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National Council on Disability Monthly Bulletin for February, 2008
Date:3/18/2008

NCD Celebrating 30 Years of Empowerment: 1978 - 2008

WASHINGTON, March 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the National Council on Disability's monthly bulletin for February 2008:

The Bulletin, which is free of charge and available at NCD's award-winning Web site (http://www.ncd.gov), brings you the latest issues and news affecting people with disabilities. To subscribe to the NCD listserv, go to http://listserv.access.gpo.gov, click on Online mailing list archives, select NCD-NEWS-L, click on Join or leave the list, then complete the short subscription form. Please send your editorial comments to Bulletin editor Mark S. Quigley (mquigley@ncd.gov).

NCD Releases Foster Care Report

On February 26, NCD released Youth with Disabilities in the Foster Care System: Barriers to Success and Proposed Policy Solutions (http://www.ncd.gov/newsroom/publications/2008/FosterCareSystem_Report.html ). The report focuses on the unique challenges older youth with disabilities face as they negotiate the foster care system.

The goal for our country's youth is to live healthy, happy lives and to become self-sufficient, contributing members of society as adults. However, subsets of youth cannot reach these goals with ease. These youth need additional supports to assist them in their journey toward a healthy adulthood, as they are more vulnerable than the 'average' youth and thus are more apt to fall through the cracks. Youth development researchers have determined that some specific youth populations are more vulnerable than others. This report examines one exceptionally challenged group in particular: older youth (specifically, preteens through young adults) with disabilities who are involved in the foster care system. '/>"/>

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