July 29 Briefings: The ADA and Key Principles of Community Integration

Please Attend and Ask Lawmakers to Attend

July 25, 2013--To mark the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), disability  advocates will hold two briefings on Capitol Hill on July 29 to educate congressional staff and lawmakers on the history, purpose, and vision of the ADA. 

The first of a series of briefings, speakers at Monday’s events will unveil the disability community’s Key Principles of Community Integration, and discuss the ADA's "integration mandate" and the Supreme Court's Olmstead decision. Specifically, the briefings will detail the Key Principles, the importance of the integration mandate for people with disabilities, what integration means, its implications for state service systems and for the Medicaid program, and the future of community integration.

What You Can Do

Please attend these important events. And please call your U.S. representative in the House and your two U.S. senators and ask them to attend, or have staff attend, these congressional briefings. 

Attendees should RSVP to Heather Ansley, hansley @ vetsfirst.org, or Jennifer Mathis, jenniferm @ bazelon.org. More details below.You can reach your lawmakers’ offices through the Capitol Switchboard--(202) 224-3121--or find their contact information at http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members.

 Briefing on The Americans with Disabilities Act and Community Integration 
(House side)

July 29, 10 am - noon
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Room HVC-200
Hosted by the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Rights Task Force and the Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus

Briefing on The Americans with Disabilities Act and Community Integration
(Senate side)

July 29, 2 pm - 4 pm
Senate Dirksen Building, Room 430
Hosted by the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Rights Task Force


  • Chai Feldblum, Commissioner, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Eve Hill, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights (Senate briefing only)
  • Samuel Bagenstos, Former Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights
  • Arlene Mayerson, Directing Attorney, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
  • Ira Burnim, Legal Director, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
  • Clyde Terry, Council Member, National Council on Disability
  • Vietress Bacon, former nursing home resident

Thank you!

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