figures for jobs, education and justice.

      In the five boroughs, busloads of people are planning to descend upon the National Mall for the march and a program from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lincoln Memorial. Several organizations are providing busses for people to participate in what organizers are calling the “most diverse march in history.”

      This week, One Nation announced that actor Danny Glover joined the cause and will be participating in activities in Los Angeles. Glover said this week that in the midst of the economic crisis, many Americans feel left out.

      “At a time when many Americans may feel disconnected and even frustrated due to the economy, it’s important that we remind ourselves what can be accomplished when we stand united and work together,” Glover said.

      Locally, hundreds of people warmed up for the One Nation Rally in Lower Manhattan earlier this month. Nearly 45 groups called on the federal government to get people back to work. Unions including 1199 SEIU, 32BJ, DC 37 and the United Federation of Teachers are heading to Washington, along with civil rights groups the NAACP and the National Urban League.

      At the rally, New York State NAACP President Hazel Dukes said the march is an example of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.

      “When you are in unity, you have strength,” Dukes said. “ I’m just so excited that America will hear from Americans, Black and white and Jew and gentile. It’s for some of the same allies that Dr. King marched for.”

      In a statement this week, NUL President Marc Morial said the organization is partnering with 500 other organizations for the march. He also said NUL is leading the fight to get more jobs and even submitting a plan to President Barack Obama

      As the country recovers from economic collapse, the National Urban League has been at the forefront in finding solutions to the jobs crisis,” he said. “We’ve been called upon time and again to provide Congress with our unique perspective on the employment challenges facing America’s urban communities. The One Nation Rally is a significant opportunity for us to make our voices heard.”

      Thousands of members of the 1199, the largest local union, plan to arrive on 500 buses, with members coming from New Jersey, Florida, Maryland and Massachusetts.

      Brooklyn registered nurse and 1199 member Janet Bowen said she’s going to the rally for jobs as well as for immigrant rights, as she’s originally from Trinidad

      “I tell people never to give up, even if you’ve been here for years without your papers. But they really need to do something, like an amnesty program,” she said. “If people have been here for years and paying taxes and achieving, people should be encouraged to come forward. They should know they can have opportunities to do even bigger and greater things.”

      Several organizations, groups and churches are providing low-cost and free roundtrip bus rides to Washington for the One Nation Rally. For more information, log onto http://www.onenationworkingtogether.org.

  55. Just getting home and reading over the thread. Just wanted to say, take heart, Jackie and OTeam. I know it’s been tough and it’s no doubt about to get even rougher, but we are strong. I said this before but I’ll mention it again: Don’t forget we’re fighting a couple hundred years of the status quo, entrenched interests and old Southern bigotry and ugly tactics that are outmoded for the 21st Century. But this is the fight of our lives. PBO is doing his best and staying on point. I just keep thinking if he can do this every day and not lose his patience or his vision, then so can I. We just have to put the idiocy aside and maybe take some breaks from all of the news. We must be there for him. He is counting on us.

    That Meg Whitman ad in Spanish is POWERFUL. The language and inflection is very strong for the Latino community and mentioning Pete Wilson is a big lighting rod for anti-immigrant sentiment. I saw some of her press conference where she tried to imply that Latinos are on her side and Brown is worried about her gains. Well, let me just say that If she thinks Latinos are just that stupid that we don’t see what she’s done and who she is, she’s out of her mind. Tonight there was a piece on the news where they were interviewing people in a Latino neighborhood about her mess and people are outraged and disgusted. To try to blame this on Brown was also a HUGE mistake because she has absolutely NO evidence of that and yet she claims he’s involved in smear politics. She cannot win without the Latino vote. In my opinion, she’s toast.

  56. Woah!!! I just saw a commercial with Fred Thompson, pushing a “government insured reverse mortgage” program for seniors who are homeowners, from some company named “AAG” American Advisers Group.

