National Council on Disability Forum

The DPC’s Paul Marchand and Marty Ford participated in the invitation-only National Council on Disability’s Earning Forum in Detroit. This regional policy forum focused on employment and financial security for people with disabilities and built upon discussions begun at NCD’s Living, Learning, & Earning Summit in July which launched a national dialogue on disability policy in the wake of the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Participants discussed current challenges and opportunities to employment, the impact of health care reform, private employer perspectives, asset development and economic security, and a federal focus on employment. One half-day was devoted to employment issues specific to people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Additional regional forums are expected to focus on the living and learning aspects of the summit. See the agenda at http://www.ncd.gov/newsroom/news/2010/NCD%20Earning%20Forum%20Agenda%20_2_.pdf