Support Strong Funding for Developmental Disabilities Programs in FY13

Mar 15, 2012


Dear Colleague:


I ask that you join me in supporting strong funding in fiscal year 2013 for two programs that focus on assisting individuals with developmental disabilities – University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) at $40 million and Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LENDs) at $28.8 million. 


UCEDDs are a network of 67 centers across almost every state, district and territory. They provide interdisciplinary training, community services, research, technical assistance and information dissemination to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.  UCEDDs exist to provide a unique, expert, state and community resource to facilitate independence and full participation in the community for people of all ages living with developmental and other disabilities. 


LENDs, a network of 43 programs, have been funded for over 20 years to provide leadership training to health and allied health professionals in approximately 12 disciplines in the identification, assessment, and treatment of children and youth with a wide range of developmental disabilities, including autism, intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, downs syndrome, epilepsy and a wide range of genetic and metabolic disorders.


Please join us in helping to serve the more than 4 million individuals with developmental disabilities across the United States.  If you would like more information or wish to sign on to the letter to appropriators, please contact Todd Adams at