Hi everyone

We have a few items on our calendar that we want to be sure everyone is aware of.


May 2, 2017 at 10am ET- 12pm ET

NACDD Board of Directors call

All are invited to listen to the call.  The number is 800-832-0736 and the passcode is *4880400#



May 17, 2017 at 3pm ET

NACDD Member Services Committee webinar—Disability Awareness Training (DAT) with David Whalen

The ability to accurately and appropriately respond to individuals with disabilities has posed varying challenges to first responders across the country. High profile cases have exposed the need for more involved awareness and education. Niagara University has developed the nation’s only comprehensive disability awareness training program for law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical services, and 911 telecommunicators. It has been successfully implemented in the New York through funding from the NYS DDPC, and is currently progressing in Missouri through a grant from the MO CDD.

This webinar will introduce the program, how NU customizes it per state, the process to establishing it within state offices and associations, and the role of first responders and the disability community to make it standard and sustainable.


David Whalen founded Disability Awareness Training (DAT) in September 2004 and has since conducted over 600 sessions. He has worked in the disability field his entire career, with his first 17 years at Niagara County (NY) ARC. Dave is the President of the Board of the Williamsville Special Education Parent Teacher Student Association (SEPTSA), past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Parent Network of WNY, Chair of the Town of Amherst’s Committee on Disabilities, co-founder of Access Buffalo, a certified ADA trainer through the Region II Northeast ADA center, Commissioner of Central Amherst Little League Challenger baseball, and past member of the NYS Independent Living Council. In 2014 NYS DDPC awarded NU with the Forging Pathways Award and in 2016 Western New York Deaf Access services awarded Dave Deaf Advocate of the Year.


To join: 800-832-0736; passcode *4880400# and http://nacdd.adobeconnect.com/dat/



July 14, 2017 during the Annual Conference (Time to be confirmed)

NACDD General Assembly Meeting

All conference participants are invited to join the General Assembly meeting held at the 2017 Annual Conference.  Each Council gets one vote on important matters such as dues, board elections, and choosing the new nominating committee.  Agenda and more details to come in early June.


Of course we also hope you attend the conference and TAI.  You can register here: www.nacdd2017.eventbrite.com


Thanks so much


Robin Troutman

Deputy Director

National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities

1825 K Street, NW, Suite 600

Washington, DC  20006

202.506.5813 Ext. 105 (Phone)

202.506.5846 (Fax)