Communicating Positions on Important Issues
Through position statements of the Association, joint position statements with The Arc of the US, and by endorsing the positions of other national and international organizations, AAIDD communicates its vision for a fully inclusive society.
Submitting Amicus Curie briefs to the US Supreme and Other Courts
AAIDD has taken a stand in US court cases on everything from medical decisions affecting newborns, school exclusion, and exclusionary zoning of group homes to the rights of defendants charged in criminal cases.
Commenting on Draft Legislation, Proposed Rule Making, and Other Federal Activities
AAIDD provides crucial input to federal agencies whose programs impact the lives of people with disabilites and their families. AAIDD has provided comments on proposed legislation and regulation affecting the US Departments of Education and Health and Human Services--such as the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, the Administration on Community Living, the Division of Maternal and Child Health, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services--and the Departments of Labor and Social Security.
Serving on Advisory Committees
Our members and staff further impact national policy by serving on national advisory committees such as the President's Committee for People With Intellectual Disabilities.