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National Council on Disability Monthly Bulletin for November 2007
Date:12/19/2007

the activities of YAC.

NCD Presents Congressional Testimony

On November 8, NCD chairperson John R. Vaughn submitted written testimony (http://www.ncd.gov/newsroom/testimony/2007/written_testimony_11-8-07.htm) on employment to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP).

On November 15, Mr. Vaughn presented written testimony (http://www.ncd.gov/newsroom/testimony/2007/restoring_11-15-07.htm) on the ADA Restoration Act to the Senate HELP Committee.

NCD Advisory Committees Update

International Watch

NCD's International Watch advisory committee met on November 1. Discussion included updates from the United States Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development on their current disability inclusion efforts, including the work being done to more fully incorporate disability within the United States Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. The discussion also included the latest countries to sign the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. As the time of this writing, 118 countries have signed the Convention and 7 countries have ratified. Three countries have also ratified the Optional Protocol. The Convention will enter into force on the 30th day following the 20th ratification or accession. The Optional Protocol will enter into force on the 30th day following the 10th ratification or accession.

Youth

With its charter renewed until October 2009, NCD's YAC met on November 15, 2007, after welcoming seven new members, new officers (Amy Doherty-chair; Carly Fahey-vice chair; Matt Cavedon -Secretary), procedural workgroup leaders (Ari Ne'eman-Policy; Daman Wandke-Outreach and Networking), and mentors (Stephanie Orlando and Miranda Pelikan). T
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