“America leads on disability rights by example, but we must advance them internationally,” says U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, in The Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 25: Now We Must Work for Global Equality.
Last week, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan resolution from U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Patty Murray (D-WA) to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed into law on July 26, 1990.
Senate Cosponsors of the resolution includes: Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA), Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Sen. Angus King (I-ME), Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA), Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).
OSERS recently announced a new funding opportunity, the Accessibility of Computers and Web Sites through an Automated Personalization Computing Project (APCP), to create the infrastructure we need to make it easier for any person of any age with any disability to more easily use any web enabled device at school, at home, at work, or in the community. This funding opportunity, totaling up to $20 million over five years, will implement a pilot demonstration of automated personalization for individuals with disabilities who are using information and communication technologies. Individuals with disabilities will be able to access communications and information technology on a secure basis no matter where they are (at school, work, home, or in the community), what kind of computer they work on (e.g., desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone, kiosk) or what software platform (e.g., PC, Mac, Android, iOS) they are using, as long as it is an APCP-enabled computer with Web access. OSERS is looking forward to receiving and evaluating applications and making the award by the end of this September, 2015.
House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN), Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Senate Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), and House Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA) met recently to discuss proceeding with a conference committee to resolve differences in the House- and Senate-passed bills to replace No Child Left Behind.
The House passed the Student Success Act on July 8.
The Senate passed the Every Child Achieves Act on July 16.
The two chambers will form a conference committee to reconcile the differences between the two bills and develop a bicameral agreement.
To read more about the Education and the Workforce Committee, click here.
To read more about the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, click here.