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Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Update on NFDI2012 (National Forum on Disability Issues)

For a summary of what's been going on with NFDI2012, see http://www.nfdi.org/ or my post on the conference: http://www.girlwiththecane.com/nfdi2012/

Presidential Candidates Sending Representatives to NFDI2012


As of yesterday, both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney confirmed that they will be sending representatives to NFDI2012 to present their respective campaign's position on Americans with disabilities. Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy, Jr. will represent Barack Obama, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers will represent Mitt Romney.  Senate candidate Sharrod Brown (Ohio) will also send Rep. Nancy Garland as his representative. Republican Senate nominee Josh Mandel (Ohio) has not confirmed whether he will attend or send anyone in his place.

Former CNN White House correspondent, anchor and Washington bureau chief Frank Sesno will moderate.

Press Release: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/president-barack-obama-former-massachusetts-gov-mitt-romney-sending-representatives-to-columbus-ohio-sept-28-to-speak-to-americans-with-disabilities-170974711.html

All seats are filled for the event, being held at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, Ohio on September 28. You can still "attend" NFDI2012 via webcast, however. Visit the website to sign up.

If you have concerns about disability issues, you need to hear what the candidates have to say in order to make an informed decision when you vote. Listening to these representatives is likely the closest you're going to get, given the fact that disability issues were given only a passing nod in Clinton's speech at the Democratic National Convention, and not mentioned at all during the Republican National Convention. Please take advantage of this opportunity.

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