Letters

 
 

8/15/2014

Letter of Support for Family Caregiver Legislation

AUCD signed on to this national letter of support for the Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act (H.R. 4683) and Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act (H.R. 4892).

pdf File LRCP Natl-Org Support Letter 8-15.pdf [download]
 
 

4/11/2014

Alliance to Prevent Restraint, Aversive Intervention, and Seclusion Urges FDA to Ban Electric Shock

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.

pdf File APRAIS FDA Letter 4-11-14.pdf [download]
 
 

2/23/2014

Coalition Letter on FY15 Labor-HHS-Education 302(b) Allocation

Committee on Education Funding, the Coalition for Health Funding, and the Campaign to Invest in America's Workforce partner letter requesting a FY15 302(b) allocation for the Labor-HHS-Education subcommittee at least at the FY10 level.

pdf File FY15 L-HHS-ED 302b Draft Letter.pdf [download]
 
 

1/15/2014

DD Network Supports the Workforce Investment Act

In a letter to Senators Harkin, Alexander, Murray, and Isakson, the national DD Network leaders from AUCD, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities and National Disability Rights Network showed their support for the bipartisan Workforce Investment Act.

pdf File DD Network WIA Support Letter.pdf [download]
 
 

11/25/2013

AUCD Joins Disability Community in Supporting Chai Feldblum for Second Term as EEOC Commissioner

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.

pdf File Support Letter Chai Feldblum EEOC.pdf [download]
 
 

11/4/2013

AUCD Letter to Rep. Lucas regarding House and Senate Farm Bills

AUCD Letter to Representative Lucas regarding the House and Senate Farm Bills and proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

doc File AUCD Farm Bill Letter Lucas.docx.doc [download]
 
 

11/4/2013

AUCD Letter to Senator Stabenow regarding the House and Senate Farm Bills

AUCD Letter to Senator Stabenow regarding the House and Senate Farm Bills and proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

doc File AUCD Farm Bill Letter Stabenow.doc [download]
 
 

8/13/2013

AUCD Submits Comments to National Long-Term Care Commission

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 averted the "fiscal cliff" crisis, but it also repealed the CLASS Act, a part of the ACA that would have created a national long-term services and supports program. In exchange, the legislation created a national Commission on Long-Term Care tasked with developing recommendations for national long-term services and supports policy. AUCD submitted comments to the commission today.

pdf File AUCD Comments Long-Term Care Commission.pdf [download]
 
 

7/30/2013

ABLE Letter to Senate Finance Leadership

 
 

7/30/2013

AUCD thank you to Senators Harkin and Alexander for introducing a bill to reauthorize and strengthen the Workforce Investment Act, including Title V, the Rehabilitation Act

AUCD thanks Senators Harkin and Alexander for working together to introduce a bill to reauthorize and strengthen the Workforce Investment Act.

pdf File AUCD thank you Senators Harkin and Alexander.pdf [download]
 
 

6/18/2013

AUCD Thank you letter to Rep. Miller upon introduction of a substitute bill to reauthorize the ESEA

doc File AUCD Thank You Miller ESEA 2013.doc [download]
 
 

6/18/2013

AUCD thank you letter to Senator Murray for introducing the Caring for Military Children with Developmental Disabilities Act

doc File AUCD thank you Senator Murray.doc [download]
 
 

6/10/2013

CCD Letter of Support for Strengthening America's Schools Act

pdf File CCD Strengthening America's Schools Act.pdf [download]
 
 

6/10/2013

Letter to Senator Harkin Regarding the Strengthening America's Schools Act

The AUCD thanks Senator Harkin for his leadership on behalf of students with developmental and other disabilities

doc File Strengthening America's Schools.doc [download]
 
 

5/22/2013

AUCD Joins other National Organizations in Urging House Appropriators to Fund Lifespan Respite Program

AUCD joins other national aging and disability organizations in a letter to the chair and ranking member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education to provide level funding for the Lifespan Respite program.

pdf File FY14 Lifespan Respite House NatOrgs Letter.pdf [download]
 
 

5/10/2013

AUCD Thanks Rep. Miller for Reintroducing Keeping All Students Safe Act

On May 9, 2013,Congressman George Miller (D-CA), ranking member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, re-introduced the Keeping All Students Safe Act (HR 1893). AUCD strongly supports the Keeping All Students Safe Act.

 
 

5/9/2013

APRAIS Thank You Letters to Reps. Miller and Harper for Reintroducing Keeping All Students Safe Act

On May 9, 2013, Congressman George Miller (D-CA), ranking member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, re-introduced the Keeping All Students Safe Act (HR 1893). He was joined by 12 co-sponsors, including Gregg Harper (R-MS).

