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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AUCD Legislative News In Brief

This issue covers employment, school bullying, civil rights, the Disability Treaty, and transportation.



Coalition Letter on FY15 Labor-HHS-Education Assistive Technology Act

Committee on Disabilities Technology and Telecommunications Task Force of the Consortium for Citizen with Disabilities wrote a letter requesting support for the inclusion of $38 million in final FY 15 budget for the Assistive Technology Act

pdf File CCD AT Act on Final FY2015 Budget - House.pdf [download]


AUCD Legislative News In Brief

This issue covers long-term services and supports, public health, community engagement, and new AUCD policy staff!

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Join the Conversation: I'm In To Hire Day

I'm In To Hire: Social Media Champion Toolkit

I'M IN TO HIRE is purposed to promote the business benefits for hiring people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities* (IDD) and motivate employers across the globe to create a more inclusive workplace. Show your support by resharing any post from @ImInToHire. Thank you for supporting our campaign and weighing in on social media.

pdf File Social Media Champion Toolkit [download]


AUCD Legislative News In Brief

This issue cvers polling and the midterm elections, Social Security Disability Insurance, Long-Term Services and Supports, autism, and a new memorial for disabled american veterans.




Higher Education Affordability Act Summary

pdf File HEAA Summary Sept 9 2014.pdf [download]

Mediciad and Long-Term Services and Supports: A Primer

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This primer from the Kaiser Family Foundation describes LTSS delivery and financing in the U.S., highlighting covered services and supports, types of care providers and care settings, beneficiary subpopulations, costs and financing models, quality improvement efforts, and recent LTSS reform initiatives.


Section-by-Section Summary of Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

HELP Committee

This analysis from the HELP committee summarizes the changes made to the Rehabilitation Act by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014.

pdf File TITLE IV section by section.pdf [download]

AUCD Legislative News
In Brief


AUCD Legislative News In Brief

This issue covers employment, school bullying, civil rights, the Disability Treaty, and transportation.


AUCD Legislative News In Brief

This issue covers appropriations, the Children's Health Insurance Program, employment, civil rights in voting, a reorganization at the Administration for Community Living, and the upcoming AUCD conference.

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AUCD Legislative Priorities



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.