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Delivering on the Promise: Preliminary ReportTransmittal Memo [DOC = 28K]; Cover: PDF = 203K
Table of Contents [Complete Report: HTML = 154K, DOC = 535K]
Federal Actions: Intro | Overview | Highlights | Health Care | Housing | Assistance | Personal Support | Transportation
Employment | Education | Technology Access | Compliance | Outreach | Income Supports | Data Use | Coordination
Executive Order 13217: Alternatives | The Initiative | Roots | Public Input | Conclusion
Appendices: Summary of Initiatives | Input Entities | Federal Register Notice
The Public Input Process
For The Executive Order
More than 800 individuals and organizations provided comments through the mechanisms established by HHS in response to the Executive Order. Many comments were quite detailed and contained multiple ideas and observations, resulting in the collection of several thousand ideas or observations through the public input process. Most of the comments (678) were received during the period of formal written comment. Eighty individuals and organizations provided testimony at the National Listening Session, while another 47 participated in the National Teleconference call. Respondents represented a broad cross-section of interest groups, including consumers, family members, advocacy organizations, providers and provider associations, state and local governments, national government agency associations, and researchers. Respondents also represented a broad spectrum of disabilities, including mental retardation and developmental disabilities, mental health and substance abuse, physical disabilities, including spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, HIV/AIDS, visual and hearing impairments, autism, Alzheimer's and various learning disabilities. See Appendix B (listing all entities participating in the public input process). Components within HHS and the other participating federal departments conducted short-term outreach efforts to alert their network and the general public about the opportunity to provide input. These efforts included mass mailings and emails, announcements at already scheduled events, and alerts posted on agency websites. For example, HHS provided and disseminated one-page flyers in both English and Spanish that described the three public input opportunities and solicited comments.
Consumers, family members, advocacy organizations, service providers, and others were asked to identify barriers to community integration that exist in federal policies, programs and statutes, and to identify solutions to address these barriers. Individuals were given the option of providing input through the New Freedom Initiative email address or by submitting written comments by mail. The full text of each communication was entered into the public input database and categorized for analysis. The categorization involved identification of the source of input (i.e., consumer, family member, advocacy organization, etc.), the main topics of input (i.e., housing, health care, education, etc.), and the barriers and solutions described in the communication.
A total of 678 individuals and organizations provided 754 separate written communications during the public input period. As depicted in the graph below, individuals with a disability (50) or family members (157) together accounted for about one-third of the comments. They represented all ages and consumer groups. National organizations representing elderly, children, or adults with a disability accounted for about 21% of the comments. Comments were received from 24 state agencies, from 6 national associations of state government agencies, and from 7 local governments.
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