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First Published Monday, 21st July, 2008.

Justice for All

*BREAKING NEWS*

Senator Tom Harkin Confirms as Obama Surrogate at Disability Forum JFA is
a free service of the American Association of People with Disabilities
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Today’s JFA:  *Senator Tom Harkin Confirms as Obama Surrogate at
Disability Forum <#11b3e46034a91a5c_LETTER.BLOCK3>* *Actor Robert David Hall
to Speak at Disability Forum <#11b3e46034a91a5c_LETTER.BLOCK5>* *State
Disability News <#11b3e46034a91a5c_LETTER.BLOCK6>* *International Disability
News <#11b3e46034a91a5c_LETTER.BLOCK11>*  *Senator Tom Harkin Confirms as
Obama Surrogate at Disability Forum* [image: Senator Tom Harkin
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*BREAKING NEWS*

The Obama campaign has just recently confirmed Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)
will act as the surrogate for Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) at the National
Forum on Disability
Issues<http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001uX4wIjVHElc-TQc8vbM9FaoDqqkEho1AJI3VD0diyJdz8NIz7ChXuDyUCbVwXKOVLPzsWAq_kH4KNCxWGr4tMgHyfqpH8wJJt9fIzSbGs03v-eReDiuIlJ1acaD-YEtiFrtvzTLVPtqs0ZXbLkcnoA==>in
Columbus, Ohio next Saturday, July 26.

Senator Obama will be out of the country on the day of the forum with a
congressional delegation.
A long time friend of the disability community, the Obama campaign cites
Senator Harkin as Obama’s closest disability policy advisor, noting that
before Obama released his “Plan to Empower Americans with
Disabilities,”<http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001uX4wIjVHElepVP4veU-5NLC0p6GABWd7XZBsS3p9QYFanv5UsZfbirYRH7ANLCjrKuvQPYy8BgLQl4zLjcF7BY3HNfIEzRtSRC_gvhLMDqJKtc0at3z2b9fCf3Izpr5fVbyxidZ5XDRHNJUWRDO0DJOVQGIfUfBh>he
and Harkin discussed the policy, and Harkin made specific suggestions
for
edits. Senator Obama’s staff regularly consults with Harkin’s lead
disability staff on key disability policy pronouncements from the
campaign.

*Actor Robert David Hall to Speak at Disability Forum* [image: Robert David
Hall]<http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001uX4wIjVHElclR1q4qv81fYI8k8BZfYi4mxBgdFt-kXspYR-Bah3GvIu0bVrIn-y2k_CPYpz0teogzjIVqmJwJa1T99cJZtd-rAl612ZVRLo=>Actor
Robert David Hall,  best known for his role as coroner Dr. Albert Robbins
M.D. on the television show *CSI: Crime Scene Investigation* (CBS), has
confirmed his participation in the National Forum on Disability
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Hall will speak on the importance of raising the visibility of the
disability community as a powerful political constituency.
Hall, a passionate disability advocate, is a double amputee and experienced
burns over 65% of his body following a car accident over twenty years ago.
Several of Hall’s acting roles have involved characters who share his
disability.

Hall has testifed before Congress and served as a national board member and
chair on the Performers with Disabilities Committee.
*State Disability News*  *California:* First Lady Maria Shriver’s campaign
to find jobs for 20,000 Californians with developmental disabilities may be
hampered by a state budget deficit.
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*Kansas:* TOPEKA –  Kansas teenager Ben Berlin has become the first teen
with autism to serve as a Congressional Page in Washington, D.C.
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*Texas: *
AUSTIN – A Texas state audit reveals that the state is failing to follow the
wishes of residents with disabilities who say they want to leave state
instituions for community-based settings.
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