The Ad Hoc Developmental Disabilities Task
Force monitors the Developmental Disabilities Bill of Rights Act and the administration of
the program through the Administration on Developmental Disabilities. The Act is
authorized every three years and regulations and policy guidelines are developed based on
the statute. The Task Force also reviews other developmental disability related issues.
- Kim Musheno
Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
The Ad Hoc Developmental Disabilities Task Force continues work on its 2006 priority issues:
- Work collaboratively with Congress, the Administration, people with developmental disabilities and other stakeholders to reauthorize and improve the DD Act in 2007.
- Preserve policies in the DD Act that empower people with developmental disabilities to experience self-determined and inclusive lives in their communities and reject policies that weaken the rights of people with developmental disabilities.
- Improve and strengthen the Family Support program.
- Support increased funding for DD Act Programs, including: State and Territorial DD Councils, UCEDDs, P&As and CAPs, Projects of National Significance (PNS), and the Family Support Program.
- Ensure that DD Act programs are monitored effectively by the Federal Government, particularly by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD).
- Monitor other public policy and legislative issues with an impact on individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, e.g., Medicaid and Medicare, education, health care, integrated employment and integrated housing.