Disability Legislative Awareness Day Press Release

Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities (MSCCD)

For Immediate Release
January 30, 2012

Contact:
MSCCD
601-941-9388 – Cell
601-969-0601 – Office
info@msccd.org
www.msccd.org

PRESS RELEASE

What:
Disability Legislative Awareness Day

Disability Legislative Awareness Day is an event to highlight disability organizations, advocacy organizations and parent groups that provide services to individuals with disabilities and their families in Mississippi. The Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities, a state-wide cross-disability advocacy organization hosts the
event annually to allow organizations throughout Mississippi to showcase the services they provide to individuals with disabilities and their families. More than 30 organizations, local not-for-profits and hundreds of individuals attended 2011 Disabilities Legislative Awareness Day at the State Capitol. The Awareness Day helps legislators gain an understanding of what it’s like to have a disability and the issues facing individuals with disabilities in Mississippi and the need for legislation in the areas of inclusive education, health care, Medicaid, as well as voting rights, accessible housing and transportation.

“It’s important that we diligently work to help our policy makers understand that those with disabilities and their families (their constituents) must be included in the decisions they make that affect the lives of over 600,000 Mississippians.” Troupe said. “We are honored each year to bring these organizations and individuals to the Capitol so they can learn how they can affect change. As important, the legislators meet the folks from their communities with disabilities and their families whose lives their votes can have either positive or negative consequence.”

Some of the legislative issues on disability organizations radar for 2012 are proposed changes in voting procedures, charter schools, state health exchange, and Medicaid. Also, MSCCD and participating organizations will be announcing the formation of a statewide alliance that will be monitoring and addressing the Department of Justice’s Findings Letter of December 2011 concluding that Mississippi is violating the American’s with Disabilities Act’s integration mandate in its provision of services to people with developmental disabilities and mental illness. http://www.ada.gov/olmstead/olmstead_new.htm

When:
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
(8:30 a.m. to 2:30p.m.)
Press Conference– 9:30 a.m. – First floor Rotunda
Where:
Mississippi State Capitol
First floor Rotunda
Note:
The event is free of charge and open to the public. For more information call (601-969-0601 or www.msccd.org).