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.
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
AUCD signed onto a letter to Congressional leaders urging that any legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) be accompanied by a detailed replacement plan that provides equal or improved access to high-quality affordable health coverage.
AUCD signed onto a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee expressing strong opposition to the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, expressing deep concerns over his record and opposition to protecting the rights of people with disabilities.
Budget Resolution; confirmation hearings; new report on Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions; Implementing Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act: Employment Goals; Home and Community Based Services RFI; and more
The 115th Congress convened for the first time today and began organizing; news on President-elect Trump nominees, budget reconciliation and the Affordable Care Act, and new Medicaid resources to use for advocacy efforts; final education regulations, and guidance to support HCBS
Earlier this fall Sue Jamieson, prominent civil rights lawyer and lead attorney in Olmstead v. L.C., travelled to Iowa to speak at the HousingIowa Conference about the history of the landmark Supreme Court decision and the importance of housing in community integration. The session also featured Iowa's Money Follows the Person coordinator Brooke Lovelace and program participant Monnie Hall, and was moderated by Caitlin Owens, who along with Brooke works for Iowa's UCEDD at the Center for Disabilities and Development. Sue is the Disability Law Project Co-Director at the University of Georgia's Institute on Human Development and Disability (one of Georgia's two UCEDDs).
This week's edition is a special holiday message from Liz. Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All will return in 2017. See you next year!
Letter regarding sequestration cuts; New appointments; both 21st Century Cures Act and Special Needs Trust Fairness Act signed into law; New FAQ regarding unsafe wandering; Last day to enroll for healthcare insurance; and more
The Department of Education has issued final regulations to implement provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that concern school accountability, data reporting and state plans. This fact sheet provides information about the regulations and new requirements that states must fulfill.
AUCD expresses its support for the ABLE Age Adjustment Act (S. 2704, H.R. 4813), which will raise the age limit for ABLE accounts to age 46. Currently, only individuals with a severe disability prior to 26 years of age may open an ABLE account.
On June 28, 2016, the Friends of NICHD hosted an event on Capitol Hill about biomedical research into the implications of the Zika virus for maternal and child health. Dr. John Columbo, Director of the fe Span Institute at the University of Kansas and a leader of the IDDRC network, presented on prenatal nutrition and early childhood development.