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FAST-TRACK for Advocacy Issues

Last Updated:
January 27, 2021

FAST-TRACK for Advocacy Issues

In Spring 2020 the AACPDM Board approved a process developed by the AACPDM Advocacy Committee for quick review and response of information that include formal policies, position statements, legislation, or issues or concerns that relate to advocacy for persons with cerebral palsy or other related childhood onset disability, their families, providers who serve them and or related research or educational concerns.

View recent items that have been approved.


AACPDM Signs CP Collaborative Letter

Date posted: May 4, 2021

CP Collaborative Sends Letter Encouraging CP Research in the FY 2022 Appropriations Bill for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Read the letter HERE.


Cerebral Palsy Research Support

Date posted: April 23, 2021

This week U.S. Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-9) circulated a letter encouraging support of Cerebral Palsy Research in the FY 2022 Appropriations Bill for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The House of Representatives Appropriation Committee is meeting next week to consider this and similar requests.  We appreciate the recognition of the importance of research for our patients and families! We also appreciate the Cerebral Palsy Foundation for their work in this area.  You can watch the FY2022 Budget Request Hearing HERE.


CDC Urged To Prioritize COVID-19 Vaccines For People With Developmental Disabilities

Date posted: March 18, 2021

Please view the March edition of “Disability Scoop” and the article entitled, “CDC Urged To Prioritize COVID-19 Vaccines For People With Developmental Disabilities” 

AACPDM was proud to partner with 16 other organizations to send the letter that can be viewed HERE and was spearheaded by the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry.


American Academy of Developmental Medicine & Dentistry Vaccine Distribution Statement

Date posted: January, 2021

The AADMD developed a statement regarding vaccine distribution and allocation. The statement expresses that distribution must be done in a safe and equitable manner, and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) must be explicitly addressed in any framework for vaccine allocation.

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American Speech Language Hearing Association Telehealth Coverage

Date posted: December, 2020

ASHA provides a listing of the Medicaid practices across the US and provides an example letter to advocate at the state level for reimbursement of telehealth for Audiology and Speech providers. This important as our patients benefit from receiving these services in the community.

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Scholarly article on voting for people with disabilities

Date posted: October, 2020

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