Last week the White House Office of Public Engagement hosted a disability issues oriented event as part of our observance of National African American History Month under this year’s theme of Civil Rights in America.
NCD Congratulates Aaron Bishop on his Appointment as Commissioner of the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD)
Washington, DC - March 7, 2014 -The National Council on Disability (NCD) – an independent federal agency of 15 Presidentially-appointed Council Members who advise the President, Congress and other federal agencies on disability policy – congratulates former NCD Executive Director Aaron Bishop on his appointment as Commissioner of the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) within the Administration for Community Living (ACL). AIDD provides financial and leadership support in every state and territory in the United States to ensure that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities fully participate in and contribute to all aspects of community life.
“I’ve known Aaron since 2004. First as a Hill staffer, then as colleagues at ACL,” said Rebecca Cokley, NCD Executive Director. “From his work at the Council to his days before that on Capitol Hill, Aaron has been a dedicated champion of self-advocacy, youth transition, community supports, and making sure disability has its rightful place within the tapestry of diversity. NCD welcomes his permanent appointment as Commissioner and looks forward to working with both Aaron and AIDD toward achieving our shared goals of full inclusion for people with disabilities in the social, civic and economic fabric of American life.”
Bishop was Executive Director of NCD from November 2010 until February 2013. He has been Acting Commissioner of AIDD since November, 2013 when Sharon Lewis, his predecessor, began serving as both the deputy administrator of ACL and as the disability policy advisor to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.
Bishop has nearly two decades of experience working both with and for individuals with disabilities in direct and public policy areas. Before serving at NCD, Bishop received a Kennedy Foundation Public Policy Fellowship to work on federal disability policy and legislation for the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee.
As Project Coordinator for the Waisman Center University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Bishop managed projects to further the rights of individuals with disabilities. He also served as the Site Coordinator and Director of Technical Assistance for the National Service Inclusion Project for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.
About the National Council on Disability (NCD): NCD is an independent federal agency of 15 Presidentially-appointed Council Members and full-time professional staff, who advise the President, Congress and other federal agencies on disability policy, programs, and practices.
Ed Walker fell in love with radio as a kid in the 1930s. Today, as the host of WAMU 88.5’s beloved Sunday night show, he introduces a new generation to classic programs from the golden age of radio.
This Saturday, March 1, is the 2014 Day of Mourning – a day for disability communities, organizations, and support groups around the country will gather and cherish the memories of those who we have lost to senselessness violence at the hands of those closest to us and to continue to strive to seek justice for these crimes so as to prevent them from ever occurring again.
In the past five years, over forty people with disabilities have been murdered by their parents. In the year since our last vigil, our community has lost at least ten more victims. In January of 2014 alone, two more disabled people were lost in murder-suicides at the hands of their parents: Damien Veraghen, age nine, and Vincent Phan, age twenty four.
In a horrifying trend, parents and caregivers—those whom one should be able to trust most—are committing murder against disabled people in their care. In the media, these murders are being labeled justifiable due to the “burden” of the disabled person’s care. The murderers are then given sympathy, and the victims are unfairly disregarded. The disabled community is coming together to mourn those losses and bring awareness to these tragedies.
ASAN asks you to join us on March 1 in this year’s vigils to bring awareness to the ongoing tragedy, and to demand equal rights, protection and justice for all citizens.
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The North Jersey Developmental Center in Totowa will close July 1, 2014 and the Woodbridge Developmental Center will close on July 1, 2015, according to a memo from the Christie administration.
Tom Rinaldi reports on the life of Richie Parker, who overcame being born without arms to become a chassis and body component designer for Hendrick Motorsports.
Color of Change has launched a voting protections campaign demanding a constitutional amendment protecting the right to vote for all. Protecting the right to vote is a critical issue for the disability community. Pictured here is Civil Rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer’s next to one of her quotes, “Nobody’s free until everybody’s free.”
SAN ANTONIO â” A federal judge in San Antonio has declared Texas’ ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia, however, also issued a stay, meaning the ban stays in effect for the time being. One lesbian couple had to go to Massachusetts to get married, and they want Texas to recognize the union. A second gay couple have a courtship of 17 years and want to get married here in their home state. Both sued the state in federal court aiming to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage, saying it is unconstitutional. firstname.lastname@example.org
ASAN KC is plotting for April and beyond.
- Talk on public radio, or have a symposium or something.
- Protest at the horsey fountain (http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=country%20club%20plaza%20protest)
- Gallery show of local Autistic artists
- Publish a zine
- Get involved with cultural events
- Organize a neurodiversity day at the zoo or somewhere
- Mentor high school students and homeschoolers
Since 2005,134 StandYourGround-related fatalities, including 26 children, have occurred in FL alone. Reform stand your ground #RememberTrayvon