    These Republicans are so full of it, it’s unreal…he’s supposedly anti-government, limited government, or whatever, but he’s a spokeperson for a program that is trying to get seniors to do a reverse mortgage that is “government insured.” Unreal.

  57. {{{{Jackie}}}} hugs for you.

    When we care it hurts to see the person we care about tormented. I feel like he is one of my very own. That’s why I get so nervous for him before any event.

    Democrats are dysfunctional. We always have been. This is not anything new its just that now because of President Obama their dysfunction frustrates us.

    He is the first new media President. Everything is under the microscope. He is scrutinized by everyone, everywhere.

    His administration has had to adjust to this. Its been tough for them but they are learning.

    We will not allow the Republicans to take credit for the recovery that he worked so hard to bring about. If he does not run in 2012 that is exactly what will happen. He is only half way through his first term. It has been difficult but if we can hold onto our majority this November cable news will turn on the Republicans because they let them down by not prevailing.

    The country may not deserve him but we certainly do need him.

    Once the economy picks up and these companies stop holding onto their profits and start hiring after the election the mood of the country will change.

    I occasionally watch Rachel and that is it! I have learned to not look to them for validation of this Presidents performance. They have an agenda and its quite different from mine.

    He’ll run again in 2012 and he will win and then he’ll go down in history as one of the greatest President’s of all time.

  58. AP, Sept. 30, 2010:

    Obama aims to excite young voters at concert/rally

    By ERICA WERNER (AP) – 51 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama was addressing supporters at a hip hop concert and rally Thursday night, seeking to re-energize the youth vote that helped propel him to the White House.

    The Democratic National Committee enlisted hip hop artist B.o.B to perform for a sold-out crowd of 3,000 at DAR Constitution Hall. The crowd also was hearing from Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, David Plouffe (pluhf), and DNC Chairman Tim Kaine on the importance of the youth vote to the November elections, which are expected to be tough on Democrats.

    The event was organized for the DNC’s gen44 group, which tries to cultivate young leaders. It was expected to raise $750,000.

    Beforehand, Obama spoke at a small fundraising dinner at the home of John Phillips and Linda Douglass, where guests paid $30,400 each to raise $1 million for the Democratic Party.

    “We’re going through a very tough time. … So people are feeling it,” Obama said, reflecting on what he heard from the public this week during a trip to four states.

    He said people are anxious and, “This election cycle’s going to be tough because of that reality.”

    His message to those people: “That hope you were feeling when I came in, there’s no reason to lose it. Because the answers are still within our grasp. The question is do we have the will to do it.”

    Citing his big rally in Madison, Wis., Obama said Democrats are “waking up.”


  59. The White House Blog, Sept. 30, 2010:

    A Landmark Achievement for Human Rights: The Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Assembly and Association

    Posted by Samantha Power, Senior Director and Special Assistant for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights

    In his address last week before the UN General Assembly, President Obama issued an unprecedented appeal to heads of state around the world to promote open society and open government. He noted that the “arc of human progress has been shaped by individuals with the freedom to assemble” and called civil society the “conscience of our community.” At a time when governments have grown savvy at using legal and administrative curbs to impede the work of civil society organizations, he also urged world leaders to “embrace and effectively monitor norms” that advance the rights of non-governmental groups.

    Today, in Geneva, in a landmark achievement for human rights, a diverse group of countries – large and small, rich and poor, north and south, east and west – came together to create the first-ever Special Rapporteur on freedom of assembly and association. This new position will collect critical information about how these rights are exercised, identify best practices that promote and protect these rights, and help hold governments accountable for their restrictions on civil society activity. The geographic diversity of the 62 countries that co-sponsored this resolution – including original co-sponsors the Czech Republic, Indonesia, Lithuania, the Maldives, Mexico and Nigeria – are but the latest testament to the universality of the right to assemble – a right enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and acted upon every day by citizens around the world who mobilize on behalf of good government, more inclusive politics, cleaner air, media freedom, and the full stable of human rights. Most notably, many of these cosponsors were nations that emerged from tyranny in the second half of the last century. Together this group conveyed our shared belief, in President Obama’s words, that “part of the price of our own freedom is standing up for the freedom of others.”

