Dear Religion and Disability Leaders:
The shared values of our faiths lead us to support policies and programs that promote independence and dignity for people with disabilities so they can continue contributing to their communities and congregations. Medicaid is one such program. As we pursue our mission of preserving Medicaid, it is important that the voices of the faith community be a vibrant part of the national conversation.
As you may know, IDAC Steering Committee Member David Feinman is working with AAPD’s “America’s Supercommittee” project to preserve Medicaid. He is one of six Americans from a variety of backgrounds who are sharing their perspectives on why Medicaid must be preserved. To learn more about that project, visit the America’s Supercommittee website at: http://www.ucp.org/public-policy/america-s-super-committee
We now have a powerful opportunity to bring leaders and supporters of the Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition (IDAC) into the conversation. On November 10th, AAPD, IDAC, and project partner UCP will host a faith community web chat titled: Protecting Medicaid across Faith Lines for People with Disabilities.
Our November 10th web chat is essentially a panel discussion where the “panelists”—including David Feinman—are communicating from laptops and the “audience”— members and supporters and people of faith from across the nation—are asking questions via email and seeing the answers on their computer screens. Through this technology, we can share questions, concerns, and statements of belief with a wide variety of people. Unlike a live panel, however, we will retain everything that is shared that day in the form of a transcript. We can then use these powerful questions and statements to educate leaders and our communities about this urgent social justice issue.
Please save November 10th for the web chat.
In the coming days, you will be hearing from us about how this coalition and our supporters across the country can engage in this web chat, including by emailing questions and statements to the moderators, spreading the word among our grass roots, and promoting this event and its message.
Director, AAPD Interfaith Initiative