State Of The Union Transcriptz 2011

January 26, 2011 by USA Post 

State Of The Union Transcriptz 2011, Barack Obama gave the annual “State of the Union” address to the American people. I must admit, I missed it, so I waited for a transcript get out. I searched for “autism”. I searched for “handicap”. I found nothing. I searched for “education”. There was a lot on education, but nothing special education. OK, there was nothing about autism, a disability or special education in 2010, the speech. I do not think it was in 2009 either.

In addition to my own interests, why should I look at these speeches to talk about autism or a disability or special education? That’s because I remember the promises made during the election campaign. I remember the disability plan that the Obama / Biden campaign had then.

I remember the promise to fully fund the federal commitment to special education:

Full funding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: Barack Obama has been a consistent advocate and to fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education (IDEA). Congress promised to cover 40 percent of each state “additional cost” of educating children with disabilities, but he never lived to this obligation. Currently, the federal government provides less than half the promised funds (17 percent). Children are injured and their parents are forced to fight with the school districts short of money to get the free and appropriate education the IDEA promises their children. Full funding of IDEA to provide students with disabilities to public education, they have the right, and school districts will be able to provide services without cutting into their general education budgets. In addition to fully funding IDEA, Barack Obama and Joe Biden will ensure the effective implementation and enforcement of the Act.

IDEA is not fully funded. The stimulus fund has given a boost a year to IDEA funding (not 100% funded, but many more than usual). No long-term commitment to maintain higher levels crossed.

I remember autism is leading in the plan:

Supporting Americans Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders: More than one million Americans living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a neurobiological condition that has a complex range of impacts on thinking, emotions, and ability relationship with others. As diagnostic criteria broaden and awareness, more cases of EBA have been recognized throughout the country. Barack Obama and Joe Biden believe we need to research treatments and search for the causes of ASD. Obama has been a strong supporter of more than 1 billion dollars and federal funding for ASD research on the causes and treatments. Barack Obama and Joe Biden believes we must work to ensure that Americans with ASD can live independent lives and fully productive and ensure that their families understand and are capable of supporting a loved one with ASD. They will fully fund with Disabilities Education Act to ensure that no child with ASD or other disability is left behind. They will also fight to ensure that government and our communities work together to provide a helping hand to people with ASD and their families.

Obama has a long history of supporting people with ASD. In the state Senate, Obama sponsored legislation that became law to create the ASD program – an initiative to develop systems to promote the implementation of practices based on evidence. And the U.S. Senate, Obama is also a co-sponsor a measure that would expand federal funding for life-long services for people with ASD, authorizing approximately 350 million dollars in new federal funding for key programs related to treatments, interventions and services for children and adults with ASD.

More money went into research, including a big boost one year from the fund economic stimulus.

The Obama / Biden campaign was a document the specific agenda of autism, which included a person to oversee the efforts of the federal government’s autism:

Appoint Federal ASD Coordinator to oversee all federal efforts ASD: Barack Obama and Joe Biden will ensure all federal ASD occur in an efficient manner that prioritizes both research and support to families affected by ASD. They appoint a Federal ASD Coordinator to oversee federal ASD research and federal efforts to improve awareness of ASD and improve the training of health professionals to identify and treat ASD. By establishing a contact high level to coordinate the efforts of TSA in the White House, they will ensure that TSA receives the recognition and priority it deserves in the federal government. The Federal ASD Coordinator will also be tasked with eliminating bureaucratic obstacles that may be delaying implementation of important ASD measures and ensuring that all federal funds are spent ASD in a way that emphasizes results. The coordinator will work with working groups on ASD State to ensure effective communication and collaboration among federal, provincial and local agencies.

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