tv Forum Focuses on Opportunities for People with Disabilities CSPAN July 31, 2017 12:13pm-1:08pm EDT
minutes away and we will have all the speeches from this morning speakers available online at c-span.org. we will also let you know tonight on thecommunicators we will hear from jeff moss , founder and creator of and get on. to talk about why he created conferences for security researchers and actors. emerging cyber security threats and how it works. the hour-long interview tonight eastern on c-span2 over on c-span, rand paul addresses the young americans for freedom conference. start live at 7:30 eastern and then writing on c-span interview with transportation secretary elaine chao and mitch mcconnell. she talks about her background, her work with the george w. bush administration and her goals for the department, at 8 pm eastern. >> again, this disability conference back at 1:00 with speeches by a hollywood casting director, the labor department official in a panel titled on the future of
the americans with disabilities. during the spring were going to look at some of this morning's conference teaches. >> now i want to invite only goes to come to the front. only campos has she's coming to the front going to start introducing him. he is a superstar. he's a personal friend and mentor to me. blind since birth and active on civil rights issues for more than 27 years. only campos, presently serves , i'm going to translate only campos presently serves as national assistant to the acting secretary for civil rights at the us department of education. former position includes staff attorney and director of outreach and education at the disability rights legal answer in los angeles. general counsel and director of programmingat the american
association of people with disabilities , special assistant and later counsel to the assistant attorney general for civil rights at the us department of justice. vice chairman of the president committee or people with intellectual disabilities and associate director for domestic policy under president george w bush. there will also say that in addition to his phenomenal professional accomplishments, on behalf of our national leadership fellows we want to grow up to be only when they grow up that he is also an adoptive dad. >> is three successful, blind triplet boys cleo, nick and stephen. each of whom just graduated high school. and each of whom was just elevated this past week to the rank of eagle scout. the highest level of achievement within the boy scouts of america. only campos, we are delighted to have you. >>.
>>. [applause] good morning everyone. i am so pleased to be with all of you here today. and considering this is the first time for me to address you from a podium setting in a number of years, i'd like to say i have really missed you. and it is really good to be back and it is a privilege to be here before you today. and my personal thanks to jennifer for her leadership and her ongoing vision, building respectability as a cutting-edge organization. that is dedicated to promoting equality of opportunity or for persons with all types of disabilities. >>. >> i stand before you today as a special assistant to the
acting assistant attorney general, acting assistant secretary for civil rights at the us department of education. and over the past several years, over the past 27 years of work in serving the disability community, i cannot help but think back about all the many ways that life has improved for us through the signing of a landmark american disabilities 27 years ago. when we think back on our lives then as members of the disability community, remember when things were different then. and in looking at all that has taken place since, we also see in many ways how far we have come. there are more employment opportunities, for persons
with disabilities today, state and local government programs and services are more accessible. places of public accommodation are more available and accessible to us and transportation and telecommunications have been areas that have also witnessed significant improvements. >> and yes, here we are. >> looking at the number of barriers that still remain to our full participation as persons with disabilities. >> there's still remains prevailing myths and misconceptions about persons with physical, psychiatric, intellectual and learning disabilities. and for all of us who have disabilities, we work each
day to eliminate old stigmas that still prevail. there are individuals who wonder about the extent to which we may be successful in the classroom, in the workplace, as business owners , etc. there are those who wonder even to this day about the extent to which we can be involved in our schools, places of worship and community in general. but why? the big question that we must all ask ourselves is why? why after all these years you barriers still remain as they do? and the answer is the cause as much as we each would want , change to come immediately,
as much as we seek change in our daily lives and through our actions, as much as we try hard to transform attitudes about us, there are still other forces in the community that still have yet to learn about what we are truly capable of accomplishing. but you and i know as members of the disability community and along with our allies that our lives are limitless in terms of the potential we may reach when we infuse our community on an ongoing basis with expanded mentorship opportunities in every setting including within an educational setting as well as internships and employment
opportunities and service in the nonprofit sector and serving in a leadership capacity. within the private sector and working at every job. ranging from cleaning the office to running it. there in lies our goals. and when we look at this, we think also within an educational context. we think about how to this day there are still students in communities of every size who are crying out for help. there are parents who wonder about the support available to them and how their claims ofdiscrimination may be redressed . >> there are families who are hurting. not because the disability itself is the issue because of what people think about
