[AAACE-NLA] Funding is simply Political sans Obligation
Dmartin336 at aol.com
Dmartin336 at aol.com
Sun Mar 5 07:59:26 EST 2006
In a message dated 3/4/2006 10:46:45 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
gdemetrion at msn.com writes:
If so, then funding adult education in the U.S. is not only supporting
sentimental "social programs," but is also a political obligation for those who
have been privileged enough to become the Congressional representatives of "The
Our adults are first and foremost "The People." To leave "The People"
uneducated is to damage or even break the bridge between "The People" and their
I've been following the thread with interest as it parallels the issues
shared by people advocating for individuals with disabilities, though I would
hazard a guess we share some similar population members ] . Most specifically my
personal focus is on the sub-population of individuals who most often are
presumed non-literate, non-readers--mental, cognitive and developmental
disabilities --those individuals who encumber society so much so that supreme courts
now must weigh wrongful life cases ..go figure.. see:
[Prenatal ruling is limited in scope-- Couple wins ‘wrongful birth’ case,
but not much money
Saturday, March 04, 2006, by James Nash. THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH ..
Could it be due to the fact that Medicaid is also an encumbering
_A Case for Inclusion_ (http://www.ucp.org/medicaid/)
UCP has issued “A Case for Inclusion” to spotlight how state Medicaid
programs are serving people with developmental disabilities and mental
retardation. The analysis includes rankings for all 50 states and the District of
Columbia, as well as letter grades in key Medicaid service areas.
Then of course there's the lasted on funding within OSEP--who cares what the
data dictates.. we don't need no stinking data...or is it only "dat" data
which we deem valued
_GAO: Rules were bent on education grants
(http://www.boston.com/news/education/k_12/articles/2006/03/03/gao_rules_were_bent_on_education_grants) Saturday, March 4, 2006
By Ben Feller
WASHINGTON -- The Education Department bent the rules to award grants worth
millions of dollars to hand-picked applicants in 2001 and 2002, congressional
investigators have found. The moves were not characterized as illegal and no
corrective action was required.
It appears, that our subsets of "The People" are so cumbersome that they out
weigh any intrinsic social value so that even terms of measurement are now
redefined by the funding policy makers, and our social value systems
restructured based upon economics in such a way as to ostracize our fellow community
members--non readers, welfare recipients, disabled (would be interesting to
see the intersect of those populations).
See what is next on the cutting table:
From: Justice For All Moderator <jfa at jfanow.org>
To: justice at jfanow.org
Subject: NIDRR Proposes Significant Changes to DBTACs
Advocacy Alert: NIDRR Proposes Significant Changes to the
ADA Technical Assistance Program (DBTACS). Action Is Needed
by March 9th.
On February 7, 2006 the National Institute on Disability
Rehabilitation and Research (NIDRR) issued their proposed
program priorities for public comment. Priority 10 and 11
address the future of the Regional Disability and Business
Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC) program (also known as
ADA and Accessible IT Centers).
The proposed NIDRR Priorities essentially eliminate the
widespread technical assistance, training and material
dissemination program that has been operating for the past 15
years. The proposed changes to the program will significantly
reduce the amount of free or low cost, objective ADA technical
assistance and training available to employers, businesses,
architects and designers, local code officials, state and local
government officials, educational institutions, organizations
that provide services to people with disabilities, people with
disabilities and their family members.
The proposed shift in the program will mean fewer resources
will be available to promote voluntary compliance with the ADA
at the local level. The proposed research focus for the DBTACs
will mean people with disabilities will be the subject of more
"study" instead of partners in the fight for their civil
The DBTAC program is the only comprehensive source for
information on all titles of the ADA and they intersect with
other disability related laws. Some statistics regarding the
extensive services provided include:
* Technical Assistance Provided: Over 2 million contacts
* Documents Disseminated: 12,773,987
* Website Visits: 27,501,643
* Individuals Who Received Training: Over 1 million
Action is needed now if the program has any chance of being
saved. NIDRR's public comment period regarding these proposed
priorities ends on March 9th. They are accepting public
comments via email or traditional mail. It is recommended that
you send your comments via email because of significant delays
that mail may experience due to increased security systems.
If you have questions regarding the proposed changes please
contact the DBTAC (ADA and IT Center) that serves your area.
Go to www.adata.org to locate the Center serving you or call
Comments may only be submitted to Donna Nangle via regular
mail or email at the following address:
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Room 6030
Potomac Center Plaza
Washington, DC 20204-2700
Donna.nangle at ed.gov
Please submit your comments on this proposed priority changes
and let them know today how much you will need the services
provided by the DBTACs tomorrow!
Below is a list of some key points you may wish to include in
your comments. Select those that are important to you.
* The public has continually shown a steady demand for the
personal and direct community-based core services offered by
the DBTACs. NIDRR needs to affirm this continuing need.
* The DBTACs are the only comprehensive regional-based
confidential resource available for the American public on
all aspects of the ADA and related laws across all time zone
and who have staff that can respond in different languages
* NIDRR needs to continue or increase the current level of
funding in order to maintain the DBTACs' current personal and
direct community-based core services.
* The evaluation process is not described in the Proposed
Priority. The evaluation process should put 15% of the points
in technical assistance, 15% in training, 15% in material
dissemination, and a maximum of 10% in research.
* Funding is not described in the Proposed Priority. If
research is to be added as described, then additional funding
needs to be included in order to cover this new component. Do
not take money away from the existing direct core services.
* Creating DBTACs that have as a primary focus "rigorous
research" significantly increases the indirect rate applied
by Universities and Colleges thereby further reducing
available funding devoted to achieving desired outcomes.
* The Review Panel should be composed of entities that are
directly affected by this Proposed Priority (e.g.,
architects, contractors, disability organizations, persons
with disabilities, and ADA professionals).
* Congress and NIDRR implemented this program in its current
structure. What scientific research is NIDRR using as the
impetus for this paradigm shift?
* NIDRR currently funds nearly 200 research projects, with
several dozen new projects added each year. These research
projects cover disability issues ranging from employment to
community integration. With this broad portfolio of research
the imposition of a requirement for the DBTACs to conduct
additional research is duplicative. Why should NIDRR demand
that the DBTACs conduct duplicative research at the expense
of the only national network for knowledge translation and
dissemination of the results of those research projects?
* A key element of the NIDRR long range plan (LRP) issued in
February of 2006 is Knowledge Translation. The DBTACs are
identified in the plan as a key contributor to this element
of the LRP. The proposed priority neglects this fact entirely
and instead reduces the DBTACs' ability to conduct Knowledge
Translation by demanding that they conduct research
activities which would be generally duplicative of existing
NIDRR research projects.
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