Member Benefits

ABCD welcomes non-profit organizations serving people with complex medical and behavioral developmental disabilities which agree to ABCD’s mission statement to explore the potential of membership. ABCD provides a uniform voice for these agencies at the State policy table.

ABCD Services to Member Organizations

  1. Up-to-date information on national and state legislative and executive issues on disability related initiatives.
  2. Policy analyses on national and state trends that impact people with developmental disabilities.
  3. Representation at the policy table during legislative and administrative policy development and initiation.
  4. Forums for collegial exchange of trends, information and joint administrative support.
  5. Information and resources to communicate with other community organizations regarding disability and accessibility issues.
  6. Opportunities for increased community awareness about people with multiple disabilities and their needs.
  7. The development and support of innovative responses to the needs of people with disabilities.

Process for Membership

ABCD’s membership is open to non-profit organizations that support ABCD’s mission statement.

The executive of a potential member agency will express interest in membership. The Executive Director and/or members of the potential member agency’s Board will meet with ABCD’s Executive Director to review the benefits and responsibilities of membership.

ABCD Full Member

Full members receive the following benefits:

  • ABCD Policy Syntheses, Legislative and Administrative Notes, and other Policy Papers;
  • ABCD Action Alerts;
  • Attendance at five Membership meetings a year, as well as any additional meetings held with State Officials to discuss important issues/concerns;
  • Ability to vote on all policy strategies and initiatives;
  • Ability to hold Office on the Board; and
  • Attendance for Senior Staff of the Senior Staff Forums: Human Resources, Quality Assurance and Training, and Chief Financial Officers.
  • Full access to ABCD staff for strategizing, discussion and information.

Dues for a full member are 0.21% of an agency’s total operating budget (with a cap of $35,000).

Application Process

The potential member agency must indicate that it will support ABCD’s activities, including its willingness to attend ABCD meetings, providing requested information, serving on ABCD committees, and representing ABCD at meetings with State government and other entities.

A potential member agency must be sponsored for membership by at least one current ABCD member agency. The sponsor must be familiar with the work, mission and philosophy of the potential member.

The potential member agency will complete a membership application to document programmatic activity, mission and its support of ABCD’s mission.

A new member must be approved for membership by two-thirds of ABCD’s full members.