Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities annual meeting held last week

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), the coalition of over 100 national disability organizations, held its annual meeting on January 9.  The coalition elected its leadership and made recommendations for the organization of its task forces for 2013.  The Arc’s TJ Sutcliffe was elected to the CCD Board of Directors and Marty Ford ended her tenure as the Immediate Past Chairperson.  In addition, The Arc staff volunteered to take on leadership roles in ten task forces (education, employment & training, financial security, fiscal, health, housing, long term services and supports, rights, Social Security, and the ad hoc autism and developmental disabilities task force).  The event also included panel discussions with Hill staff from the offices of Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) (Chair of the  Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) (Ranking Member of the Finance Committee).  The day also featured a panel discussion celebrating the coalition’s 40 year history, including key founders such as Paul Marchand who served in The Arc’s public policy office for 38 years. Learn more at: http://c-c-d.org