Dear NACDD Network:


We are getting very excited for the 2016 Annual Conference in Washington, DC this July. To those of you who have already registered, thank you! For those of you who have not, I encourage you to do so quickly. We have many exciting speakers, meeting opportunities and networking opportunities lined up for you. More great sessions are being added to our agenda each day. This year’s theme is Partners in Progress: Empowering Children, Youth and Families for the Future.


Some Highlights Include:


Presenters from the Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS);

Presentations on Health Care and Long Term Supports and Services (LTSS) across the age span – United Healthcare will release its brand new White Paper on Managed Long-Term Services and Supports;

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation will talk about their brand new Tool Kit for Parents with Disabilities;

Hear What the Association for Persons Supporting EmploymentFirst ( APSE) is doing across the country to move forward on Employment First and How DD Councils are part of making E1 a reality everywhere;

Elect your FY 2017-2018 NACDD Board of Directors at our Friday morning Assembly Meeting;

Enjoy our lovely Champions of Equal Opportunity (CEO) Awards Luncheon where we will honor a national policy maker, an outstanding Self-Advocate, and induct a number of amazing self-advocates from DD Councils into our Self-Advocate Leadership Circle;

Hear from Assistant Secretary Kathy Greenlee (invited) and other key ACL/AIDD notables as they reflect on achievements over the last 4 years and share thoughts on where we are going next;

Learn more about the successes of the Community of Practice on Supporting Families Across the Life Course with tips on what you can do in your State or Territory;

Networking reception;

Don’t forget that this is a great time for visiting with your Congressional delegation! NACDD Public Policy staff will be ready to assist you in going to the Hill and will provide materials and suggestions for those who wish to make appointments


The Annual Conference begins Thursday morning July 7th  and ends Friday afternoon July 8th. The Technical Assistance Institute will be held all day Wednesday July 6th. The NACDD Board of Directors and Territorial members will hold meetings on July 5th.


For a quick link to registration click on the icon below my signature.  More conference details will be out soon. Can’t wait to see you in July!






Donna A. Meltzer, CEO

National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities

1825 K Street, NW Suite 600

Washington, DC 20006

202-506-5813 extension 103



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