Discussions on Disability Health Issues and Public Comment Opportunity at NCD Meeting

July 12, 2023
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Eastern time

The National Council on Disability (NCD) will hold several panels focused on health disparities for people with disabilities during its Council meeting July 12-13 in Washington, D.C.

Advanced registration is required. Deadline for registration by email is July 11, by 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. See details below.

Public Comment
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Your participation during the public comment period provides an opportunity for us to hear from you—individuals, businesses, providers, educators, parents and advocates. Your comments are important in bringing attention to issues and priorities of the disability community and informing the work of NCD.

Next Public Comment Opportunity:

July 12, 2023, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C. Information on our Council meeting is available on our Upcoming Event page.

Format: In-Person and virtual format — the Council will receive public comment in-person, by email or by video or audio over Zoom. Priority to present will be given to in-person comments.

Topic: Experiences with healthcare barriers and bias toward people with disabilities

For those interested in commenting, please read the Guidelines for Submitting and Presenting Public Comment During an Event (details below)in full. Advanced registration is required.

General Background:

NCD welcomes the input of the public throughout the year to help inform the Council Members of concerns of the disability community so that their research and recommendations to policymakers reflects the priorities of the community. At any time, individuals and organizations may submit public comment on any topic of concern to PublicComment@ncd.gov.

Four times a year, NCD hosts quarterly Council meetings, during which NCD designates a period of time to receive public comment, either in-person, or via audio or visual through Zoom virtual meeting platform. For these meetings, NCD often selects a topic on which to receive targeted public comment, usually in line with a project that the agency has underway.

Basic Guidelines:

  • Advanced registration is required to make public comment at a quarterly meeting. To provide public comment during an NCD Council Meeting, NCD now requires advanced registration by sending send an email to PublicComment@ncd.gov with the subject line “Public Comment” and your name, organization, state, and topic of comment included in the body of your email. Deadline for registration is the night before the meeting [July 11], by 8:00 p.m. EDT. All individuals desiring to make public comment are strongly encouraged to read NCD’s guidelines below for public comment in advance of the meeting.
  • NCD cannot guarantee all who register will be called upon. NCD will call upon as many individuals who registered as possible as time permits. However, all public comment submissions sent via email will be collected and provided to the Council at the conclusion of the meeting.
  • All individuals called upon to make comments will be allotted three minutes to speak. Due to time constraints, at the end of three minutes, individuals making comment will be asked to stop speaking.
  • Council Members will not respond to questions or engage in discussion with commenters. NCD’s public comment periods are opportunities for the Council Members appointed by the President and leadership in Congress to hear from the agency’s stakeholders. Council Members will not entertain questions from the public nor engage in discussion with those who seek to make comment.
  • Comments must be specific to the selected topic for the meeting. While public comment may be submitted on any topic over email, comments received during NCD meetings should be specific to the topic selected for the meeting. Those who make comments on topics other than the selected topic may be asked to stop speaking.
  • If there is time remaining, those who did not register can indicate interest in being selected to speak and may be called upon at the discretion of the agency.

Also read: Guidelines for Submitting and Presenting Public Comment During an Event

News source: ncd.gov/newsroom/2023/ncd-announces-discussions-disability-health-issues-and-public-comment-opportunity