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

 

4/22/2016

Mark Your Calendars for AUCD 2016!

December 4-7 in Washington, DC

The AUCD 2016 Conference, "Navigating Change: Building our Future Together," highlights both the change that comes at the end of a Presidential term as well as our need to work together to create a future in which children and adults with disabilities are able to participate fully in all aspects of life as valued members of their communities. Join us to engage in powerful, important, and inspiring personal and professional discourse on December 4-7 in Washington, DC.

 
 

5/23/2016

AUCD's IDDRCs Support Letter in Favor of Zika Funding

In a letter addressed to members of the House of Representatives, AUCD's Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers (IDDRC) urged lawmakers to secure the greatest possible level of emergency supplemental funding to combat the Zika virus, with a particular focus on bolstering research funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

 
 

5/23/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayHouse passed a bill that provides $622 million to address the growing Zika crisis; Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule to advance health equity and reduce health care disparities; final recommendations for LTSS financing proposals; AUCD signed an agreement with ODEP; and more

 
 

5/16/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

Zika funding, health equity, civil rights in education, Perkins Act hearing, CRPD news, new Tuesdays with Liz published and more.AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

 
 

5/9/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayHHS announces funds for the construction, renovation and expansion of 290 health centers in 45 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico; U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released its fiscal year 2015 annual report; Department of Justice announced a new Accessible Technology Section; and more

 
 

5/2/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayHouse and Senate out for a week-long recess; negotiated rule-making committee has completed its work on how to implement some sections of the ESSA; $5 million to support public health efforts aimed at countering the spread of the Zika virus in Puerto Rico; New Medicaid Guidance: Transitioning from Incarceration to Communities; Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month; and more

 
 

4/29/2016

AUCD signed onto a Letter in Support of Clarifying Regulations for Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act

AUCD signed onto a letter urging the Department of Education to issue strong regulations that clarify how school districts must demonstrate compliance with the "supplement, not supplant" requirement in Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

 
 

4/29/2016

AUCD signed onto a Letter Opposing the SOAR Reauthorization Act

AUCD signed onto a letter urging members of the House of Representatives to oppose the SOAR Reauthorization Act.

 
 

4/25/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayOlder Americans Act (OAA) Reauthorization of 2016 approved; Lifespan Respite Care Competitive Program Expansion Supplements; CMS approves first HCBS state plan; Food and Drug Administration announced that it is proposing to ban electrical stimulation devices; and more

 
 
 

Resources

 

Total and Permanent Disability Discharge for Student Loan Borrowers

The Department of Education and the Social Security Administration (SSA) will collaborate to identify and help individuals with disabilities who meet eligibility criteria for a discharge of their student loans. Individuals who have a total and permanent disability (TPD) are eligible to have their federal loans discharged, and the Department of Education will notify them of how to complete this process.

 
 

Tax & Health Insurance Considerations for Student Loan Discharge

pdf File Tax & Health Insurance Considerations for Student Loan Discharge.pdf [download]
 
 

Status Update: HCBS Implementation May 2015

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

AUCD Legislative News
In Brief

5/23/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayHouse passed a bill that provides $622 million to address the growing Zika crisis; Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule to advance health equity and reduce health care disparities; final recommendations for LTSS financing proposals; AUCD signed an agreement with ODEP; 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.