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National Council on Disability Releases Annual Survey of Federal Disability Policy – “Strength In Our Differences”
By Sunrise Group on October 31, 2013
Strength in Our Differences is NCD’s 2013 Progress Report summarizing the status of federal laws and programs serving an estimated 57 million Americans with disabilities, their families, and the diverse segments of the disability community. Consistent with the tradition begun in NCD’s seminal report from 1986, Toward Independence: An Assessment of Federal Laws and Programs Affecting Persons with Disabilities, the 2013 Progress Report is derived from the diverse voices of the disability community, including interviews with knowledgeable consumers, advocates, and experts on disability programs, supports, and services from across the nation. The title, Strength in Our Differences, symbolizes the diversity of experiences and abilities within the US disability community, consistent with and reflective of the diversity of experiences and abilities among all Americans.
By Kimberley Thompson on July 26, 2013
This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). On July 26, 1990, this landmark legislation was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush. The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities and guarantees equal opportunity in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services and telecommunications. Find out more about the 10 things you need to know about the ADA.
By Kimberley Thompson on July 23, 2013
Friday, July 26th will mark the 23rd Anniversary of the signing of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990. Without question, much work still needs to be done to ensure adequate funding, supports and services are available to enable people of all abilities the right to live in their respective communities. In the meantime, we celebrate the milestones that have been accomplished in the last 23 years under ADA. Events are planned across the country this Friday. To that, we tip our hats and say “bravo” to a great work in progress.
By Sunrise Group on July 22, 2013
On July 22, 2013, the United States filed a lawsuit against the State of Florida in federal district court to remedy ADA violations involving the State’s failure to provide services and supports to children with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. The lawsuit alleges that, as a result of the manner in which Florida administers its service system for children with significant medical needs, children with disabilities are unnecessarily segregated in nursing facilities when they could be served in their family homes or other community-based settings. The lawsuit further alleges that the State’s policies and practices place other children with significant medical needs in the community at serious risk of institutionalization in nursing facilities.
By Kimberley Thompson on July 11, 2013
It’s commonly known that July 4 is America’s Independence Day; but did you know that July also recognizes another landmark day celebrating independence? … July 26 this year will be the 23rd anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), a wide-ranging civil rights act signed into law in 1990, prohibiting discrimination based on disability. As we approach the 23rd Anniversary of the ADA and while reflecting on many promises yet to be fulfilled, the greater disabilities community is coming together to preserve and honor the contributions of people with disabilities and their allies in this important civil rights movement. Join us as we celebrate diversity and “Embrace Inclusion.”
By Kimberley Thompson on February 6, 2013
Assurant Solutions recently awarded $13,232 to Sunrise’s 120-person campus in Homestead. The company has a lengthy history of supporting Sunrise’s community programs along with many other local charities. This commitment has earned Assurant its well-deserved reputation as a leader in business and the philanthropic community. Sunrise greatly appreciates the continued financial support by the organization and also recognizes the personal commitment to volunteer made by many Assurant employees. As a corporate citizen, Assurant plays an integral and vital role in helping the most vulnerable and under-served groups in South Florida.
By Kimberley Thompson on July 16, 2012
In recognition of the 22nd Anniversary of the ADA and its ground-breaking federal policy milestone, Sunrise is launching our “Crib Notes” Project. Contributors are asked to use ONLY SIX WORDS to describe what disability services means to them. (for example, how did it change one’s life, what does it allow a person the freedom to do, how do services impact family members and the general public?, etc…. how far do the “ripples of community inclusion” travel?) The idea is to get the conversation started and to better understand the intangible value of an inclusive life.
By Kimberley Thompson on April 20, 2012
Eli Porter has shown us the exponential power of the internet as an effective tool for self-advocacy. Perhaps unexpected, he is a role-model. “The bar” for acceptable community inclusion has been forever raised. Going forward, inclusion must always be more than just “allowing people with intellectual disabilities to participate in an activity.”