The ADA Legacy Project, DisBeat, TASH, and Rooted in Rights Call for Reform of AbilityOne, Launch Petition

December 3, 2015 6:40 PM EST

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Portland, OR (PRWEB) December 03, 2015

DisBeat, The ADA Legacy Project, TASH, and Rooted in Rights have joined forces to officially launch a petition, galvanizing a united call for reform of the AbilityOne Program.

The AbilityOne program is mandated to award federal contracts to employ people with disabilities.

On September 15, 2015, the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE), Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), National Federation of the Blind (NFB), TASH and United Spinal Association Called for Reform of AbilityOne.

The petition was officially launched Wednesday, December 3rd at the 2015 TASH Conference, in Portland, OR.

The full petition is located at

Follow the discussion about this petition on Twitter using #ReformAbilityOne.

About DisBeat: DisBeat is a new national communications initiative designed to coordinate and promote proactive messaging on disability rights issues. DisBeat uses various communication tools, including social media, to bring attention to disability issues from an authentic disability perspective. DisBeat also maintains a database of subject-matter fact sheets, talking points and experts. Initial Partners include ADAPT of Montana, Center for Disability Rights, Disability Rights Center, Disability Visibility Project, EIN SOF Communications, National Council on Independent Living, National Disability Leadership Alliance, National Disability Rights Network, National Federation of the Blind, Nothing Without Us Media, Shepherd Center and The ADA Legacy Project (

About The ADA Legacy Project: Launched to coincide with the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (DA25), the mission of The ADA Legacy Project is to honor the contributions of people with disabilities and their allies by preserving the history of the disability rights movement, by celebrating its milestones, and by educating the public and future generations of advocates. (

About TASH: TASH is an international leader in disability advocacy. Founded in 1975, TASH advocates for human rights and inclusion for people with significant disabilities and support needs – those most vulnerable to segregation, abuse, neglect and institutionalization. TASH works to advance inclusive communities through advocacy, research, professional development, policy, and information and resources for parents, families and self-advocates. The inclusive practices TASH validates through research have been shown to improve outcomes for all people. (

About Rooted in Rights: Rooted in Rights is a multi-channel platform for people with disabilities, self-advocates and their friends, families and allies. We tell the stories of the continuing fight for equal rights for people with disabilities, locally and internationally. (

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