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

 

7/18/2017

Tuesdays with Liz: Why LEND Matters

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz interviews Wanda Felty, family faculty at the Oklahoma's LEND, about why family support and LEND programs are so important and how they relate to Medicaid.

 
 

7/17/2017

AUCD signed a Letter in Support of the Improving Access to Higher Education Act of 2017

AUCD signed a letter in support of the Improving Access to Higher Education Act of 2017, which strengthens postsecondary education resources for students with disabilities, including Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSIDs).

 
 

7/17/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayHouse Budget Committee is scheduled to release 2018 budget resolution; Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) Vote Delay; hearing on Every Student Succeeds Act; and more

 
 

7/14/2017

Video: House Education Committee Roundtable on Access to Higher Education for Students with Disabilities

On July 13, Democrats on the House Committee on Education & the Workforce held a panel discussion on the Improving Access to Higher Education Act. The bill would amend the Higher Education Act and bolster students with disabilities' access to and completion of postsecondary education programs. Watch video of the event >

 
 

7/13/2017

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.

 
 

7/10/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayCongress returns from recess; Senate plans to mark-up its first spending bill this week; New CDC director; Health Care Call-in Day; and more

 
 

7/3/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayHealth Care vote Postponed; Recess Action Items; Defense spending; Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education hearing; House Committee on Education and the Workforce markup; and more

 
 

6/26/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayThis week is an important week for Health and Long Term Care; Supremem Court decisions; Q&A regarding the ESSA consolidated state plans; DeVos speak to the elimination of the HEA; final approval of STP for Kentucky; and more

 
 
 

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.

 
 

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.

 
 
 

AUCD Legislative News
In Brief

7/17/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayHouse Budget Committee is scheduled to release 2018 budget resolution; Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) Vote Delay; hearing on Every Student Succeeds Act; 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.