Friday, January 20, 2017

Trump White House takes down website pages about disabilities - The Washington Post

Trump White House takes down website pages about disabilities - The Washington Post:

Trump White House takes down website pages about disabilities


During the Obama administration, there was a page on the White House website that had information about federal policy regarding people with disabilities. Its URL was https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/disabilities. Not under the Trump administration. The Trump-run White House website — which went live moments after Friday’s inauguration of President Trump — says: “You are not authorized to access this page.”
The Obama White House website page labeled “Contact the Disability Issues Outreach Team | The White House” isn’t there any longer either.  Click on it and it now says: “The requested page/disability-issues-contact could not be found.” And the Obama White House website’s fact sheet about expanding opportunities for people with disabilities is gone too. (You can see the former disabilities page here.)
Trump did not talk about expanding opportunity for people with disabilities during the primary and general election campaigns, but he did become known for mocking a New York Times reporter with disabilities.  In late 2015, Trump went after reporter Serge Kovaleski, who has arthrogryposis, a physical disability that affects the flexibility and movement of his arms. Trump said at a rally in South Carolina, “You’ve got to see this guy,” and then jerked his arms spastically. Later Trump said he did not know Kovaleski had a disability and wasn’t trying to mock him. Kovaleski noted that Trump had met him repeatedly.


The subject of disabilities is not the only one that has lost prominence — or even space — on the new White House website. As Post reporters wrote here, the energy page no longer mentions climate change, which was featured on Obama’s White House website.
If you search for the word “disabilities” on the Trump White House website, you get links to historical stories and posts about how people with disabilities can visit the White House and apply for fellowships. Here’s the list of URLs:
www.whitehouse.gov/1600/first-ladies/idamckinley
www.whitehouse.gov/1600/elections-and-voting
www.whitehouse.gov/participate/tours-and-events
www.whitehouse.gov/administration/karen-pence
www.whitehouse.gov/participate/fellows/faq
www.whitehouse.gov/1600/executive-branch
www.whitehouse.gov/1600/presidents/grovercleveland22
www.whitehouse.gov/participate/fellows/2016-2017

 Trump White House takes down website pages about disabilities - The Washington Post:


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