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

 

3/2/2015

AUCD signed on to a Letter to Congressional Leaders Supporting Extended funding for Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program

AUCD signed onto a Letter as a member of the National Child Abuse Coalition to support funding for the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.

pdf File Updated Home-Visiting-Letter 022415 (2).pdf [download]
 
 

3/2/2015

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

Congress continues to debate an update to No Child Left Behind. Meanwhile, we have new champions for Keeping All Students Safe, committees continue to hold SSDI hearings and bills, and House members advocate for family support .

 
 

2/25/2015

AUCD letter Supporting Ranking Member Robert Scott's Substitute Bill to H.R. 5

AUCD supports Ranking Member Robert Scott's substitute to H.R.5. This substitute bill includes many provisions that continue high expectations for students with disabilities.

pdf File AUCD letter to Rep Scott re substitute bill (2).pdf [download]
 
 

2/25/2015

AUCD signed on to a letter to support funding for The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV)

AUCD along with the National Child Abuse Coalition asking leading members of Congress to fund the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV). Funding is set to expire in March 2015, and the program is a wise investment that states have embraced as a sensible approach to health, education, and fiscal challenges.

pdf File Updated Home-Visiting-Letter 022415.pdf [download]
 
 

2/25/2015

CCD Letter to House of Representatives urging Members to not support HR 5 as currently written.

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities wrote a letter to the House of Representative opposing the current version of The Student Success Act (H.R.5). AUCD signed onto this letter which includes six baseline principles to ensure students have meaningful access to rigorous standards for all students and fully inclusion for students with disabilities in every local school.

 
 

2/25/2015

CCD Social Security Task Force Statement for the Record

House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Statement for the Record for the House of Representatives Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security Hearing on "Maintaining the Disability Insurance Trust Fund's Solvency"

 
 

2/25/2015

White House Statement Opposing HR 5

The White House released a statement strongly opposing H.R.5, the Student Success Act, in the current form approved by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

 
 

2/24/2015

AUCD signed on to a Letter Thanking Congressman Don Beyer for Introudcing Keeping All Students Safe Act (H.R. 927)

AUCD signed onto a letter thanking Congressman Beyer for introducing the Keeping All Students Safe Act, H.R. 927, which safeguards students and staff from dangerous and deadly restraint and seclusion in schools.

pdf File 200 orgs HR 927 restraint seclusion BEYER.pdf [download]
 
 

2/24/2015

AUCD signed onto a letter Thanking Ranking Member Bobby Scott for being the Primary Original Cosponsor of the Keeping All Students Safe Act, H.R. 927.

AUCD signed onto a letter with over 200 National, State, and Local Organizations thanking Ranking Member Bobby Scott for being the Original Cosponsor of the Keeping All Students Safe Act.

pdf File 200 orgs HR 927 restraint seclusion Bobby Scott Ranking Memb.pdf [download]
 
 

2/24/2015

House ESEA Reauthorization Bill Moving This Week! TAKE ACTION!

The full House of Representatives is preparing to consider Student Success Act (H.R. 5), a bill to reauthorize ESEA on Thursday and Friday of this week! While the bill retains some important provisions, such as annual testing in grades 3-8 and once in high school, the bill does not go far enough to support students with disabilities to successfully graduate and go on to postsecondary and employment opportunities.

 
 

2/24/2015

National Center for Learning Disabilities-- Re authorization of ESEA Fact Sheet

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) released a fact sheet on alternate academic achievement standards (AA-ASS) ti inform the public about the consequences of low expectations for students with disabilities.

 
 

2/23/2015

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

Congress continues to debate an update to No Child Left Behind. Meanwhile, appropriations season is heating up and both the House and Senate hold hearings on Social Security Disability Insurance.

 
 

2/18/2015

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

This issue covers updates to No Child Left Behind, a White House summit on employment, Social Security Disability Insurance, and ACA wellness programs.

 
 

2/12/2015

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]
 
 

2/9/2015

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

This is a special edition of Legislative News In Brief, analyzing the disability programs in the FY2016 President's Budget Request.

 
 
 

Resources

 

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]
 
 

Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining, and Promoting People with Disabilities: A Resource Guide for Employers

A product of the Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiative

This resource was released at a White House Summit on Disability Employment. It is a product of the cross-agency Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiative.

 
 

FY15 Final Appropriations Chart

Summary of funding for disability programs in the final fiscal year 2015 omnibus appropriations bill.

pdf File FY15 Omnibus Funding Chart.pdf [download]
 
 
 

AUCD Legislative News
In Brief

3/2/2015

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

Congress continues to debate an update to No Child Left Behind. Meanwhile, we have new champions for Keeping All Students Safe, committees continue to hold SSDI hearings and bills, and House members advocate for family support .


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AUCD Legislative Priorities

 

4/13/2013

AUCD Legislative Priorities: 113th Congress

Federal Funding and Fiscal Policy; Medicaid and Long Term Services and Supports; Health Care Reform; Combating Autism Act; Developmental Disabilities Act; Family Support; Research and Data Collection; Education; Employment; Rights; Transportation; Social Security; Tax Policy. AUCD calls upon Congress to work in a bipartisan fashion to address the pressing needs of our citizens with disabilities. Gridlock has serious consequences for these individuals.

 

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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.