members of the disability community. and that's why when i look at what we have yet to do, i reflect on various victories we had within the office of civil rights at the us department of education within the past several months. case in point, there was a situation in which students who were blind or visually impaired were to take the psat along with their peers, a school district had offered the psat for free for everybody within the district. and yet in practice, what ended up happening was that these students who were blind or visually impaired either did not have their accommodations met or were accommodated in a way that
accommodations themselves were not submitted to the college board which would mean the psat scores that were earned would ultimately be invalidated. but because of the office of civil rights and our vigilance, that whole situation has been addressed. school districts agreed to pay for remedial measures to ensure that they may prepare for future tests. the school district also agreed to make modifications to policies and practices so as to ensure accommodation for persons with disabilities. there are yet other instances of victory as well within the past few months . as an additional example, there was a student who was denied the opportunity to live on campus using per
service animal and to have her service animal with her. >> that situation was the state of affairs for two years. but because of our office's involvement, that situation is now being remedied. and now that student is able further to live with her service animal on campus there are so many other situations that i may describe here, literally ranging from fissile accessibility of schools and libraries and parking lots and bathrooms to web accessibility, to ensure that persons with all types of disabilities may gain access to the same information in the same time as everybody else . there is so much yet to do. within the area of restraint
and seclusion, there was an instance with one school district in which there were hundreds of incidents of use of restraint and seclusion involving dozens of students in which there were various injuries reported again as a result of the involvement of the office for civil rights, those issues have been and are being addressed directly. >> and because of that, the school district is changing its practices. it's working to make sure the break from those practices of the past and to train people on age-appropriate measures and also it is working to make sure that those pathways don't have again. >> the districts is also doing more but there are yet
other instances that are important for us to play out here. >> bullying continues to be an issue surrounding persons with different type of disabilities. and one part particular instance, a student who had been bullied and harassed by her peers was not receiving the services and support from the school in response to that bullying. >> again, because of ocr's involvement.>> that has changed. >> thepolicies are being reformed .>> so that bullying is further addressed in a more proactive way. students now have or are getting access to a specific person to whom to go whenever there are further incidences of bowling. >> there is a climate survey that's being issued upon
which the school district will act. so as to further work to eliminate issues surrounding an unsafe school environment. there are still other issues relating to discipline and various instances in which students are not treated appropriately. and when there are situations where students without appropriate safeguards are being disciplined in a manner that is not exactly fair. so when we look at these various instances along with others, these illustrations only serve to show that we each have a role in making things better. >> what if those individuals
did not come forward to complain and tell us about these instances of discrimination. those individuals may still who are students may still be in dire straits today within the situation as i have described along with a number of others that is why it is important for us to continue our work . what of the role of each of you? we must each continue to be vigilant in learning about the rights and responsibilities of persons with disabilities. >> we must share the information available government sources are and why so that persons with disabilities will know to where they may turn whenever facing incidences of discrimination where they are asking for help. advocacy organizations consisting of and driven by persons with disabilities must also stay vigilant in
working hard for policies and practices and procedures in every aspect of societal life representing changes that will improve the lives of their respective constituencies. >> governments, nonprofit agencies , for-profit organizations and others, we all have a joint responsibility to collaborate across political ideologies from communities of every size and including persons with all types of disabilities. that means that when a person who has a disability differs from our own, faces instances of discrimination or injustice, we must all be equally vigilance in standing
rights and responsibilities of that citizenship. i also call upon all of you to join with me and everyone else speaking here today to redouble our efforts and to expand our commitment to doing whatever we can to move forward and specific ways by harnessing our own talent and ability for the greater good to build the momentum further out promoting this philosophy of the quality because as we do, we will be able to look back at some point in the future and say with pride how much further we went because of our own efforts to make things better. thank you so much everybody for the opportunity to be here.
