The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (The DD Act) authorizes funding for grants to entities designated as University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs).  The DD Act requires UCEDDs to establish a Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) to assist them in guiding their direction and planning.  The DD Act specifies who should be on the CAC:  (a) a majority of individuals with developmental disabilities and family members, (b) representation from particular organizations, and (c) representation that reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of the state.  The DD Act also specifies the purpose of the CAC, which focuses on the individual UCEDD's 5-year-plan.

The mission of the Alabama UCEDD's Consumer Advisory Committee is to advise, assist and build capacity of the UCEDD to enhance the quality of life of persons with developmental disabilities and their families through issues related to the UCEDD's core functions of Training, Community Services and Technical Assistance, Research, and Information Dissemination.

2016 CAC Members:

Carla Allen Family Advocate
Judy Barclay President Emeritus, Full Life Ahead Foundation
Brooke Bowles Executive Director, Triumph Services
Susan Ellis State Coordinator, People First
Brian Geiger Executive Director, Horizon School
Willie Glass Disability Coordinator, JCCEO 
Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity
Jeremie Goike Self-Advocate
Brittany Gore Self-Advocate
Lee Johnston Family Advocate
Beth McCord Family Advocate
John Millhouse Self-Advocate
Jimmy Osmore Self-Advocate
Vonda Reeves Parent Consultant, CRS
Childrens Rehabilitation Services
Andrew Sparks Disability Services, UAB
University of Alabama at Birmingah
Vivian Spears Parent Consultant, CRS
Childrens Rehabilitation Services
Todd Tomerlin Family Advocate
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Myra Jones Executive Director, ACDD
Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilites
Graham Sisson Executive Director, GOOD
Governor's Office on Disability
James Tucker Executive Director, ADAP 
Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program
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Linda V. Russo Consumer Coordinator, Civitan-Sparks Clinics
Dr. Sarah O'Kelley Training Director, Civitan-Sparks Clinics
Dr. Fred Biasini Director, Civitan-Sparks Clinics