By Trudy R. Jacobson, Senior Executive Officer, Development & Marketing, The Arc

Hosted by: The Arc, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), and Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE)

Promotional Support Provided by: Sibling Leadership Network and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

This year’s Disability Policy Seminar (DPS) is coinciding with some remarkable anniversaries. In 2015 we are set to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 50th anniversary of Medicaid and Medicare. The passage of this transformative legislation would not have been possible without the hard work of congressional leaders and disability advocates, like you! We can celebrate these monumental achievements, but we can’t stop there.

How will the passage of the ABLE Act affect you? How is the legislation going to be carried out in your state? Attending DPS will help you understand these questions and get the answers. This year’s program is designed to prepare you and give you an accurate sense of what is happening in Congress. Attending DPS will arm you with the important education, housing, and Medicaid/Medicare policy information that you need to take back to your home state and share with your fellow constituents. We want to show Congress that the disability advocacy network is strong and vast. Visit to get full program information and to register.

We need everyone who can to attend DPS so that every congressional district is represented. We have to keep the momentum going and strengthen our relationships with members of congress so that we can work together to advance our public policy agenda. This year’s Disability Policy Seminar is taking place April 13th- 15th, in Washington, D.C., at a new location – Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel. Come and be a part of the solution by registering today! In order to get the most out of hill meetings, you must come to DPS. Each day of DPS features sessions designed to provide you with information that is vital to advocacy and disability rights.

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The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. SNA is collaborating with The Arc on providing educational resources, building public awareness and advocating for policies on behalf of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families.