White House Issues Fact Sheet on Disability Activities During First 100 Days
The White House has issued a fact sheet listing the Biden Administration’s disability policy activities during its first 100 days. Among the accomplishments it lists:
· President Biden’s Inauguration Day Executive Order 13985 on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government directs the whole of the federal government to pursue a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all, and explicitly with respect to persons with disabilities. Additionally, the EO establishes an Equitable Data Working Group to assess federal data, including on disability, to advance equity.
· President Biden’s American Rescue Plan provides states with billions in additional Medicaid funding for home and community-based services (HCBS) for one year.
· The American Rescue Plan also provides $2.58 billion to elementary and secondary education students with disabilities, $200 million for preschool two students with disabilities, and $250 million for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families through Individuals with Disabilities Education Act programs.
· The Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) released a series of information addressing how to access accommodations during the pandemic.
· Agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services released funding and resources during the first 100 days to increase access for people with disabilities to the COVID-19 vaccine, provide guidance on discrimination when distributing the vaccine, and support best practices in vaccine access. The Administration for Community Living, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control, provided nearly $100 million in grants to help expand access. Additional resources include an overview of disability rights laws in vaccine distribution from the Office for Civil Rights and information from the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation on barriers to vaccine access faced by older adults who cannot leave their homes.
The White House also cites President Biden’s two proposed policy packages, the American Jobs Plan and the American Families Plan. They include the following elements:
· The American Jobs Plan proposes to invest an additional $400 billion to expand access to long-term services and supports for people with disabilities and support well-paying caregiving jobs that include benefits and the ability to collectively bargain while also building state infrastructure to improve the quality of services and to support workers.
· The American Jobs Plan proposes a phase-out of the subminimum wage provision in section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. In addition, President Biden proposes an investment of $2 billion to expand access to competitive, integrated employment opportunities for workers with disabilities.
FMI The fact sheet is available at www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/White-House-Disability-Policy-Fact-Sheet.pdf.