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President Obama Wins a Second Term

Washington, DC-The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) congratulates President Obama and newly-elected members of Congress on their election victories.  AAPD looks forward to working with President Obama, his administration, and Members of Congress to continue to expand employment opportunities, improve access to affordable health care, and increase independence for people with disabilities.

“President Obama has a strong record on disability issues,” said AAPD President & CEO Mark Perriello.  “I am confident that President Obama’s second term offers an opportunity for significant progress for Americans with disabilities.”

AAPD expects President Obama to deliver on his promise to implement Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The President has stated that the new regulations  “would strengthen Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, reduce unemployment among Americans with disabilities, and help federal contractors fulfill their legal obligations to hire qualified workers with disabilities.”

“Implementation of Section 503 is an important AAPD priority as it will lead to significant gains in employment of persons with disabilities,” stated Perriello.

President Obama’s first-term achievements for people with disabilities include enactment of the Affordable Care Act, the Matthew Shepard and James Bird Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and the 21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act of 2010. Also, the President is on pace to meet his commitment to hire 100,000 federal workers with disabilities by 2015.

AAPD will work aggressively with Republicans and Democrats in Congress to make sure they uphold the bipartisan progress enshrined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Americans with Disabilities Act, and to advance bipartisan efforts regarding entitlement reform, the Transition Toward Excellence in Achievement and Mobility (TEAM) Act, the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2012 (ABLE), and ratification of the Convention of the Rights of People with Disabilities.

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