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

 

6/20/2017

Tuesdays with Liz: Advocacy and Leadership and Dreams

Today on 'Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All,' Liz interviews Xian (She-ahn) Horn, a self-proclaimed "joyful half-Asian woman with Cerebral Palsy, who serves as teacher, speaker, beauty advocate, and blogger." Xian traveled to Washington, DC, in the spring courtesy of the AUCD DREAM Fund where she met with staffers of her members of Congress and attended the 2017 AUCD4all gala. In this interview, Liz and Xian talk about leadership, advocacy, and the beauty within us all.

 
 

6/19/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayHealthcare and Medicaid update; new appointments; legislation to Social Security benefits to people with an outstanding arrest warrant; Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program; and more

 
 

6/13/2017

Tuesdays with Liz: Deaf Culture & the Workplace

Today on 'Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All,' Liz interviews Christine Liao, a program specialist at AUCD and a deaf woman. In this interview, they discuss Christine's experience growing up and entering the workforce as a deaf professional, deaf culture, and some of the accommodations deaf people might need to fully participate in the community and workplace.

 
 

6/12/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayLEND funding; Update on AHCA; RISE Act; ESSA; New Appointments; and more

 
 

6/6/2017

Tuesdays with Liz: What is Managed Care?

In today's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz interviews John Tschida, Associate Executive Director for Research and Policy, about Managed Care and its importance.

 
 

6/5/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday#SaveMedicaid Rally; Share Your Story; Congress is back from recess; CDC and AUCD Network Funding; RISE Act; and more

 
 

5/30/2017

Tuesdays with Liz: Medicaid Toolkit for Self Advocates

This week on Tuesdays with Liz, Liz interviewed Julia Bascom, Executive Director of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, about a new toolkit to help self-advocates, particularly self advocates with intellectual disabilities, better understand Medicaid.

 
 

5/29/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayPreliminary summary of Presidents budget; materials for state advocates and info on upcoming Medicaid rally; Social Security Caregiver Credit Act; Secretary Betsy DeVos testimony defending presidents budget; and more

 
 

5/28/2017

AUCD Statement on Release of President's Budget Request

Current federal investments do not meet the needs of a growing and aging population of Americans with disabilities. Instead of investing to address this gap, the President's proposed budget represents an aggressive retreat from a decades-long, bipartisan commitment to supporting the health and independence of people with disabilities.

 
 
 

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

6/19/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayHealthcare and Medicaid update; new appointments; legislation to Social Security benefits to people with an outstanding arrest warrant; Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting 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.