    Throughout history, when societies face tough economic times, we have seen democratic reforms deferred, decreased trust in government, persecution of minority groups, and a general shrinking of the democratic space. This time, though, a large and far-sighted group of countries have banded together to send a resounding message that the protection and advancement of civil society bring about the advancement of society as a whole. The Human Rights Council’s decision is both a moral and pragmatic victory. As Secretary Clinton said in Krakow this summer, “progress in the 21st century depends on the ability of individuals to coalesce around shared goals, and harness the power of their convictions.” Those who stood together today at the Human Rights Council took an important step to bring about that progress.


  60. PBO:

    “I’m going to try to lift everybody up. So we all have a better future — not just some, but all of us.”

  61. I LOVE every new iteration of this car-in-the-ditch story. Each time he embellishes it just a little bit more every time and it’s hilarious! And so true!

    • Girl, he was in a ZONE…you saw his eyes??? Intense. And when he finished he hit the side of the podium…wild.

      He makes it look easy, but it is really tiring to do public speaking. You really need to get your mind right and that’s not as easy as it looks.

      • Honestly, he is in a league ALL BY HIMSELF. You could definitely see the fire in his eyes. I love it when he bends down into the microphone because you know he’s just winding up. There’s a lot of passion in his soul and he doesn’t care who knows. I have to watch this again when it gets posted tomorrow. WOW.

    • Any candidate who try and distance themselves from this President, do so at their own peril. He is the only one who can get thru to the young people.

  62. Okay my brother and sister had me on a two way call through the whole speech. I think they were more excited than my nephew if that’s possible.

    Mikey will be voting for the first time this November. This is the nephew who was injured in Iraq. I am soooo proud of him. He is a Gen44!!!

  63. I’ve been thinking about something.

    Singlehandedly, the president is really giving the Democrats life. Starting with his talk about the Republicans holding middle class tax cuts hostage a few weeks ago, and slowly building to the rallies of yesterday and tonight, he’s really creating the necessary momentum to keep us competitive for Nov.

    There’s an article that I read today from EJ Dionne (IIRC) where he quotes Bernie Sanders who talked about how the president let his grassroots movement go during the past 22 months by playing an inside game.

    I disagree that POTUS and his team let us go, but I do see why Sanders would lament that the president didn’t do the type of rallying he’s doing now throughout the last 2 years. When he rallys, HE RALLYS.

    However, there is something to be said for not overusing your strength. Would we be listening up so intently if he had been doing these kinds of rallies all 22 months? It would probably sound kind of redundant.

    So, I think the president is smart by not overusing his uplifting speaking abilities – his “church” voice, if you will. I think Democrats need to trust the president’s judgment, political and governing, much more than they do.

      • And you start to cheapen your gift if it seems your willing to use it willy-nilly, left and right.

        • Yes. It really is a gift and its power comes from being used at precisely the right moment for the right purpose. I like that there is now this steady build up going on because the R’s peaked too early and now, there they are again, standing on the sidelines, sipping their slurpees.

      • I agree. You also have to have momentum and there is no way anyone could maintain the kind of momentum required for this election for 22 months. Sadly, the Democrats let the party and President Obama down. He got them there and they didn’t maintain the message.

    • I think he was just to govern – a concept Americans really forgot. And, i think he really expected people to stay involved without him having to campaign 24/7, that they got the message of “WE are the ones we’ve been waiting for”. Obviously, they didn’t.

    • I read that article this evening.

      You are right Vero. The crazy thing is that he has been doing townhalls and rallies since he went into office. I think the President’s timing is impeccable. He is in campaign mode right now and I don’t think that you can be in perpetual campaign mode while trying to govern.

