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National Council on Disability An independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress to enhance the quality of life for all Americans with disabilities and their families. Letter of Transmittal January 15, 2008 The President The White House Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President: On behalf of the National Council on Disability (NCD), it is my duty and honor to submit NCD’s National Disability Policy: A Progress Report, as required by Section 401(b)(1) of the Rehabi
  National Council on Disability  An independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congressto enhance the quality of life for all Americans with disabilities and their families. Letter of Transmittal January 15, 2008The PresidentThe White HouseWashington, DC 20500Dear Mr. President:On behalf of the National Council on Disability (NCD), it is my duty and honor to submitNCD’s National Disability Policy: A Progress Report  , as required by Section 401(b)(1) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.This report covers the period from December 2005 through December 2006. It reviewsfederal policy activities by issue areas, noting progress where it has occurred andmaking further recommendations where necessary to the executive and legislativebranches of the Federal Government.As noted in the report, NCD has observed many examples of continued progress indisability policy. Among these are the Help America Vote Act for increasing access toelections for Americans with disabilities, developments under the Assistive TechnologyAct that hold out the promise for enhanced coordination in the delivery of services, andthe positive role of the Department of Justice in a recent Detroit public transit case. Thisis just some of the positive progress we note as a result of the Administration’sleadership through the New Freedom Initiative.Notwithstanding this progress, many challenges remain for our citizens who are livingwith disabilities and who wish to be more independent, more productive, and moreactively involved in their families and communities. Far too many Americans aredesperately trying to improve the quality of their lives, but they are frustrated by a lack of affordable accessible housing, transportation, and long-term services and supports.NCD will continue to develop policy recommendations to address these issues.In the past year, NCD has undertaken and completed a number of projects that supportthe Administration’s New Freedom Initiative and that respond to NCD’s statutorymission. In particular, NCD has issued a series of policy evaluations and evidence-based studies that measure progress toward implementation of the Americans withDisabilities Act.NCD encourages all government agencies and Congress to use our work as areference point and source of data for recommendations and as a basis for further examination of issues that affect the lives of people with disabilities. NCD will continue 1  to work with the Administration and Congress to ensure that every individual with adisability has access to the American dream.Thank you for your continuing leadership on these issues, and please contact me if youhave any questions.Sincerely,John R. VaughnChairperson(The same letter of transmittal was sent to the President Pro Tempore of the U.S.Senate and the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.) 2  National Council on Disability Members and Staff  Members John R. Vaughn, ChairpersonChad Colley, Vice Chair Patricia Pound, Vice Chair Milton Aponte, J.D.Victoria Ray CarlsonRobert R. Davila, Ph.D.Graham HillMarylyn HoweYoung Woo Kang, Ph.D.Kathleen MartinezLisa MattheissLonnie MooreAnne M. Rader Cynthia WainscottLinda Wetters Staff  Michael C. Collins, Executive Director Martin Gould, Ed.D., Director of Research and TechnologyMark S. Quigley, Director of CommunicationsJulie Carroll, Senior Attorney Advisor Joan M. Durocher, Senior Attorney Advisor Sharon M. Lisa Grubb, Special Assistant to the Executive Director Geraldine Drake Hawkins, Ph.D., Senior Program AnalystBrenda Bratton, Executive AssistantStacey S. Brown, Staff AssistantCarla Nelson, Secretary 3  Acknowledgments The National Council on Disability expresses its sincere appreciation to SteveMendelsohn, Esq., for all his work in the development of this report. 4
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