2008 Disability Policy Seminar Materials

Advancing Disability Policy in an Election Year
March 2-4

Advancing Disability Policy in an Election Year, the theme for the 2008 Disability Policy Seminar, will offer a pragmatic view on the unique challenges and opportunities facing the Congress and White House as the 2008 political campaign proceeds.

In November of 2008 Americans will cast votes for a new President, a third of the Senate, and the entire House of Representatives. The Democrats will seek to expand their present thin majority in both houses of Congress while Republicans fight hard to regain lost ground. With bipartisanship an increasingly elusive goal for most public policy issues these days, we will explore effective strategies to obtain support from both sides of the aisle for disability issues.

Together, The Arc of the United States, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD), American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) and National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) will look to our extensive grassroots networks to advocate in a bipartisan manner for national public policies promoting the full inclusion of people with disabilities in our society.

On Sunday, March 2, at 9:30 a.m., participants will begin two-days of in-depth, intense public policy discussions/presentations that end on March 3 at 6:00 p.m. And, on March 4, we will take our unified message to Capitol Hill.

What will we be talking about at the Seminar and lobbying on Capitol Hill? We expect the following public policy issues will take center stage:

  • Budget and Appropriations
  • Entitlements
  • Developmental Disabilities Act
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Social Security
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Employment

Capitol Hill staff and our nation’s leading public policy experts, disability advocates and association leaders will be on hand to address these and other issues. For more information please visit the seminar website.

Disability Policy Seminar Review

Keynote Address – John Rother, AARP
Legislative Advocacy – Paul Marchand, Disability Policy Collaboration
Community Organizing: Focus on Voting – Jennifer Ondrejka, Wisconsin Board of People with Developmental Disabilities
Policy Updates – DPC, AUCD & NACDD
Special Screening – Body & Soul: Diana and Kathy
Medicaid & Long Term Services and Supports – Jeff Crowley, Georgetown University
Budget & Appropriations – Allison Orris, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Health & Direct Support Workforce – Suellen Galbraith, ANCOR
Housing – Anna O’Hara, Technical Assistance Collaborative
ADA Restoration – Kevin Barry, Georgetown University

Fact Sheets (posted Feb. 20, 2008)

  1. Medicaid Long Term Services and Supports
  2. CLASS Act
  3. Medicaid Regulations
  4. Budget & Appropriations
  5. Health & Wellness
  6. Direct Support Workers
  7. DD Act
  8. Employment
  9. Education
  10. Housing
  11. Social Security
  12. ADA Restoration
  13. Autism Spectrum Disorder
  14. Housing Crisis Information by State