Laws and Advocacy
UCP compiled the list below to provide helpful information regarding advocacy, laws, legislation and issues affecting adults and children with developmental disabilities. At UCP of Sacramento and Northern California, we work to advocate for common sense legislation that supports and protects people with a broad range of developmental disabilities. We believe that people with disabilities and their families deserve opportunities to achieve their goals, just like everyone else.
ADA National Network
The ADA National Network provides information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), tailored to meet the needs of business, government and individuals at local, regional and national levels. The ADA National Network consists of ten Regional ADA National Network Centers located throughout the United States that provides personalized, local assistance to ensure that the ADA is implemented wherever possible.
Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities Network
Each state has a federally mandated protection and advocacy agency that safeguards and advances the civil and human rights of people with disabilities. Agencies provide information and referrals, investigate complaints of rights violations, and work to resolve complaints through mediation, dispute resolution, and litigation.
American Bar Association Commission on Mental and Physical Disability
The Commission carries out an array of projects and activities addressing disability-related public policy, disability law, and the professional needs of lawyers and law students with disabilities.
The Arc California
Advocating for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1950. The Arc of California, the state’s membership advocacy association of people with developmental disabilities, families, and their service providers, works together with UCP on advocacy efforts to provide much needed support for people with developmental disabilities, cerebral palsy, autism and all other developmental disabilities.
The Case for Inclusion
Medicaid affects all of us: children and adults with disabilities, as we age, as our family ages, and when the unexpected happens. UCP’s annual report, The Case for Inclusion, ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC) on outcomes for Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD).
This helpful tool that gives us glimpses at how well each individual state is performing overall, how each state matches up against other states regarding key data measures and, most importantly, the policies and practices of top-performing states that may be considered as best practices. Click here to view the 2019 report.
California Legislative Information, Bill Info
Stay up-to-date on the latest legislation affecting people with developmental disabilities. The site includes a tracking device to check on the status of existing bills.
California Department of Finance
This site includes detailed information on the state’s budget, including funding for groups working with people who have developmental disabilities.
California State Senate
Keep in touch with your state senate representatives to ensure people with developmental disabilities are top of mind.
California State Assembly
Ensure your state assembly representatives are up-to-date on issues and bills affecting people with developmental disabilities and their families.
Neurotech Network is a nonprofit working to improve education about, and advocacy for, access to neurotechnology for people with disabilities.