Council on Community Advocacy (COCA)

 

About COCA

The AUCD Board of Directors has established a number of Councils and Committees that are made up of experts in the field to help the Board address emerging trends and issues, and to facilitate communication across and beyond the AUCD network. The Council on Community Advocacy, also known as COCA, is made up of individuals with disabilities and family members from each University Center across the AUCD network.

Mission
COCA assists AUCD to advance policy and practice for and with people with disabilities, their families and communities. The Council helps the association to:

  • Build effective partnerships with other AUCD Councils and Committees, federal agencies, and other national disability groups.
  • Build the capacity of local University Center Consumer Advisory Committees (CACs), including identifying needs for assistance, providing technical assistance, and disseminating information about exemplary and innovative practices.
  • Envision, actively advocate for, and disseminate information about the next generation of policy and practice that will help make the promise of full participation a reality.
  • Develop leaders and mentors that build the capacity of the network to affect change at the local, state, and national levels.
  • Assist in the development of standards for participation of people with disabilities and family members in UCEDD education, research, and service programs and in AUCD functions.
  • Serve as a model and resource for others desiring to infuse the participation people with disabilities and family members into program planning, research, and evaluation.

History
The Council on Consumer Affairs first convened in the fall of 1994. The Council was formed as a result of AUCD's (formerly AAUAP) increasing recognition of the importance of receiving consistent and ongoing consumer feedback. Start-up activities were funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, through a Project of National Significance entitled "Leadership and Choices." Principle support was provided by Bruce Eddy of AUCD and Carl Calkins of the University of Missouri/Kansas City, Missouri's UCEDD.

The Council leadership structure includes several internal committees and two co-chairs. 1998 By-Laws stipulate that one co-chair must be an individual with a disability, and the other be the family member of an individual with a disability. The three-year, staggered co-chair positions carry with them a slot on AUCD's Board of Directors.

Full Council membership consists of one representative of each UCEDD, designated by that UCEDD's director. The Council continues to strive to meet its long-term goal of full membership.

In 2003-2004, AUCD made a commitment to revitalize the role of COCA within the network. Past President of AUCD, David Johnson appointed an ad hoc COCA Workgroup. This workgroup, chaired by Carl Calkins, solicited feedback from the AUCD network and met several times to develop a renewed vision to strengthen the role of COCA. A final set of recommendations was produced and presented to the board and UCEDD Directors at the UCEDD Directors' retreat May 2-3, 2005 in Chicago, IL.

 
 

New on the COCA Web Pages

 

6/15/2017

Stories Needed on the Impact of Potential Medicaid Cuts

Tell Congress your story

Personal stories have great power. They help to create a shared understanding of who we are and how we live our lives. They help us celebrate our successes and document our challenges. Stories bring policies to life.
Medicaid and health care for people with disabilities is currently under threat. AUCD is collecting stories from you to share with policy makers. Help us put a face on the issue and tell lawmakers about the devastating implications if Medicaid funding is cut or capped.

 
 

8/21/2017

Work And College Opportunities (WACO) Project (TX UCEDD)

Student Voices | Summer 2017

Cekevia Degrate participated in the Leadership, Employability, and Advocacy Project (LEAP) during the summer of 2015 while she was about to be a Junior in High School. This year she has graduated from high school and is participating in the Work and College Opportunity (WACO) project at Texas A&M University. She describes how the programs helped her grow and prepare to achieve the goals she has set for her future.

 
 

8/1/2017

AUCD 2017 Registration is Open!

Deadline: October 20

The power of our collective voices working together to sustain vital supports and services for people with disabilities and their families cannot be denied. Whether you're a newcomer to the field or a seasoned professional, the AUCD Conference provides countless opportunities to share with and learn from colleagues across the network and beyond.

 
 

8/1/2017

AUCD 2017 Scholarships Available for Emerging Network Leaders

Application Deadline: September 6

Emerging Leader Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to emerging AUCD Network leaders: self-advocates, family members, trainees, and young professionals; to attend the AUCD Conference. The AUCD Conference is a unique forum where emerging leaders will be able to learn from, share with, and network with hundreds of scholarly and community leaders in the fields of developmental disabilities, community organizing, public health, leadership, and much more. Current network leaders have found the AUCD Conference to be a momentous opportunity in their career as they get introduced to the leaders in the field and energize their career and leadership. This one event provides a national and international forum for exploring the latest developments in the field and connecting with peers and mentors.

 
 
 

Upcoming Events
of Interest to
COCA Members

2017 National Lifespan Respite Conference  Copy to Calendar
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - Friday, October 13, 2017

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