 
 

5/2/2013

Dear Colleague Letter by Rep. Langevin Supports FY 14 Lifespan Respite Funding

Dear Colleague by Rep. Langevin that was signed by an additional 34 House members in support of FY 14 Lifespan Respite funding

pdf File Final Letters in Support of FY14 funding for Lifespan Respite and other family caregiver supports [download]
 
 

5/1/2013

Rep. Langevin's Dear Colleague letter in support of strong funding levels for UCEDD and LEND programs in FY 2014

Representative Langevin's letter to his colleagues on the appropriations committee supports at least level funding for the UCEDD and LEND programs. 13 other members joined in signing the letter.

pdf File FY14 UCEDDs LENDs Letter 4-22-13.pdf [download]
 
 

2/26/2013

Letter of Support for the Reintroduction of the Advancing FASD Research, Prevention, and Services Act

The comprehensive nature of this act creates an opportunity to not only help thousands of families and individuals affected by FASD, but also to significantly impact critical efforts in prevention and research.

pdf File FASD Letter of Support [download]
 
 

2/15/2013

AUCD Signs Letter in Support of the Reintroduction of the ABLE Act in the 113th Congress

The ABLE Act will give individuals with disabilities and their families the ability to save for the future just like every other American. We commend the Senators and Representatives who introduced the bill for their bold leadership in championing this important legislation, and look forward to working with them to support its enactment.

pdf File ABLE Act of 2013 Letter of Support.pdf [download]
 
 

10/9/2012

AUCD Signs onto "Balanced Deficit Reduction" Letter to Senate

AUCD signs onto CCD Letter urging members of the Senate to support the goal of developing a balanced approach to resolving the nation?s deficit and thereby avoid irreparable harm to individuals with disabilities and their families. The letter lays out CCD's core principles regarding a fair and balanced approach to deficit reduction.

 
 

8/15/2012

CCD Letter to National Governors Association on Employment of People with Disabilities

This CCD letter to the Chair of the NGA, Gov. Jack Markell, applauds the new NHA initiative "A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities."

 
 

7/24/2012

AUCD Signs onto "Tax Fairness" Letter to the Senate

AUCD joins 128 national organizations to sign onto this letter advocating against the continuation of the Bush-era tax cuts which benefit the richest two percent of Americans. It asks that the cuts be allowed to expire on schedule at the end of this year stating that it is time to begin to restore some basic fairness to our tax system.

pdf File National Organizations Bush Tax Cuts Sign-on Letter Sent to Senate 07-24-12.pdf [download]
 
 

6/11/2012

CCD Letter on Republican-sponsored bill to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Employment and Training Task Force sent this letter to Congress voicing concerns about Republican-sponsored legislation to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act

pdf File CCD Letter on H.R. 4297 [download]
 
 

5/22/2012

AUCD Signs on to Letters Urging Congress to Support Lifespan Respite Programs

AUCD joined over 35 national organizations representing all ages and disabilities, to urge necessary funding in the FY 2013 Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations bill for respite and other critical support programs that provide the safety net for family caregivers across the lifespan. The letter requests $5 million for the Lifespan Respite Care Program (which given the serious fiscal constraints facing the nation, is reduced significantly from prior years' requests). The organizations also seek support for the National Family Caregiver Support Program ($154 million); and the Native American Caregiver Support Program ($6 million).

 
 

5/10/2012

AUCD Thank You Letter to Rep. Miller for Floor Statement on Restraint and Seclusion

On Wednesday, May 9th, Representative George Miller (D-CA) gave a speech in the House of Representatives urging Congress to pass the Keeping All Students Safe Act. AUCD sent this letter thanking him for his continued efforts to limit restraint and seclusion in schools.

 
 

4/23/2012

AUCD Supports Enforcement of ADA Pool Accessibility Standards

Signs on to CCD statement opposing series of House and Senate Bills

Disability rights organizations write in opposition to Congressional effort to roll back, or prevent enforcement of, the Justice Department's September 15, 2010 regulations setting forth requirements to ensure that swimming pools are accessible to people with disabilities. Within the last month four (4) bills have been introduced between the House and the Senate which raise serious concerns regarding the implementation of the ADA pool accessibility standards.

 
 

4/5/2012

Sign-on Letter to Congress on WIPA and PABSS Programs

AUCD signed onto this letter to House and Senate Members asking for a minimum three year extension of WIPA and PABSS programs. Both WIPA and PABSS are vital to help SSDI and SSI recipients who wish to return to the workforce.

pdf File CCD WIPA&PABSS renewal 2012.pdf [download]
 
 

4/3/2012

CCD Letter in Response to AASA Report

AUCD signed onto this letter from the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Education Task Force in response to a report promoting the use of restraint and seclusion in schools.

pdf File CCD Letter on AASA Report [download]
 
 

3/23/2012

CCD Letter in Response to Ryan Budget's Medicaid Proposal

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities sent this letter to House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan expressing concern over his proposal to convert Medicaid to block grants and make drastic cuts to the program.

pdf File CCD Letter Opposing Medicaid Caps or Block Grants [download]
 
 

3/20/2012

33 Members Sign Letter to House Appropriators for Lifespan Respite in FY 13

Today, 33 Representatives signed onto a letter to Denny Rehberg (R-MT), Chair, and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Ranking Member, of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor Health & Human Services, and Education.

