Thursday, April 19, 2012

Advocates to Gather in Washington for 2012 Disability Policy Seminar

The Arc, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE), and United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) will be hosting the 2012 Disability PolicySeminar at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC from April 23-25.  During the seminar, participants will be educated on high-priority disability issues by experts in the field. 

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) will be honored for his work on ensuring rights and opportunities for people with disabilities. Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, will be a keynote speaker of the seminar, as well as a recipient of the Leadership in Disability Policy Award. Kareem Dale, Special Assistant to President Obama for Disability Policy, another respected leader in the disability community will be presenting a luncheon keynote.  Other seminar presentations will include bipartisan Congressional staff updates on critical issues for people with disabilities.

Topics to be discussed include: Medicaid and community living, federal funding, Social Security, employment and education, health care, and asset development. The third day of the seminar takes place on Capitol Hill where participants meet with their Members of Congress and discuss the issues.

WHO: The Arc, AAIDD, AUCD, NACDD, SABE, UCP, and hundreds of advocates from across the country.
WHAT: The 2012 Disability Policy Seminar
WHEN: April 23-25, 2012
WHERE: The Grand Hyatt Washington:
1000 H Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
WHY: Millions of Americans deal with the impact of public policy related to intellectual and developmental disabilities every day. The seminar offers participants the opportunity to come together, become educated on the issues, and take the initiative to speak with their elected officials. 

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