For Immediate Release
February 24, 2020   
Contact: Abby M. Reitz, Communications Manager
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NAELA Supports Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Washington, DC — The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) supports Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month this March.

The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) co-sponsor this annual event using social media to raise awareness about developmental disabilities in all areas of community life, and raise awareness to the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face. 

“In 2020, one of NAELA’s top public policy priorities is to expand home and community-based services, ending Medicaid’s institutional bias for individuals with disabilities and older Americans. NAELA continues to work with its coalition partners to advocate key policy changes, such as Money Follows the Person and the requirement that states apply spousal impoverishment protections to Medicaid HCBS waivers,” said NAELA President Jennifer L. VanderVeen, CELA, CAP, NAELA Fellow.

Learn more about NAELA public policy and advocacy efforts.

Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. Upon joining, NAELA member attorneys agree to adhere to the NAELA Aspirational Standards. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others. The mission of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys is educate, inspire, serve, and provide community to attorneys with practices in elder and special needs law. NAELA currently has members across the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit, or to locate a NAELA member attorney in your area, visit

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