White House Virtual Town Hall Meeting

On Thursday, July 14th from 1-2pm Eastern, Disability.gov will air a live “Virtual” Town Hall meeting to introduce top White House advisors on disability policy. If you have questions about disability-related subjects or issue areas, please submit them online by 6pm on Wednesday, July 13th. To watch this live event, go to Disability.gov’s home page on July 14th at 1pm, and click the button that says “Watch the White House Virtual Town Hall Live!”

The Arc to Bring Four Families to White House for Meeting on Medicaid

On Wednesday, July 6th, four families will join The Arc’s CEO Peter Berns and Public Policy Director Marty Ford in a meeting with key staff at the White House on Medicaid.  The purpose of the meeting is for the White House to hear how Medicaid cuts would affect each family’s circumstances as President Obama continues to engage in deficit reduction talks.

White House Disability Call This Week

The monthly White House Disability Call is Thursday May 26th at 3pm. It will feature Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali and the Department of Labor’s Director of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Patricia Shiu. The call-in number is (800) 230-1085 and the passcode is White House Disability Call.

Next White House Disability Call Scheduled for This Thursday

The next monthly White House Disability call will be on Thursday, April 28 at 2:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time. No agenda has yet been made available for this call. The White House encourages callers to dial in about five minutes early, due to the expected high number of callers. To participate, dial (888) 428-4479, and tell the operator that you would like to join the “White House Disability Call.” For live captioning, at the start time of the event, please login by clicking on the link below:
http://www.fedrcc.us//Enter.aspx?EventID=1745291&CustomerID=321

Next monthly disability call set for Thursday

The next monthly White House Disability call will be at 5:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time on March 31. The call will feature U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, as well as other Administration personnel.  The White House encourages callers to dial in about five minutes early, due to the expected high number of callers. To participate, dial (800) 230-159, and tell the operator that you would like to join the “White House Disability Call.”

White House hosts conference this week

On Thursday, March 10, the White House will host the Conference on Bullying Prevention. Participants will have the opportunity to talk with the President and senior Administration officials about how communities can work together to prevent bullying, a problem that disproportionately affects children with disabilities. The conference is by invitation only, but anyone can watch it through a live stream on the White House web site at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/

White House event to highlight partnership with disability community

On March 11 the White House and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will host an event to demonstrate the Obama administration’s commitment to emergency preparedness for people with disabilities. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate and the Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security on the National Security Staff, Heidi Avery, will be in attendance. During the event, among other activities, FEMA and the National Disability Rights Network will sign a Memorandum of Understanding describing how they will work together.

Second White House disability group conference call taking place next week

The White House Disability Group is hosting monthly calls to provide updates on various disability issues as well as to introduce persons who work on disability issues in the federal government. The White House strongly encourages wide distribution this email so that anyone who wants to participate can do so. Their next call will be Monday, January 10 at 3:00 PM Eastern. To join the call, please dial (800) 230-1093 and select “Disability Call” (instead of code). For live captioning, at time of call, log onto http://www.fedrcc.us//Enter.aspx?EventID=1679107&CustomerID=321

Monthly White House Conference Calls on Disability Issues – Launched this month

The White House Disability Group will host monthly conference calls to update the public on disability-related issues and to introduce Administration and other federal government staff who work on disability issues. The first call was held on Friday, December 3 and featured Alexa Posny, the Assistant Secretary of Education for Special Education and Judy Heumann, Special Advisor on International Disability Rights for the Department of State. Information on participating in future calls will be provided in the Capitol Insider.