Public Policy Affinity Group

The Public Policy Affinity Group is a platform for online discussion related to policy and legislation affecting inclusive higher education at the state and federal levels. It is designed for people that would like to educate their state or federal policymakers about the importance of inclusive higher education and the ways states can and are supporting it.

Whether you are an experienced advocate or just learning, this group could be for you -- conversations will be driven by the needs of the group.  The affinity group meets online regularly to discuss and share information on policy and legislation related to inclusive higher education.

  • Learn about what is happening in other states related to public policy and legislation affecting inclusive higher education
  • Connect with each other to compare issues and brainstorm solutions and build peer-to-peer collaborations
  • Share tools, resources and templates

Next Meeting

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 18 at 2pm Eastern. You can use this link to join the meeting: https://zoom.us/j/427810250. Additional information about this meeting will be shared before the meeting.

Notes from past meetings

The last meeting of this group was Thursday, January 17, 2019. During this call we discussed the new Congress, your new State legislative sessions, the Higher Ed Act, what to anticipate in the coming year, and some new material we have developed. You can find the recording and additional materials here


The last meeting of the Public Policy Affinity Group was Thursday, September 13, 2018, where we discussed how to infuence policy at Vocational Rehabilitation to better support inclusive postsecondary education.  The recording of the meeting and the meeting notes can be found here.


The last meeting of the Public Policy Affinity Group was Thursday, February 22, 2018. All handouts, the Power Point, and the recording from the meeting, can be found in our resource library

At this meeting, we discussed the pending reauthorization of the federal Higher Education Opportunity Act, and considered the following questions: What does that mean for TPSIDs created under the law and others that have inclusive higher education programs for students with intellectual disabilities? What can you do? Who should you be talking to about your programs? What are you hearing in the field about HEOA? 


The second meeting of the Public Policy Affinity Group was held November 30, 2017. Invited guest, Chris Rosa, Interim Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, City University of New York, spoke on behalf of CUNYs TPSID consortium on how they are moving forward to influence their legislature on behalf of all the programs.

The recording and power point presentation can be found in our resource library


The first meeting was held on June 8, 2017. At the meeting we:

  • Reviewed the purpose of the Public Policy Affinity Group
  • Previewed materials being developed for the Project Directors meeting
  • Heard from Martha E. Mock, Ph.D. Director, Institute for Innovative Transition at the University of Rochester and Margo Vreeburg Izzo, Ph.D., Program Director, The Ohio State University Nisonger Center about their experiences with public policy related to inclusive higher education in their respective states.

Listen to recording of first meeting: http://aucd.adobeconnect.com/pq7rublcjs3j/

Have Any Other Ideas for the Public Policy Affinity Group?

Email Denise Rozell with your ideas!