Saturday, June 4, 2011


Just arrived in Washington, D.C. for my summer internship at the Office of Personal Management. This week has been a whirlwind of new faces, new contacts, catching up with old friends, and getting adjusted to D.C. environment/culture. This week, I have been able to discuss different legislative initiatives, the creation of public policy as well as its connection to the law. I have also been able to hear from various people who have been the driving forces behind the creation of some of the most critical disability policy since the enactment laws like the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act. Additionally, I was able to give a presentation on the integration of / issues surrounding the integration of disabled individuals into society and employment generally. While I am sure that if I sat down and thought about it I may have come up with several of these, but in Joseph Shapiro’s book, No Pity, he discussed several broad but important areas of integration including education, employment, the law, de-institutionalization, and society as a whole. What was most fascinating during my research and presentation was that you could not discuss one area without discussing the others. I look forward to beginning work new week and will keep all of you updated about the remainder of my summer internship in Washington.

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