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The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
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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. 

 

Co-chairs

  • Kelly Buckland
    National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)
    (202) 207-0334, ext. 1104 (office)
    (202) 207-0341 (fax)
    kelly@ncil.org

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

  • Stephen Lieberman
    United Spinal Association
    202-556-2076 x 7104 phone 
    slieberman@unitedspinal.org

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

  • Allison Nichol
    Epilepsy Foundation
    301-918-3767 (office)
    anichol@efa.org

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Rights Task Force Priorities for 2019

CCD Rights Task Force 2018 Code of Participation

CCD Rights Task Force Addressing Poverty - Key Principles

  ACTIVITIES
Rights Task Force
Letter from the CCD LTSS, Health, and Rights Task Force to the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board
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. CCD members represent a broad range of stakeholders – people with disabilities and their families, older adults, disability service providers and workers, healthcare professionals, and state systems that provide disability services – who advocate on behalf of adults and children with all types of disabilities, including people with physical, intellectual, developmental, and mental health disabilities, chronic health conditions, and older adults.
(November 20,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD Vaccine Allocation Principles October 2020
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. The COVID-19 pandemic has required our health systems to prepare for and consider the implications of allocation of scarce medical resources in a number of contexts, and the same remains true regarding allocation of a potential coronavirus vaccine.
(October 23,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD Comments to CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
Thank you for the opportunity to provide public comment for the October 2020 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 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.
(October 23,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
Letter to Conference of Chief Justices raising concerns about disability and race discrimination in administration of bar examinations during COVID
The undersigned members and allies of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Rights Task Force, along with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, write to urge you to develop a bar admissions response to the coronavirus epidemic that ensures the equitable treatment of people of color and people 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.
(October 6,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
Statement on Recent Final Regulations Weakening the Protections of the Fair Housing Act
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Housing Task Force and Rights Task Force are deeply concerned that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has finalized rules that weaken the disparate impact discrimination safeguard and the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing obligation under the Fair Housing Act.
(September 25,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD Comments on HUD Equal Access NPRM
Please accept this letter as the comments of the Co-Chairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Housing and Rights Task Forces. 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 urge you to withdraw the proposed rule.
(September 22,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
Statement on Reducing Police Responses to People with Disabilities
The national unrest in the wake of police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Daniel Prude, and so many other Black Americans before them has brought into stark relief the need to change policing practices. Black Americans are nearly three times as likely as white Americans to be killed by the police.
(September 14,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
Letter of Support for Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
As co-chairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Rights Task Force, we write in strong support of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, H.R. 2694. 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.
(September 11,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD OCR Vaccine Allocation Letter
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. We, the co-chairs of the CCD Health, Long Term Services and Supports, and Rights Task Forces, write to provide input regarding allocation of a potential coronavirus vaccine.
(September 9,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD Vaccine Allocation Comments
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Discussion Draft of the Preliminary Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine. 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. We, the co-chairs of the CCD Health, Long Term Services and Supports, and Rights Task Forces, appreciate the opportunity to comment on this important framework.
(September 4,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD Rights, LTSS and Health TF Letter re Senate COVID Package
The undersigned co-chairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Rights, Health, and Long-Term Services and Supports Task Forces write to express our strong opposition to the SAFE TO WORK Act and deep concern about critically important measures that are not included in other portions of the Senate’s COVID-19 relief package. 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.
(July 30,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
Letter to Senate supporting Office of International Disability Rights Act
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Rights Task Force write to urge you to advance S. 3880, the Office of International Disability Rights Act. 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.
(July 27,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
The ADA at 30: A Vision for a Future with Full Inclusion and Equity
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities invites you to a briefing celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
(July 14,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
Letter to Senate and House leadership re HEROES Act
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Rights Task Force write to express our strong support for key provisions of the HEROES Act and to urge their prompt passage in the Senate. 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 16,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD Rights letter to EEOC re public meeting on proposed ADA wellness rule
We write as co-chairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Rights Task Force to express our grave concern about the Commission’s renewed effort to change its regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act’s (ADA’s) application to workplace wellness programs, presumably to again permit financial penalties on workers who choose to keep their health information private.
(June 11,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD Rights and Employment letter to EEOC re EEOC's guidance on COVID-19 and ADA
We write as co-chairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Rights and Employment Task Forces to urge the Commission make important clarifications to its recent statements regarding the “direct threat” analysis in the context of COVID-19. We also encourage the Commission to provide additional guidance regarding reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities related to the pandemic.
(June 10,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD Sign on letter to Governor - supporters in hospitals
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and allies write to ask you to ensure that hospital and other healthcare provider visitor policies include reasonable modifications for people with disabilities who need the physical presence of a support person in order to ensure equal access to health care. Although safety concerns are paramount, numerous states, including New York, have already clarified visitor policies to ensure that individuals with disabilities have access to necessary in-person supports while hospitalized.
(April 29,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD sign ons letter to Hospital Administrator - supporters in hospitals
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and allies write to ask you to ensure that hospital and other healthcare provider visitor policies include reasonable modifications for people with disabilities who need the physical presence of a support person in order to ensure equal access to health care. Although safety concerns are paramount, numerous states, including New York, have already clarified visitor policies to ensure that individuals with disabilities have access to necessary in-person supports while hospitalized.
(April 29,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
Letter to HHS, CMS and CDC requesting data collection and reporting on COVID 19's impact on people with disabilities
The undersigned national disability organizations write to you as the co-chairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Rights Task Force to urge you to collect and report data concerning the impact of COVID-19 on people 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.
(April 27,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
Comments on HUD’s Faith-Based Organizations NPRM
Please accept this letter as the comments of the Co-Chairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Housing and Rights Task Forces. 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 13,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
Comments on DOT’s proposed rule re service animals under the Air Carrier Access Act
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Rights and Transportation Task Forces submit the following comments in response to the above-captioned notice of proposed rulemaking concerning traveling by air with service animals under the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA). 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 6,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
Letter re COVID-19 and Disability Discrimination
We write as co-chairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Rights and Health Task Forces to urge you to ensure that, if the current pandemic results in government decisions to ration treatment, decisions about how medical treatment should be allocated are made without discriminating based on disability. The 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 20,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
CCD AFFH NPRM Comments
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 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. On behalf of the undersigned organizations of CCD, we submit the following response for your consideration.
(March 16,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Rights Task Force
Annual Report - Rights Task Force
(January 9,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
 
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