National Policy

Representing the views of state I/DD officials for more than 50 years

The association represents the views of state I/DD officials within the halls of Congress and among federal executive branch agencies. During the past decades of unprecedented growth in federal assistance to states, NASDDDS has played an instrumental role in shaping national legislative and administrative policies affecting children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Key National Policy Activities Include

  • Testimony presented before Congressional committees on legislation affecting state intellectual/developmental disabilities programs;
  • Participation on federal work groups, task forces and advisory committees;
  • Written comments prepared and filed on federal regulations and administrative policies;
  • Meetings with elected and appointed federal officials to ensure that the views of the membership are fully considered in the formulation of national policies.

National Policy Work Group

NASDDDS maintains a National Policy Work Group (NPWG), made up of a chairperson and nine member state directors. This work group assists the Board of Directors and staff in formulating association positions on national policy issues of significance to state I/DD agencies. The work group meets in conjunction with membership meetings and holds conference calls on a quarterly basis.

For information about the National Policy Work Group contact Dan Berland, Director of Federal Policy at or 703-683-4202.

Information Dissemination

NASDDDS continually monitors national policy developments and initiatives affecting persons with developmental disabilities and the programs that serve them. 

Federal News Briefs — a weekly digest that covers federal policy and program initiatives available only to state members via the ListServ.

Federal Perspectives — the only newsletter reporting on federal policy developments as they affect federal policy and programmatic initiatives for people with developmental disabilities is available to states agency members at no cost. If you are a state agency member and want to join the NASDDDS ListServ to receive the NASDDDS newsletters and other postings, please email karol snyder. Nonmembers can receive the newsletter through subscriptions.