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

 

7/26/2016

Tuesdays with Liz - Senator Casey

During this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz interviews Senator Casey (D-PA) about the ABLE Act and the 26th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 
 

7/25/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act; Long-Term Services and Supports Expenditures Report; House version of the Transition to Independence bill introduced; Final meeting for Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment; Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act passed; Housing Opportunities Through Modernization Act passed;

 
 

7/6/2016

2016 ABLE Act Improvements Fact Sheet

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.

 
 

7/6/2016

AUCD signed onto a Letter in Support of the Credit for Caring Act of 2016

AUCD signed onto a letter in support of the Credit for Caring Act of 2016, which amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 by adding a nonrefundable tax credit for working family caregivers.

 
 

7/5/2016

Tuesdays with Liz- Kelly Israel

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz Weintraub interviews Kelly Israel from the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) about the proposed FDA rule to ban the use of electric shock devices. In case you missed last week's edition, Liz spoke to David Frye from the Vermont LGBTQ Disabilities Network about being gay and having a disability.

 
 

7/1/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondaySocial Security (SS) Trustees released their annual report; Paul Ryan unveiled blueprint that would fundamentally restructure the Medicaid and Medicare programs; Bureau of Labor Statistics released a new report on the state of employment of people with disabilities; and more

 
 

7/1/2016

Friends of NICHD: Research Into Zika, Pregnancy and Child Health

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.

 
 
 

Resources

 

2016 ABLE Act Improvements Fact Sheet

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.

 
 

Friends of NICHD: Research Into Zika, Pregnancy and Child Health

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.

 
 

Total and Permanent Disability Discharge for Student Loan Borrowers

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.

 
 
 

AUCD Legislative News
In Brief

7/25/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act; Long-Term Services and Supports Expenditures Report; House version of the Transition to Independence bill introduced; Final meeting for Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment; Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act passed; Housing Opportunities Through Modernization Act passed;


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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.