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

 

9/30/2016

AUCD Applauds the Passage of Legislation to Fight the ZIKA Virus

AUCD is thrilled to report that President Obama signed into law a continuing resolution (CR) that includes $1.1 billion emergency funding to address Zika.

 
 

9/26/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayNegotiations continue on a continuing resolution; Medicare Post-Acute Care Value-Based Purchasing; Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing; and more

 
 

9/23/2016

AUCD Statement on Zika Virus

Given that the Zika virus is now spreading locally in the US, a whole cohort of babies may now be born with this virus. "There is an urgent need to educate public health practitioners on developmental monitoring, screening, early identification of issues, and how to speak sensitively with families about their concerns," said Andrew Imparato, Executive Director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD).

 
 

9/19/2016

CCD Letter to Senate HELP Committee on Perkins Reauthorization

AUCD signed onto a letter from the co-chairs of the CCD Education Task Force to members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, expressing their concerns about provisions in the Perkins reauthorization bill that limit the power of Department of Education.

 
 

9/19/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayCongressional Republicans and Democrats have not yet reached agreement on a continuing resolution; WIOA Advisory Committee delivered final report; House and Senate are both working on bills to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act; and more

 
 

9/14/2016

House of Representatives Approves Perkins Act Reauthorization - the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act

The House of Representatives voted to approve H.R. 5587 - the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which reauthorizes career and technical education (CTE) programs and increases student access to career development and employment training opportunities across all states.

 
 

9/12/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayThree-month stopgap spending bill; Zika spending package; Mental Health Parity hearing; New Congress; and more

 
 

9/8/2016

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.

 
 

9/5/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayCongress will return from recess on September 6; Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification; AUCD signed on to two sets of comments related to implementation of Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act; Money Follows the Person Action Alert; and more

 
 
 

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

9/26/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayNegotiations continue on a continuing resolution; Medicare Post-Acute Care Value-Based Purchasing; Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing; 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.