The DCDT Policy and Advocacy Committee is excited about the work ahead. Recent legislation has significant implications for transitioning youth with disabilities. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB), and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) replaced the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Both of these laws provide new guidance related to transition activities and outcomes. In addition, reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) is pending. If you are interested in policy, advocacy, and legislation, we welcome you to join us in our efforts to help align various laws, propose draft wording for future reauthorizations, and disseminate model projects. There are actions taken daily, and if you’d like to track current activities that stem from the HELP Committee in Washington, DC, you can visit this link (https://www.govtrack.us/congress/committees/SSHR).
If you are a member of DCDT and have in interest in or wish to examine policy issues, develop appropriate responses to those issues, and influence local, state, provincial, and federal legislation especially in the area of career development and transition then this is the committee for you! We encourage you to join and participate in this crucial and very important committee. The files below contain information on what our committee does, its goals and purposes and how you may participate directly as a committee member or as an advocate interested in the policies and issues of DCDT. To join or seek more information about DCDT Policy and Advocacy Committee, you may email the Chair, Kimberly Osmani, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Can I Help?
Government Relations Committee Activities
To keep abreast of current legislation, where it is in the process, opportunities for public comment, and other information, visit the following links.
How To Advocate
CEC Toolkit Federal Appropriations Process:
Top Five Advocacy Tips: http://www.cec.sped.org/~/media/Files/Policy/CAN/CAN%20Resources/Advocacy%20Resources/Top_5_Advocacy_Tips.pdf
Tips for Organizing a Successful Advocacy Phone Call: http://www.cec.sped.org/~/media/Files/Policy/CAN/CAN%20Resources/Advocacy%20Resources/phoneMeeting.pdf
Tips for Organizing a Successful Advocacy Visit: http://www.cec.sped.org/~/media/Files/Policy/CAN/CAN%20Resources/Advocacy%20Resources/OrganizingAMeeting.pdf
The Legislative Process: http://www.cec.sped.org/~/media/Files/Policy/CAN/CAN%20Resources/Advocacy%20Resources/legislativeProcess.pdf Congressional Directory: http://capwiz.com/cek/home/
Children and Youth Action Network (CAN) http://www.cec.sped.org/Policy-and-Advocacy/Children-and-Youth-Action-Network
CEC Public Policy Agenda for the 112th Congress: http://www.cec.sped.org/~/media/Files/Policy/Current%20Sped%20Issues%20Home/public%20policy%20agenda%20112.pdf
CEC Fiscal Year 2015 Federal Outlook for Exceptional Children: http://www.cec.sped.org/~/media/Files/Policy/Funding/Budget%20Book%202015.pdf