Monthly Archives: June 2012

Arizona Tops 50-State Ranking Of Disability Services – Disability Scoop

Utah Ranks 45th, with three states below us that are 100% institutionalized!

Arizona Tops 50-State Ranking Of Disability Services – Disability Scoop.

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Summer 2012 NCIL Legislative & Advocacy Priorities Booklet Now Available!

Click below to download your copy of the NCIL Priorities Booklet

email : Webview : Summer 2012 NCIL Legislative & Advocacy Priorities Booklet Now Available!.

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As It Happened: Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law : The Two-Way : NPR

Click on the link below to follow NPR’s coverage of the Supreme Court ruling.

As It Happened: Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law : The Two-Way : NPR.

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DLC 2012 Utah Needs Assessment Survey

The Disability Law Center is asking for your participation in a Needs Assessment Survey. The survey takes less than 10 minutes and provides them with valuable information to serve you better. To participate, click on the link below. Please note: The deadline for participation has been extended to July 1st.

2012 Utah Needs Assessment Survey.

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Help the US Ratofication of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities

Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is looking for bi-partisan support for US ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

The goal is for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to hold a hearing on US ratification of the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) so that it can reach the Senate Floor before the 22d anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26.

Attached to this Washington Update are:

-          Frequently Asked Questions about the CRPD

-          Senators who are especially important to ask for support and to request a Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing right away.

CRPDFAQ June 2012

CRPD Info for Foreign Relations Senators

This list indicates whether the Senator voted for the ADA in 1990 and/or the ADA Amendments Act in 2009.  Some Senators on the list were not in Congress at the time of those votes.  The list has staff contacts to whom you can email your letters urging support.

FYI,  Senator Barrasso (R-WY) is a Republican member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who supports ratification of the CRPD.   Senators McCain (AZ) and Moran (KS) are Republicans who support it but are not members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  Democratic members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who have endorsed include Durbin (IL), Coons (DE), and Udall (NM).

There are unconfirmed reports that Republican Senators  Isakson (GA) and Blunt (MO)  are leaning towards ratification.

Thanks for whatever you can do to ask your Senator to support both a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing and ratification

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Action Alert: Important House Hearing on ADA Notification

June 27, 2012

An important hearing is being held Wednesday, June 27 regarding ADA compliance. To advocate and for more information, click on the link below.

email : Webview : Action Alert: Important House Hearing on ADA Notification.

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Award Nominations & Survey Request

The Disability Law Center is looking for nominations for its Stop Bullying Now Award. They are also seeking participation in a short survey regarding Wasatch housing and transportation. To participate in either, click the link below.

Award Nominations & Survey Request.

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Need to know where to go to vote?

http://vote.utah.gov/elections/location/

Please remember to vote!

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Let’s Play Awareness Day with the Ogden Raptors

July 21, 2012
10:00 amto4:00 pm

The Ogden Raptors in conjunction with F.A.A.S.T. and Play 4 Autism are hosting a Let’s Play Awareness Day on July 21 from 10am – 4pm at Lindquist Field in Ogden. Click on the link below for more details.

Ogden Flyer.pdf application/pdf Object.

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Primary Election June 26, 2012

June 26, 2012

It’s summer. The kids are home from school. There are summer camps and work schedules and babysitters and beautifully tempting weather to work around. We are all busy with the day to day of our lives. It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle and forget to vote. It’s easy to say, “I’ll vote in November.” It’s much harder work to get involved, donate your time and resources to the candidates you believe in. But if you don’t, who will? Will the people that get involved represent the same ideas that you believe in? Will they find importance in the issues and causes that you do? The only way to be sure is to take the time to research the candidates, educate your friends and family, and participate.

If you are a member of GAP, receive our newsletter, follow our Facebook page, or visit our website, you are already involved. You are a person who cares about people with disabilities. I doubt you need a reminder about the importance of voting in Tuesday’s primary. But how about your next door neighbor? How about the new family at the end of the block? I am asking you to encourage their participation.

In the 2006 primary elections, less that 17% of the population participated in the vote. In the 2010 election, only 37.8% participated in the Federal election. I find those statistics unsettling and disturbing. The only possible upside is that it makes it pretty clear that only a small ripple of involvement could effect change. If only 17% of our population are participating in primary elections, it wouldn’t take much to ensure that people who understand disabilities and disability issues end up on the ballot in November. All we need to do is participate.

With that, I remind you all to vote on Tuesday. I don’t care how you vote. Just participate.

If you are unsure where to vote, visit the website of your county clerk. Maps and detailed information should be available there.

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