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

 

8/22/2016

AUCD signed onto a Letter in Support of the BENES Act

AUCD signed onto a letter in support of the Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification (BENES) Act, which requires that a notice explaining Part B enrollment rules be mailed to all individuals who are transitioning into Medicare or nearing eligibility.

 
 

8/22/2016

AUCD signed onto a Letter in Support of the RAISE Act

AUCD signed onto a letter in support of the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act, which would implement the federal Commission on Long-Term Care's recommendation to create a national strategy to support family caregivers.

 
 

8/22/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

Congress returns next week; continuing resolution likely; ADA and WIOA Rules are published; Tuesday's interview with CDC regarding Zika

 
 

8/15/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayEmergency funding to combat Zika soon to run out; HCBS comment periods; House Judiciary Committee approved ADA Education and Reform Act; New guidance for OSERS; and more

 
 

8/8/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayHouse and Senate are on recess; Zika Response Funding; Labor Statistics; ESSA Implementation; and more

 
 

8/1/2016

Reflections on the 26th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

By Christine Grosso, MS, Public Policy Analyst, AUCD

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the Nation's first comprehensive civil rights law that addresses the needs of people with disabilities by prohibiting discrimination in employment, public services, public accommodations, and telecommunications. As a policy specialist with AUCD, I was invited to attend two White House events celebrating the 26th anniversary of the ADA: an East Wing tour of the White House followed by a summit at the Department of Education.

 
 
 

Resources

 

2016 ABLE Act Improvements Fact Sheet

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.

 
 

Friends of NICHD: Research Into Zika, Pregnancy and Child Health

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.

 
 

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.

 
 
 

AUCD Legislative News
In Brief

8/22/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

Congress returns next week; continuing resolution likely; ADA and WIOA Rules are published; Tuesday's interview with CDC regarding Zika


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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.