NACDD Releases New On-line Publication on Self-Advocacy "The Art of Impact" Written by and for Individuals with Disabilities

August 10, 2015

The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) during its Annual Conference near Reno, NV today released a new on-line publication on self-advocacy written by and for individuals with developmental disabilities. The publication, "The Art of Impact: A Handbook for Living a Self-Determined Life" was written by Dr. Scott Michael Robertson in conjunction with the Self-Advocate Leadership Circle of the NACDD. The publication is filled with resources, information and tips for successful advocacy. The accessible publication is available in multiple formats including PDF, e-reader and straight text and is available at

"Many individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are advocating for their own and others' needs and are excellent advocates in their local areas as well as nationally," said Donna Meltzer, CEO of the NACDD. "We created this Handbook to showcase the power of self-advocacy and the unique way in which each person can advocate. The Handbook features interviews with self-advocates who have testified before legislators, written books or curriculum for teaching, and even one gentleman who uses stand-up comedy to teach others about his disability."

The Handbook lives on a website that will incorporate social media and encourage feedback and future chapters that NACDD hopes other advocates will contribute over time. The release of the Handbook was timed to coincide with the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which is being celebrated this week.