AUCD works towards equal civil rights and protections for people with disabilities and for enforcement of federal civil rights laws.
Click below or at left to learn more about the civil rights issues AUCD follows. Visit AUCD's Action Center and click on "Current Legislation" to see the the latest bills related to civil rights.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990 to "provide a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities." The ADA broadened protections and promoted the inclusion, integration and empowerment of Americans with disabilities. In 2008, Congress enacted the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), reaffirming its commitment to protecting citizens with disabilities against discrimination and ensuring them access to opportunity.
Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).
The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act protects all Americans from discrimination based on their genetic information with regard to employment and health insurance.
The Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs conducted by Federal agencies or receiving Federal financial assistance, in Federal employment, and in the employment practices of Federal contractors. The standards for determining employment discrimination under the Rehabilitation Act are the same as those used in title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Section 504 forbids organizations and employers from excluding or denying individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to receive program benefits and services. It defines the rights of individuals with disabilities to participate in, and have access to, program benefits and services.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (also an Education issue)
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) law ensures services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.
International Civil Rights
AUCD advocates for the protection of equal rights of children and adults with disabilities in all parts of the world, through international measures, including ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
The US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights released this joint dear colleague letter regarding the Olmstead obligations of state implementing the Fair Labor Standards Act as it relates to home care workers.
Senator Harkin Draws Attention to Problem of Restraint and Seclusion in Schools and Introduces Bill to Limit Use
Today, Senator Harkin unveiled a new report on the harmful use of restraint & seclusion in schools and introduced legislation to limit these practices.
AUCD applauds Senator Harkin for his leadership in protecting the safety of children in schools.
Issue Brief on the Keeping All Students Safe Act, comparing the House and Senate bills.
A project of the National DD Network Partners to inform and support stakeholders in the implementation of the HCBS Settings Regulation.
Government Accountability Office report on seclusion and restraints: Selected Case of Death and Abuse at Public and Private Schools and Treatment Centers.
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.
AUCD joined many other major disability organizations in signing on to this letter supporting Chai Feldblum's nomination for a second term on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.