Members of Congress are back home this week for recess, so it’s the perfect time to meet with them about the Disability Integration Act (DIA)! If your Senators or Representative have still not signed on to the DIA, take action over the recess by urging them to become a cosponsor!
The Disability Integration Act (S. 910 and H.R. 2472) is a critical bill that would reverse the institutional bias and help disabled people stay in our homes and communities. The DIA is the next logical step in our fight for disability rights and the only piece of legislation that will protect our community from institutionalization. We need ALL of our Members of Congress to support the DIA!
We know the disability community has the power to make things happen, and every meeting, email, call, and action counts. Use this recess to educate your Senators and Representative on the DIA and urge them to become a cosponsor! Tell them that living in our own communities and making choices about our lives is our right, and as our elected officials, it’s their responsibility to protect that!
Learn more about the DIA at www.disabilityintegrationact.org.
Final Week: Participants Needed for the National Survey on Health Reform & Disability
The NIDILRR-funded Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) is looking for adults aged 18-62 with disabilities to complete an online survey about getting and using health insurance and health care services - the National Survey on Health Reform & Disability.
Why? We want to know how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is affecting your life. If you have private insurance, insurance from an employer, Medicaid, Medicare, or no insurance please take the survey.
Who? Adults ages 18 to 62 with any type of disability, chronic health condition or mental illness.
How? The survey should take about 20 minutes to complete and your responses are anonymous.
- Take the survey: http://bit.ly/disabilityhealth
The 14th Kansas Disability Caucus will be held in Topeka, KS on August 9th and 10th, 2018. People with all types of disabilities, of all ages, representing every county of the State, are invited to attend. The purpose of the Kansas Disability Caucus is to provide opportunities for Kansans with disabilities to learn, share, and provide solutions to issues faced by the disability community. A tradition that has occurred for years at the KS Disability Caucus is to recognize individuals and entities for their advocacy work or progress to improve life for Kansans with disabilities.
Below are the categories in which you can make nominations:
- Grassroots Advocate- an individual or group that has made systems change at the grassroots level to increase the independence of Kansans with disabilities.
- Peer Mentor- an individual who has acted as a peer mentor to another individual or individuals with disabilities to improve their life or lives.
- Community/Business Achievement- a community or a business that has gone out of their way to ensure the independence and access of individuals with disabilities.
- Local/State Government- a local or State government entity or body that has gone above requirements to ensure the independence and access of individuals with disabilities.
- Youth up to age 19- a youth age 19 or under with a disability that has advocated for themselves or other individuals with disabilities to improve their independence and/or access.
- Youth between ages 20 and 30- a youth with a disability between the ages of 20 and 30 that has advocated for themselves or other individuals with disabilities to improve their independence and/or access.
- Lifetime Achievement- an individual who has dedicated their life to making change for Kansans with disabilities to be able to live their lives through choice, independence, integration, and freedom.
Deadline to submit nominations is by 5:00 p.m. on June 27, 2018. Nomination form is here.
The Transportation Department announced Wednesday it was seeking comment for drafting rules for dealing with animals flying with passengers on planes.
The proposal asks for comment for 45 days about questions such as:
- Whether to treat psychiatric service animals the same as other service animals, such as for the blind and deaf.
- How to distinguish emotional-support animals from other service animals.
- Whether to require emotional-support animals to travel in containers or with a harness or leash.
- Potentially limiting the types of animals qualifying as emotional-support animals.
- Potentially prohibiting airlines from requiring veterinary health forms or immunization records for service animals.
Because of the rulemaking, the department says it will focus enforcement on clear violations of current rules that could affect the largest number of passengers.
The request for comment comes after American, Delta and United airlines revised their policies in recent months to prohibit animals such as reptiles and birds as comfort animals traveling with passengers in the cabin.
The goal of the rulemaking is to ensure that individuals with disabilities can travel with animals they rely on for assistance while also preventing fraud by travelers bringing along pets under the guise of service animals.
Here are the actual DOT notices:
- Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Air Travel
- Service Animal Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM)