[nfbmi-talk] a release from obama

joe harcz Comcast joeharcz at comcast.net
Fri Feb 18 19:10:08 UTC 2011

I don't know. There are a whole lot of smoke and mirrors in all of the 
budget proposals from this one all the way through the local....

But, I read it as an increse ... I'll write to some parties and find out for 
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Christine Boone" <christine_boone at comcast.net>
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Subject: Re: [nfbmi-talk] a release from obama

I see that the amount for independent living services to older blind is 
listed as $34 million.   That is also the current funding level for this 
program.  So, I wonder if this is actually an increase, or just this year's 
budgeted amount.

On Feb 16, 2011, at 3:53 PM, joe harcz Comcast wrote:

> I find the proposed increases for elderly blind and other items here quite 
> interesting.
> Joe
> 2/15/2011
> For Immediate Release
> Contact:
> Javier Robles, J.D.
> Thisabled
> U.S. President's Disability Budget
> Winning the Future for People with Disabilities
> The Federal Budget
> Fiscal Year 2012
> Having emerged from the worst recession in generations, the President has 
> put forward a plan to rebuild our economy and win the future by 
> out-innovating,
> out-educating, and out-building our global competitors and creating the 
> jobs and industries of tomorrow. But we cannot rebuild our economy and win 
> the
> future if we pass on a mountain of debt to our children and grandchildren. 
> We must restore fiscal responsibility, and reform our government to make 
> it
> more effective, efficient, and open to the American people. The 
> President's 2012 Budget is a responsible approach that puts the nation on 
> a path to live
> within our means so we can invest in our future - by cutting wasteful 
> spending and making tough choices on some things we cannot afford, while 
> keeping
> the investments we need to grow the economy and create jobs. It targets 
> scarce federal resources to the areas critical to winning the future: 
> education,
> innovation, clean energy, and infrastructure. And it proposes to reform 
> how Washington does business, putting more federal funding up for 
> competition,
> cutting waste, and reorganizing government so that it better serves the 
> American people.
> To win the future for people with disabilities, the Budget will:
> Increase Funding for the Education of Children with Disabilities. The 
> Budget provides a $200 million increase for the Individuals with 
> Disabilities Education
> Act (IDEA) State Grants to provide a high quality education and help 
> offset State and local education costs for children with disabilities. The 
> Budget
> also provides a $50 million (11 percent) increase for the IDEA Infants and 
> Families Program to provide the youngest children a good start. In 
> addition,
> a new $30 million joint pilot, Promoting Readiness of Minors in SSI 
> (PROMISE), will develop and evaluate innovative approaches to improving 
> outcomes of
> children receiving Supplemental Security Income and their families.
> Encourage Workforce Innovation. The Budget provides almost $380 million to 
> the Departments of Education and Labor, for a Workforce Innovation Fund to 
> support
> reforms of the workforce system, including projects that improve education 
> and employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. The Vocational 
> Rehabilitation
> program will contribute $30 million, and use its expertise to help ensure 
> that the Fund invests in innovative programs and evidence-based practices 
> to
> provide high-quality employment services to individuals with disabilities, 
> including those with significant disabilities.
> Support Workers with Disabilities. The Budget provides $24 million to the 
> Department of Labor for the Disability Employment Initiative, which awards 
> grants
> to build the capacity of One-Stop Career Centers to serve individuals with 
> disabilities. The Budget also proposes a new Disability Insurance Work 
> Incentives
> Simplification Pilot to make the Social Security work rules more 
> straightforward and allow beneficiaries more flexibility to try to work 
> without fear of
> losing their benefits.
> Reduce Social Security Claims Backlog. Disability programs are at the 
> forefront of the Social Security Administration's (SSA's) operations. The 
> Budget funds
> SSA to lower the initial claims backlog to 650,000 by processing over 
> three million claims. By hearing approximately 822,500
> cases in 2012, the wait time for a decision will fall below a year for the 
> first time in a decade. In addition, the Administration will establish a 
> Disability
> Research Center through SSA's research office. This Center will work 
> across agencies and in collaboration with outside researchers to improve 
> the quality
> of disability research.
> Expand Disability Research. The Budget provides $120 million for the 
> National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), 
> including $10
> million to support a new cloud computing initiative that uses the internet 
> infrastructure to improve technology access through the development, 
> implementation,
> and delivery of mechanisms that will provide on-demand accessibility for 
> everyone who faces technology accessibility barriers. NIDRR conducts 
> comprehensive
> and coordinated programs of research and related activities to maximize 
> the full inclusion, social integration, employment, and independent living 
