By Erin Prangley, Director of Public Policy, NACDD

As director of public policy for the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), I am acutely aware of the relationship between state and federal policy and day-to-day community living. In fact, when legislation is drafted and implemented with people with disabilities in mind, access becomes a priority—not an afterthought.

NACDD represents the 56 Developmental Disabilities Councils (DD Councils) across the United States and its territories. These federally-funded, state governor-appointed councils are committed to supporting policy changes that promote self-sufficiency, self-determination, inclusion, and acceptance and empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to thrive in their communities.

We are proud to be a member of the Clear2Connect Coalition because we know that accessible, accurate, and quality Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is foundational to building welcoming and supportive communities. To thrive in our communities, all people—especially those with intellectual and developmental disabilities—deserve to participate in local government procedures, discuss health care information with doctors and specialists, ask questions of teachers and other mentors, navigate stages of employment, understand transportation schedules and announcements, know about emergency situations, attend community events, and more.

At NACDD, we envision a future where people with developmental disabilities are fully included as valued members of their communities and have equal opportunities to achieve their potential, make their own decisions, and exercise their civil rights. Key to turning this vision into reality is equitable and effective access to communication and information—it is not negotiable.

Communicating with others and exchanging information encompass every aspect of our lives. We are committed to shaping a future where equitable communication access is a reality for all, and we invite you to join us in this important work.

Visit and to learn more about how you raise awareness and educate others on the importance of accessible, accurate, and quality ICT.

Blog reposted with permission from NACDD.