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CCD’s Plain Language Training

Date: October 31, 2022

“Plain language” is writing with words and sentences that are clear and can be understood by most people. Using plain language best informs all people about how government works and issues that affect their lives and therefore is important for successful advocacy and public policy. CCD hosts this training to educate our member organizations about plain language and related accessibility practices - presented by Reid Caplan (they/them) of Accessible Academia. 



CCD Virtual Briefing on The ADA at 32: Achieving Accessible,Integrated, and Affordable Housing for People with Disabilities

Date: July 26, 2022

The event will highlight a panel of experts, including people who themselves experience disabilities and challenges to accessing quality housing options.

The ability to obtain housing, including public and subsidized housing, significantly impacts the lives of millions of Americans with disabilities. This panel will explore those issues and the resulting policy implications through a multifaceted and intersectional framework that is built upon the diverse stories and perspectives of our panelists from across the country.

This year’s presenters are:

  • Allie Cannington, Manager of Advocacy & Organizing The Kelsey
  • Sandra Conley, Intern, American Association of People with Disabilities 
  • Carlean Ponder, Director of Disability Rights and Housing, The Arc of The United States
  • Sarah Malaier, Senior Advisor, Public Policy and Research, American Foundation For The Blind

Congressional Co-Hosts are Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), and Bob Casey (D-PA), and Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA)



Resources: Virtual Briefing Handout:  The ADA at 32

Report: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) final results of our review of HUD’s assurance of public housing agencies’ processing of reasonable accommodation requests (February 2022 report).

Title: ADA at 30: A Vision for a Future with Full Inclusion and Equity

Date: July 23, 2020 

Panelists discuss key issues that remain of significant concern for the disability community 30 years after the ADA's passage, and offer thoughts on what the future holds for ADA implementation in these areas. The briefing focuses on the intersection of disability and racial equity, and the aim of ensuring that the ADA's goals of full participation, equal opportunity, independent living and economic self-sufficiency can become a reality for all people with disabilities including Black, Indigenous and People of Color.




Moderator: Liz Weintraub, Senior Advocacy Specialist, Association of University Centers on Disabilities


  • Vanita Gupta, President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • Germán Parodi, Co-Executive Director, Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies
  • Maria Town, CEO, American Association of People with Disabilities
  • Monique Dixon, Deputy Director of Policy and Director of State Advocacy, NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Presented in collaboration with Reps. Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Don Young (R-AK), co-chairs of the House Bipartisan Disabilities caucus, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), House Majority Leader, Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) Ranking Member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee’s Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment.


ADA 30th Anniversary and the Impact Transportation Has on Our Lives

Date: July 30, 2020 at 1:00 PM EST



  • Leroy Moore, Founder of Krip-Hop Nation, Co-Founder Sins Invalid, National Black Disability Coalition Member
  • Jen Deerinwater, Founder of Crushing Colonialism, journalist, disabled Citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
  • Anna Letitia Zivarts, Program Director, Rooted in Rights

Moderator: Sarah Malaier, American Foundation for the Blind

This briefing is presented in collaboration with Reps. Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Don Young (R-AK), co-chairs of the House Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus, and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). 


The ADA at 30: Voices from Students

Date: Thursday, August 6, 2020    

In 1990, through the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Congress stated clear goal “to provide a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities. This national mandate extends to public schools and institutions of higher education. This briefing will provide attendees with a brief description of the ADA and its interaction with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and will feature the voices of current students as they share the impact of what the ADA means for them in their academic lives.

Introduction: Meghan Whittaker, Director of Policy & Advocacy, National Center for Learning Disabilities

Moderator: Amanda Lowe, Senior Public Policy Analyst, National Disability Rights Network


  • Mia Brenneman, graduate student, Temple University
  • Olivia Murry, undergraduate student, Next Steps at Vanderbilt
  • Atira Roberson, graduate student, University of Texas at San Antonio

Presented in collaboration with: Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), ranking member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, Congressman Mark Desaulnier (D-CA), and Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), and Congressman Don Young (R-AK), co-chairs of the House Bipartisan Disability Caucus


Webcast on the Disability Rights Treaty (2008)

The New International Disability Rights Treaty And Why the Disability Community Should Care

The CCD International Task Force presented a webcast on September 17, 2008 on the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). (Co-sponsored by: Easter Seals, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society). 
A recording of the entire webcast and the power-points are available from the links below:
Recording of Webcast [Requires Windows Media Player]