Obama for People with Disabilities, Deaf People

Posted on 17 November 2008. Filed under: Advocacy, Email Obama! | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

[People who wish to communicate with the Obama administration should PLEASE CONTACT THEM DIRECTLY. I am NOT able to pass along your emails to the Obama administration. You can contact the White House at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/. Or you may prefer to contact the White House Office of Public Liaison, which in their own words is “the front door to the White House through which everyone can participate and inform the work of the President,” at http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/opl/]

US President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden say the United States “should lead the world” in helping Deaf people and people with disabilities to “take full advantage of their talents and become independent, integrated members of society.” Obama has promised to make the United States a signatory to the UN
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and will urge U.S. Senate to ratify the Convention as soon as possible.

Obama offers a four-part plan for improving opportunities for Deaf people and people with disabilities in the United States:

(1) Providing Americans with disabilities the educational opportunities they need to succeed.

(2) Ending discrimination and promoting equal opportunity.

(3) Increasing the employment rate of workers with disabilities.

(4) Supporting independent, community-based living for Americans with disabilities.

Obama says he and his administration will “work closely with individuals with disabilities and disability rights advocates to achieve this vision…”

Read more about Obama’s plan at http://origin.barackobama.com/issues/disabilities/

What can YOU do to help make this plan come true? Politicians are usually more quick to follow through on their promises when they know that people across their country–and throughout other countries of the world–are watching them. Please send emails to Obama’s team: ask Obama to move quickly to meet all of his promises to people with disabilities. Which promise do you care about the most? Jobs for people with disabilities? Signing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities? Better-quality education? Independent living in the community? Tell Obama why it matters so much to you.

Send emails on Deaf- or disability-related issues to Kareem Dale, Obama’s National Disability Vote Director (at kdale@barackobama.com), WITH COPIES TO Anne Hayes, a volunteer on the Obama Disability Policy Committee (at ahayesku@hotmail.com).

If you wish, you may learn more detail about the national and global email-writing campaign by viewing the short slide show below (click on the right arrow to advance to the next screen). You also may download the slide show for yourself (106 Kb), or read most of the same text on-line at http://wecando.wordpress.com/2008/11/07/disabilities-email-obama/

After you send your own email to Obama, please also encourage your friends and colleagues to do the same.


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It has now come to my attention that parts of this blog post have now been plagiarized by someone perpetuating a scam in which they are trying to “phish” (steal) personal information from Deaf people, probably with the intention of trying to steal from them later. Please know that I have NO ASSOCIATION with this horrifying scam. NO ONE should ever share personal information (such as details about your SSI payments, or social security number, address, phone number, etc.) with strangers on the Internet who claim to be trying to give you money.

THANK YOU to the blogger at http://deafanthology.blogspot.com/2009/01/deaf-anthology-174-obama-and-deaf.html for helping to bring public attention to this scam.

[…] pretend to have money to offer.  But the fact that the person perpetuating this scam stole some of MY OWN WORDS for their own illegal and unethical purposes makes me furious and […]

im on ssdi this month … they wont let me
having medicare … wait in two years .. i need
it cuz i am taking medicine for my heart i cant
afford to pay pills… plavix and torprol..
pls help me

Hello..I think I got an email of a new scam. I even have the orignal email. I need to find out if it is true. Please email me. This one is saying Obama will give each deaf person $16,000k, a laptop, and VP packages.

As a general rule of thumb, if it sounds too good to be true it probably isn’t true.

These sound like exactly the kind of promises that you would expect to see in a scam. I’m guessing that the person who sent you this email asked you to send personal details, such as account information or social security number etc. Am I right?

Don’t trust it.

If the email you received also stole words from any of my posts … then DEFINITELY don’t trust it.

Thanks for your inquiry.

Someone asked me in email how to report a email phishing scam (ie, an email that is clearly designed to “fish” for your personal information, such as email password etc). My reply was as follows:

Apparently you can officially register complaints here:


There is also a volunteer organization that has an on-line database documenting phishing scam emails and web sites, but I think that’s just so people can help each other check out these scams and track what happens with them or something:


I don’t know if there are other mechanisms for reporting scams like this, but I found both of these by googling the phrase

report phishing crime

and checking out the more likely results.

deaf need an interpeter for doctors and hospital . I
often frustrated dont have an interpter


People who are trying to email Obama should please contact the White House directly. I do not have the resources to forward comments to the appropriate personnel.

If you are in the United States, then the Americans with Disabilities Act protects your legal right to have communication access in hospitals, etc., for instance with sign language interpreters. Educate yourself about the ADA, then you can educate hospitals etc. about their legal obligation to ensure your communication access.

If you are in the UK, the DDA is similar to the ADA. Some other countries also have disability rights legislation. Check the laws that apply.

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