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Second Hearing on the UN’s Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: 11/21, 9:30AM EST

One of the important tidbits in today’s UCP SmartBrief was mention of this week’s hearing on the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

A second hearing on the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), an international treaty that reflects the values and standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act, has been scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 21. Secretary of State John Kerry will be testifying about the treaty, and you can help show your support by calling key senators or attending the hearingLearn more and find out how to help support this important treaty!

Hearing Information & 11/21 Live Stream: http://www.foreign.senate.gov/hearings/convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities-11-21-2013



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Encountering hurdles to inclusion

I’m writing to share a local parent’s very recent experience, and our communities suggestions to him, in the hopes that it helps parents elsewhere work through some of these issues. 

An inclusion parent in our district has been trying to work with his Principal to build inclusion resources at their school, and has been encountering a lot of resistance and apathy.

I hate to hear stories about this that center around Principals especially, as I firmly believe that it is a core part of our Principals responsibility as educators and leaders to proactively champion inclusive community.

This parent was thwarted on two fronts:  rejection by staff of an inclusion parent group that he started, and dismissal of his attempts to plan and implement Inclusive Schools Week (ISW) at his school.

Regarding the latter, I’ll comment, as a parent who has had sucess, that the idea of ISW is a nicely packaged tool to build inclusive schools. BUT, it also is not well known and therefore often is greeted with skepticism. It’s just another illustration of the fact that we parents are not only working hard to find a path for our kids’ success, but are having to be leaders and advocates for change in our schools and communities amidst a population with a large variance of understanding. As an example, our school district has been very sluggish in implementing ISW on a broader scale and instilling its importance, providing uninspiring resources too late in the game for schools to really plan and implement a program.

Due to the state of schools in the U.S. at this time, including a lack of adequate professional development around inclusion, all of this requires positive parent involvement—including strategic planning, volunteer hours, cohort building, teacher support, etc.—to make it happen and give it legs to grow.

Here’s the advice our struggling friend has been given to date—please feel free to comment with other constructive thoughts.

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Team USA Visits the White House

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Ensuring Civic Access for Persons with Disabilities

September 13, 2012, U.S. Department of Justice


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National Forum on Disability Issues

I know, I know…I said I was quiet now, but the election season is bringing some advocacy opportunities to the fore.

Important things you can do for disability advocacy from the comfort of your own home this week, to influence the election season and advance the civic dialogue for persons with disabilities:

#1 – Contact President Barack Obama and request that he attend and participate in the Forum

Click here for links and invitation templates

#2 – Register for the live Webcast

Visit the NFDI website to Register

#3 – Spread the word!  Post links to the NFDI and invitations on candidates’ Facebook pages, blog about it, etc.  Never forget that there’s power in unified numbers.


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USDOE Funds Centers that Support Parents of Students with Disabilities

from the White House Disability Group e-news, September 11, 2012

U.S. Department of Education Awards More than $9.8 Million to Fund Centers for Parents of Students with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education recently announced the award of more than $9.8 million in grants to 16 states to operate 25 Parent Training and Information (PTI) Centers for parents of students with disabilities. The Department also awarded $1.1 million to provide funding for 11 Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs) in nine states and Puerto Rico.

With the new grants, the Department now funds 101 information centers for parents of children and youth with disabilities. Every state has at least one PTI that assists parents as they work to ensure their children receive a free, appropriate public education as guaranteed by federal law. In addition, CPRCs provide services to underserved parents of children with disabilities in targeted communities throughout the country.

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Note: If you received this email as a forward but would like to be added to the White House Disability Group email distribution list, please visit our website athttp://www.whitehouse.gov/disability-issues-contact and fill out the “contact us” form in the disabilities section, or you can email us at disability@who.eop.gov and provide your full name, city, state, and organization.

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Know a hero? Nominate them for The 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal!

from The White House, April 16, 2012

“We’re  looking for Americans who have made a difference in their communities but who may not have received national attention. Does that sound like someone you know?  Visit WhiteHouse.gov/CitizensMedal and nominate a hero in your community today!

> Nominations due April 24, 2012; all guidelines and criteria can be found on the website.


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