Public Policy

 

AUCD advocates for a number of legislative issues that are critical to individuals with disabilities and their families. Legislative priority issues are developed bi-annually by the AUCD Legislative Affairs Committee and Board of Directors. Priority issues are based on the Association's vision and mission as well as input from the entire Network, including individuals with disabilities and their families.

Health Reform Hub

Please visit AUCD’s Health Reform Hub, an online gateway designed to provide technical assistance and information about implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

 

 
 

New in Policy

 

2/20/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayCongress on Recess; Recess Action Alert; Proposed Rule to Increase Patients� Health Insurance Choices; IDEA Website; Cabinet members; Call for Advocates; and more

 
 

2/15/2017

CCD Letter Opposing H.J. Res 57 Effort to Rescind ESSA Accountability Regulations

The CCD Education Task Force submitted a letter to members of the House of Representatives expressing opposition to H.J. Res 57, which seeks to rescind accountability regulations under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

 
 

2/13/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayCall for Health Care Advocates; EO Travel ban; New Appointments and Confirmations; FAMILY Act; Guidelines for State Assessment of Schools; and more

 
 

2/13/2017

Guidance on Section 504 and Restraint and Seclusion

The U.S. Department of Education released a set of guidance documents that provide information about the legal limitations on the use of restraint and seclusion with regard to students with disabilities. These include a new Parent and Educator Resource Guide to Section 504, a Q & A sheet, and a Dear Colleague Letter issued by the Office for Civil Rights.

 
 

2/13/2017

New Guidance on Rights of Students with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education released a fact sheet on the rights of students with disabilities in charter schools. The document is intended to inform parents, students and the charter school community as to students' rights under Section 504 and IDEA.

 
 

2/7/2017

AUCD signed onto a Letter in Opposition of H.J. Res. 57

AUCD signed onto a letter from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights expressing opposition to H.J. Res. 57 and urging Congress to support continued implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

 
 

2/6/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayHealth Care Advocates and Stories needed!; Pres. Trump to address Congress on Feb 28; Trump Administration stated that the Fiscal 2018 President�s Budget will not be ready until April or May; numerous nomination and hearing updates; and more

 
 

2/3/2017

Gorsuch Supreme Court Nominee

Immigration, Reproductive Rights, Gun Rights, Gay Marriage, Disability Rights
 
 

1/30/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayNew Appointments/Nominations/Hearings; ACA Executive Orders; ACA Repeal Hearings; Medicaid Fact Sheet; and more

 
 

1/27/2017

Effect of Medicaid Expansion on Workforce Participation for People With Disabilities

This study was conducted by The Life Span Institute at Kansas University, the Department of Health Policy and Management at KU Medical Center, the Urban Institute and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Individuals with disabilities are significantly more likely to be employed if they live in a state that has expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, a new study has found. Researchers at the University of Kansas co-authored a study that found a 6 percentage-point difference in employment rates among working-age adults with disabilities in states that expanded Medicaid and those that chose not to.

 
 

1/25/2017

What Is a Health Savings Account?

 
 

1/24/2017

Tuesdays with Liz: Affordable Care Act Part II

On this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All Liz interviews Stephanie Meridith (Information and Dissemination Coordinator at the Kentucky UCEDD) about why the Affordable Care Act (aka "Obamacare") is so important to her family.

 
 

1/23/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday45th president of the United States; the �Skinny Budget"; Nomination Hearings; Affordable Care Act Executive Order; Accessibility Requirements; Independence at Home Demonstration Performance Results; Zika; and more

 
 
 

Resources

 

Guidance on Section 504 and Restraint and Seclusion

The U.S. Department of Education released a set of guidance documents that provide information about the legal limitations on the use of restraint and seclusion with regard to students with disabilities. These include a new Parent and Educator Resource Guide to Section 504, a Q & A sheet, and a Dear Colleague Letter issued by the Office for Civil Rights.

 
 

New Guidance on Rights of Students with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education released a fact sheet on the rights of students with disabilities in charter schools. The document is intended to inform parents, students and the charter school community as to students' rights under Section 504 and IDEA.

 
 

What Is a Health Savings Account?

 
 
 

AUCD Legislative News
In Brief

2/20/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayCongress on Recess; Recess Action Alert; Proposed Rule to Increase Patients� Health Insurance Choices; IDEA Website; Cabinet members; Call for Advocates; and more


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AUCD Legislative Priorities

 

6/1/2015

AUCD Legislative Priorities: 114th Congress

AUCD members work with state and local partners to design innovative, efficient programs and policies to achieve the outcomes all Americans want: dignity, meaningful choice, and the opportunity to contribute and succeed. In every US state and territory, our centers serve as a bridge between the university and the community to ensure full participation, independent living, and economic opportunity for all people with disabilities. AUCD looks forward to partnering with 114th Congress, the administration, states, and local governments to achieve these outcomes.

 

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Senate Accessibility Manual

In recognition of the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Senator Mike Enzi (WY) published an updated version of his Accessibility Manual - a comprehensive guide to providing Senate offices and constituents with valuable information on accessibility throughout the US Capitol Complex.

This manual includes a variety of ideas and suggestions to help address the needs of staff, constituents, and visitors with accessibility needs, including: basic rules of etiquette; locations of accessible routes and entrances; accessible room design; and emergency evacuation procedures.

Please feel free to use this manual as you develop policies and procedures for accommodating individuals with accessibility needs, whether they are visiting our nation's capital or working in a Congressional office.

PDF here.

DOC here.