Arizona: State Legislation to Extend Waivers for Paid Family Caregivers

By Catherine Citta, JPKF Public Policy Fellow   Jon Meyers, Executive Director for the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, participated in an interview with Catherine Citta, 2023 Public Policy Fellow with the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, to discuss Arizona’s successful policy change for child and adolescent family caregivers. Arizona received a temporary extension in…

North Dakota: An Invitation to the White House

By Catherine Citta, JPKF Public Policy Fellow   The Biden-Harris Administration hosts state, local, Tribal and community leaders to the White House “Communities in Action” events to demonstrate how the administration is delivering results for the American people. In November 2023, Julianne Horntvedt, Executive Director for the North Dakota State Council on Developmental Disabilities was…

Ohio Fly-In: Advocating on The Hill

By Naomi Moore, Fall 2023 NACDD Policy Intern    On Sept 12, 2023, a bipartisan bill was introduced by Senator Brown and Senator Cassidy called the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Savings Penalty Elimination Act.     Currently with Supplemental Security Income (SSI), there is an assets limit that has been stuck at $2,000 for individuals and…

ACL Post: A World of Opportunities: Promoting Augmentative and Alternative Communication

By Jennifer Johnson, Deputy Commissioner, Administration on Disabilities As we continue to celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (DDAM), we are highlighting some of the many ways that ACL is working to break down barriers to create more inclusive communities so that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) can do well and succeed. We…

Alabama: An Invitation to the White House

By Catherine Citta, JPKF Public Policy Fellow    The Biden-Harris Administration hosts state, local, Tribal and community leaders to the White House “Communities in Action” events to demonstrate how the administration is delivering results for the American people. In September 2023, Darryle Powell, Executive Director for the Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities (ACDD) was invited…

On Super Tuesday & in Honor of the Late John Lewis, Durbin Calls on his Colleagues to Protect the Right to Vote

On Super Tuesday, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today called on his Republican colleagues to support critical voting rights legislation that was introduced in the Senate last week.  The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act would update and restore critical safeguards of the original Voting Rights…