2015 Disability Policy Seminar

2015 Disability Policy Seminar

Monday, April 13, 2015- Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Location: Washington, DC

Website Link  http://www.thearc.org/page.aspx?pid=2173

The 2015 Disability Policy Seminar is your best opportunity to cultivate new champions on Capitol Hill and advance the grassroots movement for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). This unique event offers you the opportunity to come together for two days with other advocates, individuals with I/DD, experts and professionals in the field and learn about the issues. On the third day, take the valuable information covered during the Seminar to Capitol Hill and speak directly with your representatives about the issues that are important to you.

We Need You!

  • Self-advocates;
  • Parents and family members of individuals with disabilities;
  • Board members, staff, trainees, and volunteers of disability organizations;
  • State and local public policy committee members;
  • Public policy staff; and                     
  • Constituents  

Seminar Program App

Image: App on devicesThe DPS 2015 mobile app serves as a companion to the printed program during the Disability Policy Seminar. It includes a scheduling feature, a list of presenters, social media, maps, and much more. It's also great for networking throughout the event (and even after its conclusion!) since you can create a profile and connect with other attendees.

All your DPS materials will be at your fingertips with the app, which is especially helpful during your Hill visits. Fact sheets and tips will be readily accessible, and you can even submit your legislative contact reports through the app immediately after your visits with Members of Congress and their staff. Take advantage of all of the app's features that will help you feel organized and prepared for all the valuable information available to you throughout the Seminar.

To access the app, download the free 'Guidebook' on your phone and type 'Disability Policy Seminar' into the search bar. To see step-by-step download instructions for your mobile device or laptop, visit the DPS Guidebook site.

Hotel and Registration

Reserve your spot before March 11 for the best rates and availability at the Renaissance Washington, D.C.  Downtown Hotel.

Hotel full or want other options? AUCD found the following rates at hotels near the Renaissance that you might consider. Please note that AUCD or the DPS does not have a contract with any of these hotels and cannot guarantee availability or rates. The list is organized by approximate distance to the Renaissance.


Early bird registration and discounted pricing ended March 13th. In-person registrations are being accepted upon arrival.

Affiliated AUCD-Specific Events

  • Trainee and Early Career Professional pre-DPS webinar
    March 31, 2015, 2pmET
    This webinar will offer students, trainees and early career professionals an orientation to the policy issues and current legislation one can expect to learn more about at the 2015 Disability Policy Seminar. In addition, attendees will learn the basics of how to meet with Congressional representatives and deliver a unified message about federally funded programs that benefit people with disabilities.
  • 2015 AUCD Trainee Policy Summit
    April 12, 2015, 2-7:30pmET
    On Sunday evening immediately before the Disability Policy Seminar, AUCD is hosting a special Trainee Policy Summit! Attendees will have exclusive access to Hill staffers and former trainees now working in policy, and learn from the experts how to best craft your message for Wednesday's Hill visits. An evening reception sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co will provide a comfortable background for trainees to meet and network with over 200 peers from around the country.




The 2015 Disability Policy Seminar is hosted by:

Sponsor Organizations

The Arc, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), and Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE)

Promotional Support Provided by: Sibling Leadership Network and American Assocation of People with Disabilities