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National Disability Institute Facilitates NDEAM Congressional Briefing

October 31, 2017
Source: National Disability Institute (NDI)

National Disability Institute (NDI) is a founding member of the Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination (CPSD) and acts as Chair of the collaboration's Public Policy Workgroup. CPSD is an advocacy network of 10 national disability organizations who have come together to pursue modernization of the federal adult system of services and supports for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, so that they can become employed, live independently in an inclusive community and rise out of poverty.

In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) this October, CPSD organized and hosted a Congressional briefing focused on various legislative proposals that would support increased opportunities for competitive integrated employment (CIE) among youth and adults with disabilities. Many of these proposals were developed and put forth by the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, formed as a result of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

The discussions that took place at the briefing, sponsored by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA); Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH); and in cooperation with House Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus Chairs Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS) and Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI), were facilitated by NDI's Director of Public Policy, Chris Rodriguez, and included the following guest panelists:

  • Dr. David Mank, Chairman of the WIOA Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities
  • Charles Hill, General Manager, Embassy Suites, Washington, D.C. Convention Center
  • Patti Killingsworth, Assistant Commissioner and Chief of Long-Term Services and Supports, Bureau of TennCare
  • Laura Kuster, Consumer Products Safety Commission

For more information, including materials provided at the briefing, visit the CPSD webpage.

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