BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CPSD’s Board of Directors, the Autism Society, Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), the National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC), the National Disability Institute (NDI), and TASH are all national, family-led affiliate organizations. CPSD represents the voice of families and consumers.

Autism Society

The Autism Society, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by and for Autistic people. ASAN’s supporters include Autistic adults and youth, cross-disability advocates, and non-autistic family members, professionals, educators and friends.

National Down Syndrome Congress

The mission of the NDSC is to provide information, advocacy and support concerning all aspects of life for individuals with Down syndrome.The vision of the NDSC is a world with equal rights and opportunities for people with Down syndrome.

National Disability Institute

The mission of National Disability Institute is to build a better economic future for Americans with disabilities. We envision a world where people with disabilities have equal opportunity to achieve financial stability and independence as people without disabilities. NDI has identified three enduring values that guide all decision making and activities and will help set strategic direction for the future.

TASH

Founded in 1975, TASH advocates for human rights and inclusion for people with significant disabilities and support needs – those most vulnerable to segregation, abuse, neglect and institutionalization. TASH works to advance inclusive communities through advocacy, research, professional development, policy, and information and resources for parents, families and self-advocates.

PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS

CPSD’s participating organizations represent a broad coalition of national disability groups committed to the modernization of the current, outdated system of public supports for citizens with disabilities.

Association of People Supporting Employment First

APSE is the only national organization with an exclusive focus on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities. APSE is a growing national non-profit membership organization, founded in 1988 and is now known as Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst (APSE).

The Institute for Educational Leadership

For a half-century, the Institute for Educational Leadership has championed the need for leaders at all levels to shake off their institutional constraints and work across boundaries to address the needs of young people and their families. Bound by no constituency, IEL serves as a catalyst that helps policymakers, administrators, and practitioners at all levels to bridge bureaucratic silos and undo gridlock to improve outcomes for all young people and their families.

The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services

The NASDDDS mission is to assist member state agencies in building person-centered systems of services and supports for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

The National Organization on Disability

NOD is a private, non-profit organization that promotes the full participation and contributions of America’s 56 million people with disabilities in all aspects of life. Today, NOD focuses on increasing employment opportunities for the 79 percent of working-age Americans with disabilities who are not employed.

Service Employees International Union

We are the Service Employees International Union, an organization of 2.1 million members united by the belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide and dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families and creating a more just and humane society.

Learn

Education is a fundamental component of preparing all children, regardless of disability status, for lives in our communities. The Collaboration advocates for inclusive education practices and high expectations for students with disabilities.

Live

CPSD presumes competence in the ability of all citizens with significant disabilities to work and live independently in integrated settings and to contribute meaningfully in their communities. Personal autonomy, access, accountability, and responsibility over one’s life decision-making processes result in better outcomes and improved quality of life for people with significant disabilities.

Work

The Collaboration came together around Employment Policy as the critical lynchpin to ensure people with significant disabilities are included in their communities.  The Collaboration embraces the concept of “Employment First” which is a paradigm that presumes that all people, including people with the most significant disabilities, can work for competitive wages and in their community, given the proper supports and services.

Save

Providing opportunities for people with significant disabilities to save is critical to ensuring that individuals attain economic empowerment.  Current policy often requires people with significant disabilities live in poverty in order to receive the services they need to fully participate in their communities, or receive the medical care they need.


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