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RE: The Americans with Disabilities Business Opportunity Act

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RE: The Americans with Disabilities Business Opportunity Act

WHEREAS, a great deal of America’s economic success is tied to the freedom to engage in entrepreneurial activities and create one’s own wealth; and

WHEREAS, it has long been the policy of the United States to promote the economic well being of traditionally disadvantaged populations by creating a variety of business incentives that allow such populations to participate in the mainstream of the nation’s economy; and

WHEREAS, these incentives have not been extended to Americans with disabilities; and

WHEREAS, census data, national polls, and other studies have documented that as a group people with disabilities experience discrimination in our society and are severely disadvantaged socially, vocationally, economically, and educationally; and

WHEREAS, the nation's goals for people with disabilities should be to assure them equality of opportunity, full participation in society, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency; and

WHEREAS, despite these goals two-thirds of Americans with disabilities are unemployed or significantly under-employed; and

WHEREAS, strong and innovative initiatives are necessary to remedy this problem and put Americans with disabilities to work; and

WHEREAS, the ability of Americans with disabilities to secure entrepreneurial opportunities would be expanded by amending Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act to include persons with disabilities as presumptively socially disadvantaged, and by changing federal procurement law to provide that businesses owned and controlled by individuals with disabilities be included on the list of preferred small businesses to which subcontracts may be awarded; and

WHEREAS, the purpose of the Americans with Disabilities Business Opportunity Act is to increase opportunities for blind Americans by amending federal law to reflect these needed changes: NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED by the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona in convention assembled this 5th day of September, 2011, in the city of Tempe, Arizona, that this organization urge the Arizona congressional delegation, to introduce and support the Americans with Disabilities Business Opportunity Act to increase entrepreneurial opportunities for Arizonans and Americans with Disabilities.

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