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First Published Saturday, 26th July, 2008.

Webcast

National Forum on Disability Issues Webcasted Live on Disaboom.com July 26 by
Daniel Lawton, Disaboom

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The National Forum on Disability Issues, a non-partisan forum on national
disability policy, will be held on July 26, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio.  The
forum will commemorate the 18th anniversary of the American with
Disabilities Act (ADA) and address the issues most important to the
disability community in the current electoral cycle.

The event—organized by the American Association for People with Disabilities
(AAPD) and co-sponsored by over 60 national, state, and local disability
groups—builds on the success of AAPD’s first-ever presidential candidate
forum held in New Hampshire in November, at which five candidates attended
in person and two by phone.

Presumptive presidential nominees Senator Barack Obama and Senator John
McCain have been invited to participate in the July forum, which will allow
both candidates to present their disability policy plans individually.

Afterwards, journalist and news-anchor Judy Woodruff (The News Hour with Jim
Lehrer”) will moderate a question and answer session with the candidates.
Topics covered will include employment, healthcare, long-term
community-based supports, transportation, education and more.

The event will be held at the Conference & Technology Center at the First
Church of God, a completely accessible venue with a max capacity of over
1,000. Candidates speeches and answers will be simultaneously captioned and
translated by American Sign Language interpreters at the event

Registration is free and still open, but organizers urge those desiring to
attend to register soon at
http://www.govoter.org/presidential_forum/index.aspx

For those unable to attend in person, the forum will be broadcast live and
in its entirety by Disaboom.com—the world’s largest web community for
individuals with disabilities.  To see the forum, visit
www.disaboom.com/AAPDSignUp.aspx. <http://www.disaboom.com/AAPDSignUp.aspx>

“In this historic election year, we think it’s vital that politicians
recognize the importance of voters with disabilities,” said Disaboom
co-founder Glen House.  “This is why we’re proud to provide free online
access to the disability community for this event.”

Organizers are encouraging voters to form watching parties in order to
stimulate dialogue and ensure that those without access to a computer are
able to participate.

Additionally, the forum will be broadcast on all Ohio reading services,
allowing Ohio residents without computers to listen in to the candidates’
platforms and answers.

Many disability-rights advocates believe that the forum is a unique
opportunity for the presidential candidates to reach voters with
disabilities—a demographic that is currently 37 million strong—as well as
their families, caregivers, advocates and friends.

For more information on the forum, go to
http://www.govoter.org/presidential_forum/index.aspx.
To register to watch the live webcast, visit:
www.disaboom.com/AAPDSignUp.aspx



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