AUCD Presents at National Conference of State Legislatures

July 29, 2008

AUCD and Easter Seals gave a presentation on the issue of autism during the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Annual Legislative Summit in New Orleans last week. AUCD Autism Special Interest Group Chair, Cathy Pratt (Indiana UCEDD), Maria Blanco (Louisiana UCEDD), Katy Neas and Denise Rozell (Easter Seals), and Kim Musheno (AUCD) made up the panel that included information on both federal and state activities related to autism and developmental disabilities. Easter Seals presented a newly published state-by-state summary of policy related autism activities. AUCD staff presented information on the CDC-AUCD Regional Act Early Summits and other network activities related to autism. AUCD and the Louisiana UCEDD also hosted a joint exhibit at the Summit.

NCSL reported an attendance of over 6,000 legislators, staff and other professionals at the event.

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Autism Panel Presenters (from left)
Blanco, Pratt, Rozell, Neas, Musheno
AUCD & LA UCEDD booth staff
LA UCEDD staff talk to a booth visitor
about AUCD and the UCEDD & LEND networks