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The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
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Email: Info@c-c-d.org

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TASK FORCES
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Mission

The Rights Task Force focuses on civil rights and protections for people with disabilities, and for enforcement of rights provisions by federal agencies. Issues covered include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504, and protections secured through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Co-chairs

  • Dara Baldwin
    National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)
    202-408-9514 phone 
    202-408-9520 fax 
    dara.baldwin@ndrn.org

  • Samantha Crane
    Autistic Self Advocacy Network
    202-596-1055 phone 
    scrane@autisticadvocacy.org

  • Sandy Finucane
    Epilepsy Foundation
    301-459-3700 phone 
    301-731-3842 fax 
    afinucane@efa.org

  • Jennifer Mathis
    Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
    202-467-5730 phone 
    202-223-0409 fax 
    jenniferm@bazelon.org

  • Mark Richert
    American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
    202-822-0833 phone 
    202-822-0838 fax 
    mrichert@afb.net

CCD Rights Task Force Addressing Poverty - Key Principles

  ACTIVITIES
Rights Task Force
Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and Coalition Partners’ Letter of Opposition to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Education and Reform Act of 2016 (S.3446)
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for Federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
(November 22,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD Letter re FY17 Appropriations - Senate
As you work to finalize the FY 2017 appropriations bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force writes to urge you to support the highest possible spending levels for programs that support America’s 6 million children and youth with disabilities and the educators who work on their behalf.
(October 31,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
501 Regulations Disability Groups Letter
On behalf of the undersigned members and allies of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), we write to urge you to ensure that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s regulation implementing Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is finalized and issued promptly. On behalf of the undersigned members and allies of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), we write to urge you to ensure that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s regulation implementing Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is finalized and issued promptly. On behalf of the undersigned members and allies of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), we write to urge you to ensure that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s regulation implementing Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is finalized and issued promptly. On behalf of the undersigned members and allies of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), we write to urge you to ensure that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s regulation implementing Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is finalized and issued promptly. On behalf of the undersigned members and allies of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), we write to urge you to ensure that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s regulation implementing Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is finalized and issued promptly. On behalf of the undersigned members and allies of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), we write to urge you to ensure that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s regulation implementing Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is finalized and issued promptly. On behalf of the undersigned members and allies of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), we write to urge you to ensure that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s regulation implementing Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is finalized and issued promptly. On behalf of the undersigned members and allies of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), we write to urge you to ensure that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s regulation implementing Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is finalized and issued promptly. On behalf of the undersigned members and allies of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), we write to urge you to ensure that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s regulation implementing Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is finalized and issued promptly.
(October 14,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD comments submitted on BJS information collection
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Rights Task Force submit these comments in response to the above-captioned information collection proposal.
(October 3,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD Comments on AFFH - Local Government Assessment Tool-Information Collection Renewal
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: Local Government Assessment Tool-Information Collection Renewal: Solicitation of Comment 30-Day Notice Under Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995”, Vol. 81, Federal Register No. 163, Docket No. FR-57601-N-10-B (August 23, 2016).
(September 22,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD Housing TF Census 2020 Residence Comments
As Co-Chairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Housing and Rights Task Forces (CCD Housing Task Force) we are pleased to provide comments on behalf of the Task Forces to the Notice of Proposed Rule Making, “2020 Census Residence Rule and Residence Situations” (81 Fed. Reg. 42577; Docket No. 160526465-6465-01).
(September 1,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD Action Alert to oppose H.R. 3765 ADA Education and Reform Act of 2015
The ADA is once again under attack by another “Notification” bill. The House Judiciary Committee passed this bill 15 –6 which puts up major barriers to people enforcing ADA rights. It is important for all members of Congress to hear from people with disabilities that weakening the ADA is unacceptable!
(September 1,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD Concerned About NDAA Langauge on VEVRAA and Section 503
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) are writing to express our concern with provisions contained within both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate versions of the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would weaken important nondiscrimination and affirmative hiring provisions intended for people with disabilities and veterans, including those with service-connected disabilities.
(July 26,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD comments on FDA proposed ban on aversive shock device
The undersigned members and allies of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) submit these comments in response to the FDA’s proposed rule to ban electrical stimulation devices used to treat self-injurious or aggressive behavior.
(July 25,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD comments in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) concerning “Implementation of the NICS Improvements Act of 2007 (NIAA)”
