When: Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET
The expression, “Nothing About Us Without Us,” has been a message often voiced by the disability rights movement to be involved in decisions that affect the lives of people with disabilities (Charlton, 1998). In order to make this expression a reality, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, along with other national organizations, has placed a focus on increasing leadership and advocacy efforts on the part of individuals with the “lived experience” of disability within and beyond its network. The COCA has assisted AUCD in supporting and enhancing disability leadership and advocacy efforts in the state and localities. In order to further promote leadership primarily on the part of individuals with disabilities but also family members in the network, COCA completed a national survey on AUCD network advocacy activities, researched advocacy focused programs in the network and offered recommendations to the AUCD Leadership and Network.