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

 

9/19/2016

New Video: Being Amy's Sister - On Having a Sibling with a Disability (CO UCEDD/LEND)

This video has important messages for family members of children with disabilities, especially sisters and brothers, as well as providers who offer support for families. This video is a companion to the video A Reunion with Amy (see below) in JFK Partners' ENRICH Early Intervention Reunion Videos.

 
 

9/12/2016

AUCD 2016 Registration is Open!

Registration is currently open for the AUCD Conference! We welcome network members, partners from outside the network, experts from across the disability field, individuals with disabilities, family members, and students to learn and grow together during this exciting event. Whether you're a newcomer to the field or a seasoned professional, the AUCD Conference provides countless opportunities to share with and learn from colleagues across the network and beyond.

 
 

9/12/2016

Montana UCEDD Leverages Community Partnerships to Address Violence Against People with Intellectual Disabilities.

"Nothing About Us, Without Us" is the driving principle behind the community-based participatory research (CBPR) study, The Safety Project. Self-advocates are too often excluded from participating in research targeting the needs of their community. To increase inclusion, researchers at the University of Montana's Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities are partnering with self-advocates and other community partners to develop, implement, and evaluate an innovative and accessible group safety awareness program for men and women with intellectual disabilities. This article describes two vital community partnerships used in The Safety Project.

 
 

9/2/2016

New Video: Being Amy's Sister - On Having a Sibling with a Disability (CO UCEDD/LEND)

This video has important messages for family members of children with disabilities, especially sisters and brothers, as well as providers who offer support for families. This video is a companion to the video A Reunion with Amy (see below) in JFK Partners' ENRICH Early Intervention Reunion Videos.

 
 

8/30/2016

Tuesdays with Liz - Kim Musheno, CCD

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz interviewed AUCD's Director of Public Policy Kim Musheno, about the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and the ways in which it engages with lawmakers to support and encourage legislation that is in the interest of individuals with disabilities. Kim also serves as the Chair of CCD for 2016.

 
 

8/18/2016

AUCD2016 Scholarships Available for Emerging Network Leaders

Application Deadline: October 3

The Emerging Leader Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to emerging Network leaders: self-advocates, family members, trainees, and young professionals; to attend the AUCD Conference.

 
 
 

Upcoming Events
of Interest to
COCA Members

Association for Autistic Community Conference  Copy to Calendar
Friday, September 23, 2016 - Tuesday, September 27, 2016

2016 AUCD Conference  Copy to Calendar
Saturday, December 3, 2016 - Thursday, December 8, 2016

AUCD 2016 Conference: Navigating Change, Building Our Future Together  Copy to Calendar
Sunday, December 4, 2016 - Wednesday, December 7, 2016

More Events >