On July 26, 2008, the National Forum on Disability Issues will be held at the Conference & Technology Center at the First Church of God in Columbus, Ohio from 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. EST. While the forum will focus on issues of importance to the disability community in the upcoming presidential election, specific attention will also be paid to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Both presumptive presidential nominees, Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) and Senator John McCain (R-AZ), have been invited. Senator McCain is confirmed to participate and Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) is currently slated to represent Senator Obama (who is out of the country) during this forum.
News-anchor Judy Woodruff, from The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, will act as moderator for the discussion. Highlighted topics will include: employment, healthcare, long-term community-based supports, transportation, and education.
Anyone interested in attending in-person may register at http://www.govoter.org/presidential_forum/index.aspx.
For those unable to travel to this event, a live webcast will be available on Disaboom.com. For more information on the webcast, please visit http://www.disaboom.com/AAPDSignUp.aspx.
Disaboom.com is a free online resource that has a mission of “connecting the millions touched by disability.” It offers a number of tools to learn more about the issues impacting this community, connect to other members, and to become informed about relevant current affairs.