February 15, 2012
President Surprises Activists with Speech
150+ activists gathered at the White House to discuss physically/mentally challenged topics. They discussed these topics with White House representatives. This event lasted a day and activists got a surprise: A Presidential visit.
President Barack Obama gave a brief speech to the activists. He was happy with the way advocates spoke out against the significance of Medicaid. He also assured activists more advocacy similar to that type is warranted.
“People with disabilities deserve the chance to build a life for themselves in the communities where they choose to live,” Obama said, adding that he supports high education standards and employment opportunities for those with physical/mental challenges.
Activists present at the White House for these discussions were members of the Arc. There were also people with physical/mental challenges as well as their support systems in attendance. While present at the discussion, President Obama listened to top members of the Justice Department and activists regarding Medicaid.
Surprise appearance: http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2012/02/10/obama-to-disability-advocates/14958/