Findings and recommendations contained in the publications in this section come from analyses of applicable education laws, regulations, policy guidance, and promising practices regarding learning done by people with disabilities from birth through adulthood. Early evaluation and intervention, closing achievement gaps, the importance of high quality teachers and other service providers, school discipline, assessment and accountability, and successful transition from school to work, higher education, or other adult living experiences are among the topics and issues discussed in these publications.


  • Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline for Students with Disabilities (HTML)
  • Briefing Paper: Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA): The Implications for Increasing the Employment of People with Disabilities (HTML)
  • NCD Letter to Senate HELP Committee on the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 (HTML)
  • NCD Policy Principles & Recommendations for ESEA Reauthorization for the Senate (HTML)
  • NCD Policy Principles & Recommendations for ESEA Reauthorization for the House (HTML)


  • NCD Letter Requesting Meeting with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (HTML)


  • A Promising Start: Preliminary Analysis of Court Decisions Under the ADA Amendments Act (HTML)
  • Letter to Vice President Biden Regarding Anticipated Taskforce Recommendations (HTML)


  • Letter to the President after Newtown Tragedy (HTML)


  • United States Marine Corps Exceptional Family Members (HTML) (PDF)
  • Letter to Secretary Duncan Regarding Forthcoming NCLB Waivers (HTML) (PDF)
  • Briefing Paper, "Bullying and Students with Disabilities" (HTML) (PDF)
  • Rising Expectations: The Developmental Disabilities Act Revisited (HTML) (PDF)


  • The No Child Left Behind Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: A Progress Report (HTML) (PDF)
  • The Rehabilitation Act: Outcomes for Transition-Age Youth (DOC)


  • Issues in Creating Livable Communities for People with Disabilities: Proceedings of the Panel (HTML) (PDF)


  • Creating Livable Communities (HTML) (PDF)


  • Same Struggle, Different Difference: Civil Rights Policy Forum Summary Paper (HTML) (PDF)
  • Individuals with Disabilities Ed Act Burden of Proof: On Parents or Schools? (HTML) (PDF)
  • NCD and the Americans with Disabilities Act: 15 Years of Progress (HTML) (PDF)
  • National Council on Disability Topical Overviews - Access to Education by People with Disabilities Illustrations of Implementation from the United States - Quick Reference Guide (HTML) (PDF)
  • National Council on Disability Topical Overviews - Lessons for All of Us: Protecting the Right to Education for Persons with Disabilities (HTML) (PDF)


  • National Council on Disability: 20 Years of Independence (July 2004) (HTML) (PDF)
  • Summary of the Native American Forum: Disability Matters in Tribal Communities (HTML) (PDF)
  • Improving Educational Outcomes for Students with Disabilities (HTML) (PDF)
  • Higher Education Act Fact Sheet (HTML) (PDF)


  • People with Disabilities and Postsecondary Education -- Position Paper (HTML)
  • Olmstead: Reclaiming Institutionalized Lives (Abridged Version) (HTML) (PDF)
  • Olmstead: Reclaiming Institutionalized Lives (Full-Length On-Line Version) (HTML)
  • Understanding Disabilities in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities: Toolkit Guide (HTML) (PDF)
  • People With Disabilities on Tribal Lands: Education, Health Care, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Independent Living (HTML) (PDF)
  • Addressing the Needs of Youth with Disabilities in the Juvenile Justice System: The Current Status of Evidence-Based Research (HTML) (PDF)
  • School Vouchers and Students with Disabilities (HTML) (PDF)
  • TANF and Disability--Importance of Supports for Families with Disabilities in Welfare Reform (HTML) (PDF)
  • Policy Brief Series - No. 8, The Implications of the Supreme Court's Decision in Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama v. Garrett (HTML) (PDF)
  • Outreach for All Forum Summary Paper (HTML) (DOC)
  • Outreach and People with Disabilities from Diverse Cultures: A Review of the Literature (HTML) (DOC) (PDF)
  • Students with Disabilities Face Financial Aid Barriers (HTML)


  • Individuals with Disabilities Ed Act Reauthorization: Where Do We Really Stand? (HTML) (PDF)
  • Lift Every Voice Summary (Report Released November 1999) (HTML) (DOC)


  • Action Strategies for Effective Coalitions (HTML) (PDF)
  • Applied Leadership for Effective Coalitions (HTML) (PDF)


  • Transition and Post-School Outcomes for Youth with Disabilities: Closing the Gaps to Post-Secondary Ed and Employment (HTML) (PDF)
  • Carrying on the Good Fight: Summary Paper From Think Tank 2000 - Advancing the Civil and Human Rights of People With Disabilities From Diverse Cultures (HTML) (PDF)
  • Closing the Gap: A Ten Point Strategy for the Next Decade of Disability Civil Rights Enforcement (HTML) (PDF)
  • Brief Amicus Curiae of the National Council on Disability in Support of Respondents Garrett v. Board of Trustees University of Alabama (HTML) (PDF)
  • Back to School on Civil Rights (HTML) (PDF) (PDF)
  • From Privileges to Rights: People Labeled with Psychiatric Disabilities Speak for Themselves (HTML) (PDF)
  • Think Tank 2000: A Brief Summary As Background Information (HTML) (DOC)


  • Lift Every Voice: Modernizing Disability Policies and Programs to Serve a Diverse Nation (HTML) (PDF) (PDF) (PDF) (PDF) (PDF) (PDF)
  • Implementation of the National Voter Registration Act by State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies (HTML) (PDF)


  • Grassroots Experiences with Government Programs and Disability Policy (HTML) (PDF)


  • Outreach to Minorities with Disabilities and People with Disabilities in Rural Communities (HTML)
  • Assisted Suicide: A Disability Perspective Position Paper (HTML)


  • Achieving Independence: The Challenge for the 21st Century (HTML)
  • Improving the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Ed Act: Making Schools Work for All of America's Children - Supplement (HTML)
  • National Disability Policy: A Progress Report - February 1986 (HTML)


  • Voices of Freedom: America Speaks Out on the Americans with Disabilities Act (HTML)
  • Improving the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Ed Act: Making Schools Work for All of America's Children (HTML)
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act: Ensuring Equal Access to the American Dream (HTML)


  • Inclusionary Education for Students with Disabilities: Keeping the Promise (HTML)


  • Meeting the Unique Needs of Minorities with Disabilities: A Report to the President and the Congress (HTML)
  • Progress in Advancing the Status of People with Disabilities Around the World: The Work of the United States Delegation to the Thirty-Third Session of the Commission for Social Development of the United Nations (HTML)
  • Serving the Nation's Students with Disabilities: Progress and Prospects (HTML)


  • The Education of Students with Disabilities: Where Do We Stand? (HTML)


  • Toward Independence: An Assessment of Federal Laws and Programs Affecting Persons with Disabilities - With Legislative Recommendations (HTML)

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