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Council on Consumer Affairs

The Council on Consumer Affairs, then known as the Consumer Council, first convened in the fall of 1994. The Council was formed as a result of AAUAPís increasing recognition of the importance of receiving consistent and ongoing consumer feedback. Start-up activities were funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, through a Project of National Significance entitled "Leadership and Choices." Principle support was provided by Bruce Eddy of AAUAP and Carl Calkins of the University of Missouri/Kansas City, Missouriís UAP.

The Council quickly adopted a mission , as well as a leadership structure which includes several internal committees and two co-chairs. 1998 By-Laws stipulate that one co-chair must be an individual with a disability, and the other be the family member of an individual with a disability. The three-year, staggered co-chair positions carry with them a slot on AAUAPís Board of Directors.

Full Council membership consists of one representative of each UAP, designated by that UAPís director. The Council continues to strive to meet its long-term goal of full membership.

The Council is proud of its accomplishments to date, some of which include: