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The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
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TASK FORCES
RIGHTS
 

Mission

The Rights Task Force advocates on a wide variety of matters involving the civil rights of individuals with disabilities. The Task Force's vision is driven by the four key goals for people with disabilities set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency. 

Updated: April 18, 2017

Co-chairs

  • Heather Ansley
    Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)
    (202) 416-7794 (office)
    (202) 416-7706 (fax)
    heathera@pva.org

  • 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

  • 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 2017 Priorities

CCD Rights Task Force 2018 Code of Participation

CCD Rights Task Force Addressing Poverty - Key Principles

  ACTIVITIES
Rights Task Force
CCD Alert on Public Charge Rule
On October 10, the Department of Homeland Security proposed the “public charge” rule. This rule would allow the U.S. to keep out people it thinks might use government benefits to meet their needs. The public charge rule will discriminate against immigrants with disabilities and their families trying to enter the U.S. (get a visa) or get a green card (become a permanent resident). It is critical that the disability community speaks out against this devastating rule before the public comment period closes on December 10th.
(October 30,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD Public Charge statement
October 15, 2018, Washington, DC -- The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) strongly opposes the Department of Homeland Security's proposed rule amending the standards for when a person may be considered a “public charge,” published in the Federal Register on October 10, 2018. The proposed rule would make it significantly harder for people with disabilities to immigrate to the U.S. or to become legal permanent residents.
(October 15,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
Disparate Impact Rule ANPRM comments
On behalf of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Housing and Rights Task Forces, we submit the following comments in response to the above-captioned Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. 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. We respond below to questions 1-5 of the ANPRM.
(August 20,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
Brett Kavanaugh's record on disability issues
President Trump has nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the United States Supreme Court. If confirmed, he would replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement at the end of the Court’s term in June 2018. Judge Kavanaugh has served on the federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia since 2006, and has issued many decisions relevant to people with disabilities. Below is a summary of Judge Kavanaugh’s decisions and statements that directly or indirectly concern people with disabilities.
(August 10,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD Rights Transportation Service Animal Comments
The undersigned co-chairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Rights and Transportation Task Forces write in response to the advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) published by the Department of Transportation (Department) concerning access for service animals, including emotional support animals, under the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA).
(July 9,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD Statement re Family Separation
Washington, DC, June 20, 2018 -- The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) strongly condemns the separation of infants and children from their parents at our country’s borders. CCD calls on our nation’s leaders to halt this barbaric practice and to restore dignity and respect to those refugee and immigrant families seeking asylum.
(June 20,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD Transportation and Rights TF – Support for the Air Carrier Access Amendments Act of 2018 (H.R. 5004)
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Transportation and Rights Task Forces write to support the Air Carrier Access Amendments Act of 2018 (H.R. 5004). 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.
(June 8,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD letter of support for House EVV bill
The thirty undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens (CCD) are writing to express our support for H.R. 5912 that would delay the implementation of Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) by one year to January 1, 2020 and require the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to engage in formal rulemaking with notice and comment.
(June 1,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD letter of support for Senate EVV bill
The thirty undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens (CCD) are writing to express our support for S. 2897 that would delay the implementation of Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) by one year and require the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to engage in formal rulemaking with notice and comment.
(June 1,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD Letter to CMS on Electronic Visit Verification (EVV)
The Long-Term Services and Supports, Health and Rights Task Forces of the Consortium for Citizens (CCD) are writing to express our extreme concerns with the lack of timely guidance and official stakeholder input around the implementation of Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) for personal care and home health services. A significant delay in implementation is needed to ensure that the privacy and civil rights of consumers are protected; that the administrative and financial burdens on service providers is neither onerous nor duplicative; and that states are able to design and implement their EVV programs in a thoughtful, deliberative manner.
(May 17,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD SUD IMD Letter
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Health, Long-Term Services and Supports, and Rights Task Forces write in opposition to proposals that expands coverage of institutional services in Medicaid without addressing gaps in Medicaid community services. 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.
(May 17,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD Letter of Support for the Disability Integration Act (DIA) (S. 910; HR 2472)
The undersigned member organizations of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) are writing to reiterate our support of the Disability Integration Act (S. 910, H.R. 2472). This legislation, if passed, would ensure the rights of people with disabilities to live full and independent lives in their communities.
(May 14,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD Co-chair Letter on Institutions of Mental Disease (IMD) SUD Proposal
The undersigned co-chairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Health, Long-Term Services and Supports, and Rights Task Forces write in opposition to proposals that expands coverage of institutional services in Medicaid without addressing gaps in Medicaid community services. 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.
(April 24,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD Senate ADA Notification Letter
Dear Leaders McConnell and Schumer, Chair Grassley and Ranking Member Feinstein: The undersigned 466 members and allies of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) write to express our strong opposition to the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 620), which recently passed the House of Representatives by a narrow margin. We urge you not to bring up this bill for Senate consideration.
(April 12,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
Comments on Religious Refusals NPRM
The co-chairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Rights Task Force submit these comments in response to HHS’s proposed rule interpreting religious refusal laws. 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.
(March 28,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD Comments on AFFH Rule Suspension
Thank you for opportunity to submit the following comments on behalf of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Housing Task Force and Rights Task Force regarding the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) January 5, 2018 Federal Register Notice (Notice), “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: Extension of Deadline for Submission of Assessment of Fair Housing for Consolidated Plan Participants”.
(March 6,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD Co-chairs letter re IDD class action hearing
The Rights Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) submits this letter to express our strong opposition to any legislation that would weaken the ability to bring class action lawsuits to enforce the rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in intermediate care facilities. 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.
(March 5,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
Annual Report - Rights Task Force
(January 22,  2018)
Rights Task Force
CCD Letter Re: CCD Transportation and Rights TF – Support for the Air Carrier Access Amendments Act of 2017 (S. 1318)
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Transportation Task Force write to support the Air Carrier Access Amendments Act of 2017 (S. 1318). 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.
(January 18,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
Letter from CCD and CPSD to DOJ concerning withdrawal of ADA guidance documents
The undersigned members and allies of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and the Collaboration to Promote Self Determination (CPSD) write to express concern about the Justice Department’s recent withdrawal of a number of guidance and technical assistance documents concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
(January 5,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
 
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