ERIC Number: ED399758
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jul-26
Reference Count: N/A
Achieving Independence: The Challenge for the 21st Century. A Decade of Progress in Disability Policy--Setting an Agenda for the Future.
National Council on Disability, Washington, DC.
The National Council on Disability (NCD) held a National Summit on Disability Policy on April 27-29, 1996 at which 300 grassroots disability leaders gathered to discuss how to achieve independence in the next decade. Following an analysis of disability demographics and disability rights and culture, disability policy is assessed in 11 areas: policy coordination, civil rights, education, employment, social security and other income maintenance, health insurance and health care, long-term services in the community, technology, housing, transportation, and international issues. Recommendations were made in each policy area. The overarching themes of the recommendations were: (1) existing laws should be enforced; (2) people with disabilities should direct policy when they are affected by the outcome; (3) outreach and awareness campaigns must be launched to educate the public; (4) incentives for the inclusion of people with disabilities must be further developed and implemented; (5) principles of universal design should be universally applied; (6) systems, services, and supports for people with disabilities must be further developed as a part of the mainstream of community life; and (7) accurate data about people with disabilities should be regularly collected, analyzed, and reported. Appendices include recommendations for the NCD, a description of emerging issues, and remarks made by Marca Bristo, Chairperson of NCD, and Justin Dart at the national summit. (Contains approximately 80 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Agenda Setting, Civil Rights, Civil Rights Legislation, Demography, Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment, Empowerment, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Futures (of Society), Health Insurance, Health Services, Housing, Incidence, Independent Living, Long Term Care, Personal Autonomy, Policy Formation, Public Policy, Self Determination, Social Services, Technology, Transportation
National Council on Disability, 1331 F St., NW, Suite 1050, Washington, DC 20004-1107; telephone: 202-272-2004; tty: 202-272-2074; fax: 202-272-2022.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council on Disability, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Social Security