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 April 11-13, 2016 in Washington DC

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 Driving Forward: ADA & DD Act

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Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and 52nd Anniversary of the Developmental Disabilities Act (DD Act).

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Disability Policy Seminar- April 11-13, 2016

The Renaissance Hotel, Washington, DC 


Who Should Attend?

  • Self-advocates;
  • Parents and family members of individuals with disabilities;
  • Board members, staff, trainees, and volunteers for disability organizations;
  • State and local public policy committee members;
  • Public policy staff; or
  • Constituents


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"Learn More" about the National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Side-by-Side Campaign:March 2016

 Click Here to learn more about the Side-by-Side Social Media Campaign and obtain information on how you and your organization can participate.  


Photo: Teacher in classroomNEW - ARCHIVED WEBINAR 

"Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015: What It Means for Students with Disabilities"

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This January 2016 webinar, sponsored by AUCD, NDRN, and NACDD, provided a summary of the major provisions of ESSA, the new law that most directly impact students with disabilities, including those with the most significant disabilities. Presenters also provided concrete action steps for State Councils on Developmental Disabilities, Protection and Advocacy agencies, and University Centers to become actively involved in ensuring the successful implementation of the law. Presenters included staff of the sponsoring organizations a well as congressional staff that took the lead in drafting and moving this bill to successful enactment.
Congressional Staff:
·       William Knudsen, Office of Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
·       Jake Cornett, Office of Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA)
·       Brad Thomas, Office of Chairman John Kline (R-MN)
·       Jacque Chevalier, Office of Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA)
·       Kim Musheno, Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
·       Michael Gamel-McCormick, (AUCD)
·       Amanda Lowe, National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)
·       Cindy Smith, National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD)


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Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of IDEA!

The White House event celebrated the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).   Watch the November 17, 2015 panel discussion from the White House here.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.

Infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-2) and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C. Children and youth (ages 3-21) receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B.

Learn more about IDEA at http://idea.ed.gov/

Press Release...NACDD and DC DD Council send Letter to the Editor of The Washington Post about 11/5/15 article, A Shop Geared for Learning.”    

"...Just as important is being paid a fair wage.  This is required under the law in DC as an EmploymentFirst state.  Sadly, this is not the case in many states where people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are legally paid a sub-minimum rather than living wage.

We hope telling Lavelle’s and Jessica’s story opens your readers eyes to the potential that exists within everyone to dream and grow as engaged members of society."

To Read More:    The Washington Post Article                         

Photo: Students meeting with member of CongressNEW: NACDD & CLOSE UP Washington DC Create Partnership to Inspire High School Students

Students with and without Developmental Disabilities to Learn about Disability Policy, and connect to NACDD Councils Back Home

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Graphic: Art of Impact coverNACDD Gives Self-Advocates New Tools with E-Publication & Web Site

NACDD recently released “The Art of Impact: A Handbook for Self-Determined Living”. Written by Dr. Scott Michael Robertson in conjunction with the Self-Advocate Leadership Circle of the NACDD, this publication is filled with resources, information and tips for successful advocacy. The accessible publication is available in multiple formats including PDF, e-reader and straight text and is available at http://startyourjourney.org/


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Calling Much-Needed Attention to Issues for Older Adults with I/DD

This joint webinar presented by United Healthcare & NACDD provided an overview of aging and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD), as well as health care considerations for aging and I/DD.  It featured a case study from Maine Developmental Disabilities Council Study of Aging and Developmental Disabilities, as well as Q&A. 


Presenters include Dr. Matthew Janicki of the University of Illinois-Chicago, who serves as co-chair of the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices; Stephanie Gibbs, J.D., Director of Advocacy United Healthcare Community and State; and Donna Meltzer,CEO of NACDD.                                                                           

Learn More:  PDF of Powerpoint Slides


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