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

 
Senator Casey speaking at the AUCD 2016 Conference

12/7/2016

Senators Casey & Hatch Introduce the "Respond, Innovate, Succeed, and Empower Act of 2016"

Sen. Casey speaks at the AUCD Conference immediately before introducing bill in the Senate

With Congress poised to begin efforts to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, the introduction of the RISE Act signals that students with disabilities will be part of the effort to increase access to postsecondary education and their needs will be addressed.

 
 

12/5/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayCongress has returned for its Lame Duck session; Tom Price nominated for HHS; Passage of 21st Century Cure; ESSA Guidance; AUCD Conference; and more

 
 

11/30/2016

AUCD Joins Amicus Brief on FAPE Supreme Court Case

AUCD joined the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) and the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) on an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case Endrew F v. Douglas County School District.

 
 

11/28/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayBetsy DeVos to lead the Education Department; House will vote on the 21st Century Cures Act; Complex Rehabilitation Technology Update; final regulations to implement provisions of ESSA; and more

 
 

11/28/2016

ESSA Final Regulations Fact Sheet

The Department of Education has issued final regulations to implement provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that concern school accountability, data reporting and state plans. This fact sheet provides information about the regulations and new requirements that states must fulfill.

 
 

11/28/2016

ESSA Final Regulations Fact Sheet

The Department of Education has issued final regulations to implement provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that concern school accountability, data reporting and state plans. This fact sheet provides information about the regulations and new requirements that states must fulfill.

 
 

11/21/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

Continuing Resolution through March; Consensus on 21st Century Cures Act;Mental Health - Loan Repayment Program; letter to President-elect Trump urging him to reconsider his appointment of Stephen Bannon; and more

 
 

11/15/2016

Tuesdays with Liz - Post Election

During this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz, Liz Weintraub provides her thoughts on the presidential election outcome.

 
 

11/14/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

2016 Election Outcome; New Leadership; New Senate; New House; New Administration; Lame Duck Session; and more

 
 
 

Resources

 

ESSA Final Regulations Fact Sheet

The Department of Education has issued final regulations to implement provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that concern school accountability, data reporting and state plans. This fact sheet provides information about the regulations and new requirements that states must fulfill.

 
 

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.

 
 
 

AUCD Legislative News
In Brief

12/5/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayCongress has returned for its Lame Duck session; Tom Price nominated for HHS; Passage of 21st Century Cure; ESSA Guidance; AUCD Conference; 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.