ERIC Number: ED438674
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec-1
Reference Count: N/A
Lift Every Voice: Modernizing Disability Policies and Programs To Serve a Diverse Nation.
National Council on Disability, Washington, DC.
This report to the President and Congress addresses issues affecting people with disabilities from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds, based on a series of meetings which identified remaining barriers to full participation and developed recommendations for improving federal policies and programs. The main barriers which emerged were: (1) "having a seat at the table" (barriers to employment, public accommodations, transportation, and culturally competent service delivery); (2) "getting in the door" (barriers to citizenship); and (3) "being recognized" (barriers to accurate demographic data). The most important recommendation is that an interagency team (composed of representatives from the Departments of Education, Labor, Health and Human Services, Justice, and Housing and Urban Development, along with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Small Business Administration, and Federal Communications Commission) develop and implement a large-scale outreach and training program, targeted to people with disabilities from diverse cultural backgrounds and their families, that will present a series of forums, workshops, and seminars across the country. It is also recommended that interagency teams recruit, train, and contract with people with disabilities to help develop these programs and materials, and that any potential financial barriers to participation be eliminated. The mission statement of the National Council on Disability is appended. (DB)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Agency Cooperation, Cultural Differences, Data Collection, Delivery Systems, Demography, Disabilities, Federal Programs, Government Role, Needs Assessment, Participative Decision Making, Policy Formation, Racial Differences
National Council on Disability, 1331 F St., NW, Suite 1050, Washington, DC 20004-1107. Tel: 202-272-2004 (Voice); Tel: 202-272-2074 (TTY); Fax: 202-272-2022; Web site: http://www.ncd.gov. For full text: http://www.ncd.gov/newsroom/publications/lift report.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council on Disability, Washington, DC.