The 5th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, is scheduled to take place Tuesday, June 28.
United Spinal Association’s signature policy event, which aims to highlight health, independence, community, and quality of life issues for people with spinal cord injury/disease (SCI/D), will include more than 100 disability advocates from its national chapter network, according to a media release.
The advocates will speak to members of Congress about such topics as: ensuring access to the right medical equipment, prescription drugs, and medical supplies; safeguarding the provision of home and community-based services and supports so that individuals can live and participate in their communities; and ensuring that policymakers understand what SCI/D is and the need for accurate incidence and prevalence data.
Additional discussion topics will include minimum standards of safety and quality for adaptive equipment at the VA; funding of home modifications and adaptations for all categories of disabled veterans; and funding, grants and tax credits for veteran homebuyers, per the release.
A Congressional Awards Reception on the evening of June 28 will honor members of Congress for their service to people with disabilities and veterans.
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) – 2016 James J. Peters will receive the Disability Rights Champion Award; Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (D-NY) will receive the VetsFirst Congressional Bronze Star Award; and Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) will both receive the 2016 Junius A. Kellogg Congressional Outstanding Leadership Award.
In addition, Stephanie Woodward, Esq, will receive The 2016 Advocate of the Year Award for her leadership on the Disability Integration Act, according to the media release from United Spinal Association.
[Source(s): United Spinal Association, PR Newswire]