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

ADA protections. Congress intended the ADA to provide a comprehensive prohibition against disability-based discrimination. Regrettably, the Supreme Court has narrowed the ADA definition of "disability" such that people with real disabilities can be discriminated against by employers, who argue the victim cannot pursue and ADA discrimination claim because the person does not have a disability. Protection from disability discrimination is a civil right, not a social service, and should apply to anyone who is discriminated against because of a disability.

NCD to Release Foster Youth Report

On February 26, NCD will release Youth with Disabilities in the Foster Care System: Barriers to Success and Proposed Policy Solutions. The release will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Conference Room 505A.

NCD's report examines one exceptionally challenged group in particular: older youth (specifically, preteen through young adult) with disabilities who are in the foster youth system. The report makes several recommendations regarding cross-system collaboration and transition services that can be used as a launching pad for further intensive and detailed discussions with involvement from a wide range of stakeholders -- including the youth themselves.

NCD Member Activities

On January 28, NCD board member Cynthia Wainscott was appointed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to its National Advisory Council. The SAMHSA National Advisory Council is a 12-member panel of experts that meets regularly to advise the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and SAMHSA's Administrator on a wide range of public health matters related to prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.

Ms. Wainscott is a former CEO and President of Mental Health America, Cartersville, GA. Her work with the National Institute of Mental Health
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