AAIDD is a member organization of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD). CCD is a coalition of approximately 100 national disability organizations that working together toward national public policies that ensures the self determination, independence, empowerment, integration, and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
Since 1973, CCD has advocated on behalf of people of all ages with physical and mental disabilities and their families. CCD has worked to achieve federal legislation and regulations that assure that the 54 million children and adults with disabilities are fully integrated into the mainstream of society. CCD does this by:
- Identifying and researching public policy issues, developing testimony and policy recommendations and encouraging innovative solutions to public policy concerns.
- Educating members of Congress in an effort to improve public policies and programs that foster independence, productivity, integration and inclusion of people with disabilities.
- Encouraging people with disabilities and their families to advocate for themselves and coordinating grass roots efforts to support these advocacy efforts.
For more information, visit the CCD website at http://www.c-c-d.org