Hot Topics in Education

Tuesday, July 24
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Location: The Admiral's Quarters

There are significant changes taking place in Washington that could affect students with I/DD. Come to this session to hear about the latest developments with school vouchers, IDEA regulations, discipline policy guidance, accountability, and school safety. You will also learn about the status of legislation to increase funding for IDEA and to limit the use of restraint and seclusion in schools.

Annie Marie Acosta

Director of Fiscal and Family Support Policy
The Arc of the United States

Annie joined The Arc and UCP’s Disability Policy Collaboration in 2007 as the Director of Communications and Grassroots Advocacy. Prior to that, she served as the Program Director for the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) and as a government project officer for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), working in primarily in the areas of program evaluation and distance education. In May of 2011, Annie joined The Arc’s staff as a policy advocate and covers budget and appropriations, education, Developmental Disabilities Act programs, autism, technology, prevention, and family support issues in Congress. She serves as a Co-Chair of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Fiscal Policy Task Force, the Developmental Disabilities, Autism, and Family Support Task Force and the Board of Directors of Quality Trust. She works at The Arc because she believes that good public policy is the cornerstone for equal opportunity.

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