Date: April 17, 2012
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Bob Gettings, author of Forging a Federal-State Partnership: A History of Federal Developmental Disabilities Policy and former long-time Executive Director of the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services.
Drawing upon his nearly 50 years of experience in the disability policy arena, Mr. Gettings discusses the current forces which are reshaping public policies governing services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Among these factors are the lingering effects of the great recession on federal and state budgets, the shifting demographics of the nation’s population, and the resulting attempts to restructure existing methods of financing and delivering Medicaid and other safety net services and supports to people with disabilities. Mr. Gettings also explores the potential impacts of the 2010 health reform legislation for individuals with disabilities as well as the implications of ongoing attempts to reduce deficit spending and lower the nation’s debt to a sustainable level. These and other issues are examined in the context of the evolving roles of local, state and federal governments within our federal system of governance.
Examine the forces shaping contemporary public policy toward persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities from a historic perspective; and
Identify the critical factors which are likely to shape disability policy directions over the next five to ten years.