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The Issues

Black Hills Works is committed to people with disabilities; therefore, we maintain focus on local, state and federal policies that provide for a quality of life for people with disabilities. Provided here are some resources for monitoring legislation at the state and federal levels.

The Arc

For more than 60 years, The Arc has been on the front lines in making change happen for people diagnosed with Autism, Down syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and a range of diagnoses across the spectrum of intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc isthe nation's leading advocate for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families and the premier provider of the supports and services people want and need.

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) advocates for a number of legislative issues that are critical to individuals with disabilities and their families. Legislative priority issues are developed bi-annually by the AUCD Legislative Affairs Committee and Board of Directors. Priority issues are based on the Association's vision and mission as well as input from the entire Network, including individuals with disabilities and their families.

Partners in Policymaking

Partners in Policymaking is an innovative leadership and advocacy training opportunity designed to involve and empower people with developmental disabilities, parents of children with disabilities and other family members. It requires a serious commitment by each participant during the course of the training, as well as after graduation. The expectation is that each Partner will commit to actively use the skills learned to encourage positive changes in the areas of community awareness, sensitivity, accessibility, and inclusion for people with disabilities.