[applause] >> thank you so much. this is so fabulous. unfortunately we don't have questions right now, but all he will be here a little while longer, all day with sco can ask questions personally. i will personally. i'll invite him to revert to come out. professor stanley greenberg is the founding partner of research. he is a "new york times" best-selling author that the president's prime ministers and ceos globally. now he's currently cannot gain deep research and more than a dozen countries. the senior pollster for president bill clinton and vice president al gore, british prime minister tony blair and president nelson mandela and his perfect clients are huge, but i also want to say i have a personal privilege of being able to work with stanley greenberg for three decades in different
capacities in different countries around the world and the work that he did in south africa in a quality for people of color and make safe space for other people in south africa in extraordinary work and looking at the questions of disability, said the disability movement is quite fortunate to have his mind around some of our issues. [applause] to the skills he needed.
to be in the front line and i'm always admiring jennifer laszlo's unbelievable energy, focus and intensity. when sets herself out to achieve a goal, i have no doubt we'll make progress so i'm happy to participate. we had the good fortune to begin to pull together with a republican partner, you know, over the last few years, initially for national public radio, but then to look at the disability community, both those with disabilities and are part of this community. and relate to them in the context of the political world in which they were being joined
in part of the reason we are here in the rayburn building on capitol hill is because we know that our decisions made in institutions across the country that will shape people's opportunity. what comes through in the purpose central to jennifer's address in the mission of the organization and to the organization into the file is another segment in this organization and opportunity there is no limit to what people can reach. she began in a political context to bring the disability community into the normal discussion, the normal sets of issues being addressed. and what you will see in the
data is the community first of all is large. pay attention. the numbers of people report their own disabilities and i can't see the charts turned this way, just describe the survey that we did for the key finding. you know, the basic starting point is just don't underestimate the community and how much these issues matter. you will see that these are changed voters and my guess is they are even more so now. their policy agenda matters for both democrats and republicans and independents across the board. there is strong support for dealing with abuse and discrimination, but there isn't some ways even stronger support for people having the education
and job opportunity that is key to really achieving a successful outcome. there is a strong embrace of a narrative and the public that is one, central to your work that says people with a lifetime of work, people work hard not to be a will to succeed and that applies to this community as well and pay attention because these voters will make their voices heard. finally, i thought i would bring in data that we have on medicaid and health care because that is as we've seen in the protest those that have emerged in the health care reform, and the support for medicaid has risen as zealous support for
broad-based access to health care and they think if we were looking further, we would also say the kinds of things that are also critical to people who work hard and want opportunities. the first, just looking at the size of the community, i know that we have jennifer's data, but this is the self-reported data. you see a third of people report that they had disabilities. we are dealing with potentially half the population that has a disability and a connection and half did not. we are dealing with a large portion of the country. in the next five when we ask of people how interested they are coming you will see people with disabilities in the middle coming in upcoming 70% give it the highest score on their level they're interested in in voting
in the election. this is done right before the election 2016. they are as interested. in this slide you will see these are changed voters. we know obviously it was an election in the wrong track number with no disabilities. the people have a disability connection where you get the highest% on the wrong track. pass percentage of people saying they want change. this was done in an election we know is they disrupt an election where people voted for change. they were expressing that. in this survey, we saw where people were. but the different candidates are saying about disability. i am trying to underscore in an
election the disability community is the community that was most insistent on change. the next one we tested a range of policies. this is just those at the top and i will skim through the others. what is interesting and you'll see at the top of that, assault on children with disabilities, which wouldn't be a surprise that would be the same people were most likely to vote for if their candidate were expressing it. pay attention to the next two because you will see how important these two are for the disability community itself in people with disabilities themselves. insuring children with disabilities get the training they need to succeed, 61% expanding job career opportunities for people with disabilities to succeed just
