A more inclusive and equitable future for people with disabilities is only possible when their voices are elevated by the leaders and institutions which provide disability services. The UCCEDD partnered with Cohear to proactively seek out feedback and ideas from people with disabilities, caregivers, and the industry professionals who work with them, in order to shape their goals and priorities for the next five years. These groups included residents of urban and rural locations, new Americans, African-Americans, and low-income individuals. The sessions revolved around participants’ experiences within disability systems and society at large, their priorities for UCCEDD’s research, training, and advocacy initiatives during the next five years, and their overall ideas for improving the lives of people with disabilities. This report represents the substance of what these participants shared.
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