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) offer the following comments in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) concerning “Implementation of the NICS Improvements Act of 2007 (NIAA)” published on May 5, 2016 (81 FR 27059, Docket No. SSA-2016-0011).
(July 5,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
The Honorable Richard Blumenthal amendment support letter
Employment and Training, we write in support of your amendment (#4255) to the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to ensure that organizations and businesses who want to do business with the federal government understand and comply with long-standing laws that protect individuals with disabilities, veterans and others from employment discrimination.
(June 9,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
Comments for the record on House ADA Notification Hearing held May 19, 2016 – June 8, 2016
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) submit these comments for the record of this hearing.
(June 7,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD Comments on AFFH - Local Government Assessment Tool
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Local Government Assessment Tool,” Vol. 81, Federal Register No. 56, Docket No. FR-5173-N-10 (March 23, 2016).
(May 23,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD Comments on AFFH - Public Housing Agencies Tool
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Assessment Tool for Public Housing Agencies,” Vol. 81, Federal Register No. 56, Docket No. FR-5173-N-09 (March 23, 2016).
(May 23,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
Letter of Opposition for ACCESS (ADA Compliance for Customer Entry to Stores and Services) Act of 2015 (H.R. 241)
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Rights Task Force write in opposition to the ADA Compliance for Customer Entry to Stores and Services (ACCESS) Act. H.R. 241.
(May 17,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
Letter of Opposition for ADA Education and Reform Act of 2015 (H.R. 3765)
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Rights Task Force write in opposition to the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2015 (H.R. 3765).
(May 17,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
Letter of Opposition for COMPLI Act (H.R. 4719)
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Rights Task Force write in opposition the COMPLI Act (H.R. 4719).
(May 17,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
HUD AFFH State Assessment Tool Comments
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Assessment Tool for States and Insular Areas,” Vol. 81, Federal Register No. 48, Docket No. FR-5173-N-08 (March 11, 2016).
(May 10,  2016)
Rights Task Force
Letter of Support for Mental Health Reform Act of 2016
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Rights Task Force write to express our support for the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 (S.2680) as reported out of committee on March 16, 2016.
(March 31,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD Statement of Support for the Disability Integration Act
The undersigned member organizations of the Consortium for Citizens (CCD) are writing to express our great appreciation to Senator Charles Schumer for introducing the Disability Integration Act (S. 2427), and bringing attention to the fact that states’ disability service systems continue to warehouse far too many people with disabilities in institutions.
(March 25,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
Statement of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Regarding the Us Supreme Court Vacancy
March 15, 2016, Washington, DC – The Rights Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities strongly urges the Senate to hold a hearing and take action on the President’s nominee to fill the vacancy on the United States Supreme Court.
(March 15,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
Letter to Judiciary Committee re SCOTUS vacancy
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Rights Task Force and other members of CCD write to express our strong support for a timely confirmation hearing on President Obama’s nominee to succeed Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court.
(March 15,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
EEOC NPRM on Section 501
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Rights, Employment and Training, and Veterans and Military Families Task Forces submit these comments in response to the above-captioned proposed rule implementing Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act.
(February 24,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD Co-Chairs NICS White House Letter
The Co-Chairs of the Social Security and Rights Task Forces of the Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) write to follow up on your offer to meet with disability groups made at a “big table” meeting in January regarding the proposal President Obama announced on January 5, 2016 to report information gleaned from the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) representative payee database to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) background check system.
(February 16,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
Comments on the Administration on Aging – Draft Voluntary Consensus Guidelines for State Adult Protective Services Systems
The organizations signed below, are members the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Rights Task Force. We thank the Administration on Aging for issuing draft voluntary consensus guidelines for state Adult Protective Services (APS) programs, and to suggest additions to those guidelines.
(February 8,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD Task Force Comments on ACAA Proposed Reg Neg
The following comments are submitted on behalf of the Co-Chairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Transportation Task Force and Rights Task Force regarding the proposed rule published on December
(February 1,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
Comments on wellness plans & GINA
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) submit these comments in response to the EEOC’s proposed rule to modify its current rules implementing the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) and authorize workplace wellness programs to impose large penalties on employees’ covered spouses who decline to disclose disabilityrelated information.
(January 28,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD Comments to WIOA Section 188 NPRM
On behalf of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Employment and Training and Rights Task Forces, we submit the following comments concerning implementation of Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) as outlined in the proposed rule issued January 26, 2016.
(January 26,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD Smoking Ban Comments
The following comments are submitted on behalf of the Co-Chairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Housing Task Force and Rights Task Force regarding the proposed rule published on November 17, 2015, “Instituting Smoke-Free Public Housing.”
(January 19,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD Rights Task Force Report 2015
(January 12,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
 
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