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The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
820 First Street, NE, Ste. 740
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 567-3516 phone
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The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, headquartered in Washington DC, is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society. Since 1973, CCD has advocated on behalf of people of all ages with physical and mental disabilities and their families. CCD has worked to achieve federal legislation and regulations that assure that the 54 million children and adults with disabilities are fully integrated into the mainstream of society.

CCD does this by:

  • Identifying and researching public policy issues, developing testimony and policy recommendations and encouraging innovative solutions to public policy concerns.
  • Educating members of Congress in an effort to improve public policies and programs that foster independence, productivity, integration and inclusion of people with disabilities.
  • Encouraging people with disabilities and their families to advocate for themselves and coordinating grass roots efforts to support these advocacy efforts.


The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) envisions an American society in which all individuals, aided by an enabling government, have the freedom and opportunity to exercise individual decisions concerning their own lives, welfare and personal dignity.

CCD envisions a society in which communities are fully accessible to all individuals with disabilities and their families, where they are included and fully participate in all aspects of community life.

In CCD's vision of society, individuals with disabilities exercise their full rights and responsibilities.


To achieve this vision the CCD engages in advocacy efforts for national public policy that:

  • Ensure the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society
  • Enhance the civil rights and quality of life of all people with disabilities and their families
  • Reflect the values of the Americans with Disabilities Act

  1. CCD positions are developed during announced CCD Task Force meetings and shall represent at least a majority of the organizations present during the discussion of the issue.

  2. CCD organizations must participate in Task Force decisions in good faith.  Non-public information concerning individuals or agency positions or strategies as well as information learned during these discussions leading to specific coalition policy is part of the CCD work-process and should be treated as privileged and confidential.  Sharing information about policy discussions at meetings; non-final drafts of CCD letters, comments, other policy related documents, or forwarding CCD task force emails to: non-CCD member organizations; Hill staff; or staff of administrative agencies without the express consent of co-chairs of a Task Force is a violation of this code. Co-Chairs must inform invited guests that they are expected to respect the privacy of CCD deliberations.

  3. If any member organization opposes the CCD position, they shall temporarily withdraw their participation from the specific task force activities regarding the issue while pursuing their own organization’s view, as appropriate, in other settings. In these situations, the organization withdrawing from Task Force activities must be clear their view/position is their own and never represent their own views as CCD’s. Specific Task Force activities include meetings, discussions, emails, phone calls, and other policy-related communications.

  4. As soon as a member organization knows that they oppose the CCD position, the representative to CCD of that organization has an affirmative duty to inform the co-chairs of the relevant task force(s) that the organization is withdrawing from participation in task force activities regarding the issue. Failure to do so is in a timely manner is a violation of this code.

  5. Public statements of disagreements in alerts, social media, newsletters, organizational letters, or speeches are acceptable and permissible.  Agreeing to disagree shall not manifest itself in personal attacks by an individual or the member organization on an individual member, organization, chair of a particular Task Force, or the coalition as a whole, even if those attacks are only indirectly related to CCD business but affect CCD’s reputation.

  6. Violation of this Code of Participation shall be referred to the membership committee for appropriate actions pursuant to the CCD disciplinary policy.  The membership committee shall submit its recommendation regarding code violations to the Board of Directors for action.


CCD Board of Directors 2019


Name (Organization)


Lisa Ekman (National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives)

Vice Chairman

Heather Ansley (Paralyzed Veterans of America)


Laura Weidner, Epilepsy Foundation


Sarah Meek (American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR)


Julia Bascom, Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Dan Berland, NASDDDS

Tracey Thomas Gronnniger, Justice in Aging

Tony Stephens, American Council of the Blind

Carol Tyson, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund

Valerie Williams, National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE)

Immediate Past Chairperson

Kim Musheno (Autism Society of America)


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