By creating laws and policies that recognize the perspectives and rights of people with developmental disabilities, NACDD believes the entire community will benefit. NACDD leads the national policy agenda for the DD Councils, and works with national coalition partners to address the most pressing issues for people with developmental disabilities at the federal level. NACDD serves as a key adviser on issues such as the disability treaty, workforce, education and health for the media, policy advisers and lawmakers. NACDD’s CEO, Donna Meltzer, leads a staff and volunteer board that is often called upon by the White House and Congress for input, to testify before Senate and House committees, and to meet with members of Congress and their staff.
The growing impact of coalitions focused on important issues to people with developmental disabilities is expanding the impact of our work. By partnering with like-minded advocacy organizations, our reach onto Capitol Hill and federal agencies is expanding and the media coverage of our issues is increasing. NACDD believes that working together with other organizations both within and beyond the disability community that share the broader vision for every American’s fundamental rights is key to our success. Our Coalition Partners include: