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Paul Marchand is the former director of the Disability Policy Collaboration of the Arc and United Cerebral Palsy. He is a nationally recognized expert on public policy and disability, having been extensively involved in the passage of many vital Federal laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act and its successor, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. He played a major role in the enactment of legislation to provide supported employment for persons with severe disabilities, to mandate preschool services for children with disabilities, and to establish state programs to serve infants and toddlers. He was also instrumental in the reshaping of Medicaid policy to move people from segregated and isolated institutions to home and community-based services and supports. He has made significant contributions to the tremendous expansion of the Federal role in disability policy over the past three and a half decades.

Mr. Marchand is also Chairman Emeritus of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities(CCD), an important coalition of over 100 national, Washington-based organizations that works with the U.S. Congress and Federal agencies on disability issues. The National Historic Preservation Trust on Mental Retardation named him one of 35 individuals (13 survive) who made significant contributions in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities in the 20th century.

-Taken from http://content.yudu.com/Library/A1nc04/2009NCESummerLeaders/resources/8.htm

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