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

 
Sara Wolff speaks in support of the ABLE Act (credit: ICSNY.org)

12/17/2014

Congress Passes ABLE Act

Bill Promotes Economic Self-Sufficiency for People with Disabilities

"The bipartisan votes for the ABLE Act, coupled with similar votes for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, are a good reminder that Republicans and Democrats in Congress want to see improvements in policy and practice that will result in more Americans realizing the vision of the Americans with Disabilities Act and become full participants in the lives of their communities," said Andrew J. Imparato, AUCD Executive Director.

 
 

12/15/2014

AUCD Legislative News In Brief

This is a special edition of Legislative News In Brief, analyzing the disability programs in the FY2015 omnibus appropriations bill.

 
 

12/15/2014

Department of Justice and HHS Office for Civil Rights Letter on FLSA and Olmstead

The US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights released this joint dear colleague letter regarding the Olmstead obligations of state implementing the Fair Labor Standards Act as it relates to home care workers.

pdf File 2014-12-15 FLSA Dear Colleague Letter.pdf [download]
 
 

12/8/2014

AUCD Legislative News In Brief

This issue covers appropriations, the ABLE Act, Disability Treaty, clinical researc, and the ACA, Children's Health Insurance Program, and long-term fiscal outlook of our national health programs.

 
 

12/5/2014

Letter to CMS Providing Comments on Speech Generating Devices

On December 5, 2014, AUCD provided Laurence Wilson, the Director of the Chronic Care Policy Group of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the United States Department of Health and Human Services comment on Speech Generating Devices. AUCD's special interest group on assistive technology worked in coalition with other researchers, health professionals, service providers, and individuals with disabilities and their families to provide the following comments with respect to the National Coverage Decision (NCD).

pdf File Letter to CMS Providing Comments on Speech Generating Devices [download]
 
 

12/1/2014

AUCD Legislative News In Brief

This issue covers appropriations for FY15, the ABLE Act, Children's Health Insurance Program, and Social Security.

 
 

11/24/2014

AUCD Legislative News In Brief

This issue covers immigration, appropriations, higher education, Medicaid, child care, and Social Security.

 
 
 

Resources

 

Issue Brief: Keeping All Students Safe Act

Issue Brief on the Keeping All Students Safe Act, comparing the House and Senate bills.

pdf File KASSA Issue Brief Nov 2014.pdf [download]
 
 

CPSD Issue Brief on ABLE Act

An issue brief from the Collaboration to Promote Self Determination about the current status of the ABLE Act.

pdf File CPSD Issue Brief on ABLE Act.pdf [download]
 
 

Higher Education Affordability Act Summary

pdf File HEAA Summary Sept 9 2014.pdf [download]
 
 
 

AUCD Legislative News
In Brief

12/15/2014

AUCD Legislative News In Brief

This is a special edition of Legislative News In Brief, analyzing the disability programs in the FY2015 omnibus appropriations bill.

12/8/2014

AUCD Legislative News In Brief

This issue covers appropriations, the ABLE Act, Disability Treaty, clinical researc, and the ACA, Children's Health Insurance Program, and long-term fiscal outlook of our national health programs.


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AUCD Legislative Priorities

 

4/13/2013

AUCD Legislative Priorities: 113th Congress

Federal Funding and Fiscal Policy; Medicaid and Long Term Services and Supports; Health Care Reform; Combating Autism Act; Developmental Disabilities Act; Family Support; Research and Data Collection; Education; Employment; Rights; Transportation; Social Security; Tax Policy. AUCD calls upon Congress to work in a bipartisan fashion to address the pressing needs of our citizens with disabilities. Gridlock has serious consequences for these individuals.

 

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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.