White House Sets Agenda for People with Disabilities

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White House Sets Agenda for People with Disabilities

Mon, 01/26/2009

The new Administration has set up a website already and posted their position on disability issues.

"We must build a world free of unnecessary barriers, stereotypes, and discrimination.... policies must be developed, attitudes must be shaped, and buildings and organizations must be designed to ensure that everyone has a chance to get the education they need and live independently as full citizens in their communities."
-- Barack Obama, April 11, 2008

For President Obama’s full position statement on disability issues, visit:
www.whitehouse.gov/agenda/disabilities/

The White House website also notes:

“President Barack Obama plans to publish a weekly video address every Saturday morning of his presidency. Visit this page every week to watch the President's most recent video.”

However, we do note in the January 22, 2009, edition of the Washington Post, it was reported that “One member of the White House new-media team came to work on Tuesday, right after the swearing-in ceremony, only to discover that it was impossible to know which programs could be updated, or even which computers could be used for which purposes. The team members, accustomed to working on Macintoshes, found computers outfitted with six-year-old versions of Microsoft software. Laptops were scarce, assigned to only a few people in the West Wing. The team was left struggling to put closed- captions on online videos.”

We will be watching to make sure this address is fully captioned. We are pleased to find that the President’s first video address, Saturday, January 24, is open captioned.