Last week, nearly 700 advocates from 48 states gathered in Washington, D.C. for the annual Disability Policy Seminar. Attendees heard from Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez, Special Assistant to the President on Disability Policy Kareem Dale and were treated to a reception on Capitol Hill hosted by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA). They also had the chance to gather information from policy experts and representatives from the Obama administration about key issues for the I/DD community before spending a day in the House and Senate advocating for their cause with their elected representatives. And many attended special meet & greet sessions for self-advocates and siblings from The National Council of Self Advocates of The Arc and the National Sibling Council. If you missed this year, be sure to plan to attend the 2013 Disability Policy Seminar April 15-17 at the Grand Hyatt in downtown D.C.