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Policy & Advocacy Newsline ~ November 2021

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Update on Infrastructure and Reconciliation Bills

After months of negotiations, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the $550 billion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, strengthening the nation’s infrastructure and making other improvements such as making public transportation more accessible and increasing access to broadband internet. This bipartisan bill, which passed the House by a vote of 228-206, had already been passed out of the U.S. Senate in August by a vote of 69-30, so no further action is needed by Congress. President Biden is expected to sign this bill into law today.

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NDSC E-News ~ October 2021

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With Executive Director David Tolleson

David Tolleson, NDSC Executive DirectorAfter 19 years of service, today marks my last day with the NDSC. What a privilege it has been to meet and work with so many of you over the years!

During my tenure as NDSC’s longest-serving Executive Director, I’m proud of many things. Our convention has grown to be the largest of its kind in the world. We have expanded our outreach to many previously underserved communities.

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Policy & Advocacy Newsline – October 2021

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month and Employment Legislation

NDEAM 2021

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), as designated by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). The goal of NDEAM is to commemorate the many and varied contributions of people with disabilities to American’s workplaces and economy. This year’s theme, “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion,”  reflects the importance of ensuring that people with disabilities have full access to employment and community inclusion during our nation’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NDSC E-News The Down Syndrome Awareness Month Edition

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with NDSC Executive Director David Tolleson

David Tolleson, NDSC Executive DirectorOctober is wonderful for many reasons – the arrival of sweater weather, apple picking, and trick-or-treating. But one of the very best things about October is that it’s Down Syndrome Awareness Month! NDSC families led the successful effort to convince President Ronald Reagan to establish the yearly observance in 1984.

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Policy & Advocacy Newsline ~ September 2021

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Update on the Build Back Better Reconciliation Bills

President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda contains many provisions designed to increase the inclusion of people with disabilities in every aspect of society. The plan includes expanding Medicare and Medicaid with unprecedented investments in Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS).  It also calls for better pay and benefits for caregivers, increasing competitive integrated employment opportunities for disabled workers, and eliminating the payment of subminimum wage under Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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NDSC E-News ~ August 2021

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Mission Moment

with NDSC Executive Director David Tolleson

David Tolleson, NDSC Executive DirectorTo me, back-to-school time has always felt more like the beginning of a new year than has the first of January. Whether as a child or as a parent, the start of a new school year has always signaled a time to wrap up the summer and start something new (and, hopefully, exciting!).

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NDSC E-News ~ July 2021

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Mission Moment

With NDSC Executive Director David Tolleson

David Tolleson, NDSC Executive DirectorIt’s almost back-to-school time, and for some kids that means a trip to the doctor. Now, no one likes getting shot, but a moment of discomfort can have a lifetime of benefit for ourselves and for society. Never had smallpox? Thank vaccines! In fact, add polio, tetanus, and a host of other diseases to that list of diseases you haven’t contracted, thanks to vaccines.

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Policy & Advocacy Newsline ~ July 2021

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Convention Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended the 49th Annual NDSC Convention! The Policy Team was busy with our Annual Advocacy Training Boot Camp as well as two other workshop sessions:

What’s Happening in D.C. & What You Can Do, was presented by  Stephanie Smith Lee and  Ricki Sabia.  Stephanie Smith Lee, Debra Hart of Think College, Destination Dawgs graduate Marina Martinez and her Mother Zoila Martinez presented the session  Introduction to Inclusive Higher Education

The Advocacy Training Boot Camp had over 350 live participants from all over the country! Topics included: Untangling the Legislative Process, Engaging with Elected Officials, A One-Pager Demo, Mock Legislator Meeting, Social Media Tips, and more!

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NDSC E-NEWS Post Convention

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Mission Moment

with Executive Director, David Tolleson

David Tolleson, NDSC Executive DirectorAnd just like that, half the year is gone. But what a way to finish out the second quarter – this year’s NDSC Virtual Convention was outstanding! This was the world’s largest online presentation of workshops, Deep Dives, social engagement, and interaction for self-advocates, their families, and the professionals who work with them. If you missed it, you missed a lot. Fortunately, if you are a registered attendee, you still have nearly 3 months to watch recordings at your leisure.

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Policy & Advocacy Newsline ~ June 2021

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Kick-off the NDSC Convention with the 4th Annual Advocacy Training Boot Camp
The NDSC 49th Annual Convention will kick off with the 4th NDSC Advocacy Training Boot Camp.  Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced in your advocacy journey, this three-hour boot camp will give you the tools you need to be an effective advocate. Designed to be an advocacy mini-course with a focus on legislative advocacy, participants will leave energized and with new tools for their advocacy toolbox.  The virtual NDSC Advocacy Training Boot Camp is included with all General Conference and Youth & Adults Conference registrations, with no additional registration or RSVP required.  The boot camp will feature self-advocates who are making a difference through their personal advocacy efforts, sibling advocates, parent advocates, a State Representative, a State Senator, and the expert NDSC Policy & Advocacy Team.

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