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.
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Andy Imparato, AUCD Executive Director, Speaks at Delaware Town Hall on How New HCBS Rule Would Change Options for People with Disabilities
More than a hundred people gathered at the Embassy Suites in Newark Monday morning to discuss a new federal rule that could dramatically change options in housing, employment and other basics for people with disabilities. "This is an issue that has divided the [disability] community," Imparato said. "But there is a consensus that everyone should have the opportunity for a competitive work environment at the start of their working lives."
This issue of Legislative News In Brief covered the new 6 by 15 campaign, budget and appropriations, a DOJ settlement in Rhode Island, FDA meeting on aversive devices, health care for military connected children, and more!
AUCD signed on to this letter from the Alliance to Prevent Restraint, Aversive Intervention, and Seclusion (APRAIS) responding to a Food and Drug Administration request for comments regarding the use of electric shock devices for behavioral modification. The coalition urged the FDA to ban the use of these devices.
Six organizations commit to six goals by the end of 2015
At the Disability Policy Seminar on Monday night, Senator Harkin announced a new campaign led by six national disability organizations to achieve six national goals by the end of 2015, marking major anniversaries of the ADA and IDEA.
This issue of AUCD Legislative News In Brief covered the Ryan Budget, Combating Autism Act Reauthorization, Medicare provider payments and tax policy.
CCD Statement in Response to the Release of House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's FY2015 Budget Proposal
Ryan Budget Dangerous for People with Disabilities: CCD urges Congress to Reject the Ryan Budget
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), a national coalition of 113 organizations representing the needs of people with disabilities, believes that the budget resolution proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) is dangerous for people with disabilities as it calls for deep cuts to Medicaid, deep spending cuts for non-defense discretionary programs that support the health and well being of people with disabilities, and would lead to tens of millions of Americans losing their health insurance or becoming underinsured.
This fact sheet shows up-to-date information on the limited state-level protections from restraint & seclusion for schoolchildren.
President Obama signed the omnibus appropriations bill to fund the remainder of fiscal year 2014. AUCD has prepared this issue brief on the funding for programs important to the AUCD Network and people with disabilities.
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.