With a new presidential administration now in place, Annandale Village CEO, Adam Pomeranz and other Jewish lay leaders from across the country did not waste any time to advocate and lobby for individuals with disabilities.
The seventh annual Jewish Disability Advocacy Day, hosted by the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), took place on February 2 in Washington, D.C. The day was sponsored by dozens of other Jewish agencies across the country, including the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta.
Pomeranz and more than 130 concerned citizens, lay leaders and the disability community at large began their day hearing from a panel of experts discussing what to expect from the new administration and Congress as it pertains to people with disabilities and their families. Discussions focused on several issues, specifically block granting of Medicaid and changes to Medicaid and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Education and Reform Act that would be harmful to people with disabilities.
After the panel, members of Congress joined a congressional luncheon addressing these issues, allowing attendees to hone their advocacy skills by meeting and lobbying influential congressman and representatives from both political parties who are committed to assisting people with disabilities.
Later in the afternoon, Pomeranz said they broke into state delegations and visited with lawmakers like Georgia Congressmen, John Lewis and Hank Johnson to talk about the importance of programs like Medicaid to the fiscal health of agencies serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
“There’s a lot of discussion about the future of Medicaid and other crucial programs for individuals with disabilities,” Pomeranz said. “It is really critical and very timely that we talk about the impact this has on individuals and frankly on our economy, which is very much driven by health care.”
“There was a lot packed in one day, but very gratifying to be with fellow agency executives and communal professionals and lay leaders from across our community.”
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