Engaging with Congress to Connect Research and Lived Experience to Influence Policy

AUCD 2021 Closing Plenary

October 19, 2021

Engaging with Congress to Connect Research and Lived Experience to Influence Policy

Join us on Wednesday during the conference for the Closing Plenary: Engaging with Congress to Connect Research and Lived Experience to Influence Policy. Learn about the legislative work and priorities of elected disability advocates in Congress and how you can influence their work.

We will be joined live by Donna Shalala, former US Congresswoman from Florida and President of the University of Miami, the longest serving U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and Presidential Medal of Freedom winner. Dr. Shalala will be interviewed by our own AUCD Conference Chair and Director of the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami, Danny Armstrong. Their conversation will discuss disability policy, higher education, and the importance of inclusive research.

We will also hear directly from Senator Sherrod Brown (OH), Senator Bob Casey (PA), Senator Tammy Duckworth (IL), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Senator Patty Murray (WA), and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA) via pre-recorded videos about their priorities and what we can do to promote them.

 

  • #AUCD2021 Virtual Hill Visit Toolkit: Pages 7-9 of the Toolkit provide possible topics to discuss, such as education, healthcare, and employment, as well as links to resources to learn more about those topics.

Learn more about the Closing Plenary speakers.