Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Report: Economic Downturn Taking Disproportionate Toll on Disabled

Maybe it's me. Just don't understand why the only news I can find on the National Council on Disability's Progress Report is a press release. Hope the media picks up on this. Curious to get your thoughts on the report.

On Tuesday, November 1, the National Council on Disability (NCD) released its National Disability Policy: A Progress Report detailing Federal disability policy. NCD is a small, independent federal agency comprised of 15 Presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed Council Members and a small staff, who advise the President, Congress and other Federal agencies on disability issues, programs and services.
"People with disabilities have lower rates of employment, lower annual earnings, lower educational attainment and achievement; lack adequate access to housing, transportation, technology, and health care," revealed Jonathan Young, NCD Chairman. "The current economic downturn is having a disproportionate negative effect on the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families. A strong Federal commitment to the implementation and enforcement of the standard set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act will be central in determining both success and savings in these difficult economic times. This report provides a necessary snapshot of where we're at – and clear, workable suggestions for moving forward."

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