President Obama

5 Nov

CNN called the election the moment the last polls closed: Obama. Senator McCain just conceded.

I’ve linked to it before, but here it is again: The Obama/Biden position on disabilities.

They state on that page:

In addition to reclaiming America’s global leadership on this issue by becoming a signatory to — and having the Senate ratify — the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the plan has four parts, designed to provide lifelong supports and resources to Americans with disabilities. They are as follows:

First, provide Americans with disabilities with the educational opportunities they need to succeed.

Second, end discrimination and promote equal opportunity.

Third, increase the employment rate of workers with disabilities.

And fourth, support independent, community-based living for Americans with disabilities.

Here’s their statement on Autism.

This includes:

Appoint Federal ASD Coordinator to Oversee All Federal ASD Efforts:
Fully Fund the Combating Autism Act and Federal Autism Research Initiatives
Support Special Needs Education for Children with ASD
Support Universal Screening

Those are commitments. Thank you for those commitments, President Elect Obama. (We will be here to remind you of them, should the need arise).

They have committed to fully fund IDEA. It is hard to think that decades of unfulfilled commitments might just come to an end.

I like this one:

Barack Obama and Joe Biden will also work to change IDEA’s definition of “autism” to Autism Spectrum Disorders to ensure that all children diagnosed with ASD disorders receive the support they need.

That gets rid of the ambiguity as to whether someone with PDD or Aspergers can qualify for services and supports.

President elect Obama obviously has put some thought into his disability and autism platforms, if he chose these key issues to support.

Work, independent living, education, equal opportunity…

It will be tough, even with the President on our side. President Obama will need our support and input.

3 Responses to “President Obama”

  1. Gregory November 5, 2008 at 06:06 #

    I’m from Florida that has early voting which I did last Tuesday for Obama! Maybe now we can have a just and respectful health care system for all. I learned of his victory while I was in the kitchen right at 11:PM tonight! I’m glad to take part in the process and be a part of history! Being CP and 61 years old I feel I made my statement against the discrimination for which we all have had to go through and a new day has been born!

  2. mayfly November 5, 2008 at 07:17 #

    I was one of those standing athwart history, yelling “Stop.” But now that he’s my president I hope he and country prospers, and may God speed his efforts when they are for the common good.

    I’m not sure , “What is a just a respectful health care system?” My wife grew up with the NHS and is turned of fby socialized medicine. I think it is something the country needs.

  3. Bunny November 7, 2008 at 14:17 #

    Obama is rumored to be picking Robert Kennedy Jr. to head up the EPA. This is great news for enemies of science and reason everywhere.

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