This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act and according to Kareem Dale, Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy, senior administration officials will be commemorating this historic anniversary in the weeks to come with new policies and events.
President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden have a comprehensive agenda to empower individuals with disabilities in order to equalize opportunities for all Americans.
In addition to reclaiming America’s global leadership on this issue by becoming a signatory to — and having the Senate ratify — the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the plan has four parts, designed to provide lifelong support and resources to Americans with disabilities.
President Obama and Vice President Biden are committed to supporting Americans with Autism Spectrum Disorders (“ASD”), their families, and their communities. There are a few key elements to their support, which are as follows:
First, President Obama and Vice President Biden support increased funding for autism research, treatment, screenings, public awareness, and support services. There must be research of the treatments for, and the causes of, ASD.
Second, President Obama and Vice President Biden support improving life-long services for people with ASD for treatments, interventions and services for both children and adults with ASD.
Third, President Obama and Vice President Biden support funding the Combating Autism Act and working with Congress, parents and ASD experts to determine how to further improve federal and state programs for ASD.
Fourth, President Obama and Vice President Biden support universal screening of all infants and re-screening for all two-year-olds, the age at which some conditions, including ASD, begin to appear. These screenings will be safe and secure, and available for every American that wants them. Screening is essential so that disabilities can be identified early enough for those children and families to get the supports and services they need.
Sharon daVanport Receives Invitation
Sharon daVanport of Autism Women’s Network has been given the privilege of an invitation to one of the planned White House events on July 26th. In a short amount of time the Network that she heads, has grown by thousands. daVanport offers women on the autism spectrum a place to communicate and learn, as well as find a sense of community and sharing.
Sharon is the host of a weekly internet radio show which sponsors guests from all walks of life in order to enhance the every day life of someone living on the spectrum.
In the short weeks ahead, the Network will be sponsoring fundraisers to offset the expenses of Sharon’s visit with President Obama. If you can’t participate in the fundraising events, please feel free to donate what you can on the Autism Women’s Network website. CLICK HERE