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About Us

Eight national disability organizations. An unmatched opportunity to network, learn, and advocate.

About Our Partnership

The Disability Policy Seminar (DPS) is a three-day annual federal legislative conference co-sponsored by The Arc, Autism Society, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Association of University Centers on Disabilities, National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, National Down Syndrome Congress, United Cerebral Palsy, and Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (the partners). The DPS strengthens our federal advocacy efforts by having people from across the country come to DC, receive training and updates, and visit their Members of Congress. The DPS promotes unity, movement building, and amplifies the concerns of people with I/DD before Congress.

Promotional Partners

Promotional partners help market the DPS but do not participate financially, receive free registration, or have a role in planning the event. The Sibling Leadership Network is a promotional partner this year.

New Partners

We are pleased to announce that the Autism Society of America and the National Down Syndrome Congress have joined as partners for DPS this year. The addition of two new partners can only strengthen our advocacy.

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Come learn about exciting updates and news regarding the lives of people with I/DD.

The Arc

The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and serving them and their families. They work tirelessly to uphold our vision that every individual and family living with I/DD 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 of America

The Autism Society of America has been improving the lives of all affected by autism for over 50 years and envisions a world where individuals and families living with autism are able to maximize their quality of life, are treated with the highest level of dignity, and live in a society in which their talents and skills are appreciated and valued. They provide advocacy, education, information and referral, support, and community at national, state and local levels through a strong nationwide network of Affiliates.

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

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.

Association of University Centers on 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.

National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities

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.

The National Down Syndrome Congress

The National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) is the country’s oldest national organization for people with Down syndrome, their families, and the professionals who work with them. We provide information, advocacy and support concerning all aspects of life for individuals with Down syndrome, and work to create a national climate in which all people will recognize and embrace the value and dignity of people with Down syndrome.

Self Advocates Become Empowered

Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) is the United State’s national self-advocacy organization. They are a national board of regional representatives and members from every state in the US.

United Cerebral Palsy

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.

Partner Organizations

Promotional Partners