like everyone else. almost 60% saying they are much more likely. the next slide you can see there is also interest and willingness to vote on other issues in hollywood, criminal justice system, preventing positive media for trails. but the things at the top are addressing abuse, but also creating education and job opportunities. if you look again at people who are democrats or independents, it is expanding, insuring children with disabilities get the education and job training they need that goes to the top and you'll see about anything else. when you get to democrats, they
are your shift to focus on education and training. republicans are more likely to focus on ensuring rape and assault of children. again, skip that side end quote to the slide after that. this is looking up the result on rape of people with disabilities. you can see the people make that the highest. if you go to the next one, that is where you see the highest levels of support. if you go to the middle with people with disabilities, 70% are strongly focused on children with disabilities get the education and training they need to succeed. the people with disabilities themselves. we heard obviously in the
previous discussion and not important presentation the issues people face in work and education institutions. but what does the disability community itself most focus on and you'll see what they are most focused on is getting education training and job opportunities. you can see that in the next slide as well. so expanding job opportunity, you can see the highest 66% for stability giving the highest intensity to getting education and getting access to jobs. so if you think about this community and this organization, there's a real connection, a real aspiration for politics to produce leaders that understand the size of the community and understand priorities and needs, which are much more aspirational
and much less of a big dems mindset which is so central to everything you are trying to inspire. the overall message and the overall theme looking at these issues. you can see what is coming out of the top is anyone who works hard should get ahead. they should achieve independence, just like everyone else. if you look at the whole range of other kinds of frameworks for the issues this community faces, that is what goes across the top. you're talking to candidates, which is what we were trying to do at the time we did this in the message we're trying to give the candidate was recognized the size of the community is a change of voters. but what they are looking above all for policies that expand opportunity.
and for a kind of politics that is focused on their values which is hard work being rewarded and not as central to american life. let's carry on to the medicaid. the bu starts to medicaid, but we know how important the disability community we came to the debate over what was happening in the pre-radical changes on medicaid both in health care, also the ongoing budget and how central it is to the health care that they get. this is a measure of whether you feel warm or cold about medicaid. no other description, just the
word medicaid. the bold number of african-americans is people feeling very favorable, very warm about medicaid or very negative. what you see is they asked the hispanic community very strong. different segments of the electorate, unmarried women, millennial. and what you see over 50% giving a warm response to intense favorable response. and they are verse negative. it is very favorably. and it was very much part of the
pullback and still tired of the main discussion. they should know in their gut the country's very favorable in this case. in fact, over the last six months and what you discover is people become more educated and i'll just finish what the next draft. it is nearly as wallpaper and maybe a metaphor. this is the question in which we ask in this case npr asked and everyone has health care. in the tracking of that line over time over the last six
months in the number of people that say yes from 60% now saying its responsibility of government to make sure everyone has health care. what's also happening is people saying the government has a responsibility and a whole range of areas. that includes education opportunities which are also central to the policy of the disability community in this organization. we have a change election in the disability that are part of wanting to vote for change. people need to pay attention to. those institutions, organizations that are providing
the area of health care and education in matters like the context. my guess is the community is more determined to seek change then it was at the time of the election. as jennifer indicated at the very beginning, this is at any time in life. therefore constantly growing community and critical unconsciousness in agenda with the policymakers said they pay attention they want. thank you. [applause] >> unfortunately we don't have time for questions, but if you have a question come you can e-mail it and we will get back
to you. thank you, stan. i am going to bring up our next speaker, gerard robins into during the upfront. he is one of our newest board members. our board of directors is a resident fellow in education policy study at the american enterprise institute where he works on education, policy issues including choice in public school, regulatory development and implementation of k-12 laws, the roles and i got to know him or his tremendous work on criminal justice reform around education and reentry from a rural education in the of community colleges at the hbcus and
adult advancement and i'm very proud we have three graduate on our board of directors. he is a tremendous on this issue and we have come to collaborate very closely. he has recently joined our board and i look forward to hearing from you. [applause] >> good morning. it is always an honor to be in congress. it's always an honor to be in people with opportunity. but we look at the fact that 27 years ago had become law. i am someone who likes public policy in language and so in preparation for this, i decided to take a look at the words of george bush who was then president july 26 come in 1890.
