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The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities

NACDD is the national association for the 56 Councils on Developmental Disabilities (DD Councils) across the United States and its territories. The DD Councils receive federal funding to support programs that promote self-determination, integration and inclusion for all people in the United States with developmental disabilities.


  • To provide technical assistance to all DD Councils
  • To advocate for the national public policy agenda
  • To advocate for DD Councils’ appropriations in Congress
  • To convene DD Councils for leadership and development training | Check, update, & register to vote in under 2 minutes

On Tuesday March 3rd (Super Tuesday), people in 14 states, American Samoa and Democrats Abroad will cast votes in the Democratic and Republican Primaries.

1/3rd of the total population of the United States will have an opportunity to vote on March 3rd.

Texas is one of the 14 states that has their Primary on March 3rd.

The Disability Community in Texas has an opportunity to influence which candidates will be on the ballot in the General Election (Tuesday November 3rd).

To vote in the March 3rd Super Tuesday Primaries, you must be REGISTERED TO VOTE by February 3rd.

If you are a first time Registrant or you need to change your address, you can do it by going on Register2Vote.
Here is how it works:
  • Click on the link;
  • Fill out the information requested;
  • Submit online the filled out form;
  • You will receive in the regular mail a filled out Voter Registration Card with the correct Return Address;
  • Sign the Voter Registration Card and drop it in the mail (no postage required).

For ongoing info on voting on Super Tuesday, go to:


Census Data 2020

Data of people with disabilities being added to the Census Bureau is crucial. The Census Bureau will collect the data to make statistics for America to see how disability is handled in the 50 states and additional territories. The statistics about American citizens will make way for government programs, laws and policies.

With the 2020 election, it is crucial now than ever to be added. The statistics will show where the voices of American citizens lie and how loud they are.

Go on the Civic Engagement page to see all of our resources.

Impact Report on Intelligent Lives

The documentary Intelligent Lives had success in both reception and above all: Opening minds of people.

ACL’s Commissioner for the Administration on Disabilities Authored New Blog from the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)

ACL’s Commissioner for the Administration on Disabilities Julie Hocker authored a new blog from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) about American businesses hiring workers with disabilities and ACL’s Disability Employment Challenge.

Today in America there are more than seven million unfilled jobs. And there are also more than ten million Americans with disabilities who are ready, willing, and able to fill those jobs. It is not only the right time to tap into this talent pool, it is also a golden opportunity. Businesses that employ and support workers with disabilities average 28 percent higher revenue and 30 percent higher profit margins than peer businesses that do not…

We want to see – and recognize – true and disruptive innovation in talent pipelines across America. Businesses will benefit through better performance and people with disabilities will discover access to meaningful, engaging careers. Together, we will benefit from a stronger national engine: a more diverse workforce.”

You can read the blog post HERE.

Check out some of the great work our councils are doing in a special report on ABLE and Employment:

Click HERE to read the full report.

Join NACDD in DC!

The Disability Policy Seminar (DPS) is the key opportunity to have advocates educate and inform policymakers on Capitol Hill and about issues that affect people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

2020 Kennedy Fellowship is Now OPEN

The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation has just opened it’s application period for its 2020 Public Policy Fellowship. This Fellowship is a one-year, full-time, intensive immersion experience in Washington, D.C.

Applications are due on January 15, 2020. Read more about how to apply here: LINK to Fellowship Announcement

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