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National Council on Disability Monthly Bulletin for November 2008
Date:12/8/2008

the country is moving forward and expanding opportunities and inclusion for Americans with disabilities. To that end, NCD will continue working with the President, Congress, and our stakeholders to produce meaningful policies that will have a positive influence for all people with disabilities.

National Summit on Disability Policy Update

To chart a course for better and improved policy change in the next decade (2010-2020), NCD will host a July 2010 National Summit on Disability Policy and develop a policy blueprint for the next decade. This milestone event, planned to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the passage of the ADA, will bring together 300-400 people with disabilities, and prominent stakeholders, including federal, community and private sector disability experts, who will confer and exchange ideas on themes pertinent to all people with disabilities. White papers are in development that will identify the key factors surrounding important issues, in order to allow summit delegates to discuss these issues and craft policy recommendations for the decade to follow. These topics will include employment, transportation, housing, education, health care, technology and telecommunications, homeland security and emergency preparedness, international issues, and others. Veterans' issues, underserved populations, and cross-cutting issues will be discussed as well.

National Council on Disability Welcomes New Legislative Affairs Specialist

NCD is pleased to announce that Anne C. Sommers became NCD's Legislative Affairs Specialist on November 24, 2008.

Sommers joins NCD after serving for two years as policy counsel at the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), where she educated congressional and White House staff on key disability legislation. She also bridged the organization's policy work and grassroots communications by producing
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