An independent federal agency, the National Council on Disability (NCD) is made up of 15 members, appointed by the President, whose objective is to promote policies, programs, and practices that provide equal opportunities for individuals with disabilities and help empower the disabled to achieve economic self-sufficiency and a means of independent living, with an ability to also integrate themselves into society.
In 1978, upon the amending of Title V of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the National Council on Disability (NCD) was established as an advisory board within the Department of Education. The President was charged with selecting its 15 members, after soliciting recommendations from parties and organizations representing a broad range of individuals with disabilities, and organizations interested in people with disabilities, with all NCD members to either be people with disabilities, parents or guardians of disabled people, or others who have substantial knowledge or experience relating to disability policy or programs. The Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1984 (pdf) transformed the NCD into an independent federal agency, and further changes were made in its statutory mandates by the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1992 and 1998, as well as the Education of the Deaf Act Technical Amendments of 1993.
The National Council on Disability (NCD) analyzes and makes recommendations on issues of public policy that affect people with disabilities, advocating programs and practices that provide equal opportunities for everyone who is disabled, and helping facilitate independent living, community integration, and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
According to the NCD, its responsibilities include:
From the Web Site of the NCD:
The National Council on Disability (NCD) Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Justification reported the following projected agency expenditures:
Salaries and Benefits $1,865,971
First Openly Autistic White House Appointee
When President Barack Obama nominated Ari Ne’eman to the National Council on Disability, he set off a firestorm of criticism from advocates.
Ne’eman, the first council member with autism, has been a lightning rod because of his views on the condition. He believes the government and society need to stop trying to “fix” autistic people or make them “normal.” He also says more money should be spent on improving support for autistic people, instead of finding a cure for the condition.
He has been outspoken about autism since he was in high school. He was only a teenager when he founded the Autistic Self Advocacy Network.
Stop Trying To ‘Fix’ Autistic People and Concentrate on Inclusion (by Mary O’Hara, The Guardian)
Exclusive: First Autistic Presidential Appointee Speaks Out (by Steve Silberman, Wired)
White House Appointee Ari Ne’eman on the Power of Autistic Community (by Steve Silberman, NeuroTribes)
Jonathan M. Young was appointed to the National Council on Disability as a board member and chairman by President Barack Obama in December 2009.