National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities

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The National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) was founded in 1964 under the name National Association of State Units on Aging (NASUA).  In 2010, the organization changed its name to NASUAD in an effort to formally recognize the work that the state agencies were undertaking in the field of disability policy and advocacy.  Today, NASUAD represents the nation’s 56 state and territorial agencies on aging and disabilities and supports visionary state leadership, the advancement of state systems innovation and the articulation of national policies that support home and community-based services for older adults and individuals with disabilities.


To design, improve, and sustain state systems delivering long-term services and supports for people who are older, have a disability, and their caregivers.

Core Values

  • States are dynamic centers of innovation and development
  • States are unique and need flexible programming and funding opportunities that promote choice and self-determination
  • States seek high quality, accurate non-partisan, and timely information
  • States benefit from the exchange of information to develop and promote evidence-based policy and performance
  • States embrace technology as a tool to drive innovation and communication 
  • States view aging as a lifelong process that unifies interests and partnerships

Core Competencies

Innovate: Collect, analyze, and facilitate use of information among state on innovative and effective policies and programs

Advocate: Represent states’ interests in design and development of comprehensive long-term services and supports

Assist: Provide state specific technical assistance on systems design, information, planning, and transformation

Collaborate: Foster the development of strategic partnerships

Convene: Facilitate communications among federal, state, and local decision makers through various media, including national meetings