 
 

3/19/2012

AUCD Signs Letter Supporting Wage-and-Hour Protections for Direct Care Workers

AUCD signed this letter in support of proposed regulations revising the "companionship exemption" under the Fair Labor Standards Act to ensure home care workers minimum wage and overtime pay.

pdf File Letter on Companionship Exemption [download]
 
 

2/6/2012

CCD Letter on House ESEA Reform Bills

AUCD signed onto this letter from the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities opposing two bills introduced by House Republicans to reauthorize ESEA.

pdf File CCD Letter on Kline ESEA Bills [download]
 
 

1/17/2012

AUCD Signs Letter Urging Congress to Protect the CLASS Act

On January 17, 2012, over fifty organizations, including AUCD, signed a letter addressed to the Ways and Means Committee urging them to reject H.R. Bill 1173, which calls for the repeal of the CLASS Act. CLASS is a program that protects the provision of long-term supports and services for individuals with disabilities and their family members. To view the full letter click the link above.

pdf File CLASS Sign-On Letter [download]
 
 

12/29/2011

Sign-on Letter in Support of the Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act (HR 3266)

AUCD signed onto this letter with a number of national organizations supporting the newly-introduced Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act (H.R. 3266).

pdf File Sign-on for HR 3266 [download]
 
 

12/21/2011

AUCD Letter in Support of the Keeping All Students Safe Act (S. 2020)

AUCD sent this letter to Senator Tom Harkin in support of the recently-introduced Keeping All Students Safe Act, S. 2020.

pdf File Support Letter for S. 2020 [download]
 
 

11/29/2011

Letter from the SSI Coalition for Children and Families to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources

AUCD signed on to this letter from the SSI Coalition for Children and Families to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources.

 
 

11/21/2011

Sign-on Letters for Teacher Quality Bills

AUCD signed onto letters supporting new legislation to promote teacher quality and effectiveness for students with disabilities, the Assuring Successful Students through Effective Teaching Act (S. 1716) and the Equal Access to Quality Education Act (HR 2902).

 
 

10/25/2011

Republican Governors Public Policy Committee letter to the Super Committee

Letter from the Republican Governors Public Policy Committee to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.

pdf File debt RGA letter to super commt.pdf [download]
 
 

10/19/2011

Health Reform Law Creates New Opportunities to Better Recognize and Support Family Caregivers

This fact sheet by PPI's Lynn Feinberg highlights provisions in the Affordable Care Act that address family caregiver needs.

 
 

10/6/2011

CCD Sign-On Letter Opposing Unlimited Alternate Assessments for Students with Disabilities

AUCD signed onto this letter opposing S. 1571, a bill that would allow states to administer alternate assessments to any number of students with disabilities. The result would likely be the removal of any number of students with disabilities from the general accountability system.

pdf File CCD Letter on S. 1571 [download]
 
 

8/31/2011

CCD Letter to the Joint Special Committee

The Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) sent this letter to the Joint Special Committee on Deficit Reduction outlining principles to consider while crafting language and instructions for cutting the deficit. CCD is a broad coalition of national organizations of which AUCD is an active member.

pdf File Letter from DDC to Joint Special Committee [download]
 
 

8/25/2011

Statement from Coalition for Health Funding on FY2012 Appropriations

This statement from the Coalition for Health Funding urges Congress to recognize our nation's public health programs as a critical national priority in the FY 2012 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

pdf File CHF FY12 Aug2011.pdf [download]
 
 

7/7/2011

"Dear Colleague" Letter supporting funding for IDEA

24 Senators signed this "Dear Colleague" letter to Senate appropriators urging them to provide the highest possible funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for fiscal year 2012

pdf File IDEA Dear Colleague Letter FY 2012 [download]
 
 

7/6/2011

Lifespan Respite and family caregiver appropriations letter FY 2012

AUCD signed onto this letter in support of funding for the Lifespan Respite Care Program and other critical support programs that provide the safety net for family caregivers across the lifespan.

pdf File Lifespan Respite and family caregiver funding letter [download]
 
 

6/29/2011

AUCD signs on in support of the Family Medical Leave Inclusion Act

AUCD signed onto a letter prepared by the National Partnership for Women and Families in support of a bill planned to be introduced by Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). The Family Medical Leave Inclusion Act (FMLIA) updates the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 to reflect the diverse nature of American families and their caregiver roles, and will help workers meet the dual demands of work and family. The FMLIA allows an employee to take unpaid leave to care for adult children with disabilities (current law is limited to caring for children under the age of 18). The bill would also allow a worker to care for a parent-in-law, sibling, grandchild or grandparent, or same-sex partner if that person has a serious health condition.

pdf File coalition letter of support for the family and medical leave inclusion act.pdf [download]
 
 

6/10/2011

Dear Colleague letter from Rep. Blumenthal (D-CT) urging appropriators to support funding for DD Act programs in FY 2012

pdf File Dear Colleague FY2012 [download]
 
 

6/2/2011

Letter to Washington Post Editor Related to Proposed Cuts in Medicaid

AUCD Board President, Daniel Crimmins, PhD, submitted a letter to the Editor of the Washington Post related to concerns over proposed cuts to Medicaid as a means toward balancing the budget.

pdf File Letter to Washington Post Editor Related to Proposed Cuts in Medicaid [download]
 
 

5/31/2011

CCD Letter thanking Rep. Chris Smith for introducing legislation to reauthorization of the Combating Autism Act

AUCD signed on to this letter from the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities thanking Rep. Smith (R-NJ) for introducing legislation to reauthorize the Combating Autism Act.

pdf File CCD Autism Task Force thank you Rep. Smith introduction.pdf [download]
 
 

