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Helping People with Disabilities and the 2013 Budget

President Obama laid out a blueprint  in his State of the Union address for an economy that’s built to last – an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and a renewal of American values.  The President released a budget that illustrates how we put that blueprint to work. 

Yesterday in his message to Congress, the President explained that we are in a make-or-break moment for the middle class, and for all those who are fighting to get there. The Budget targets scarce federal resources to the areas critical to growing the economy and restoring middle-class security: education and skills for American workers, innovation and manufacturing, clean energy, and infrastructure. It is built around the idea that our country does best when everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules.

To expand opportunities for people with disabilities, the 2013 Budget will:

  • Increase Funding for the Education of Children with Disabilities.
  • Encourage Workforce Innovation to Improve Outcomes for People with Disabilities.
  • Support Workers with Disabilities.
  • Reduce Social Security Appeals Hearing Backlog.
  • Support Disability Research.
  • Strengthen Anti-Discrimination Enforcement.
  • Provide Housing for Persons with Disabilities.
  • Expand Passenger Rail Options.
  • Support the Medical Needs of Veterans.
  • Improve Effectiveness of Disability Programs.
  • Support the Rights of People with Disabilities Internationally

 Read more about how the President’s 2013 budget will work to help people with disabilities: HERE.

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