> of individuals
> with disabilities of all ages.
> Strengthen Independent Living. The Budget includes more than $103 million 
> for Grants for Independent Living program that would provide formula 
> grants to
> States to support the provision of independent living services through 
> centers for independent living. The Budget also provides an additional $34 
> million
> for independent living services for older individuals who are blind. In 
> addition, the President's six-year, $556 billion surface transportation 
> reauthorization
> proposal supports investments to provide individuals, including the 
> elderly and the disabled, with access to more transportation options, 
> making our communities
> more livable. That proposal will include an unprecedented funding 
> commitment for transit programs.
> Assist Programs for Youth with Disabilities. The 2012 Budget maintains 
> funding for the Special Olympics at $8 million through the Department of 
> Education.
> The Budget also provides $5 million for a new program: Mentoring for 
> Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. Both programs would support 
> activities
> to increase the participation of people with intellectual disabilities in 
> social relationships and other aspects of community life, including 
> recreation,
> education, and employment.
> Strengthen Anti-Discrimination Enforcement. Even in tough budget times, 
> the substantial investments that have been made by the Administration to 
> strengthen
> civil rights enforcement against racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, 
> disability, religious, and gender discrimination continue in the 2012 
> Budget. The
> Budget proposes an increase for the Community Relations Service in the 
> Department of Justice to fight hate crimes and provides an $18 million, a 
> 5 percent
> increase over the 2010 enacted level, for the Equal Employment Opportunity 
> Commission (EEOC), which is responsible for enforcing Federal laws that 
> make
> it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee. This 
> investment will allow EEOC to add additional staff to reduce the agency's 
> backlog
> of private-sector discrimination charges.
> Provide Housing for Persons with Disabilities. Because difficult choices 
> had to be made in order to invest in programs that would yield the highest 
> returns,
> the Budget provides a total of $196 million for the Housing for Persons 
> with Disabilities Program, which is a $104 million cut relative to the 
> 2010 enacted
> level. The majority of the overall reduction reflects a shift in funding 
> to the Tenant-Based Rental Assistance account to support Mainstream 
> Vouchers for
> persons with disabilities. The Budget includes $85 million to support 
> existing units and $111 million for new construction and expansion 
> activities. The
> Administration is committed to working with Congress to update and reform 
> these programs so that project sponsors can maximize use of the funding 
> for new
> construction by effectively leveraging and targeting investments based on 
> need and by providing residents access to key services required to live 
> independently.
> Expand Research into Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The Budget continues 
> to expand research, detection, treatment, and other activities related to 
> improving
> the lives of individuals and families affected by ASD through increasing 
> funding for programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the 
> Centers for
> Disease Control and Prevention, and the Health Resources and Services 
> Administration. NIH will pursue comprehensive and innovative approaches to 
> defining
> the genetic and environmental factors that contribute to ASD, investigate 
> epigenomic changes in the brain, and accelerate clinical trials of novel 
> pharmacological
> and behavioral interventions by 2016. NIH will continue to investigate 
> environmental factors, early detection, and novel treatments to transform 
> our understanding
> of ASD.
> Help Families Care for Aging and Relatives with Disabilities. The Budget 
> includes $96 million for the Administration's Caregiver Initiative, an 
> effort to
> expand help to families and seniors so that caregivers can better manage 
> their multiple responsibilities and seniors can live in the community for 
> as long
> as possible. Without creating new programs, this initiative provides new 
> resources to support the network of agencies in local communities across 
> the country
> that already provide critical help to seniors and caregivers.
> Support for Employment of People with Disabilities in the Federal 
> Workforce. In July 2010, the President signed an Executive Order to 
> increase Federal employment
> of individuals with disabilities and the Budget provides funds to the 
> Office of Personnel Management to implement that Executive Order.
> Expand Passenger Rail Options. The President's surface transportation 
> reauthorization proposal includes funding to eliminate the longstanding 
> ADA gap at
> intercity passenger rail stations. Overall, the Administration's 
> reauthorization provides $53 billion over six years for intercity 
> passenger rail, putting
> the country on track toward a system that gives 80 percent of Americans 
> access to high-speed rail within 25 years - and would provide many 
> citizens with
> disabilities access to an additional, convenient transportation option.
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