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About Policy & Advocacy

AUCD is committed to protecting and enhancing the civil rights of people with disabilities across the lifespan. The University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Programs, and Intellectual and Developmental Disability Research Centers (IDDRC) have direct impact across all levels of government in advancing policy and practice. Current federal policy and advocacy activities have significant impacts on ensuring access to services and supports for people with disabilities and their families.

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