5/26/2011

CCD Letter thanking Senator Menendez for introducing legislation to reauthorization of the Combating Autism Act

AUCD signed on to this letter from the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities thanking Sen. Menendez (D-NJ) for introducing legislation to reauthorize the Combating Autism Act. An identical letter was sent to Senators, Enzi, Durbin, and Brown.

pdf File Sen. Menendez thank you letter [download]
 
 

5/25/2011

AUCD signs on to CCD letter in opposition to HR 1683

AUCD signed on to a letter from the Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities to oppose the passage of HR 1683, the State Flexibility Act. This legislation repeals Medicaid and CHIP Maintenance of Effort (MOE) requirements under the 2009 stimulus bill and the Affordable Care Act of 2010.

pdf File CCD MOE letter [download]
 
 

5/2/2011

Letter to Congress Opposing Repeal of Mandatory Funding of Health Benefit Exchanges

AUCD signed on to a letter from nearly 80 national, state/local organizations in opposition to H.R. 1213 which would repeal funding provided to states for the establishment of American Health Benefit Exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.

pdf File Opposition Letter Exchange De-Funding Bill Final.pdf [download]
 
 

4/26/2011

CCD Comments on CMS Proposed Rule for "Medicaid Program: Community First Choice Option"

The Long Term Supports and Services Task Force of the Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities submitted comments on Community First Choice proposed rules in the Affordable Health Care Act.

pdf File CCD comments on CFC Regs [download]
 
 

4/14/2011

AUCD Thank You Letter to Sen. Durbin for the Autism Services and Workforce Acceleration Act

AUCD sent this letter to Sen. Richard Durbin thanking him for introducing the ASWAA.

pdf File ASWAA Thank You Letter [download]
 
 

4/5/2011

Sign-on Letter on Appropriations from the National Child Abuse Coalition

AUCD signed on to this letter to House and Senate appropriators urging them to protect funding for child protective services, Early Head Start and prevention programs supporting healthy child development.

pdf File NCAC Appropriations letter [download]
 
 

4/4/2011

CCD Autism Task Force Letter to Congress

AUCD signed on to this letter from the CCD Autism Task Force asking Congress to reauthorize the Combating Autism Act.

 
 

4/4/2011

Letter from Governors Opposing the Block Granting of Medicaid

17 Governors signed on to an April 4, 2011 letter in opposition to Medicaid block grants.

pdf File Letter from Governors Opposing Block Grants (D0358184).pdf [download]
 
 

3/31/2011

CCD Sign-on Letter in Support of IDEA Fairness Restoration Act (S. 613, HR 1208)

AUCD signed onto this letter urging members of Congress to cosponsor the IDEA Fairness Restoration Act, which allows parents to be reimbursed for expert witness fees incurred as part of due process proceedings.

pdf File CCD Sign-on supporting IDEA Fairness Restoration Act [download]
 
 

2/7/2011

Letter to President Obama on "Highly Qualified" Teachers Definition

Sign-on letter

AUCD signed onto this letter regarding the definition of "highly qualified" teachers recently enacted by Congress.

pdf File Letter on Highly Qualified teachers 2-7-11.pdf [download]
 
 

1/24/2011

Letter on National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care

Sign-on letter

AUCD signed onto this letter with a number of self-advocacy and disability advocacy groups in support of the HHS Office of Minority Health's enhancement initiative to ensure that the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health Care remain current and appropriate.

pdf File CLAS sign-on letter [download]
 
 

1/24/2011

Letter Regarding HIT Quality Measures

Sign-on Letter

AUCD, along with a number of self-advocacy and disability advocacy organizations, signed onto this letter supporting the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee's Measure Concepts with some requested modifications to ensure the quality of care of people with disabilities.

pdf File HIT Quality Measures Sign-on letter [download]
 
 

11/24/2010

"Dear Colleague" Letter to President Obama

This letter requests that the President include $50 million in his FY 2012 Budget Request for Lifespan Respite.

pdf File Dear Colleague Letter to Obama [download]
 
 

10/25/2010

Sign-on letter for National Health Care Quality and Strategy Plan

AUCD signed onto this disability coalition letter to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in response to the department's request for public input in the development of a National Health Care Quality Strategy and Plan.

pdf File Health Care Quality Strategy letter [download]
 
 

9/29/2010

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), Health Task Force Co-Chairs Letter: High Risk Pools

CCD Comment letter on interim final rules that implement provisions of the Affordable Care Act regarding the pre-existing condition insurance plan program.
pdf File CCD Comments on High Risk Pools 9-28-10.pdf [download]
 
 

9/24/2010

National Child Abuse Coalition sign-on letter on increased CAPTA appropriations

AUCD signed onto this letter to Sen. Harkin urging retention of the $10 million in new funding for CAPTA discretionary spending proposed by the Obama Administration for preventive services. The same letter was sent to the members of the Senate Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee, and a similar version went addressed to Rep. David Obey, as chair of the House subcommittee, and his subcommittee colleagues.

pdf File NCAC Letter to Harkin - CAPTA [download]
 
 

9/22/2010

CCD Sign-on Letter: Rosa's Law (S. 2871)

Final letter sent to leaders from the House of Representatives urging the House to vote for passage of Rosa's Law.
pdf File CCD Letter of Support for Rosa's Law 9-22-10.pdf [download]
 
