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National Council on Disability Bulletin, January 2008
Date:2/15/2008

.html). The report notes progress where it has occurred and makes further recommendations where necessary to the executive and legislative branches of the Federal Government.

NCD has observed many examples of continued progress in disability policy. Among these are the Help America Vote Act for increasing access to elections for Americans with disabilities, developments under the Assistive Technology Act that hold out the promise for enhanced coordination in the delivery of services, and the positive role of the Department of Justice in a recent Detroit public transit case. This is just some of the positive progress we note as a result of the Administration's leadership through the New Freedom Initiative.

Notwithstanding this progress, many challenges remain for our citizens who are living with disabilities and who wish to be more independent, more productive, and more actively involved in their families and communities. Far too many Americans are desperately trying to improve the quality of their lives, but they are frustrated by a lack of affordable accessible housing, transportation, and long-term services and supports. NCD will continue to develop policy recommendations to address these issues.

NCD Provides ADA Restoration Act Testimony

On January 29, The House Committee on Education and Labor held a hearing on H.R. 3915, the Americans with Disabilities Restoration Act of 2007. NCD submitted written testimony for the record, which is available at http://www.ncd.gov/newsroom/testimony/07testimony.htm. It is more important than ever that Congress restore the ADA to its original congressional intent. People with disabilities such as epilepsy, depression, diabetes, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and hearing loss are experiencing discrimination in the workplace, with no recourse, because courts must follow Supreme Court precedent that excludes them from
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