it is interesting to listen to a few of his words to set the tone for my presentation. he said today i'm signing senate bill 933, the americans with disabilities act of 1990 and his extraordinary year and inspire throughout europe. it is altogether fitting the american people would have once again given the expression to her most asic ideas of freedom and equality to the american with disabilities but the flowering of democratic principles and gives me great pleasure to sign a spot today. when he mentioned the declaration of independence come it wasn't solely to make an historic note the 214 years to the meant that he signed the law, we have actually pushed for a declaration of independence. when he was vice president of the united states under ronald
reagan, he received from the national council on disability a reporter. toward independence, and assessment of federal regulations and programs for persons with disabilities. that played a tremendous role in helping them think about what the community needed and what he could do to help. i would recommend everyone go online and take a look toward independent 1986 because there's a lot of interesting information in there, particularly to see how far we've moved from 1886 to 2017. they had educational opportunity, employment to work under social security lies, prevention of disabilities, transportation, community based services, education, children
with disabilities, personal assistants and also coordination. there were two of particular interest to me. of course education would be one, but also employment. it occurred 146 times in the report. a few times under employment. in 1986, nearly two thirds of the people who finished high school actually graduated and went to college to study in advance level. two thirds of the student did not in 2017 the numbers are a little better, still not where we want them, but they were pretty bad shape. there were 12.9 million people who were working age in the united states. 8.7 million people who identify with disabilities are not in the workforce. nearly 60%. 2017, more than we were then, what they'll have a lot of
challenges that a long way to go. under education they have a couple of recommendations and see if you hear the same thing here. a man for all education to encourage state to make available a free appropriate public education for every disabled child in the united states. if the act was passed in 1975, later it changed its name. the fact that in 1990 we had to push for free and appropriate education for all students with disabilities. too many of you in this room that seems like a given. an earlier part of american history that was not the case. number two, to promulgate the least respect driven environments.
they are in regular classes of definition for that. approximately 3% buy themselves in separate classes either public or private schools. about 1% find themselves in private schools and the rest are in different positions. back in the 80s and early 90s trying to mainstream children have been a challenge while we are not where we want to be, we made some progress and the first speaker mentioned we still had some that were present. they find a national technical assistance center. right now in d.o.e., there are a number of grants programs taking place in the states. while we have a conversation about the federal government, great government, a great deal of stuff will take place in the local level and congress should direct the secretary of education for the national council to create a commission with a special report.
i show of hands, how many of you think in 2017 does for recommendations are relevant today? there's several hands including our leader here. i raise my hand as well. again, we have made progress, but we will have somewhere to go. i have had a chance to see this work at the state level having had a leadership position in virginia and florida with the opportunity to work with students and families. we know that nationally we had about six points 6 million students, who were students with disabilities. when you begin to disaggregate the data, you see some very interesting students with disabilities graduate with a traditional high school diploma.
70% of white students, 67% of pacific islanders, 64% of students with two or more races, 61% american indian and alaska native, 69% hispanic and 57% african-american. and we know that is going to be a challenge. they graduate, receive an alternative certificate with a high school diploma that prepares you with postsecondary opportunities as well as jobs. we look at demographics. 17% of hispanics and african-americans receive an alternative certificate. 60% receive a come at 13% of two or more races than 11% of whites, 10% american indian and alaska native in a percent pacific islander. we see some major gaps in terms of who's taken it damage with a regular diploma, those who are
receiving the certificate. we also can't forget the number of students who dropped out 18% are students with disabilities. the earlier statement we know that there's only 7% who are going to complete college and that's going to be a big challenge for us. when we decide we are going to make a serious issue, we have to realize it's bipartisan. when i look at the votes in 1990, republicans and democrats voted for it. but the number of senators who did not vote for her, it was republicans and democrats both who said the same thing. this issue is only going to grow with time because the science is helping us as educators and policymakers catch up understanding what it means to have a child or family member with disabilities. the employment will educate us mourn what it's like to have employees with disabilities, what we can do for programming.
