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NDRN Comments on Senate Rules Committee Hearing on Early and Absentee Voting

The Voting Rights Amendment Act, S. 1945: Updating the Voting Rights Act in Response to Shelby County v. Holder Submitted comments for the hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee

The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) would like to thank the Senate Judiciary Committee for holding this important hearing on S. 1945, the Voting Rights Act Amendment. NDRN and the network of Protection and Advocacy (P&A) nationwide systems have been involved in advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities to vote for many years. Although the United States has made significant progress toward ensuring that its electoral system is accessible to everyone, there is still much work to be done. Read the full comment here.


NDRN Comments for Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Voting Rights Act Amendment, S. 1945

Election Administration: Examining How Early and Absentee Voting Can Benefit Citizens and Administrators Submitted comments for the hearing of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee

The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) would like to thank the Senate Rules and Administration Committee for holding this important hearing on early and absentee voting. NDRN and the nationwide network of Protection and Advocacy agencies have been involved for many years through the Protection and Advocacy for Voting Access (PAVA) program created in the 2002 Help America Vote Act in advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities to vote. Read the full comment here.


NDRN Comments for Senate HELP Committee Hearing on Olmstead at 15.

Comments Offered for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Roundtable

The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) would like to thank Senator Harkin, Senator Alexander and the members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions for holding this important roundtable on where we are as a society on community inclusion 15 years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Olmstead v. L.C.Read the full comment here.


The Fair Labor Standards Act: Is It Meeting the Needs of the Twenty-First Century Workplace?

The following testimony was submitted to the House Education and the Workforce, Workforce Protections Subcommittee

As the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy Systems and Client Assistance Programs for people with disabilities, the announcement of a hearing to examine aspects of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and whether the FLSA is meeting the needs of the Twenty-First Century Workplace sparked our interest.  We write to bring attention to Section 14(c) of the FLSA, which reflects an archaic and outdated view of the ability of people with disabilities to be competitively employed in integrated settings in the United States.  Read the full testimony here.


The Need for New Strategies for Improving Employment for People with Disabilities

The following testimony was submitted to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

As the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy Systems and Client Assistance Programs for people with disabilities, the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) would like to thank Senators Harkin and Enzi and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, for their recent attention to the employment-related needs of people with disabilities.  Read the full testimony.


Improving Employment Opportunities for People with Intellectual Disabilities

The following testimony was submitted to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

We would like to thank Senator Harkin for holding this important and timely hearing today.  The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is a nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Client Assistance Program (CAP) and Protection and Advocacy (P&A) systems, created by Congress in the 1970’s to protect the rights of children and adults with disabilities and their families. Read the full testimony.


20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disibilities Act

The following testimony was submitted to the House Judiciary Committee

July is a very significant month for me.  I was born in July, and so was the Americans with Disabilities Act.  I also had a life-changing accident in July. The ADA was three years old when my life changed and I was essentially re-born.  Growing up with the ADA, I consider it my metaphorical big brother.  On July 9th, 1993, the day after our eighth birthday, my twin and I were playing baseball on the sidewalk in my hometown.  I threw him a hardball, and he missed, sending the ball into traffic.  Wanting to show off, I darted after the ball into a busy four-lane road.  I made it across three lanes safely before being struck and thrown twenty-five feet.  Read all of Adrian's testimony.


Preventing Worker Exploitation: Protecting Individuals with Disabilities and Other Vulnerable Populations

The following testimony was submitted to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

The concept that individuals with disabilities should be earning less than their able-bodied peers is a throwback to the 1930’s and the creation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, during a time when veterans and others with physical disabilities were seeking factory jobs in the manufacturing industry. Read the testimony.

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