Your Role in Policy Advocacy as a Federally-Funded Program

April 16, 2018

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All AUCD Network members have some responsibility to be engaged in policy education and systems change. Policy education entails informing a person or organization about policy. "Informing" is a key word because it is different than "advocating" for a specific position or action. Providing information about policy options for systems change may be different than advocating for specific policies, so these are important distinctions to remembering understanding your federally-funded role at a LEND, UCEDD,DBP, or IDDRC. Although policy education and systems change are both required roles for all AUCD Network organizations, there are also limitations, permissions, and exceptions with respect to policy education and systems change activities that apply to federally funded Centers and Programs.