SOTA Presentation: An Update on Key Federal Policy and Needed Action
To increase opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities to attend inclusive college programs, it is critical to understand current federal and state legislation and to develop relationships with policymakers. This is not a partisan issue. This is about sharing information, educating legislators and understanding how students, advocates, families, professionals and your neighbors can influence the process. This session provided an update the status of federal legislation that cold impact the lives of students in inclusive college programs such as funding, workforce development including competitive integrated employment and subminimum wage, and home and community-based services. We will also share ways states are involved in expanding opportunities for students with ID. This session was presented by Stephanie Smith Lee, senior policy advisor at the National Down Syndrome Congress and Denise M Rozell, director of policy innovation at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.