 

9/21/2010

AUCD Employment Comment Letter: Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination Obligations of Contractors and Subcontractors: Evaluation of Affirmative Action Provisions under Section 503

Letter submitted to OFCCP on how they can strengthen the the regulations implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
pdf File Section 503 AUCD Comment 9-20-10.pdf [download]
 
 

7/28/2010

CCD Sign-on Letter supporting ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

AUCD signed on to this letter from the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities supporting the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

pdf File CCD sign on letter re: CRPD [download]
 
 

7/14/2010

AUCD Sign-on Letter: Senate and House Appropriations Committee Letter on Data Collection to Address Disparities

Letter regarding implementation of data collection provisions in the Affordable Care Act.
pdf File Appropriations Request for Data Collection to Address Disparities.pdf [download]
 
 

7/12/2010

AUCD Sign-on Letter: The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2009 (ABLE Act).

Sign-on letter urging the House Ways & Means Committee Leadership to move expeditiously in passing H.R. 1205.
pdf File July 2010 Advocacy Letter Urging Passage of H R 1205 House Dem Leadership FINAL.pdf [download]
 
 

7/6/2010

GINA sign-on letter to EEOC

AUCD signed on to this letter to the Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission urging the Commission to ensure that final regulations for the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) are strong and consistent with the law's intent.

pdf File GINA sign-on letter [download]
 
 

5/23/2010

AUCD Sign-on Letter: Department of Labor Survey of Employer Provided Coverage

Letter to the Director of the Office of Health Reform urging collaboration with the Office of Management and Budget to make the necessary funds available to the Department of Labor to fulfill implementing the survey of employer-sponsored coverage mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, PL 111-148)

doc File DOL Survey Letter 5.12.10.doc [download]
 
 

3/30/2010

AHIP letter to Secretary Sebelius re children and health reform

The President of America's Health Insurance Plans sent this letter to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius regarding coverage of children with pre-existing conditions.

pdf File AHIP letter to Sec. Sebelius [download]
 
 

3/22/2010

CCD Sign-on Letter: Accountability for Students with Disabilities

AUCD signed on to this letter urging Congress to reject the policy of using the IEP as an accountability tool
pdf File CCD Letter: IEP as accountability tool [download]
 
 

3/18/2010

CCD Health Reform sign-on letter to House of Representatives

AUCD signed on to this letter from the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities urging the House of Representatives to pass the Senate-passed health reform bill, H.R. 3590.

pdf File CCD Health Reform letter [download]
 
 

3/4/2010

The Lifespan Respite Care Act FY 2011 Dear Colleague Letter

Requesting that the House fully fund the Lifespan Respite Care Act in FY 2011
pdf File FY11 Lifespan Funding Dear Colleague 2-23-10.pdf [download]
 
 

3/3/2010

Three sign-on letters for restraint and seclusion legislation

AUCD signed on to these three letters regarding the Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act (HR 4247). The letters respond to arguments opposing the legislation and urge for the inclusion of the Senate bill's (S. 2860) requirement that schools have a debriefing session with parents after restraint or seclusion is implemented.

 
 

2/25/2010

Coalition for Health Funding Appropriations Letter FY 2011

AUCD signed on to this letter from the Coalition for Health Funding urging Congress to authorize $67.1 billion in FY 2011 for discretionary public health programs.

pdf File F 550 Letter FY 2011 Final.pdf [download]
 
 

2/3/2010

CCD health reform now sign-on letter

AUCD signed on to this letter from the Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities, urging Congress to push forward and pass health care reform.

pdf File CCD sign-on ltr health care reform now 1-28-10.pdf [download]
 
 

2/1/2010

APRAIS recommendation letter to sponsors of the Preventing Harmful Restraints and Seclusion in Schools Act

AUCD signed on to this letter from the APRAIS coalition which includes recommendations for changes to the legislation as the bills go through markup.

pdf File APRAIS recommendations ltr 2-1-10.pdf [download]
 
 

1/25/2010

Letter to Democratic leaders on autism training provisions in health reform

AUCD sent this letter to House and Senate Democratic leaders urging them to include autism training provisions in the House health reform bill in a final bill.

pdf File AUCD conference ltr on autism provision 1-13-10.pdf [download]
 
 

1/19/2010

CCD Health Reform Conference Letter

AUCD signed on to this Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) letter to House and Senate leaders containing CCD's comprehensive recommendations for a final health reform bill. (sign-ons not included)

pdf File CCD House-Senate Conference Letter (FINAL) 1-8-10.pdf [download]
 
 

1/19/2010

CLASS Act and LTSS sign on letters

AUCD signed on to these letters to Congressional leaders urging the inclusion of the CLASS Act and other Long-term Services and Supports provisions in a final health reform bill.

