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

 

11/16/2017

Health Care Reform: A Research to Policy Brief

Written by: Christine Marcella Grosso, Kim Musheno, John Tschida, Denise Rozell, Adriane Griffen, AUCD

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law on March 23, 2010. The main goals of this landmark health reform law are to: expand access to coverage, improve the quality of care, and make coverage more affordable. Since its passage, the ACA has extended health insurance coverage to approximately 20 million people and contributed toward slower growth of health care costs. The ACA contains many provisions intended to ensure accessible, comprehensive, affordable, non-discriminatory coverage for consumers, especially people with disabilities.

 
 

11/14/2017

Tuesdays with Liz - Tim Shriver

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All Liz interviews Tim Shriver, Chairman of the Special Olympics, about leadership and people with disabilities.

 
 

11/13/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayTax Reform; Medicaid Reform; Assessment under ESSA; nominations; and more

 
 

11/6/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayTax Reform; Opioid Assistance; AUCD Conference; and more

 
 

10/30/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday2018 Budget; Tax Reform; ACA marketplace stabilization; Department of Ed Guidance; and more

 
 

10/27/2017

Policy Priorities for the 115th Session of Congress, 2017

Joint priorities of AUCD, NACDD and NDRN during the 11th Congress, as we work with the Administration, states, and local governments to achieve better outcomes for all people with disabilities.

 
 

10/23/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondaySenate�s Budget Resolution; Senate Committee on Aging hearings; OSERS Regulatory Reform updates; Marketplace stabilization; and much more

 
 
 

Resources

 

AUCD Summary of the Senate Appropriations Committee

L-HHS-ED Bill for FY 2018

On September 7, the Senate Appropriations Committee completed its mark-up of the FY 2018 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill and voted to report out the bill by a vote of 31-1 with Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla) casting the sole "nay" vote. The House Appropriations Committee completed its work on July 19 (see links to bill and summary). Attached is a summary of how the bill impacts the AUCD network and other priorities of the disability community, along with a detailed table comparing the House and Senate bills with the President�s budget and FY 2017.

 
 

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 Legislative News
In Brief

11/13/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayTax Reform; Medicaid Reform; Assessment under ESSA; nominations; and more


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Quick Start Guide to Educating Policy Makers

Quick Start Guide to Educating Policy Makers

This guide describes the processes involved in legislation and provides suggestions for maximizing the effectiveness of your interactions with policymakers.

pdf File  [download Guide]

 
 

AUCD Legislative Priorities

 

10/27/2017

Policy Priorities for the 115th Session of Congress, 2017

Joint priorities of AUCD, NACDD and NDRN during the 11th Congress, as we work with the Administration, states, and local governments to achieve better outcomes for all people with disabilities.

 

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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.