Mailman Advisory Council (MAC)

Mailman Advisory Council (MAC)

The Mailman Advisory Council (MAC) is a consumer advisory committee that advises the Mailman Center for Child Development (MCCD) Director in meeting its responsibilities under the Developmental Disabilities Act of 2000.

The Mailman Center is part of a national network of UCEDDs (University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities) established in 1963 and sponsored by the AIDD (Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities). UCEDDs are interdisciplinary centers advancing policy and practice for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families and communities. UCEDDs work towards a shared vision that foresees a nation in which all Americans, including Americans with disabilities, participate fully in their communities. Independence, productivity, and community inclusion are key components of this vision.

Each UCEDD is required to have an advisory council to consult with the UCEDD Director regarding the development of the 5-year plan, to make recommendations regarding proposed revisions, and to facilitate the flow of disability-related information between community and university. The Mailman Advisory Council (MAC) is also responsible for developing an overall understanding of the Center and it’s work, and advocating on its behalf. The composition of the MAC consists of self-advocates, family members of persons with disabilities, community professionals and university representatives. The MAC discusses and advises the Director on many issues, including early intervention, health care, health promotion, family support, community-based services, inclusive and meaningful education, self-determination, transition from school to work, employment, housing, assistive technology, transportation, and training professionals in major disability initiatives. Having a broad representation of perspectives on the MAC serves a critical role in supporting the Mailman Center with the development of meaningful initiatives to serve the disability community.

Mailman Advisory Council Members – (click to view/download)

The Mailman Advisory Council (MAC) Application for Membership – (Click to view, complete, and save online fillable form)

For additional information please contact:

Helen Scarr
HScarr@med.miami.edu