The National Council on Disability (NCD) will hold its spring quarterly meeting on May 4 and 5, 2015, at the William Pitt Union on the University of Pittsburgh Oakland campus. The meeting represents the first time current members of NCD have held a quarterly meeting in Pennsylvania. First established as an advisory council within the Department of Education in 1978, NCD became an independent federal agency in 1984.
Pennsylvanians interested in disability issues – self-advocates, family members, community allies, researchers, state government representatives, non-profit organizations, providers, and federal government partners – will have an opportunity to participate in the meeting, which will focus on issues of transportation, employment and education. The agency will also receive feedback from the community during a special “Town Hall” session.
In addition, former Pennsylvania Governor and U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh will be honored for his efforts in passing the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which is marking its 25th anniversary this year on July 26. In 1986, NCD recommended enactment of an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and drafted the first version of the bill which was introduced in the House and Senate in 1988.
As an independent federal agency that advises the President, Congress and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices and procedures that affect people with disabilities, NCD holds two of its quarterly meetings each year in cities outside of Washington, DC. NCD members are appointed by the President and Congress. NCD meetings are conducted each quarter for Americans with disabilities to inform and help shape agency positions and priorities. Katherine D. Seelman, Ph.D., Associate Dean, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, was appointed to the Council in 2014.
Due to space considerations, seating is limited to 150. For a copy of the agenda, including panelists, or to reserve a seat at the meeting, send email to Guy Caruso at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (724) 272-6162.
PUBLIC COMMENT: Individuals interested in providing public comment can register by sending an email to PublicComment@ncd.gov with “public comment” in the subject line. Comments are limited to three minutes and must include the name, affiliation and topic of comment in the body of the email. All emails to register for public comment must be received by Friday, May 1, 2015.
Those who wish to provide written testimony or to deliver their testimony by phone should also register at this email address. Priority will be given to individuals who are in-person to provide their testimony. Individuals providing comments by phone will be called according to the order of email registrations.
The schedule for the meeting is as follows:
Monday, May 4
9:30-10:30 a.m. Release of NCD Transportation Report & Response Panel
10:30-11:30 a.m. Panel: "We Are the ADA Generation''
1:00-5:00 p.m. “How I Got to Work'' Symposium, consisting of:
- Panel: “Transition-age Youth Getting to the Marketplace”
- Panel: “Adults with Disabilities at Work”
- Town Hall (public comment)
Tuesday, May 5
9:00-10:15 a.m. Call to Order and Council Reports
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Panel: “Renewing the Federal Commitment to
12:00-12:30 p.m. Public Comment on education-related issues
Sponsors of the Pittsburgh NCD meeting are ACHIEVA; City of Pittsburgh-Allegheny County Task Force on Disabilities; The Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law and Public Policy; FISA Foundation; Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield; Human Engineering Research Laboratories, University of Pittsburgh; Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation; Pittsburgh Foundation; School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh; and UPMC Medical and Health Sciences Foundation.