The HELP Committee is urged to postpone her confirmation vote pending additional information
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities expresses serious concerns with a number of the responses that Betsy DeVos provided at her confirmation hearing earlier this week, and to urges the Senate HELP Committeeto postpone any votes on her confirmation until Mrs. DeVos has clarified her support for the federal role in ensuring that every child with a disability receive a free, appropriate public education consistent with federal law.
President Barack Obama announced the nomination of Catherine Lhamon to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Lhamon is currently the Assistant Secretary in the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education, where she has provided key leadership in achieving educational equity for all students, including those with disabilities. AUCD endorses her appointment and believes she will be an outstanding leader on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.
Sen. Casey speaks at the AUCD Conference immediately before introducing bill in the Senate
With Congress poised to begin efforts to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, the introduction of the RISE Act signals that students with disabilities will be part of the effort to increase access to postsecondary education and their needs will be addressed.
This new exchange program, a partnership between AUCD, the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, will promote the growth of future leaders in inclusive education in countries and communities across the globe. 20 mid-career disability and education professionals from Brazil, Peru, Kenya and Tanzania will be placed at partner host sites across the United States, including UCEDDs and LENDs. During their time in the U.S., Fellows will learn about policies and practices that have influenced inclusive education in the U.S. and will plan a project upon their return home. The program honors the work of former Senators Bob Dole and Tom Harkin in the field of disability rights and inclusive education.
Given that the Zika virus is now spreading locally in the US, a whole cohort of babies may now be born with this virus. "There is an urgent need to educate public health practitioners on developmental monitoring, screening, early identification of issues, and how to speak sensitively with families about their concerns," said Andrew Imparato, Executive Director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD).
AUCD Statement on the Final Report of the Advisory Committee on Increasing Employment for Individuals with Disabilities
The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities delivered their final report to U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez today. AUCD thanks the Advisory Committee for their hard work and supports the recommendations of the Committee.