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Life without limits for people with disabilities
Life without limits for people with disabilities

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We're excited to announce that Life Labs, a technology and grassroots-focused initiative of UCP, has launched a new website to help further our work in identifying, developing and supporting ideas that will make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. Check out the new site at: http://lifelabs.ucp.org to learn about the team's current projects,read and sign up for blog updates, meet the team, and learn about how to get involved! 
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What is your favorite Apple product?

A new article by Disability Scoop says that Apple's new products contain features specifically geared at being more user friendly to people with disabilities.
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UCP, mourns the loss of Nina Eaton, one of UCP’s founders, an Emeritus member of the Board of Trustees and a longtime supporter and advocate for people with disabilities, who passed away on Friday, March 30.
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Supreme Court holds second day of arguments on the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Discussion focused on the constitutionality of the law’s requirement that all Americans purchase health insurance. The justices disagreed over the individual mandate & the government’s ability to require Americans to purchase health insurance or other items. Read more in the link below.
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"For many citizens in democracies around the world, the ability to cast an election ballot is often a given. But what if you had a disability, difficulties with language or reading, limited mobility or other conditions that excluded you from participating in the election process? In fact many people face a variety of social and technological barriers that impede their ability to cast their ballot privately and independently. In this challenge, OpenIDEO and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation are asking our community to find ways to improve election accessibility for people with disabilities and other limitations. With your help, we’re eager to design new solutions that make the entire voting process – from registering to vote to casting a ballot – accessible for everyone."

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UCP is excited to announce the appointment of Connie Garner as UCP’s Executive Vice President for Public Policy. “We are thrilled to welcome someone with Connie’s knowledge and experience to create a new policy operation for UCP. Connie has been at the center of some of the most important legislative advances for people with disabilities for more than two decades. She brings those experiences plus her sensibility as a nurse and a mother of a child with a disability to UCP as she helps us craft the strongest possible advocacy platform for people with disabilities in the nation,” said Stephen Bennett, UCP’s President & Chief Executive Officer.

Garner has been tasked with creating a fresh approach to public policy and advocacy for UCP, one that combines traditional federal-level advocacy with grassroots work at the state level and creating tools for self-advocates to have stronger voices in their own communities. She has been serving as a UCP policy consultant for the past year, helping to create a new strategic plan for UCP’s work in the policy and advocacy arena.

Garner comes to UCP from Foley Hoag, where she served as Policy Director in the Government Strategies Practice Group, and as Executive Director of Advance CLASS, Inc., a position she will continue to hold while assuming her duties at UCP.

Her expertise, commitment and dedication to advocating for people with disabilities will be a significant asset to our shared work in 2012 and beyond.
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We’re excited to announce that UCP has partnered with +SmartBrief to produce a weekly e-mail newsletter that brings important and timely news stories focusing on issues of transition for people with disabilities, advocates, UCP affiliates, and anyone looking for disability news and information, directly to subscribers’ inboxes.

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Read the latest news from UCP, meet our newest 2011 affiliates; watch our December Affiliate Mission Moment featuring Granden, a young boy with Jeune syndrome; find a holiday gift guide for the kids in your life and more in this month's newsletter!
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As we prepare to celebrate tomorrow, we want to know, what you are thankful for. Please fill in the blank:

This Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for ______________________________.
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