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

 

7/1/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondaySocial Security (SS) Trustees released their annual report; Paul Ryan unveiled blueprint that would fundamentally restructure the Medicaid and Medicare programs; Bureau of Labor Statistics released a new report on the state of employment of people with disabilities; and more

 
 

7/1/2016

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.

 
 

6/27/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayLast week the House approved the first of 12 appropriations bills; House Democrats held a sit-in; Zika funding; and more

 
 

6/27/2016

Tuesdays with Liz - David Frye

In recognition of Pride Month, Liz Weintraub, host of this week's edition of interviewed David Frye, who serves as coordinator for the Vermont LGBTQ Disabilities Network in this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All. They discussed his experiences as an LGBTQ individual with a disability. In case you missed last week's edition, Liz interviewed Jennifer Longdon, is a person with a disability as a result of gun violence. They spoke about her experience following the gun violence and how she became a disability advocate.

 
 

6/21/2016

Tuesdays with Liz - Jennifer Longdon

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz Weintraub interviewed Jennifer Longdon, is a person with a disability as a result of gun violence. They spoke about her experience following the gun violence and how she became a disability advocate. In case you missed last week's edition, Liz interviewed John Sorenson, Project Officer for the Money Follows the Person program and a housing specialist at CMS. They spoke about the challenges being a father with a disability in honor of Father's Day (June 19).

 
 

6/20/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondaySeveral gun control measures will be voted on today; Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights released new data showing persistent disparities; United States of Women Summit; and more

 
 

6/14/2016

Tuesdays with Liz- John Sorenson

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz Weintraub interviewed John Sorenson (Project Officer for the Money Follows the Person program and a housing specialist at CMS). They spoke about the challenges being a father with a disability in honor of Father's Day (June 19). In case you missed last week's edition, AUCD Policy Analyst Christine Grosso gave a tutorial of the HCBS Advocacy site.

 
 

6/6/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayCongress returns from recess with a busy schedule, including markup of a Senate L-HHS-ED and other funding bills for FY 2017. News on the first ABLE Act program is also included, as well as updates on ESSA implementation, an environmental protection bill, and a new tool kit to advocate for quality home and community based services.

 
 
 

Resources

 

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.

 
 

Total and Permanent Disability Discharge for Student Loan Borrowers

The Department of Education and the Social Security Administration (SSA) will collaborate to identify and help individuals with disabilities who meet eligibility criteria for a discharge of their student loans. Individuals who have a total and permanent disability (TPD) are eligible to have their federal loans discharged, and the Department of Education will notify them of how to complete this process.

 
 

Tax & Health Insurance Considerations for Student Loan Discharge

pdf File Tax & Health Insurance Considerations for Student Loan Discharge.pdf [download]
 
 
 

AUCD Legislative News
In Brief

7/1/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondaySocial Security (SS) Trustees released their annual report; Paul Ryan unveiled blueprint that would fundamentally restructure the Medicaid and Medicare programs; Bureau of Labor Statistics released a new report on the state of employment of people with disabilities; and more

6/27/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayLast week the House approved the first of 12 appropriations bills; House Democrats held a sit-in; Zika funding; 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.