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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New in Policy
Child welfare budget proposals; Rules related to speech generated devices; briefing on people with ID/DD who wander; early childhood policy changes and more.
AUCD pushing for a strong ESEA bill; NICHD Hill Day; Older Americans Act reauthorization; new White House Disability Liason; technology rules
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.