Happy New Year!
New Years is many things. For me, it is the time to remember successes of the past year and the time to get excited for the year to come. It’s all about…time. Counting down. Counting towards.
I’m Jennifer McCue, UCP’s Director of Advocacy. I’m new here to UCP – just a few months in. Before we talk about the new to come to UCP in 2016, let’s reflect quickly on what has happened in 2015. You can learn in detail here, but in a snapshot, here’s what happened:
- The 25th Anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act celebrated 25 years.
- Congress passed a funding bill that included provisions to fund caregiving and respite care programs.
- Provisions to cap reimbursement for complex rehab technologies were delayed for a year.
- Education legislation was passed that includes improved provisions for the disability community.
In a year, where successes were few and far in between, it seems the needle may be moving. Consider me a skeptic, but while there is indeed reason to be excited and reason to be hopeful there is a greater reason and necessity to want more.
On the horizon for 2016 we have a Congressional election. Efforts are underway to implement education and reimbursement provisions along with housing reform and home and community based services, provisions for personal care attendants and caregivers are in motion and independent living efforts and activities are being put forward by the Administration for Community Living.
We are also going to create a platform here at UCP for you. A place to be heard, a place for information, a place to connect, a place to tell your story and use it towards change. A place for me to know you.
With all that is happening here in DC, and with you at home we will be sending you a series of communications to update and engage but also to ask you – what is important to YOU? What would you like to see happen? What NEW do you want to see this YEAR? You can tweet us (we’re @UCPNational) or tell us on Facebook using the hashtag #UCPNEWYEAR!
A lot is on the horizon and we will need you, your stories, your voices, and your support to make sure we are on the path towards a life without limits. We are counting on you.
Happy New Year!