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.

Current CAC Members:
Carla Allen Family Member
Judy Barclay Family Member and Founder, Full Life Ahead Foundation
Full Life Ahead
Laura Lee Baldwin Self-Advocate
Susan Ellis

President, People First
State Coordinator, People First of Alabama
People First of Alabama
Self-Advocate
Brian Geiger Executive Director, Horizons School 
Horizons School
Jeremie Goike Self-Advocate
Lee Johnston Family Member
Myra Jones Executive Director. Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities
ACDD
Beth McCord Family Member
Clay McCord Self-Advocate
Kelsi Moore Self-Advocate
Jimmy Osmore Self-Advocate
Vonda Reeves Family Member, affiliated with Childrens Rehabilitation Services
CRS
Graham Sisson Governor's Office on Disability, Chairman & Self-Advocate
GOOD
Andrew Sparks Counseling & Services Coordinator, UAB Disability Support Services
DSS
Todd Tomerlin Family Member, Autism Society of Alabama
ASA
James Tucker Executive Director, Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program
ADAP
Beth Zaiontz Executive Director, Triumph Services
Triumph Services
   
Linda V. Russo Consumer Coordinator, UAB Civitan-Sparks Clinics
Fred Biasini Director, UAB Civitan-Sparks Clinics
Sarah O'Kelley Director of the Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic, UAB Civitan-Sparks Clinics