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

d successfully by 180 nations around the world, who have made their currency readily distinguishable to people who are blind and visually impaired. The number of people with vision impairments is expected to increase substantially as the baby boom generation ages, thereby making it more important than ever that U.S. currency be accessible in the coming years. According to the Department of the Treasury, new printing equipment is expected to be in place by 2012. NCD has urged the Department of the Treasury to use this opportunity to phase in accessible currency.

NCD Member Activities

On February 18, NCD board member Young Woo Kang, Ph.D., was honored when the University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association named him and two others as Distinguished Alumni Fellows for 2008.

Dr. Kang is an author and the founding president of the Education and Rehabilitation Exchange Foundation, International, a nonprofit organization in the United States and Korea that promotes equal participation for people with disabilities through an annual international conference on disability issues.

Quarterly Meetings

NCD's spring quarterly meeting will be held April 21-23, 2008, at the Westin Arlington Gateway, 801 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA.

Preparations are also under way for NCD's summer and fall quarterly meetings, which will be held July 14-16, 2008, in Seattle, WA, and October 6-8, 2008, in Kansas City, MO.

These meetings are open to the public. People with disabilities are encouraged to attend and participate in the daily public comment segments of the meetings. The agendas will be posted at http://www.ncd.gov prior to each meeting.

GAO Issues FEMA Report

On February 27, the U.S. Government Accountability Office released GAO-08-369, National Disaster Response: FEMA Should Take Action to Improve Capacity and Coordination between Government and Voluntary Sectors. '/>"/>

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