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).

 

 
 

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4/22/2016

Mark Your Calendars for AUCD 2016!

December 4-7 in Washington, DC

The AUCD 2016 Conference, "Navigating Change: Building our Future Together," highlights both the change that comes at the end of a Presidential term as well as our need to work together to create a future in which children and adults with disabilities are able to participate fully in all aspects of life as valued members of their communities. Join us to engage in powerful, important, and inspiring personal and professional discourse on December 4-7 in Washington, DC.

 
 

5/2/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayHouse and Senate out for a week-long recess; negotiated rule-making committee has completed its work on how to implement some sections of the ESSA; $5 million to support public health efforts aimed at countering the spread of the Zika virus in Puerto Rico; New Medicaid Guidance: Transitioning from Incarceration to Communities; Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month; and more

 
 

4/29/2016

AUCD signed onto a Letter in Support of Clarifying Regulations for Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act

AUCD signed onto a letter urging the Department of Education to issue strong regulations that clarify how school districts must demonstrate compliance with the "supplement, not supplant" requirement in Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

 
 

4/29/2016

AUCD signed onto a Letter Opposing the SOAR Reauthorization Act

AUCD signed onto a letter urging members of the House of Representatives to oppose the SOAR Reauthorization Act.

 
 

4/25/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayOlder Americans Act (OAA) Reauthorization of 2016 approved; Lifespan Respite Care Competitive Program Expansion Supplements; CMS approves first HCBS state plan; Food and Drug Administration announced that it is proposing to ban electrical stimulation devices; and more

 
 

4/19/2016

AUCD signed onto a Letter to Secretary King urging ESSA Data Implementation

AUCD signed onto a letter to Secretary of Education John King urging the department to issue regulations concerning data reporting requirements in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and encourage school leaders to ensure that the information collected is fully accessible. The letter was circulated by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

 
 

4/18/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

Senate Appropriations Committee adopted its 302(b) spending allocations; LTSS Task Force releasing a statement on recent reports on long-term care financing; a bill (S. 2787) to promote Medicaid expansion; Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act of 2016; Dr. Thomas Novotny as the new HHS Autism Coordinator; and more

 
 

4/18/2016

Federal Student Loan Discharge Actions

The Department of Education will work with the Social Security Administration to identify federal student loan borrowers with disabilities who may be eligible for a Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) loan discharge.

 
 

4/18/2016

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.

 
 

4/15/2016

AUCD signed onto a Letter in Support of the Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act of 2016

AUCD signed onto a CCD letter of support for the Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act of 2016. The bill removes a tax penalty imposed on families whose student loans are forgiven due to the death or permanent disability of their child.

 
 

4/15/2016

Tax & Health Insurance Considerations for Student Loan Discharge

pdf File Tax & Health Insurance Considerations for Student Loan Discharge.pdf [download]
 
 

4/14/2016

Bipartisan Bill Ends Tax Penalty on Student Loan Forgiveness for Americans with Permanent Disabilities and Families Suffering from the Death of a Child

"The Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act of 2016 would make an important difference to people with work limiting disabilities who have their student loans discharged. It is common sense that someone who cannot pay back their student loans due to a total and permanent disability cannot afford to pay taxes on the discharge of those loans," said Kim Musheno, Chair of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD). "CCD thanks Senators Coons, King, and Portman for introducing this legislation to ensure that people with disabilities are no longer hurt by the unintended economic consequences of utilizing this important loan discharge provision."

 
 

4/11/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee held a hearing on the future of the NIH; Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved five bills to promote medical innovation and research; 2016 Disability Policy Seminar is taking place from April 11-13, and more

 
 

4/5/2016

The Autism CARES Act: Reflections of a Policy Advocate

by Kim Musheno, Director of Public Policy, AUCD

As we celebrate Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month, I paused to reflect on the progress achieved since the passage of the Autism CARES Act (H.R. 113-157), a law for which I helped to advocate. CARES stands for Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support. Originally titled the Combating Autism Act (P.L. 109-419) and signed by President George W. Bush in 2006, the law was intended to dramatically increase the federal government's response to what was then perceived as a crisis in the increasing numbers of individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Instead of creating a totally new infrastructure system to address this urgent national priority, the law called for researching, then expanding and coordinating existing federal efforts, bringing together several entities: research within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), surveillance and awareness activities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and professional development and research into evidence-based interventions at the Health, Resources, and Services Administration (HRSA). An Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) was created and tasked with making sure that all federal agencies were coordinating their efforts, sharing information, and obtaining input from people on the autism spectrum and family members as well as other outside experts.

 
 

4/4/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

Senators are back from recess today; Thirty-one bipartisan representatives signed onto a letter requesting the inclusion of $5 million for the Lifespan Respite Care Act; AUCD signed onto a letter in support of the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016; New Home Care Rule Guidelines; Disability Policy Seminar; and more

 
 

4/4/2016

Now Archived: Preparing for the Disability Policy Seminar: What to Know Before You Go

This webinar, presented by Kim Musheno, Director of Public Policy at AUCD, offers students, trainees and early career professionals an orientation to the policy issues and current legislation one can expect to learn more about at the 2016 Disability Policy Seminar. Attendees learned the basics of how to make an appointment to meet with Congressional representatives, and how to deliver a unified message about federally funded programs that benefit people with disabilities. Zipporah Levi-Shackleford, MA (AUCD Board Trainee Representative and Virginia LEND trainee) and Brandon Eddy, MA, CF-SLP (Assistant Virtual Trainee and Oregon LEND trainee) shared their experiences attending the Disability Policy Seminar, as well as provide tips on preparing for and making hill visits.

 
 
 

Resources

 

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.

 
 

Tax & Health Insurance Considerations for Student Loan Discharge

pdf File Tax & Health Insurance Considerations for Student Loan Discharge.pdf [download]
 
 

Status Update: HCBS Implementation May 2015

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

AUCD Legislative News
In Brief

5/2/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayHouse and Senate out for a week-long recess; negotiated rule-making committee has completed its work on how to implement some sections of the ESSA; $5 million to support public health efforts aimed at countering the spread of the Zika virus in Puerto Rico; New Medicaid Guidance: Transitioning from Incarceration to Communities; Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month; and more


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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.