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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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December 14, 2015

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Photo: apprenticeshipEmployment First Webinar Series Starts Monday, December 14, 2015 3-4pm EST

Register required to participate.  Register here.             
Brought to you by APSE, NACDD, and AUCD

Session #1 on December 14:
  • History and context of the Employment First initiative 
  • How it fits into the goals of people with disabilities and their families

  • Allison Wohl, Executive Director, APSE (Moderator) 
  • David Mank, Director, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University 
  • Derek Nord, Associate Director, Research and Training Center on Community Living, Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota 
  • David Hoff, Program Director, Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts-Boston
Dates for more webinars to be announced.  Future sessions will cover:
  • How Employment First is being implemented around the country
  • Legislation, regulations, and executive orders that are enabling Employment First policies
  • Addressing the challenges of successful Employment First implementation
  • Advocating for Employment First
  • How an Employment First initiative fits into the full spectrum of services and supports for people with disabilities 

Logo: The White HouseCelebrating 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

Just Released.... 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

Read partnership announcement click here

Graphic: National Disability Employment Awareness Month posterOctober 2015 is the 70th Anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)!

For information on the many different ways to raise awareness during October, CLICK HERE

Graphic: Art of Impact coverNEW: NACDD 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


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RECENT: Reno Conference Creates Enthusiastic Momentum on Issues!

200+ people from across the U.S. and around the world gathered to advance the issues important to people with I/DD and their families.  Aaron Bishop, Commissioner Administration on Disability (AOD), delivered the keynote, and conference sessions raised the profile on the need for an increase in self-advocacy and cultural diversity.  Read More.

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WEBINAR HELD:  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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