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 Care Hub logoPlease visit AUCD’s Health Care Hub, an online gateway designed to provide technical assistance and information about the current state of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA aka Obamacare) and Medicaid. 

 
 

New in Policy

 

8/21/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayHappy Solar Eclipse! Congressional schedule; Budget update; Letter re Children's Health Insurance Program; and more

 
 

8/14/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayHouse and Senate are still on recess; ESSA implementation and state plans; HCBS state plans; and more

 
 

8/8/2017

Tuesdays with Liz: ABLE Accounts!

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz talks to Heather Sachs, Senior Advisor for the National ABLE resource Center, about the ABLE Resource Center's month-long campaign to increase the knowledge about opening ABLE accounts.

 
 

8/7/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayCongressional schedule; hearing on Children's Health Insurance Program; Every Student Succeeds Act implementation; and more

 
 

8/1/2017

Tuesdays with Liz: How Will Budget Cuts Affect People with Disabilities?

In this week�s edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, today Liz interviewed Rebecca Vallas, managing director at the Center for American Progress, about the President's budget and the implications for people with disabilities.

 
 

7/31/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayHealth care repeal bill failed, what are the next steps? Debt limit must be lifted and appropriations bills passed with very little time left; watch Tuesdays with Liz to understand budget issues better

 
 

7/25/2017

Tuesdays with Liz: 27th Anniversary of the ADA

In celebration of the 27th anniversary of the ADA, in this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz interviews Mark Johnson, one of the leaders of ADAPT, about the history and the future of the ADA and the potential cuts to Medicaid.

 
 

7/24/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondaySenate plans to take up bills to repeal and/or replace the Affordable Care Act; lots of action taking place to defend our health and long term care; this is all ironically happening in the same week as the Anniversary of the ADA; Funding bills continue to move through the House.

 
 
 

Resources

 

Improving Access to Higher Education Act

A bill summary and fact sheet are available for the Improving Access to Higher Education Act, which would amend the Higher Education Act (HEA) to improve college access and completion for students with disabilities.

 
 

Advances in Accessibility through PARCC and Smarter Balanced

This document, produced by the Center for American Progress (CAP) reviews progress in promoting accessible education that has been achieved through the work of PARCC and Smarter Balanced.

 
 

AUCD signs Supreme Court Amicus Brief in Endrew v. Douglas County School District

AUCD signed an amicus brief filed by the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) in the Endrew case, in which the Supreme Court issued a ruling affirming IDEA protections for students with disabilities.

 
 
 

AUCD Legislative News
In Brief

8/21/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayHappy Solar Eclipse! Congressional schedule; Budget update; Letter re Children's Health Insurance Program; 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.