 
 

1/19/2010

Medicaid Parity Sign-On Letter

AUCD signed on to this letter to secure an extension of the temporary FMAP increase established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

pdf File Medicaid Parity Sign-On Letter to HCR Conferees11910.pdf [download]
 
 

12/23/2009

HIPAA & Employer Wellness Programs sign-on letter

AUCD signed onto this letter representing a large number of organizations who have concerns about provisions in the Senate health reform bill that would codify 2006 regulatory changes to HIPAA.

pdf File HIPAA wellness Sign-On 12-18-09 (FINAL).pdf [download]
 
 

12/16/2009

Letter of support to Sen. Casey regarding CHIP amendment

AUCD signed on to a letter to Sen. Robert Casey (D-Pa.) in support of his proposed amendment to the Senate health reform bill to fully fund and improve the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Among other things, the amendment will fund CHIP through 2019, streamline enrollment procedures, and ensure that coverage for children remains affordable.

pdf File Final Casey Support Letter - CHIP 12-3-09.pdf [download]
 
 

12/15/2009

House Dear Colleague letter for the Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act HR 4247

Leaders of the House Education and Labor Committee sent this letter urging their colleagues to cosponsor HR 4247.

pdf File Dear Colleague - HR 4247 [download]
 
 

12/14/2009

Letter submitted to Washington Post re: CLASS Act

Letter to the Editor of the Washington Post in response to an editorial about the CLASS Act. Written by Larry Minnix, CEO of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, and Marty Ford, Chairperson of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities.

pdf File ltr to Wash Post 12-10-09.pdf [download]
 
 

12/9/2009

APRAIS letter to Rep. Miller for introducing seclusion and restraint legislation

AUCD helped draft a letter to Rep. George Miller (D-CA), thanking him for introducing legislation to restrict the use of restraint and seclusion in schools. Identical letters were sent to Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-WA), who cosponsored the bill, and Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT), who introduced a similar bill in the Senate.

pdf File APRAIS ltr to Miller 12-4-09.pdf [download]
 
 

12/9/2009

CCD Race to the Top sign-on letter

AUCD signed onto a Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) letter to the Department of Education regarding the current Race to the Top Assessment Program. The letter outlines CCD recommendations for consideration by the Department as it develops the Race to the Top Assessment Competition and the next generation of summative assessments.

pdf File CCD R2T Assessment program ltr Dec 2009.pdf [download]
 
 

11/30/2009

GINA sign-on letter to Secs. Geithner, Sebelius and Solis

AUCD signed on to this letter to Secretaries Geithner, Sebelius and Solis in support of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act and its implementing provisions to take effect Dec. 7.

pdf File GINA Agency Sign-on letter 11-25-09 .pdf [download]
 
 

11/20/2009

CLASS Act Thank You letter to Sen. Reid

AUCD has signed on to this letter thanking Senator Reid for his work to include the CLASS Act in the Senate's merged health care reform bill.

doc File Reid LTSS Thanks 11-19-09.doc [download]
 
 

11/16/2009

CPSD Employment Sign-On Letter to Sen Harkin

AUCD signed on to this letter to Sen. Harkin outlining recommendations for improvements in employment policies for people with disabilities.

doc File CPSD Empl Ltr to Harkin 11.05.09 (2).doc [download]
 
 

11/16/2009

Mikulski/Enzi Dear Colleague letter for Rosa's Law cosponsors

Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Michael Enzi (R-WY) sent a letter to their colleagues in the Senate requesting cosponsors for a new bill that would replace current language in federal laws with person-first language.

pdf File Rosa's Law - Dear Colleague (2).pdf [download]
 
 

11/16/2009

National Child Abuse Coalition sign-on ltr to OMB on CAPTA appropriations

AUCD signed on to this letter by NCAC urging increased appropriations for CAPTA in the FY 2011 President's Budget
pdf File Orszag approps tr 11.13.09.pdf [download]
 
 

10/28/2009

Letter to OMB regarding CAPTA funding

Sen. Dodd and Rep. Miller sent this letter to the Office of Management and Budget Director urging for increased funds for child abuse and neglect.
pdf File DoddMiller ltr to OMB on approps.pdf [download]
 
 

10/26/2009

Congressional health disparities letter for final health reform legislation

AUCD signed on to a letter urging Congress and the Administration to leave intact the health equity provisions in health reform legislation.

pdf File Congressional Health Disparities Letter for Final Health Reform Legislation (Senate).pdf [download]
 
 

10/19/2009

CCD Letter on Health Care Reform to the Senate

 
 

10/19/2009

Letters to Congress urging the inclusion of long term care and supports in health care reform

 
 

10/12/2009

Letter regarding Judge Rotenberg Center to Human Rights Groups and Federal Agencies

 
 

9/17/2009

AUCD Letter to President Obama supporting health care reform principles

 
 

9/14/2009

AUCD Letter to President Obama regarding data collection in health disparities

 
 

8/4/2009

Department of Education Letter to State School Officers

Letter urging revision of restraint and seclusion practices by beginning of the 2009 school year
pdf File Letter to State School Officers July 2009.pdf [download]
 
 

7/16/2009

Final Sign-On Letter in Support of TriCaucus Health Disparities Legislation

AUCD signs-on with 170 organizations and coalition in support of the TriCaucus health disparities legislation ? the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2009 - and its inclusion in health reform legislation for your records. This letter was delivered to Congress and the Administration yesterday, July 14. AUCD will continue working with partner organizations to support the inclusion of health disparities reduction and elimination efforts in health reform. TriCaucus staffers are extremely grateful for all the support and wanted to thank everyone for their efforts.

pdf File Congressional TriCaucus Health Disparities Bill Sign-on [download]
 
