Public Policy

 

AUCD advocates for a number of legislative issues that are critical to individuals with disabilities and their families. Legislative priority issues are developed bi-annually by the AUCD Legislative Affairs Committee and Board of Directors. Priority issues are based on the Association's vision and mission as well as input from the entire Network, including individuals with disabilities and their families.

Health Reform Hub

Please visit AUCD’s Health Reform Hub, an online gateway designed to provide technical assistance and information about implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

 

 
 

New in Policy

 

7/29/2015

AUCD signed on to a Letter to Representatives Gregg Harper and Kathy Castor thanking them for Supporting the (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act (HR 3099)

pdf File House RAISE Family Caregivers Act Sign-on Letter Final.pdf [download]
 
 

7/29/2015

AUCD signed onto a Letter Thanking Senators Susan Collins and Tammy Baldwin for Supporting the (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act (S.1719)

pdf File Senate RAISE Family Caregivers Act Sign-on Letter Final.pdf [download]
 
 

7/27/2015

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

AUCD commemorated the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with the President, Federal Agencies, and other partners.

 
 

7/23/2015

Social Security Disability Insurance

A Lifeline for American Workers and Families
pdf File ssdi national report 7-17-2015.pdf [download]
 
 

7/23/2015

Social Security Disability Insurance

A Lifeline for American Workers and Families

This report lays out the basic facts about SSDI and its importance for working families.

pdf File ssdi national report 7-17-2015.pdf [download]
 
 

7/20/2015

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

The Senate passed its version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Every Child Achieves Act (S.1177) and AUCD staff joined the President to Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the ADA.

 
 

7/17/2015

Department of Education Released an a Fact Sheet on the Changes WIOA makes to the Rehab Act

pdf File wioa-changes-to-rehab-act (1).pdf [download]
 
 

7/16/2015

AUCD joined the Civil Rights Community (LCCR) opposing final passage of the Every Child Achieves Act (S.1177)

pdf File FinalPassageLetter071615.pdf [download]
 
 

7/16/2015

AUCD joined with CCD to oppose the final version of the Every Child Achieves Act S.1177

pdf File 2 CCD Response to Final Passage of ECAA Letter.pdf [download]
 
 

7/14/2015

AUCD joined the Civil Rights Community in Support of the Murphy-Booker-Warren-Coons-Durbin Accountability Amendment

#2241 to the Every Child Achieves Act, S.1177
pdf File SupportAccountability071415.pdf [download]
 
 

7/13/2015

AUCD joined 160 National Organizations to support critical provisiosn of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and refundable Child Tax Credit (CTC)

pdf File 160 NatlOrgsEITCandCTC - HOUSE - FINAL.pdf [download]
 
 

7/13/2015

AUCD signed onto a Letter to the Senate to support critical provisions of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and refundable Child Tax Credit (CTC)

pdf File 160 NatlOrgsEITCandCTC - SENATE - FINAL.pdf [download]
 
 

7/13/2015

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

House passes Education bill and the Senate continues debate on the reauthorization of ESEA; 21st Century Cures Act passes authorizing more money for NIH research.

 
 

7/12/2015

AUCD signed onto a Letter supproting the Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS) rule

issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in January 2014.
pdf File HCBS Rule National Letter - FINAL.pdf [download]
 
 

7/10/2015

AUCD sent a letter to HELP Committee Staff Members

advocating for transparent annual testing of all students, dis aggregated by race, income and disability
pdf File AUCD letter re participation rate.pdf [download]
 
 

7/10/2015

National Disability Institute: IRS Issues Proposed ABLE Act Regulations

pdf File ABLE Reg Highlights Ltrhd(2).pdf [download]
 
 

7/9/2015

AUCD letter a letter to members of Congress opposing Amendment No. 29 to The 21st Century Cures Act (HR 6)

pdf File AUCD letter re Cures Amendment.pdf [download]
 
 

7/9/2015

AUCD letter to Congress Urging a "No" Vote on Amendment No. 29 to the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6)

pdf File AUCD letter re Cures Amendment (2).pdf [download]
 
 

7/8/2015

AUCD joined 250 other organizations supporting the 21st Century Cure Act

pdf File NHC 21CC Sign on Letter 6 18.pdf [download]
 
 

7/8/2015

CCD Letter on Scott Substitute to Student Success Act

pdf File CCD Letter on Scott Substitute to Student Success Act.pdf [download]
 
 

7/8/2015

CCD Letter to the House of Representatives on Student Success Act

pdf File CCD Letter to House of Representatives on Student Success Act.pdf [download]
 
 

7/7/2015

A letter from the Leadership Members of the New Democrat Coalition and Education Task Force Co-Chairs

expressing the need for changes to the Senate re-authorization of ESEA
pdf File New Dem ESEA Senate Letter.pdf [download]
 
 

7/6/2015

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

The Reauthorization of ESEA is excepted to reach floors of both the House and the Senate

 
 

7/2/2015

AUCD signed on to a letter in support of HR 1919 the Steven Gleason Act

pdf File Final Gleason Act support letter July.pdf [download]
 
 
 

Resources

 

Status Update: HCBS Implementation May 2015

pdf File May 14th SOTA - HCBS Settings (2).pdf [download]
 
 

Status Update: HCBS Implementation May 2015

pdf File May 14th SOTA - HCBS Settings (2).pdf [download]
 
 

CCD Letter to President Obama on Wellness Programs

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities send this letter to President Obama regarding Affordable Care Act wellness programs and protections for workers with disabilities under the ADA.

pdf File CCD wellness letter.pdf [download]
 
 
 

AUCD Legislative News
In Brief

7/27/2015

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

AUCD commemorated the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with the President, Federal Agencies, and other partners.


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AUCD Legislative Priorities

 

6/1/2015

AUCD Legislative Priorities: 114th Congress

AUCD members work with state and local partners to design innovative, efficient programs and policies to achieve the outcomes all Americans want: dignity, meaningful choice, and the opportunity to contribute and succeed. In every US state and territory, our centers serve as a bridge between the university and the community to ensure full participation, independent living, and economic opportunity for all people with disabilities. AUCD looks forward to partnering with 114th Congress, the administration, states, and local governments to achieve these outcomes.

 

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Senate Accessibility Manual

In recognition of the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Senator Mike Enzi (WY) published an updated version of his Accessibility Manual - a comprehensive guide to providing Senate offices and constituents with valuable information on accessibility throughout the US Capitol Complex.

This manual includes a variety of ideas and suggestions to help address the needs of staff, constituents, and visitors with accessibility needs, including: basic rules of etiquette; locations of accessible routes and entrances; accessible room design; and emergency evacuation procedures.

Please feel free to use this manual as you develop policies and procedures for accommodating individuals with accessibility needs, whether they are visiting our nation's capital or working in a Congressional office.

PDF here.

DOC here.