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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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Registration Link for the 2016 NACDD Annual Conference and TA Institute!

Partners in Progress: Empowering Children, Youth and Families for the Future

Hyatt Regency, Capitol Hill, Washington DC

July 5-8, 2016

You can find the draft schedule at-a-glance here

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CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS IS NOW OPEN.  Please go here for more information

Disability Policy Seminar 2016                     DPS Icon     

Thank you to everyone who joined us in Washington DC.  To get access to the presentations, please click here


Success Stories: What is Possible in the World of Employment First?

This second of five webinars provided participants with three examples of Employment First practices from around the country. These rural, urban, and suburban examples highlighted programs that have helped people with a wide range of disabilities, from intellectual to mental health disabilities, from complex physical to sensory disabilities, to move from no work or limited work to competitive integrated employment. Participants heard directly from service providers, researchers, policy makers, and people with disabilities.  Link to audio comign soon

To listen to the archived webinar please click here

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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.                                                                           

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