State Implementation Strategies for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)


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Thursday, June 15, 2017
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Webinar Descriptions:

Disability advocates Candace Cortiella and Ricki Sabia will provide an overview of key ESSA provisions important to ensuring equity for students with disabilities, share issues identified in their analyses of Consolidated State Plans to date and offer tips on how AUCD network members can be more involved in state plan development. Check out their State Plan Review Guide at



Candace Cortiella is founder and director of The Advocacy Institute (, a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of projects, products and services that work to improve the lives of people with disabilities. She has been a disability rights advocate for over 25 years, serving as a parent advocate and trainer, an expert on special education policy and on advisory boards of several national organizations and federal projects.

Candace currently oversees several Advocacy Institute projects including the Advocate Academy (, IDEA Money Watch (, the IDEA State Complaint Resource Center ( and Our Kids Count ( focused on ESEA and students with disabilities.

Ricki Sabia has worked for over two decades as an advocate on the Federal, state and local levels for individuals with Down syndrome and other disabilities, with an emphasis on education policy. Her son, Steve, was born with Down syndrome in 1992. Currently, Ricki is a Senior Policy Advisor for the National Down Syndrome Congress.

Previously Ricki was the Associate Director of the NDSS Policy Center from 2002-2013 and served as an advisor on numerous federally funded education projects. In addition, she founded the National Universal Design for Learning Task Force, a coalition of 45 general, special and higher education advocacy organizations, as well as chaired that task force for six years.


Kim Musheno is the Director of Public Policy at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities where she works on federal policy and legislative issues that affect people with developmental disabilities and their families. She also provides leadership as Vice-Chair of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Board of Directors, a coalition of more than 100 national disability organizations. Kim co-chairs the CCD Task Forces working on fiscal policy, developmental disabilities, and Autism, and serves on the Education and Employment Task Forces.

During her approximately 20 years working in the field of disability policy, Kim has monitored or worked on nearly every major piece of legislation that affects people with developmental disabilities and their families, including the Developmental Disabilities Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Rehabilitation Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, the Work Incentives Improvement Act, Combating Autism Act, and legislation to reform Medicaid such as the Family Opportunity Act, Money Follows the Person Act, Community First Choice Act, and most recently, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.


Please Note:

  • There is NO cost for this webinar.
  • CEUs are not offered for this webinar.
  • For disability accommodations email Anna Costalas 
    or call 301-588-8252.
  • This webinar will be archived.