we also have to realize as we saw from the previous slide that this is a political issue that people feel is very important across the board. i'm glad to be a part of the respectability family. i'm glad that it is a bipartisan, a multipartisan very diverse group of people and it matters for people with disabilities. in advance the dialogue. >> u. s. time for a question from the audience. raise your question to somebody and make sure you get a microphone. a lot of work on the federal justice system and a lot of work on education.
[inaudible] and the people of color and visibility of the mac connection and what do you see as some of -- [inaudible] >> we know as of last year and million cases were heard by judges at the juvenile justice level. a sizable number of those were students with disabilities. on the one hand i'm glad to say i looked out from the department of justice that nearly 85% and whether it's homebound or a group home are starting to make sure these young people who comment are being assessed for a disability. some cynics have done a much better job of providing services than others and we have some more work to do there. get to point to in our prisons
and recently had senator grassley and witty conversation a criminal justice reform. some from d.c. said do you realize when people believe jail in d.c., out that only 10% actually have access to services they need to do a special services, mental health and otherwise. let's be clear. this isn't a knowledge problem has much of a political willpower. when we want to change something, we find the money. we want to change something they seem to have the political will to do so. there is a correlation we can debate causation between the number of high school students who drop out and find themselves incarcerated. there seems to be some numbers
they are. and they have an iep or call 54504. while correctional education services usually provides high school diplomas, ged certificates in prison and while there is some program with the university and the work going on in georgia. some are working with those and bring them up to speed as adult, frankly not to give them a second chance, that money for a first chance. it's a lot of work we have to do and we can learn a lot from advocates, families and those at the local level. judges can play a big role mess. prosecutors can play a big role in this and so can probation officers. a lot of work to be done. glad to be here. >> is there someone from the audience.
please raise your hand and identify yourself if you have a question. yes. if you can say your name and affiliation, that would be helpful. okay, a microphone is coming your way. >> was there another question from the audience? >> see no question, what i would also like to do as president rushed mention that july 1776 was a part of the declaration of independence and celebrate that. let's are member in july 1868, congress approved the 14th amendment. in the 14th amendment is the equal protection of law and protection of law and that has played a tremendous role to
advance the civil rights commission grants, so let's take a moment to recognize. >> so no one else had a noddy its question. i'm really not going to miss the opportunity to ask another question. >> the wallflower always asking questions. when people were watching on c-span and they are hearing this information about the number of students who are not achieving a high school diploma, students with disabilities who are not receiving the college diploma, young adults dropping out of school or getting suspended and going into the juvenile justice and criminal justice program, what is your advice to the people watching on c-span? what can they do to make these issues more widely known or to create change? >> so, i would say educate and advocate. one way to educate is to take
great advantage of the u.s. department of education. 99% of the statistics i use here and in fact i'm going to write this up and put it into a report and submit it to jennifer and make it available on my website. the national center for education statistics may of this year updated a reporter for the number students with disabilities. those graduating and those who drop out. but they also realize that the state level, you're department of education is responsible for providing information to your governor and state legislator. that happens every year. and that annual report to congress and the governor, they include data about special needs and start to look there as well. i would go to respectability and say it's a one-stop shop for a lot of information you need. the educate part is they are.
the second part is to advocate. make sure when you talk to people to make sure you share the information and tell them to share with others. a lot more we know in 2017 than we did in 1990. i think this is a good time to be a part of the movement and even better to advocate on behalf of children. i'm looking for a next guest speaker. i'm going to introduce, first of all, welcome back. i am president i respectability. respectability as a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities. this next section is going to be moderated by her board member, stephen james and i really quite delighted