 

7/9/2009

AUCD Letter to HHS Secretary on support of the CLASS Act in health care reform

pdf File AUCD Thank You Letter Sebelius.pdf [download]
 
 

7/9/2009

Letter from HHS Secretary in support of CLASS Act inclusion in Affordable Health Choices Act

pdf File HHS HELP Committee Support Letter.pdf [download]
 
 

7/2/2009

CCS Social Security Administration Letter to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee

doc File Letter in support for FY 10 appropriation for the Social Security Administration (SSA) for its Limitation on Administrative Expenses (LAE) consistent with the President's FY10 Budget Proposal [download]
 
 

6/30/2009

CCD Letter to House Leadership on Health Care Reform

AUCD signed onto to a letter with the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) to House leadership citing a serious concern regarding the pressure to lower the cost of a reform bill that could lead lawmakers to inadvertently modify two programs that may negatively impact individuals with disabilities.

 
 

6/10/2009

Editorial: Health Bill Would Fix What's Broken. Sen. Kennedy, Boston Globe

We have the greatest doctors and medical innovations in the world, but more and more Americans are on the outside looking in to a world of progress and discovery that is denied to them because they cannot afford quality healthcare.
That's wrong - and it's about to change.

 
 

6/2/2009

President Obama's Letter to Senators Kennedy and Baucus

President Obama's letter thanking the Senators for working in a bipartisan fashion on health care reform as well as his consideration of specific health care issues.

 
 

6/1/2009

AUCD Sign-on letter to support the National Children's Study

This letter requests FY2010 funding of $194.4 million for the National Children's Study (NCS) within the NIH Office of the Director, as proposed by the President's Budget. This funding will allow for the completion of the pilot phase of the NCS.

doc File FY10 Childrens Study Group Letter [download]
 
 

5/29/2009

Thank you letter to Senator Durbin for Autism Treatment Acceleration Act of 2009

AUCD's thank you letter to Senator Durbin (D-CA) for his introduction of the Autism Acceleration Act of 2009.

doc File Thank you to Sen. Durbin April 2009.doc [download]
 
 

5/26/2009

Letter on Health Disparities for Individuals with Disabiltiies and Health Care Reform

Letter signed by over 120 national, state, and local disability organizations providing recommendations on addressing health disparities for individuals with disabilities in health care reform.

pdf File Health Disparities Disability.pdf [download]
 
 

4/6/2009

AUCD Letter of Support for Community Choice Act (S. 683/H.R.1721)

pdf File 2009 AUCD Letter of Support Commuity Choice Act.pdf [download]
 
 

4/6/2009

CCD Letter on Hate Crimes Act

A sign on letter developed by AUCD in partnership with the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities to support the passage of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009. This legislation would grant agencies the authority to investigate and prosecute federal crimes based on the victim's disability, whether actual or perceived, and would authorize funding to states to help with the prosecution of Hate Crimes.

pdf File CCD Letter-Hate-Crimes-Senate-5-14-09.pdf [download]
 
 

4/6/2009

National Sign on Letter to Include Long-Term Services and Supports in Health Care Refrom

Letter signed by nearly 100 national aging and disability organizations urginf the inclusion of long-term services and supports as part of health care refrom.

doc File LTSS in HCR Group Letter 3-25-09.doc [download]
 
 

4/3/2009

Rep. Langevin's Dear Colleague Letter Urging Increased Funding for DD Act Programs

pdf File 2009 0403 langevin colleague.pdf [download]
 
 

3/31/2009

Coalition for Health Funding letter to Budget leaders urging them to increase money in the Budget Resolution for public health programs

 
 

3/19/2009

Coalition for Health Funding recommendation for health programs in FY 2010

 
 

3/16/2009

AUCD Letter of Support for the CLASS Act

pdf File 2009 AUCD Letter of Support CLASS ACT.pdf [download]
 
 

2/9/2009

AUCD Letter to Sen. Harkin advocating for funds within the economic stimulus to be directed to the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDD)

doc File NCBDDD letter.doc [download]
 
 

2/3/2009

CCD Letter Supporting Medicaid Increase in the Economic Stimulus Bill (HR1)

 
 

2/3/2009

Report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

House Economic Recovery Package: State-by-State Estimates of Key Provisions Affecting Low and Moderate Income Individuals
 
 

2/3/2009

Report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Preliminary Analysis of Medicaid Assistance for States in the House Economic Recovery Package
 
 

12/9/2008

Coalition for Health: Letters to Leadership on Final 09 Labor-H Bill

 
 

11/11/2008

CCD Letter Health Care Reform Priorities

CCD Letter from Health and Long-Term Services Task Forces indicating priorities for health care reform

doc File CCD Letter Baucus Health Reform 11 10 08.doc [download]
 
 

3/19/2008

UCEDD/LEND Dear Colleague Letter to Appropriations Committee

PDF File uceddapp.PDF [download]
 
 

12/4/2007

CCD letter to finance committee chairs outlining priorities in medicare bill

pdf File ccdmedicare2007.pdf [download]
 
 

11/30/2007

Letter to appropriators regarding funding for the Lifespan Respite Care Act

pdf File retainlifespanletter.pdf [download]
 
 