      We’ll see how things turn out in November. I’m still hopeful that we will shock some folks on election night and send the talking heads into a tailspin.

      • I think he has been somewhat cursed by the excitement of his campaign. Those 2 years, particularly when he really started winning and pulling away with the Democratic nomination, it was like we were on a constant high. And then the lows – Rev. Wright, Bittergate, his summertime foreign policy tour/test, Tutu is sick and dies, PUMAs, Palin power, the fall of Lehman…the list goes on with how many lows and bumps in the road we had to overcome. It was all so emotional. And I think a lot of people long for that again.

        But he cannot provide that emotional rollercoaster AND be an effective president.

    • Totally agree with you Vero. It gives us something to look forward to. I was besides myself waiting for that Wisconsin rally and he did not disappoint. Food taste a lot better when you are hungry if you get my drift.🙂 I was so excited to see all of those young people adore him. I am sure that a lot were not aware of a lot of the things passed by this administration which will benefit them.

  64. Keith had Whitman as one of the worst people and showed the huge letter in question. I knew Whitman was lying.

  65. From Google news:

    Husband possibly saw letter on Whitman maid glitch
    By MICHAEL R. BLOOD and JULIET WILLIAMS (AP) – 4 hours ago
    SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman says her husband might have seen a 2003 letter warning that their housekeeper’s government records weren’t in order.
    The letter from the Social Security Administration is at the heart of claims by their former maid that Whitman and her husband knew she was in the U.S. illegally but kept her on the job.

    Whitman for two days said she and her husband never received the letter.
    But she told KNX radio in Los Angeles on Thursday that she suspects writing on the letter is her husband’s. Her campaign released a separate statement from her husband — Dr. Griffith Harsh — saying he didn’t recall the letter but it is possible he wrote on it.

    A copy of the letter was released earlier by the maid’s attorney.

    • You know, this is how people really fail. They think they can lie effectively without suffering any consequences. Age old truism – it’s the coverup – and she never learned it. And she just opened up a whole new can of worms by not only lying so blatantly but trying to put all this on Jerry Brown and saying she has a lot of support in the Latino community. She’s a liar. And just looking at her throughout her news conference, there’s a certain smugness and self-satisfaction about her that is really truly repulsive. The way she was saying that the housekeeper was being used by callous people and had to have had a gun put to her head to put forward these charges was just really laying it on so thick. She has got some serious bad karma.

    • Let’s hope this is Whitman’s undoing. We could then concentrate on another tight race, maybe Kendrick Meek or the Delaware race. I would love it is the Democrats swept these races like a huge title wave. It would sit Washington on its ear.

  66. Rachel really is trying to help Democrats win. I love the investigative work she did for Defazzio and how she has him on her show as a follow-up.

  67. I always record Rachel’s show and what a surprise that she is showing PBO’s speech live and discussing it with Eugene Robinson.

  68. Office of the Press Secretary, October 08, 2010:

    Remarks by the President at the Signing of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010

    …. The story of the disability rights movement is enriched because it’s intertwined with the story of America’s progress. Americans with disabilities are Americans first and foremost, and like all Americans are entitled to not only full participation in our society, but also full opportunity in our society….

    So today, we’re here to take two more steps on that journey. First of all, on Tuesday, I signed Rosa’s Law. This is named for a nine-year-old girl, right there — Rosa, wave to everybody. (Applause.) That’s some good waving there, Rosa. (Laughter.)

    Rosa Marcellino — it’s so inspiring to have her here. As one of hundreds of thousands of Americans with Down Syndrome, Rosa worked with her parents and her siblings to have the words “mentally retarded” officially removed from the health and education code in her home state of Maryland.

    Now, Rosa’s Law takes her idea a step further. It amends the language in all federal health, education and labor laws to remove that same phrase and instead refer to Americans living with an “intellectual disability.” Now this may seem to some people like a minor change, but I think Rosa’s brother Nick put it best — where’s Nick? You right there, Nick? You can wave, too. Go ahead. (Laughter.)

