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2001

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  • February 1 - U.S. President George W. Bush announced the New Freedom Initiative as part of a nationwide effort to "ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to learn and develop skills, engage in productive work, make choices about their daily lives and participate fully in community life." [1]
  • February 7 - Rachael Scdoris, a 15-year-old legally blind dog sled racer, becomes the youngest athlete to complete a 500 mile dog sled race at the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.[2]
  • February 13 - The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) becomes a model for employee accommodations policy after setting rules for their own managers. To speed up the process for employees for disabilities, managers were now given only 15 days to process simple accommodation requests. The disability program manager was given 20 days to process more complicated accommodations such as adaptive telecommunications devices or the removal of an architectural barrier. [3]
  • May 2 - U.S. President George W. Bush, in response to the growing number of senior citizens, forms a commission to investigate potential changes to the nation's Social Security system.[4]


References

  1. The New Freedom Initiative U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Accessed on February 5, 2008.
  2. "Rachael's Story." The Official Rachael Scdoris Website. Accessed on March 14, 2008.
  3. Friel, Brian. EEOC issues model rules on disability accommodation. GovernmentExecutive.com. February 13, 2001. Accessed on February 7, 2008.
  4. "George W. Bush forms commission on Social Security." This Day in History. 2007. The History Channel. A&E Television Networks. Accessed on May 19, 2008.