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Delivering on the Promise: Preliminary Report
Transmittal Memo [DOC = 28K]; Cover: PDF = 203K
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Executive Order 13217:
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Federal Register Notice
- Executive Order 13217 -- The Legal and Factual Backdrop
The New Freedom Initiative
As stated, Executive Order 13217 on Community-Based Alternatives for Individuals with Disabilities is part of a larger, multi-pronged disability initiative developed by the Bush Administration. The New Freedom Initiative includes the following key components:
- Increasing Access to Assistive and Universally Designed Technologies: Provides for a major budget increase for research on assistive technology, and a new fund to market these technologies. Funding for low-interest loan programs to buy assistive technology will also increase.
- Expanding Educational Opportunities: Provides for increased funding to states for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and grant eligibility for states that establish a comprehensive reading program for students, including those with disabilities.
- Promoting Homeownership: Provides for implementation of Public Law 106-569, which allows local Public Housing Authorities to provide recipients of Section 8 vouchers with disabilities with up to one year's worth of vouchers in a lump-sum payment to finance a down-payment on the purchase of a home.
- Integrating Americans with Disabilities Into the Workforce: Ensures that federal matching funds will be available to states to guarantee low-interest loans for individuals with disabilities to purchase computers and other equipment to work from home. In the New Freedom Initiative, President Bush committed to sign an order that directs swift implementation of "Ticket to Work," the law that gives Americans with disabilities the ability to maintain health benefits and choose their own support services when they return to work.
- Promoting Full Access to Community Life: Promotes community integration for people with disabilities. The President signed the Order pursuant to which this Report is submitted, requiring federal agencies to assist states with the "swift implementation" of Olmstead. The President also committed to create a National Commission on Mental Health, which will recommend improvements to the nation's mental health service delivery system.
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