2013 Legislative Seminar Agenda


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Sunday, February 24, 2013
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern

 
2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Opening remarks and introduction of attendees
Mitch Pomerantz, President, American Council of the Blind (ACB)
 
2:30 - 3:15 p.m. Update on the Access Board’s Involvement in Hot-Button Issues in the Blind Community
David Capozzi, Executive Director, U.S. Access Board
 
3:15 - 3:30 p.m. Break
 
3:30 - 4:00 p.m. The Future of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
David Morrissey, Executive Director, U.S. International Council on Disabilities (USICD)
 
4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Update on Accessible Prescription Drug Labeling Efforts after Passage of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act 
Mitch Pomerantz, President, ACB
 
4:30 - 5:00 p.m. ACB’s Legal Advocacy Efforts
Melanie Brunson, Executive Director, ACB
 

Monday, February 25, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern

 
9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Looking Back on the Legislative Successes that ACB Has Enjoyed in Recent Years
Eric Bridges, Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs, ACB
 
9:30 - 10:15 a.m.  Legislative Imperative I: The Need for Medicare to Cover the Purchase of Certain Low Vision Devices
Eric Bridges, Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs, ACB
Mark Richert, Director, Public Policy, American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
 
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break
 
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Legislative Imperative II: The Need for Comprehensive Special Education Legislation
Mark Richert, Director, Public Policy, AFB
 
11:30 – 12:00 The Future of Vehicle Donation Legislation in the 113th Congress
Steven C. Schwadron, Sankofa Consulting Strategies
 
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Luncheon Speaker
Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
   
1:30 - 1:45 – Break
 
1:45 - 2:30 p.m.  The Legislative Agenda of the 113th Congress for the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee
Andrew Imparato, Senior Counsel/Disability Policy Director, U.S.  Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions   
 
2:30 - 3:15 p.m.  Knowing your Rights and Working to Find Resolution
Alberto Ruisanchez, Deputy Chief, Disability Rights Section, U.S. Department of Justice
 
3:15 - 4:00 p.m. Logistics and Wrap Up
Eric Bridges, Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs, ACB; Melanie Brunson, Executive Director, ACB