Press Releases




AUCD Applauds ESSA Passage

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) applauds House passage of the final bipartisan conference report to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the "Every Student Succeeds Act" (S. 1177/ESSA). We believe the final bill makes important strides to support all students in having the opportunity to receive a quality education. We urge the Senate to pass the final bill and send it to the President's desk.

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AUCD Statement on New ESEA Language

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is pleased the House-Senate conference committee on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) has agreed upon final legislative language to replace No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

Children in the Classroom, Courtesy Department of Education on Flickr


Statement on Final Rule to Improve the Academic Achievement of Students with Disabilities

AUCD applauds the Department of Education for eliminating the use of the Alternate Assessment based on Modified Academic Achievement Standards (AA-MAS), or the so-called "2% Rule," opening the door to many more students graduating from high school prepared for college and careers.



National Disability Organization States that Climate Change is a Public Health Issue; Urges Congress to Support EPA Carbon Pollution Rule

The EPA recently released a final Rule that, when fully implemented, will cut carbon pollution from power plants by 32% (below 2005 levels) by 2030. AUCD supports this Rule that will help prevent serious, long-term health consequences for the over 53 million Americans living with disabilities, including increased illnesses; secondary disabilities; and death due to respiratory illness, heat-related stress, insect-borne diseases and increase environmental disasters.



Testimony by Rachel Gandell, on Behalf of the Friends of NICHD

Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies

Testimony submitted to the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee by Rachel Gandell the Chair of the Friends of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

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Dr. Antosh speaks at the Congressional Autism Caucus Briefing on April 23, 2015


Rhode Island UCEDD Director Dr. Anthony Antosh Speaks at Congressional Autism Caucus Briefing

On Thursday, April 23rd, 2015, Congressmen Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Mike Doyle (D-PA), Co-Chairs of the Coalition for Autism Research and Education, hosted a congressional Hill briefing on "Autism and the Aging Out Crisis." The briefing was held to shine a spotlight on the need for increased federal support for improved transition services for the youth and young adults with autism and their families.


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