9/13/2007

Pelosi/ Hoyer Mental Health Parity Letter

pdf File pelosihoyerletter.pdf [download]
 
 

9/10/2007

Letter of Support from CCD Co-Chairs Health & Long Term Services & Supports Task Forces for Four Specific Disability-Related Provisions in the House Version of the SCHIP Reauthorization Bill

pdf File ccd champ letter091007.pdf [download]
 
 

8/17/2007

CMS Guidance Letter on SCHIP Eligibility

Letter issued to states on guidance of coverage for children in families above 250% of the federal poverty level

pdf File schip eligibility cms letter 8.17.07.pdf [download]
 
 

7/26/2007

SCHIP Support Letter from AUCD to the House

pdf File 2007 0726 schipletter.pdf [download]
 
 

7/12/2007

CCD letter to Rep. Frank in support of the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund Act of 2007 (H.R. 2895)

 
 

7/6/2007

Letter Urging Co-Sponsorship of Promoting Wellness for Individuals with Disabilities Act

A "Dear Colleague" letter from Senator Tom Harkin encouraging co-sponsorship of Senate Bill 1050, the Promoting Wellness for Persons with Disabilities Act.

doc File S 1050 dear colleague2.doc [download]
 
 

3/30/2007

Universal Design Lanuage NCLB Reauthorization

Sign on letter concerning recommendations for legislative langauge on universal design

doc File udl nclb language letter 303007.doc [download]
 
 

3/19/2007

Letter of Support to Senator Allard Regarding the Expanding the Promise to Individuals with Autism Act

 
 

3/19/2007

Letter of Support to Senator Clinton Regarding the Expanding the Promise to Individuals with Autism Act

 
 

2/26/2007

It's Time to Make Public Health Funding a National Priority

Coalition for Health Funding letter urging members of Congress to increase funding for public health through the Function 550/discretionary budget allocation in Fiscal Year 2008.

doc File chf 07 health summit f550 ltr 022607.doc [download]
 
 

1/10/2007

State Children's Health Insurance Program Funding

Letter to the House Budget Committee regarding SCHIP funding.

doc File schip funding 0107.doc [download]
 
 

10/1/2006

CDC Funding

Sign-on letter drafted by the Campaign for Public Health sent to the President regarding funding for the CDC.

doc File cph signon letter to president fy 08.doc [download]
 
 

9/27/2006

FY 2007 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Funding Bill

Coalition for Health Funding letter to House Leaders urging them to increase funding for the FY 2007 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education funding bill.

pdf File chf 06 castledc 092706.pdf [download]
 
 

9/21/2006

CCD letter to Congress regarding disability related amendments to the Stafford Act

Letter from the CCD Emergency Management Task Force expressing support for the disability-specific provisions of the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Bill.

doc File ccd emergency mgmt reform act 092106.doc [download]
 
 

9/11/2006

FY2007 Budget Process Reform Measures: Final letter to all Members of Congress objecting to legislation enhancing the line item veto and creating sunset commissions

 
 

7/12/2006

House Funding for NIH and the National Children's Study: Sign-on letter to the House Appropriations Committee

 
 

7/12/2006

Senate Funding for NIH and the National Children's Study: Sign-on letter to Sens. Harkin, Spector and the Appropriations Committee

 
 

3/16/2006

Bipartisan Support for UCEDD and LEND Funding

Sign-on letter from 25 bipartisan Members of Congress urging appropriators to support funding for University Centers on Disabilities.

pdf File bipartisan moc signon fy07 ucedd lend 031606.pdf [download]
 
 

3/30/2005

Medicaid Coalition Letter to CMS Regarding TennCare 1115 Waiver Proposal

 
 

9/29/2004

Letter from New Hampshire Governor Benson to HHS Secretary Thompson on the Department's 15-page Medicaid Waiver Concept Paper

pdf File nh medicaid proposal 092904.pdf [download]
 
 

6/14/2004

Letter to Rep. Session Regarding Family Opportunity Act and Money Follows the Person Demonstration

 
 

11/21/2003

Letter to the Secretary of the Department of Labor regarding WIA reauthorization

CCD letter to Secretary Chao encouraging continued support of the Senate-passed WIA reauthorization and opposition to provisions that would create obstacles to employment and training services to individuals with disabilities.

 
 

6/20/2003

CCD Recommendations to the Senate for WIA/Rehabilitation Act Reauthorization

Letter from the CCD Employment Task Force to Sens. Enzi and Murray regarding Reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

 
 

2/11/2003

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Reauthorization

CCD letter to Representatives urging them to vote "No" on HR 4, the "Personal Responsibility, Work, and Family Promotion Act of 2003."

 
 

Letter to Washington Post Editor Related to Proposed Cuts in Medicaid

AUCD Board President, Daniel Crimmins, PhD, submitted a letter to the Editor of the Washington Post related to concerns over proposed cuts to Medicaid as a means toward balancing the budget.

pdf File Letter to Washington Post Editor Related to Proposed Cuts in Medicaid [download]
 
 

Thank you letter to S. Durbin for Autism Treatment Acceleration Act of 2009

AUCD's thank you letter to Senator Durbin (D-CA) for his introduction of the Autism Acceleration Act of 2009.

doc File Thank you to Sen. Durbin April 2009.doc [download]