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.
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).
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Given that the Zika virus is now spreading locally in the US, a whole cohort of babies may now be born with this virus. "There is an urgent need to educate public health practitioners on developmental monitoring, screening, early identification of issues, and how to speak sensitively with families about their concerns," said Andrew Imparato, Executive Director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD).
AUCD signed onto a letter from the co-chairs of the CCD Education Task Force to members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, expressing their concerns about provisions in the Perkins reauthorization bill that limit the power of Department of Education.
Congressional Republicans and Democrats have not yet reached agreement on a continuing resolution; WIOA Advisory Committee delivered final report; House and Senate are both working on bills to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act; and more
House of Representatives Approves Perkins Act Reauthorization - the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act
The House of Representatives voted to approve H.R. 5587 - the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which reauthorizes career and technical education (CTE) programs and increases student access to career development and employment training opportunities across all states.
Three-month stopgap spending bill; Zika spending package; Mental Health Parity hearing; New Congress; and more
AUCD signed onto a letter in support of the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act, which would implement the federal Commission on Long-Term Care's recommendation to create a national strategy to support family caregivers.
Congress will return from recess on September 6; Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification; AUCD signed on to two sets of comments related to implementation of Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act; Money Follows the Person Action Alert; and more
AUCD signed onto a Letter in Support of Exempting CRT Wheelchairs from Medicare's Competitive Bidding Pricing
AUCD signed onto a letter urging Congressional leaders to pass legislation that would permanently exempt Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) wheelchairs and components from Medicare's Competitive Bidding pricing.
Zika and other health care updates, new housing resources, Complex Rehabilitation Technology and Medicare, Family Support legislation.
AUCD expresses its support for the ABLE Age Adjustment Act (S. 2704, H.R. 4813), which will raise the age limit for ABLE accounts to age 46. Currently, only individuals with a severe disability prior to 26 years of age may open an ABLE account.
On June 28, 2016, the Friends of NICHD hosted an event on Capitol Hill about biomedical research into the implications of the Zika virus for maternal and child health. Dr. John Columbo, Director of the fe Span Institute at the University of Kansas and a leader of the IDDRC network, presented on prenatal nutrition and early childhood development.
The Department of Education and the Social Security Administration (SSA) will collaborate to identify and help individuals with disabilities who meet eligibility criteria for a discharge of their student loans. Individuals who have a total and permanent disability (TPD) are eligible to have their federal loans discharged, and the Department of Education will notify them of how to complete this process.