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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AUCD2015 Registration Is Open

Deadline: October 30

Registration is currently open for the AUCD Conference! We welcome network members, partners from outside the network, experts from across the disability field, individuals with disabilities, family members, and students to learn and grow together during this exciting event. Whether you're a newcomer to the field or a seasoned professional, the AUCD Conference provides countless opportunities to share with and learn from colleagues across the network and beyond.



Decent Jobs for People with Disabilities: A New Convergence of Possibilities

A blog post by Andy Imparato, AUCD Executive Director

The interim report from the Department of Labor Advisory Committee offers important possibilities for the path out of segregation and poor wages for people with disabilities, and comes at a time of other significant events aimed at increasing competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities.



Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

Congress is back working on funding bills and homeland security; The House passed the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Act; Veasey (TX) reintroduced H.R. 3475, the Grandparents Tax Credit Act, and more



Support Tax Relief for Our Grandparents

The Grandparents Tax Credit of 2015 will provide tax relief for our grandparents with the many costs associated with child-rearing. Specifically, it will aim to alleviate many of the financial burdens placed upon the grandparent for the out-of-pocket expenses that are incurred when taking care of their children�s child.



Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

Congress is back working on passing federal funding bills or a continuing resolution; AUCD comments on U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement; AUCD monitoring reauthorize the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act, and more




Status Update: HCBS Implementation May 2015

pdf File May 14th SOTA - HCBS Settings (2).pdf [download]

Status Update: HCBS Implementation May 2015

pdf File May 14th SOTA - HCBS Settings (2).pdf [download]

CCD Letter to President Obama on Wellness Programs

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.

pdf File CCD wellness letter.pdf [download]

AUCD Legislative News
In Brief


Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced resignation; Last week the Senate released a short-term continuing resolution; Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its 2016 Medicaid Managed Care Rate Development Guide, and more

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AUCD Legislative Priorities



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.