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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Making Policy the Right Way

Although President-elect Barack Obama has not yet taken office, he already has begun to make good on his campaign promises to consider a wide variety of viewpoints and to empower people with disabilities. The Obama transition team's disability coordinator, Kareem Dale, met last Friday with six advocacy organizations, including the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, to discuss autism policy issues. The new administration is seeking to identify high-priority issues within the autism community.

As our new president prepares to take office in these difficult times, with so many urgent matters that require his attention, it is heartening to see that he recognizes the importance of consulting with autistic self-advocates as essential stakeholders in the development of policy on autism-related issues.

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3 Comments:

  • My husband and I were discussing this last night and we are very excited about the prospects for the future.

    By Blogger A Bishops Wife, at 7:27 AM  

  • ABFH, do you know what were the other 5 autism-related advocacy oprganizations that met with the Obama team's disability coordinator? I'd be interested to know.

    By Blogger Lili Marlene, at 12:50 AM  

  • The other groups were Easter Seals, TASH, the Marino Foundation, Autism Speaks, and the Autism Society of America.

    By Blogger abfh, at 10:35 AM  

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