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

 

5/20/2015

Status Update: HCBS Implementation May 2015

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

5/20/2015

Status Update: HCBS Implementation May 2015

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

5/18/2015

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

Child welfare budget proposals; Rules related to speech generated devices; briefing on people with ID/DD who wander; early childhood policy changes and more.

 
 

5/11/2015

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

AUCD pushing for a strong ESEA bill; NICHD Hill Day; Older Americans Act reauthorization; new White House Disability Liason; technology rules

 
 

5/11/2015

LCCHR letter to Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray

pdf File Civil Rights Coalition Letter Every Child Achieves (2).pdf [download]
 
 

5/11/2015

The Four Major Concerns Shared by the Civil Rights Community about the re authorization of ESEA

pdf File FourBigConcernsDoc041215.pdf [download]
 
 

5/5/2015

NCD Applauds Maria Town's Appointment as Associate Director to the Office of Public

The National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency that advises the President, Congress and other federal agencies on disability policy, applauds the appointment of Maria Town to the post of Associate Director in the Office of Public Engagement at the White House. In this position, Town will manage the Office of Public Engagement's disability and Federal agency portfolios. Maria's position will be permanent and is not a "detail" or temporary placement. Prior to her appointment in the Executive Branch, Town was a Policy Advisor at U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). While at ODEP, Maria's led or coordinated numerous efforts to improve employment outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities. She has particular expertise in areas of youth development

 
 

5/1/2015

Testimony of the Chair of Friends of NICHD, Rachel Gandell

Testimony by Rachel Gandell, the Chair of the Friends of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The coalition included over 100 organizations representing scientist, physicians, health care providers, patients and parents concerned with the health and welfare of women, children, families, and people with disabilities. Advocating for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Appropriations Subcommittee to support at least $32 billion for the NIH, including $1.37 billion for NICHD for FY2016

pdf File FNICHD Testimony FY16 (2).pdf [download]
 
 

4/29/2015

AUCD signed in Partnership with CPSD to Support Funding for the Department of HHS

activities promoting community integration for individuals with disabilities

AUCD signed onto a letter as a part of the Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination (CPSD) supporting the continued appropriations to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for activities promoting community integration for individuals with disabilities.

pdf File CPSD Labor HHS appropriations letter for sign on.pdf [download]
 
 

4/29/2015

Hearing Comments on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

Prepared by Andrew Imparato Executive Director of AUCD

AUCD submitted written testimony for the record related to its network funding requests for the University Centers for Excellence in Disabilities (UCEDD), Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers (IDDRC), and the Leadership in Education and Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) programs.

pdf File Written Testimony for FY 2016 4-29-15.pdf [download]
 
 

4/27/2015

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

Funding allocations for federal funding bill that support disability programs released; AUCD advocates for family support funding; AUCD testifies on transition services; new attorney general is sworn in

 
 
 

Resources

 

Status Update: HCBS Implementation May 2015

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

Status Update: HCBS Implementation May 2015

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

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]
 
 
 

AUCD Legislative News
In Brief

5/18/2015

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

Child welfare budget proposals; Rules related to speech generated devices; briefing on people with ID/DD who wander; early childhood policy changes and more.


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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.