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National Council on Disability

The National Council on Disability (NCD) was originally established as the National Council on the Handicapped under the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare Rehabilitation by Comprehensive Services and Disability Amendments Act of 1978. The Council later transferred to the Department of Education by the Department of Education Organization Act of 1979, then became an independent agency in 1984 by PL 98-22, the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1984 and finally, had its name changed by PL 100-630, the Handicapped Programs technical Amendment Act of 1988 of November 7, 1988.

The Council an independent Federal agency and is composed of 15 members appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. It provides advice to the President, Congress, and executive branch agencies to promote policies, programs, practices, and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability and to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society.


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