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About Our Partnership

The Disability Policy Seminar is an annual federal legislative conference co-sponsored by leading disability advocate organizations: The Arc, Autism Society, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Association of University Centers on Disabilities, National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, United Cerebral Palsy, Self Advocates Becoming Empowered, and TASH (the partners). The Disability Policy Seminar strengthens our federal advocacy efforts by providing training, learning opportunities, and updates, as well as opportunities to visit members of Congress. The Disability Policy Seminar promotes unity and movement building and amplifies the concerns of people with IDD before Congress.


The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and serving them and their families. The Arc works tirelessly to ensure that every individual and family living with IDD in the United States has access to the information, advocacy, and skills they need to support their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
The Autism Society’s mission is to create connections, empowering everyone in the autism community with the resources needed to live fully. As the nation’s oldest leading grassroots autism organization, the Autism Society and its 70+ local affiliates serve over half a million members of the autism community each year. It envisions a world where everyone in the autism community is connected to the support they need, when they need it, including education, advocacy efforts, and supports and services throughout the lifespan.
Since 1876, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) has been providing worldwide leadership in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. AAIDD is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization of professionals and others concerned about intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a membership organization that supports and promotes a national network of university-based interdisciplinary programs. They serve as a bridge between the university and the community, bringing together the resources of both to achieve meaningful change.
The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) is the national association for the 56 Councils on Developmental Disabilities (DD Councils) across the United States and its territories. The DD Councils receive federal funding to support programs that promote self-determination, integration, and inclusion for all people in the United States with developmental disabilities.
Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) is the United States’ national self-advocacy organization. They are a national board of regional representatives and members from every state in the U.S.
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) has proudly served the disability community for over 70 years. On an annual basis, 155,000 individuals and families receive direct services and support from the 60 affiliates across the United States and Canada. UCP is dedicated to ensuring that people with disabilities live a life without limits.
TASH advances equity, opportunity, and inclusion for people with disabilities, with a focus on those with the most significant support needs, in the areas of education, employment, and community living through advocacy, research, and practice. TASH is a multidisciplinary membership organization that includes researchers, people with disabilities, service providers, family members, educators, and direct support professionals. Together, we share a commitment to full inclusion of people with disabilities.