National Disability Organization Releases Report on Interagency, Interdisciplinary Approach to Transition
SILVER SPRING, MD (May 29, 2013) - The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) has released a comprehensive new report on one of the most significant issues facing youth with disabilities, the transition from adolescence to adult life.
The Keeping All Students Safe Act would prohibit the use of seclusion and the most dangerous types of restraint; require parental notification when restraint is used; and require training and certification of school personnel who implement physical restraint. 'Setting a federal floor of protections is essential to preventing abuse, especially for students with disabilities who experience the use of restraint and seclusion at disproportionately high rates,' said AUCD President Julie Fodor, PhD.
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), a national coalition of 113 organizations representing the needs of people with disabilities, believes that the budget resolution proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) is dangerous for people with disabilities as it calls for deep cuts to Medicaid, deep spending cuts for non-defense discretionary programs that support the health and wellbeing of people with disabilities, and would lead to tens of millions of Americans losing their health insurance or becoming underinsured.
AUCD applauds Congress for passing the Violence Against Women's Reauthorization Act. The law includes a disability grant program that addresses the gaps in abuse suffered by victims with disabilities that experience domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and incidences of stalking.
Forum, webcast scheduled for September 28, 2012
'The National Forum on Disability Issues, the only national Presidential event to focus on issues specific to the disability community, is a great opportunity for both President Obama and Governor Romney to make their stances on disability issues clear. Over 14.7 million Americans with disabilities voted in the 2008 election. With 1 out of every 5 Americans living with a disability today, their voices and their votes will play a critical role in the 2012 election,' said Sue Hetrick, Director of Public Policy/The Ability Center and Coordinator of the Ohio Disability Vote Coalition.
AUCD Celebrates the 22nd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Urges Passage of Disability Treaty
The ADA signifies the adoption of a public policy committed to the removal of a broad range of impediments to the integration of people with disabilities into society. The ADA Anniversary is a time when we can reflect positively on a law that has made a great impact on the lives of people with disabilities and our country over the past 22 years. It is also the perfect time for the Congress to take the next step by providing leadership in disability equality internationally by ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
"AUCD is hopeful that Republicans and Democrats, Congress and the Administration, and American citizens will come together to ratify the CRPD just as they did to pass the ADA," said AUCD President Anthony Antosh, EdD. "It is time for the United States to help lead the way to advance disability rights internationally."
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) applauds the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for holding a hearing on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The hearing is a major step toward ratification of the CRPD.
AUCD applauds the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for examining alternatives to restraint and seclusion in schools.
The Supreme Court today upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as constitutional, a major victory for all Americans and especially those with disabilities and chronic health conditions.
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities issued this press release on the Supreme Court's ruling that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional.