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Weekend Alert to #SaveMedicaid

The Senate released its bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, to repeal the Affordable Care Act and to make deep cuts and caps to the Medicaid program. This bill, if it becomes law, would have the biggest and most devastating impact on health and community services for people with disabilities in 25 years. The Senate could pass the bill as soon as Thursday, June 29. If this terrible bill is passed by the Senate, it could easily and quickly be passed by the House and signed into law! AUCD must join in coalition with other disability and civil rights groups in your states to educate Senators this weekend, Monday and Tuesday. Time is of the essence!



AUCD Celebrates the Anniversary of the Olmstead Decision

Urges the Senate to Oppose any Bill that would threaten community-based services

Today is the 18th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Olmstead decision which declared that people with disabilities have a right to live and participate in their communities. Unfortunately, on the same day of the anniversary of this landmark decision, the Senate released a health care bill that threatens this right by fundamentally altering the Medicaid program.

Families met with Ohio Senator Rob Portman's DC staff June 20th to share our Medicaid story


Troy Deserves a Self-determined Life of Choice, But He'll Need Support to Get There

"It's so frustrating to have your child's future in the hands of those who don't understand the struggles special needs parents face. We rely on a village of support, and we don't take for granted the power government has over our children's fate."



AUCD Welcomes Edward Suggs as Director of Finance and Grant Administration

Edward Suggs is the Director of Finance and Grant Administration at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). He manages the financial operations and plays a key role in developing the organization's budget and oversight of the year-end audit. Edward joined AUCD in June 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.



Andreas has Friends in the Community and Proudly Votes in Every Election!

"I am nearly 74, and Andreas's stepfather is nearly 80. I have a heart condition and two autoimmune disorders, but with good health insurance, we are doing well. Andreas has a good life in the community because of the existence of Medicaid Waivers for long-term services and supports. Without that, everything would fall apart!"



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



SELN Systematic Instruction Series: A three-part online series for employment specialists (MA UCEDD/LEND)

This spring, the State Employment Leadership Network hosted a 3-part online series on systematic instruction (SI) taught by nationally-known trainer, Teri Johnson. SI uses task analysis preparation, design, and strategies to help individuals with disabilities improve job performance and increase autonomy. Johnson shared original videos and stories to demonstrate the ways employment specialist can engage SI when the complexity of a task presents challenges to the learner.



What if he can't work and neither can I?

I am worried about my son's services being reduced below their already minimal levels. I am worried about services beyond medical... Community based services are less expensive and preferable to all. I am worried about my son's future and his ability to work and pay taxes, if there are no supports available for him.



Nutrition for Everyone - June 2017



Embedding Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence: A Guide for UCEDD Curricula and Training Activities

A new project and website from the UCEDDs at Georgetown, Georgia State, and Children's Hospital Los Angeles, and in collaboration with AUCD

This project and website is designed to research, develop, and disseminate a set or resources for the national network of UCEDDs to embed cultural diversity and cultural and linguistic competence in their curricula and training activities.



ICI Partners with AUCD to Host ADA International Fellows from Tanzania and Kenya (MA UCEDD/LEND)

AUCD partnered with ICI-UMass Boston to host the ADA International Fellowship Program on Inclusive Education, which is sponsored by U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, to host Fellows from Tanzania and Kenya. Heike Boeltzig-Brown and Miwa Tanabe worked with AUCD to identify and recruit 20 mid-career professionals from Brazil, Kenya, Peru, and Tanzania, who have come to the US for 5 weeks and are working with faculty and staff at UCED's around the states. The Fellows learned about best practices in inclusive education in the U.S. and then will apply what they learned in an individualized inclusive education project or initiative that they will implement upon return to their home countries.



I Thought Medicaid Was for Other People. Then We Had Joe.

" ...If the wait for a Medicaid waiver is already this long and stressful, we can't imagine what it will be if the federal funding is cut. We have friends in their 20s and 30s who are still waiting, cared for by aging parents fueled only by love and hope."



Stories Needed on the Impact of Potential Medicaid Cuts

Tell Congress your story

Personal stories have great power. They help to create a shared understanding of who we are and how we live our lives. They help us celebrate our successes and document our challenges. Stories bring policies to life.
Medicaid and health care for people with disabilities is currently under threat. AUCD is collecting stories from you to share with policy makers. Help us put a face on the issue and tell lawmakers about the devastating implications if Medicaid funding is cut or capped.



2017 AUCD Board Elections: Nominations Requested

Nominations due August 15
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