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NDSS Supports the Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination

National Down Syndrome Society Announces Largest Grant to Support the Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination

NDSS announced a grant to the Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination (CPSD) to support the public policy goals of the organization and the work of Former NDSS National Policy Center Director Madeleine Will as CPSD’s new Chief Policy Advisor.

CPSD is an advocacy network of 18 national disability organizations who have come together to bring about a significant modernization of the federal adult system of services and supports for persons with disabilities, particularly those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Will, who served as the as the director of the NDSS Policy Center from 2005 - 2013, founded CPSD in 2006 along with the National Fragile X Foundation and the Autism Society of America to represent the voice of families and consumers. She will guide CPSD’s federal public policy agenda along with CPSD’s Executive Director Allison Wohl.

The mission of CPSD is to empower citizens with disabilities to become self-sufficient, productive members of society through employment in jobs and environments that are typical in our society. These individuals should be paid at competitive wages with commensurate benefits, where citizens with disabilities work and live side-by-side with other community members in integrated settings.

“We are pleased to continue our support of CPSD. CPSD serves as a vehicle to advocate for comprehensive, innovative public policy reform solutions, including legislation like the Transition toward Excellence & Achievement in Mobility (TEAM) Act which is being led by Congressman Gregg Harper (R-MS) and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA). This is legislation NDSS strongly supports,” said NDSS President Jon Colman.

“With the generous support of NDSS, CPSD has grown from a grassroots organization to an influential advocacy coalition whose hallmark is its ability to provide a voice for self-advocates and families of Americans with disabilities,” said CPSD Executive Director Allison Wohl.

NDSS, along with other family and self-advocacy organizations, make-up CPSD’s executive committee, providing the structure that enables family voices to take the lead in the public policy discussion regarding citizens with significant disabilities.

About CPSD

The Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination (CPSD) is an advocacy network of 18 national disability organizations who have come together to bring about a significant modernization of the federal adult system of services and supports for persons with disabilities, particularly those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The mission of CPSD is to empower citizens with disabilities to become self-sufficient, productive members of society through employment in jobs and environments that are typical in our society. To learn more about CPSD, visit www.thecpsd.org.

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