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The U.S. Department of Education wants YOUR comments on WIOA!
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:39:34 -0400 Starting today, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) and Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) have invited the public to share their comments and recommendations on their blog to help implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which was recently signed by President Obama on July 22, 2014. Input is helpful in identifying issues and concerns that should be addressed in order to fulfill the expectations of WIOA. It will also help as the Department begins to process of the implementation of the amendments to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973...
It’s August….Do You Know Where Your Members of Congress Are?!
Wed, 06 Aug 2014 16:45:46 -0400 They’re at home, having recently returned for a five week recess from Washington, DC! And for CEC advocates, it’s time to go to work! Your mission is simple: schedule meetings with your elected officials at their district office anytime from now until Congress reconvenes September 8th. With Congress expected to take action on education funding, now is the time to meet with your Congressional delegation! To assist you, CEC has put together a Congressional Recess Packet containing all the information you need to help in setting and holding your meetings (see attached): CEC’s Public Policy Agenda to highlight the other...
CRPD Passes through Foreign Relations Committee and Moves to Senate Floor
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:53:26 -0400 On Tuesday, July 22, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed on a 12-6 vote, The Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Two years ago the treaty passed in a similar voting style 13-6. Along with the full support of the Democrats, Senators John McCain (R-AZ), and John Barrasso (R-WY), joined in voting, sending the treaty to the Senate floor. The treaty has continuously been opposed by conservatives who continue to argue on a range of topics they believe deem the treaty unethical including: expansion of abortion rights, threats to certain parental rights, and a shift of power...
CEC Calls for Significant Steps to Reduce Racial, Ethnic Disparities in Special Education
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:45:17 -0400 Today, CEC called on the U.S. Department of Education to make sweeping changes to confront and remedy racial and ethnic disparities in special education by taking four actions: Establish national criteria that states can adopt to better identify racial/ethnic disparities; Expand resources to support states and school districts in identifying & addressing root causes; Create an information hub for evidence-based resources in key areas: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, social-emotional learning, culturally responsive pedagogy and classroom management strategies (see sample resources below); Increase the Federal IDEA investment to better allow for school-wide initiatives that benefit both students with and without...
CEC Applauds Signing of WIOA
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:02:57 -0400 On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). WIOA updates the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and maintains a focus on supporting the nation’s workforce development, job training and employment services system while expanding the role of state and local workforce boards to better match job-seekers with employment needs, in addition to boosting programs aimed at those with disabilities. A step forward in the right direction as agreed by those on both sides of the political spectrum. “Now that we have recovered from the Great Recession, we must expand opportunity to the people...
CRPD Passes through Foreign Relations Committee and Moves to Senate Floor
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:44:54 -0400 On Tuesday, July 22, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed on a 12-6 vote, The Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Two years ago the treaty passed in a similar voting style 13-6. Along with the full support of the Democrats, Senators John McCain (R-AZ), and John Barrasso (R-WY), joined in voting, sending the treaty to the Senate floor. The treaty has continuously been opposed by conservatives who continue to argue on a range of topics they believe deem the treaty unethical including: expansion of abortion rights, threats to certain parental rights, and a shift of power...
24th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act!
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:58:55 -0400 The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will turn 24 on July 26th, 2014. The ADA, which was passed in 1990, marks a milestone in civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in all areas of public life. The ADA ensures the rights and equality of persons with disabilities on the job, in school, in the community, in transportation and telecommunications and more. Learn more about ADA by checking out these resources: ADA.gov: The U.S. Department of Justice’s website, run by the agency’s Civil Rights Division, provides a comprehensive overview, information and technical assistance about the Americans with...
Senators to Advance International Disability Treaty Next Week; Your Advocacy Needed!
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:12:18 -0400 Here's how to advocate for individuals with disabilities across the world in only 2 minutes: Next Tuesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will consider whether to advance the United Nations Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, an international treaty that protects the human rights of individuals with disabilities Opponents continue to use inaccurate scare tactics to diminish support in the Senate. Join CEC in correcting the record - email your Senators today! The CRPD can only be voted on by the full Senate if it passes the Foreign Relations Committee - urge your Senators to support the treaty....
Senator Harkin Calls for Big Push on The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:31:45 -0400 Senator Harkin (D-Ia.), a longtime disability advocate, is leading a renewed advocacy effort to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), an international treaty that is the vital framework to protect the human rights of persons with disabilities across the world. In a rally with advocates today, Harkin noted the great progress that has been made over the past several months while strongly advising that there is still work to be done. Advocates are pushing for the Senate to consider the CRPD by the end of this month. With National Disability Awareness week starting...
The White House Welcomes New Disability Advisor
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:19:11 -0400 The White House has been without a liaison to the disability community since Claudia Gordon left the position in April, after less than a year on the job. But this week, Taryn Mackenzie Williams assumed the role of advisor within the White House’s Office of Public Engagement, providing a bridge between the disability community and President. Williams is expected to fill this role on a short-term basis as she is on “detail” (a fancy government word for “loan”) from her position as senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. Along with her work...