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).
New in Policy
Two former Republican Governors of Pennsylvania - Richard Thornburgh and Tom Ridge - wrote an opinion piece in this weekend's Philadelphia Inquirer about why we must ratify the Disability Treaty.
Senators Murray (D-WA) and Gillibrand (D-NY) have introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that will expand behavioral health access for military families. Ask your senators to support the amendment!
Hearings have been set for the CRPD in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Now is the time for action! Learn what you can do to support the CRPD.
Major Disability Organization Urges Senators to 'Do the Right Thing' and Vote for International Disability Rights Treaty
AUCD urges the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to once again move the treaty forward and allow the U.S. to join the other 138 nations that have ratified this important human rights treaty. By ratifying the CRPD, the U.S. will have the opportunity to fully engage with other States Parties who have ratified the treaty to collaborate in the development and implementation of programs and policies to improve the lives of persons living with disabilities across the globe.
Neglected and Abused Abroad: A Look at the Severe Mistreatment of Individuals with Disabilities Around the World and How the US Can Help
A Report from the CCD International Task Force
With the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities potentially before the Senate this fall, the CCD International Task Force developed this report on the conditions faced by people with disabilities around the world and why the US must ratify the Convention.
Priced Out 2012 Reveals that People with Disabilities on SSI Cannot Afford Housing Anywhere in the US
A report from the Technical Assistance Collaborative and CCD Housing Task Force
Priced Out in 2012 is a study of the severe housing affordability problems experienced by people with disabilities. Priced Out calculates the difference between what an individual receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can reasonably afford to pay for housing costs and the average cost of modest housing units. Priced Out in 2012 confirms that non-elderly adults with disabilities living on SSI confront an enormous housing affordability gap across the entire nation.
CCD supports Senator Sanders' amendment to the Older Americans Act reauthorization to help aging parents care for their adult children with disabilities.