Council on Community Advocacy (COCA)

 

About COCA

The AUCD Board of Directors has established a number of Councils and Committees that are made up of experts in the field to help the Board address emerging trends and issues, and to facilitate communication across and beyond the AUCD network. The Council on Community Advocacy, also known as COCA, is made up of individuals with disabilities and family members from each University Center across the AUCD network.

Mission
COCA assists AUCD to advance policy and practice for and with people with disabilities, their families and communities. The Council helps the association to:

  • Build effective partnerships with other AUCD Councils and Committees, federal agencies, and other national disability groups.
  • Build the capacity of local University Center Consumer Advisory Committees (CACs), including identifying needs for assistance, providing technical assistance, and disseminating information about exemplary and innovative practices.
  • Envision, actively advocate for, and disseminate information about the next generation of policy and practice that will help make the promise of full participation a reality.
  • Develop leaders and mentors that build the capacity of the network to affect change at the local, state, and national levels.
  • Assist in the development of standards for participation of people with disabilities and family members in UCEDD education, research, and service programs and in AUCD functions.
  • Serve as a model and resource for others desiring to infuse the participation people with disabilities and family members into program planning, research, and evaluation.

History
The Council on Consumer Affairs first convened in the fall of 1994. The Council was formed as a result of AUCD's (formerly AAUAP) increasing recognition of the importance of receiving consistent and ongoing consumer feedback. Start-up activities were funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, through a Project of National Significance entitled "Leadership and Choices." Principle support was provided by Bruce Eddy of AUCD and Carl Calkins of the University of Missouri/Kansas City, Missouri's UCEDD.

The Council leadership structure includes several internal committees and two co-chairs. 1998 By-Laws stipulate that one co-chair must be an individual with a disability, and the other be the family member of an individual with a disability. The three-year, staggered co-chair positions carry with them a slot on AUCD's Board of Directors.

Full Council membership consists of one representative of each UCEDD, designated by that UCEDD's director. The Council continues to strive to meet its long-term goal of full membership.

In 2003-2004, AUCD made a commitment to revitalize the role of COCA within the network. Past President of AUCD, David Johnson appointed an ad hoc COCA Workgroup. This workgroup, chaired by Carl Calkins, solicited feedback from the AUCD network and met several times to develop a renewed vision to strengthen the role of COCA. A final set of recommendations was produced and presented to the board and UCEDD Directors at the UCEDD Directors' retreat May 2-3, 2005 in Chicago, IL.

 
 

New on the COCA Web Pages

 

4/14/2014

AUCD Unleashed: The Power of Engagement

You're invited to AUCD2014; Submit a Proposal by June 2!

The 2014 AUCD Conference theme reflects our goal of achieving an elevated level of engagement with our respective and collective communities, networks, and well beyond in order to better inform, enhance, and enrich the work we all do to improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families. Ink your calendars, get your submissions in, and make travel plans accordingly to participate in this engaging event that will serve in keeping our work relevant and our vision strong.

 
 

4/13/2014

Action Sports Star TJ Lavin Stars in New PSA on Disability

"We All Should Have the Same Opportunity to Achieve the American Dream." Also featured: AUCD's Liz Weintraub

"Recognize the disability. Respect the ability, but imagine the possibility."

 
 

4/10/2014

A Comprehensive Approach to Transition

Geared for individuals with disabilities, this paper was produced by members of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) because they want to help people work together to support the self-determined transition of youth to adulthood and community life.

 
 

4/10/2014

Now Available! A Comprehensive Approach to Transition

A workbook-style document for individuals with disabilities as they think about what they need for a successful transition

Geared for individuals with disabilities, this paper was produced by members of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) because they want to help people work together to support the self-determined transition of youth to adulthood and community life.

 
 

4/4/2014

COCA's ADA Paratransit Blog and Report

If you are ADA eligible for paratransit services (curb-to-curb/door-to-door) and travel outside of your service area as a visitor in another county, region, or state, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities Council on Community Advocacy would like to hear from you.

 
 
Sachin Pavithran

3/19/2014

Utah's Sachin Pavithran Elected Vice-Chair of the US Access Board

The U.S. Access Board elected Sachin Dev Pavithran to a one-year term as its new vice-chair on March 12. Pavithran, director of the Utah Assistive Technology Program at Utah State University's Center for Persons with Disabilities, was appointed to the Board in late 2012 by President Barack Obama.

 
 

2/28/2014

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and UT Boling Center Announce Availability of IDD Healthcare E-Toolkit

Now available online at www.iddtoolkit.org, the 'Health Care For Adults With Intellectual And Developmental Disabilities: A Toolkit for Primary Care Providers' (IDD Toolkit) offers health care providers best-practice tools and a wealth of information regarding specific medical and behavioral concerns of adults with IDD, including resources for patients and families.

 
 
 

Upcoming Events
of Interest to
COCA Members

Applied Behavior Analysis: Statewide Issues and Solutions Webinar  Copy to Calendar
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - Thursday, April 24, 2014

NCMHI Webinar: Starting and Supporting Family Advisory Groups: A How-To Webinar  Copy to Calendar
Thursday, April 24, 2014

2014 CAAI Webinar: Autism Spectrum Disorder and Transition  Copy to Calendar
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - Wednesday, April 30, 2014

30th Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability & Diversity  Copy to Calendar
Monday, May 19, 2014 - Tuesday, May 20, 2014

International Summit on Accessibility  Copy to Calendar
Saturday, July 12, 2014 - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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