    But I want everybody to hear Nick’s wisdom here. He said, “What you call people is how you treat them. If we change the words, maybe it will be the start of a new attitude towards people with disabilities.” That’s a lot of wisdom from Nick. (Applause.) ….

    Now, the bill I’m signing today into law will better ensure full participation in our democracy and our economy for Americans with disabilities. The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act will make it easier for people who are deaf, blind or live with a visual impairment to do what many of us take for granted — from navigating a TV or DVD menu to sending an email on a smart phone. It sets new standards so that Americans with disabilities can take advantage of the technology our economy depends on. And that’s especially important in today’s economy, when every worker needs the necessary skills to compete for the jobs of the future.

    So together, these changes are about guaranteeing equal access, equal opportunity, and equal respect for every American. And they build on the progress that we’ve already made as an administration over the last 20 months….


    whitehouse | October 08, 2010 –

    President Obama Signs 21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act

    The President signs the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 into law, explaining and deliver brief remarks on the impact of this law on people with disabilities.

    • Congress Passes Digital Disability Access Bill
      Bill requires online video captioning, restores FCC’s video description rules

      9/28/10 John Eggerton — Multichannel News,

      The House Tuesday night passed S. 3828, the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010.

      Among other things, the bill requires the captioning of any online video that is closed captioned on TV, and asks the FCC to study captioning of Web-original video. It also requires smart phones and other mobile devices to be accessible to the disabled, if that is achievable, and restores the FCC’s video description rules thrown out by the courts in 2002.

      The bill passed the Senate last week.

      “We applaud the Congress for approving and sending to President Obama the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010,” said National Cable & telecommunications Association president Kyle McSlarrow in a statement. “Lead sponsors Rep. Ed Markey and Sen. Mark Pryor deserve enormous credit for spearheading this important legislation that will significantly improve accessibility of communications services and equipment for Americans with disabilities. The Act is the result of thoughtful bipartisan process and we would also like to thank Sens. Rockefeller, Hutchison, Kerry and Ensign and Reps. Waxman, Barton, Boucher and Stearns for their significant efforts. Our industry will work closely with the Federal Communications Commission to implement rules that will aid millions of Americans with disabilities in enjoying cable programming and services.”

    • AAPDvideo | July 26, 2010


      Today, about one in five Americans is living with a disability, over 50 million people including many of our friends and neighbors, teachers and co-workers , heroes and leaders. Twenty years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act guaranteed every person the right to live, work and participate fully in the American experience. We’ve come a long way since then and we are committed to make even more progress in the years ahead. Visit disability.gov to see how you can help.

      To learn more about AAPD please visit our website at http://www.aapd.com

  69. November 29, 2010

    Statement by the President on the 35th Anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

    In America, we believe that every child, regardless of class, color, creed, or ability, deserves access to a world-class education. But as recently as thirty-five years ago, an American child with a disability might have attended school without the interventions and accommodations necessary for their success; or been involuntarily isolated in a state-run institution; or even received no education at all.

    That was wrong – and America set out to right it. Today, across the United States, nearly 6.6 million students with disabilities rely on the provisions of the landmark Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to ensure that they enjoy the same educational rights as all children.

    And as we mark the thirty-fifth anniversary of that law, we remember what it was all about. Equal opportunity. Equal access. Not dependence, but independence. We know that our education system must hold children with disabilities to the same high standards as those without disabilities, and hold them accountable for their success and their growth. We remember that disability rights are civil rights, too – and pledge to enforce those rights in order to live up to our founding principles and ensure the promise of opportunity for all our people. And even as we celebrate children with disabilities and their parents, teachers, advocates, and all who still strive to tear down the true barriers to success – even as we celebrate how far we’ve come – we commit ourselves to the ever-unfinished work of forming that more perfect union.

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