The U.S. Senate has confirmed Thomas Perez as Labor Secretary! A champion for disability rights during his time at the U.S. Department of Justice, advocates across the nation are thrilled that he has stepped into this position.
The following press piece emphasizes the role Perez played as the head of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act. He has helped thousands of people with disabilities access opportunities to live in their own homes and communities and increased access to polling places. For the full story go to: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/index.php?/content/article/32246-1
Tom Perez understands the employment challenges and needs of the disability community and we have high hopes for his time in office.
Governor Bill Haslam's Administration Budget Amendment for 2013-2014 was issued this week. In it, the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Family Support Program was allocated $2.682 million dollars.
The best part is that this money was made recurring. Our community will not have to fight for full funding of this vital program next year. All $7.3 million will be recurring funds! While we continue to support a more robustly funded program, this is excellent news! On behalf of all recipients, including the well-spoken Long family, we thank Governor Haslam.
Cayden and Connor Long were the 2012 Sports Illustrated Kids of the Year. The brothers competed in their first triathalon, the Nashville Kids Triathalon, in 2011. Since then they have competed in a dozen races, and it all started with the Family Support Program.
It was older brother Connor's idea to start racing, and he thought it would be great for Cayden to join him. Cayden has cerebral palsy, so the challenge for him to compete included more than just training. Through the Family Support Program, their mom Jenny was able to buy a racing cart for Cayden to ride in and they have been going ever since.
They advocated for the program before the Tennessee House of Representatives last month, and the Tennessee Disability Coalition cannot thank them enough for their help!
The Disability Community's Legislative Reception was held January 29th, 2013 from 5:00-8:00pm at the Sheraton Hotel, 623 Union St, Nashville, TN 37219.
The event presented an opportunity for community members to meet and mingle with state policymakers.
The following day, January 30th, 2013 was Disability Day on the Hill at Legislative Plaza.
Thank you to all who attended this year's Day on the Hill! We were so proud of the turnout and engagement with legislators.