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

 

10/18/2017

Disabilities expert David Mank Featured Speaker at Bipartisan Congressional Briefing (IN UCEDD)

David Mank, former Indiana Institute on Disability and Community director and Indiana University School of Education professor emeritus, was one of four featured speakers at a congressional briefing in celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month held on Monday, October 2, 2017, in Washington D.C.

 
 

10/9/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayHouse adopted its fiscal 2018 budget resolution; Senate Budget Committee approved its version; Children's Health Insurance Program; REACH funding; and much more

 
 

10/2/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday2018 budget resolution; CHIP Hearings; Tax Plan; Tom Price resignation; and much more

 
 

9/25/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayProposal to repeal ACA; Cuts to Social Secutiry; 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

10/16/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayPresident Trump signs Executive Order affecting health care; Senate is back and ready to take up its budget; RAISE Family Caregiver Act gaining momentum; highlights of public policy at AUCD conference


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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.

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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.