2023 Special Recognition Award

November 7, 2023

The AUCD Special Recognition Award is presented to an individual, group, or organization outside of the AUCD network, to recognize outstanding contributions toward creating more inclusive communities for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA)

“COPAA members from across the nation work to protect the civil and legal rights and secure excellence in education on behalf of children with disabilities across the United States (U.S.). COPAA's mission is to serve as a national voice for special education rights and is grounded in the belief that every child deserves the right to a quality education that prepares them for meaningful employment, higher education and lifelong learning, as well as full participation in their community.”

COPAA’s mission is to protect and enforce the legal and civil rights of students with disabilities and their families. Our primary goal is to empower marginalized community members to secure high quality educational services and to promote excellence in advocacy.