ACL Blogpost: Toward a More Inclusive Definition of Diversity in the Disability Community

By Aaron Bishop, Commissioner, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

As Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month draws to a close, it is important that we take time to reflect on the values embodied within the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000.



FCC held first meeting of the Disability Advisory Committee and Appointment of Membership

AUCD network member's chosen for FCC Committee

By this Public Notice, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) held the first meeting and appointment of members to, the Disability Advisory Committee (DAC or Committee). The DAC will provide advice and recommendations to the Commission on a wide array of disability matters within the jurisdiction of the Commission and facilitate the participation of people with disabilities in proceedings before the Commission. The DAC is being organized under, and operated in accordance with, the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).


Upcoming Webinars

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

What to Know Before You Go: Preparing for the Disability Policy Seminar 2015  Copy to Calendar
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Act Early Forum Webinar: Text4Baby Mobile Information Service and Act Early Collaboration Opportunities  Copy to Calendar
Thursday, April 16, 2015
2:00pm ET - 3:00pm ET

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Act Early Network Virtual Networking Event  Copy to Calendar
Thursday, April 23, 2015
3:00pm ET - 4:00pm ET
Location: Virtual Event using Adobe Connect


Public Policy


Press Release: "Tuesdays with Liz" featuring Taryn Williams, Associate Director of White House Office of Public Engagement

Liz interviews Taryn Williams, Associate Director in the Office of Public Engagement. Taryn Williams serves as the White House's liaison to the disability community. The interview covers a variety of topics including the Curb Cuts to the Middle Class initiative, access to post-secondary education, and the upcoming anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

pdf File Press Release Tuesdays with Liz T Williams FINAL.pdf [download]

CCD Urges Congress to Reject the House Budget

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), a national coalition of more than 100 organizations representing the needs of people with disabilities, opposes the budget resolution proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) because it calls for deep cuts to Medicaid, deep spending cuts for non-defense discretionary programs that support the health and well-being of people with disabilities, and would lead to tens of millions of Americans losing their health insurance or becoming underinsured.


Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

Congress is busy debating the overall budget proposals that were released last week and a bill related to physician payments to Medicare.



2015 Trainee Policy Summit

2015 Trainee Policy Summit  Copy to Calendar

Sunday, April 12, 2015
2:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: Washington, DC

On Sunday evening immediately before the Disability Policy Seminar, AUCD is hosting a special Trainee Policy Summit! Attendees will have exclusive access to Hill staffers and former trainees now working in policy, and learn from the experts how to best craft your message for Wednesday's Hill visits. An evening reception sponsored by JPMorgan Chase will provide a comfortable background for trainees to meet and network with over 200 peers from around the country.

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2015 Disability Policy Seminar

2015 Disability Policy Seminar  Copy to Calendar

Monday, April 13, 2015 - Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Location: Washington, DC

The 2015 Disability Policy Seminar is your best opportunity to cultivate new champions on Capitol Hill and advance the grassroots movement for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). This unique event offers you the opportunity to come together for two days with other advocates, individuals with I/DD, experts and professionals in the field and learn about the issues. On the third day, take the valuable information covered during the Seminar to Capitol Hill and speak directly with your representatives about the issues that are important to you. Early bird registration and discounted pricing ends March 13!

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Next Chapter Book Club & Beyond: A conference on literacy for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Next Chapter Book Club & Beyond: A conference on literacy for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities  Copy to Calendar

Friday, April 17, 2015 - Saturday, April 18, 2015
Location: Chicago, IL

Registration for the second international Next Chapter Book Club and Beyond conference is open!

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