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 Reform Hub

Please visit AUCD’s Health Reform Hub, an online gateway designed to provide technical assistance and information about implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

 

 
 

New in Policy

 

6/29/2015

Disability Policy News In Brief

Special Edition

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

Special Edition of Policy News In Brief, a report on the House and Senate Appropriation funding for Disability Programs for fiscal year 2016

 
 

6/26/2015

The DD Act Partners: The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)

wrote a letter to express dissatisfaction with the cuts to DD programs in FY 2016 Appropriations Bill
pdf File DD Act program cuts letter to Senate - final.pdf [download]
 
 
Photo by David Sachs / SEIU

6/25/2015

AUCD's Statement on the US Supreme Court Decision in the King v. Burwell Case

Today The US Supreme Court released a decision in the King v. Burwell case, which challenged a portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

 
 

6/24/2015

Avonte's Law of 2015 Summary

pdf File AUCD Summary Avonte's Law.pdf [download]
 
 

6/19/2015

AUCD submitted Comments on Proposed Rule, Amendments to Regulations Under the ADA

pdf File Prevention-Wellness Rule 06-19-15.pdf [download]
 
 

6/19/2015

Members of CCD submitted comments to the EEOC

on Proposed rule, Amendments to Regulations under the ADA
pdf File CCD comments on EEOC NPRM re wellness programs ADA.pdf [download]
 
 

6/18/2015

AUCD joined 250 other organizations in a letter in support of the 21st Century Cures Act (HR 6)

pdf File NHC 21CC Sign on Letter 6 18.pdf [download]
 
 

6/18/2015

AUCD signed onto a letter to the Senate Finance Committee

responding to the Committee's request for input on policy initiatives to facilitate the delivery of high-quality care for people with Medicare living with multiple chronic conditions.
pdf File FINAL SF Chronic Care Consumer SignOn.pdf [download]
 
 

6/18/2015

In Anticipation of the Senate Mark-Up of Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) (S.1177) AUCD signed onto a Letter

with the Civil Rights Community at-large Expressing a desire for a Strong Education Bill
pdf File FullSenateLetterFINAL061715.pdf [download]
 
 

6/18/2015

IU Policy Brief Examines Superintendents' Perceptions of Indiana's Teacher Evaluation (IN UCEDD)

School superintendents in Indiana remain generally positive but have important reservations about recent changes to teacher evaluation, according to a policy brief by the Center on Education and Lifelong Learning at Indiana University Bloomington.

 
 

6/17/2015

The DD Act Partners: National Disability Rights Network, Association of University Centers on Disabilities, and National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities

comments on NPRM for State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program, State Supported Employment Services Program; Limitations on Sub minimum wage
pdf File ED-2015-OSERS-0002-0001 Misc. Program Changes (2).pdf [download]
 
 

6/17/2015

The DD Act Partners: National Disability Rights Network, Association of University Centers on Disabilities, and National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities

submitted comments in regards to the NRPM for State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program, State Supported Employment Services Program; Limitations on Sub minimum Wage
pdf File ED-2015-OSERS-0001-0001 State VR Comments.pdf [download]
 
 

6/16/2015

Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination

comments on the proposed regulations for Title IV of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
pdf File CPSD WIOA Cover Page (2).pdf [download]
 
 

6/16/2015

Consortium for Citizen with Disabilities (CCD) Employment and Training Task Force comments on NPRM

concerning the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program.
pdf File CCD ED 2015 OSERS 0001.pdf [download]
 
 

6/15/2015

Consortium for Citizen with Disabilities (CCD) Employment and Training Task Force

comments on the Joint Rule for Unified and Combined State Plans, Performance Accountability, and One-Stop System Joint Provisions
pdf File WIOA 2015-ETA-0002-RIN 1205-AB74 1830-AA21 6.15.15FINAL.pdf [download]
 
 

6/15/2015

Consortium for Citizen with Disabilities (CCD) Employment and Training Task Force

comments on miscellaneous program changes encompassing implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
pdf File WIOA 2015-ED-OSERS-0002 RIN 1820 6.15.15FINAL (2).pdf [download]
 
 

6/15/2015

Consortium for Citizen with Disabilities (CCD) Employment and Training Task Force comments on NPRM

comments on the Worforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)- Employment and Training Administration
pdf File WIOA ETA-2015-0001 RIN 1205-AB73 6.15.15FINAL (2).pdf [download]
 
 

6/10/2015

Quick Start Guide to Educating Policy Makers

Members of the AUCD Network have a Congressional mandate to educate policy makers. This guide describes the processes involved in legislation and provides suggestions for maximizing the effectiveness of your interactions with policymakers.

 
 

6/8/2015

AUCD joined more than 50 Civil Rights organizations to oppose H.R. 2577

The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for FY 2016

This amendment to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill would would prohibit HUD from enforcing its disparate impact rule.

pdf File 150605 Coalition Letter Opposing Garrett DI Amendment to H.R. 2577.pdf [download]
 
 

6/8/2015

AUCD joined more than 50 Civil Rights organizations to oppose H.R. 2577

The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for FY 2016

This amendment to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill would would prohibit HUD from enforcing its disparate impact rule.

pdf File 150605 Coalition Letter Opposing Garrett DI Amendment to H.R. 2577.pdf [download]
 
 

6/8/2015

Tri Caucus Dear-Colleague letter to Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray of the HELP Committee

Outlining Four Major Areas of Concern in the Every Child Achieves Act

The Congressional Asian Pacific American, Black , and Hispanic Caucuses also known as the Congressional Tri-Caucus- prepared a Dear-Colleague letter to Senate Committee Chairman Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Murray (D-WA) outlining four major areas of concern that need to be addressed in the bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (Every Child Achieves Act of 2015).

pdf File FINAL Tri-Caucus ESEA Letter - territories added (3).pdf [download]
 
 
 

Resources

 

Status Update: HCBS Implementation May 2015

pdf File May 14th SOTA - HCBS Settings (2).pdf [download]
 
 

Status Update: HCBS Implementation May 2015

pdf File May 14th SOTA - HCBS Settings (2).pdf [download]
 
 

CCD Letter to President Obama on Wellness Programs

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities send this letter to President Obama regarding Affordable Care Act wellness programs and protections for workers with disabilities under the ADA.

pdf File CCD wellness letter.pdf [download]
 
 
 

AUCD Legislative News
In Brief

6/29/2015

Disability Policy News In Brief

Special Edition

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

Special Edition of Policy News In Brief, a report on the House and Senate Appropriation funding for Disability Programs for fiscal year 2016


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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.