Conference Conversation with our Federal Partners

November 19, 2013

AUCD was pleased to welcome several of our Federal partners to speak with conference attendees this morning:

  • Claudia Gordon, Public Engagement Advisor, The White House
  • Sharon Lewis, Commissioner, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilties, Administration for Community Living, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Michael Lu, MD, MS, MPH, Associate Administration, Bureau of Maternal and child Health, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Cindy Mann, JD, Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Sue Swenson, EdD, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education

Speakers described the priorities of their agencies, highlighted pieces of their agendas that impact people with disabilities, and discussed their respective diversity initiatives. A lively Q&A followed, which included questions about transition services for people with disabilities, recruiting and maintaining a high quality workforce, increased disability employment, how Medicaid expansion impacts people with disabilities, and more. The session was moderated by Leslie Cohen, JD, Director of the Sonoran UCEDD and President-Elect of AUCD.