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.

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New in Policy

 

4/19/2017

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.

 
 

4/18/2017

FY 2018 Letter to Appropriators

CDC Coalition
pdf File FY2018 CDCCoaltion.pdf [download]
 
 

4/17/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayCongress on Recess; Possible Continuing Resolution; Funding Crisis for Public Health; Market Stabilization Final Rule; ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017; and more

 
 

4/11/2017

Tuesdays with Liz: Timotheus Gordon Surveys People of Color with Autism

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All , Liz interviewed Timotheus Gordon, who is a LEND fellow in Illinois. We talked about the development of an online study that he develop about people with Autism and also are people of color.

 
 

4/10/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayCongress out for recess; Continuing resolution; Dear Colleague letters to appropriations leaders; ACA/AHCA update; Supreme Court nomination; and more

 
 

4/4/2017

Tuesdays with Liz: Involving Self Advocates in Autism Research

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz interviews Finn Gardiner of ASAN Boston about including self advocates in the development of a database about people with autism with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center and other organizations.

 
 

4/3/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayNomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch; List of potential budget cuts; Zika; AIM HIGH Act; Report on disability services workforce crisis; Research Funding; and more

 
 

3/30/2017

CDC Coalition Letter to Senate Appropriation Committee

C/o American Public Health Association

The undersigned 182 members of the CDC Coalition and other supporting state and national organizations urge you to provide at least $7.8 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention�s programs in the FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. We are deeply disappointed that President Trump�s initial budget proposal recommends an astounding $15.1 billion or nearly 18 percent cut to the Department of Health and Human Service�s budget for FY 2018. While the president�s budget blueprint does not provide specific funding levels for CDC, given the size of the proposed cut to HHS, it is clear that funding for every HHS agency and program would be at risk under his proposal. We believe that Congress should prioritize funding for all of the activities and programs supported by CDC. CDC programs are essential to protect the health of the American people. Furthermore, we are deeply concerned about efforts to repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund, authorized by the Affordable Care Act, and the impact the loss of this funding would have on CDC�s annual budget. The Prevention and Public Health Fund currently accounts for 12 percent of CDC�s budget and Congress must ensure that CDC�s budget remains whole in the face of efforts to repeal the ACA.

pdf File CDC Coaltion LEtter to Senate Appropriation Committee.pdf [download]
 
 

3/28/2017

Letter Opposing Gorsuch Nomination from Organizations Representing the Rights of People with Disabilities Sent to Senate Judiciary Committee

 
 

3/28/2017

Tuesdays with Liz: Virtual Trainee Liz Koss

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All Liz interviews Liz Koss, AUCD virtual trainee, about what she does in this role.

 
 

3/27/2017

AUCD signed onto a Letter Urging FY 2018 Zika Appropriations

AUCD signed onto a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Labor-HHS Subcommittee requesting an increase in funding of public health and biomedical research programs in order to support an effective federal response to the Zika virus during FY 2018.

 
 

3/27/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayVote on American Health Care Act (AHCA) cancelled; Budget and appropriations activities this week; New Appointments; ESSA updates; Perkins Career and Technical Education programs; and more

 
 

3/27/2017

Family Leader Testifies before Congress on Benefits of Medicaid

Cyndi Johnson, a mom and member of Family Voices Indiana, testified before the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee to the essential services Medicaid provides. "No parents should have to worry that providing life-saving care to their children might send them into bankruptcy. The Affordable Care Act, and the accompanying changes to Medicaid, quite literally meant the difference between life and death for my daughter, and have given my family a chance to live the financially secure life we've worked so hard to achieve."

 
 

3/27/2017

Written testimony on to the Subcommittee

Associations funding recommendations for the network
pdf File Written Testimony for FY 2018 3817.pdf [download]
 
 
 

Resources

 

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.

 
 

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.

 
 
 

AUCD Legislative News
In Brief

4/17/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayCongress on Recess; Possible Continuing Resolution; Funding Crisis for Public Health; Market Stabilization Final Rule; ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017; 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.