Census 2000: Counting America's Disabled

Last Update: Monday, 29-May-2006 06:13:14 PDT

From an e-mail of billf@zebra.net

Census 2000: Counting America's Disabled 

FROM:	American Disability Association
		Maryland Conference 
		College Park, Maryland
	Eugene Spencer is telling Washington how to count America's disabled.
What's so special about that, you may ask.  It's good news for America to
have Gene on their side.  In the next few years, America will face more
issues surrounding Disability than any other single problem affecting the
nation, the reason: baby-boomers.  Who better than Gene, who fought for and
obtained curb-cuts in his Southside neighborhood in Birmingham, a city slow
to make its' streets accessible, to help make sure Americans with
Disabilities, a population so easily overlooked, are counted.

	As America's population ages, it also becomes more disabled.  This is a
simple fact of nature, and many argue because of current medical
technology, this simple fact has become an issue of major importance.
Whether social programs in America can be made to stand the weight of this
increasing population is of major concern.  

	Spencer works for the American Disability Association, an association of
people with disabilities.  This group of people are among one of the first
affected by the Welfare Reform Act of 1996.

	Individuals, with or without a disability, are eligible to join the
American Disability Association.  Membership is open to the general public,
and costs $24.00(US) per year.  You may join the American Disability
Association by calling (888) 221-0088.  Members receive the official
American Disability Association bi-monthly publication, Disability Today
(Access Living in Canada).  Further information regarding our organization
is available through our website at www.adanet.org

	The American Disability Association has taken a strong stand against the
reforms of the Welfare Act.  Under that act, people with serious
disabilities (prevented from working for over 2 years), receive only 10% of
past due benefits with their first payment if they had a lawyer, one third
of past due benefits if they had no lawyer.  The disabled person waits at
least twelve full months for the government to receive payment of all
past-due disability benefits.  The American Disability Association
encourages everyone to complain to the Social Security Administration, as
well as their federal representatives, about this outrage.  The Social
Security Administration can be reached at (800) 772-1213.

	In the next several months, the shared International Discussion Groups on
Disability will be available through the associations' website.  

Company       	: American Disability Association
Contact        	: Gene Spencer
Phone      	: 205-323-0088
Fax            	: 205-251-7417
Email       	: GeneS@Zebra.Net
Address      	: 2201 Sixth Avenue South, Birmingham, AL.
Postal Code    	: 35233
URL            	: www.adanet.org



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