Thursday, October 25

Candidate forum for people with disabilities

Greetings. I received the following announcement in my email Inbox today. The only thing with this forum that disappoints me is that it is in the daytime when the working disabled person is out. I would have liked to see it at night, like other candidate forums such as the ones on TV. However, I suppose I should be glad that "people with disabilities" have a forum at all. It looks like this event is for all people with disabilities. Meaning, I don't know how synpathetic the candidates will be to blindness related issues. If they will allow interaction from the public, then I'd encourage those interested and who can participate in the live event, to send in relevant questions/issues having to do with blindness. Note the day/time on your calendar and pass the word about this great event. Enjoy.

Presidential Candidates' Forum

A National Forum on Equality, Opportunity and Access

Hosted by Granite State Independent Living

Friday November 2, 2007
8:30 am to 4:00 pm EST

Made possible by generous support from
Hands On Video Relay Services, Inc. &

Manchester Community Television

This day-long live event will take place in Manchester, New Hampshire and will feature presidential candidates speaking on disability issues, panel discussions with national disability leaders, and more!

The entire event will be Webcast at
  beginning at 8:30 a.m. EST.

Please invite your consumers and local constituents to view this important, pre-primary event at your local office or another common gathering area with Internet access.

If your organization will host a Webcast viewing, please contact Terri Voth at Granite State Independent Living, (603) 228-9680 or e-mail

The Presidential Candidates' Forum is co-hosted by:
NH Developmental Disabilities Council (NH DDC)
NH Disabilities Rights Center (NH DRC)
NH Institute on Disability (NH IOD)
NH Chapter, National Spinal Cord Injury Association
Greater Boston Chapter, National Spinal Cord Injury Association
People First of New Hamphshire

Sponsored by:
ADA Watch
America (NEPVA)
American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)
Easter Seals
Epilepsy Foundation
National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
National Coalition of Mental Health, Consumer/ Survivor Organizations
National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)
National Spinal Cord Injury Association
New England Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of
Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)
Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE)
Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI)
The Arc of the United States
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)
United Spinal Association
VSA arts

This webcast will include CART translation and an on-camera interpreter.

  for more information.

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