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.

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New in Policy

 

5/25/2017

AUCD signed onto a Letter in Support of Bonamici/Polis Amendment

AUCD signed onto a letter expressing support for the Bonamici/Polis Amendment to the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353), which reauthorizes the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. The Bonamici/Polis Amendment helps ensure that the reauthorization legislation preserves secretarial authority that is necessary to ensure that programs are of high quality and serve students effectively.

 
 

5/25/2017

AUCD Statement on Introduction of the Raise the Wage Act

AUCD applauds the introduction of the Raise the Wage Act, which will raise the minimum wage incrementally to $15.00 an hour by 2024. This measure will help many Americans with disabilities move towards self-sufficiency and economic stability.

 
 

5/25/2017

AUCD Statement on Introduction of the Raise the Wage Act

AUCD applauds the introduction of the Raise the Wage Act, which will raise the minimum wage incrementally to $15.00 an hour by 2024. This measure will help many Americans with disabilities move towards self-sufficiency and economic stability.

 
 

5/25/2017

Raise the Wage Act Letter to Senator Murray

AUCD sent a letter to Senator Patty Murray, Ranking Member on the Senate HELP Committee, expressing strong support for the Raise the Wage Act, in particular its phasing out of subminimum wage certificates for workers with disabilities.

 
 

5/23/2017

Tuesday with Liz: How Might Healthcare Funding Cuts Affect People with Disabilities?

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz interviews Michael Gamel-McCormick, Disability Policy Director for Senator Bob Casey from Pennsylvania, about the importance of Medicaid.

 
 

5/22/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayPresident�s full FY 2018 budget; National Institutes of Health funding; Update on AHCA; Lifespan Respite; Career and technical education; Disability Integration Act; and more

 
 

5/16/2017

Letter to House Committee - Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act

recommendation to the committee

AUCD is pleased that the House of Representatives is working in a bipartisan fashion to reauthorize and improve the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. In this letter, AUCD offers improvements to strengthen this Act.

 
 

5/15/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayUpdate on AHCA; Compliance Extension for Settings Rule; ESSA Implementation; Civil Rights action Lifespan Respite Reauthorization; and more

 
 

5/9/2017

Tuesdays with Liz: RAISE Family Caregivers Act

On this edition of Tuesdays with Liz, Liz interviews Rhonda Richards, a senior legislative representative at AARP about respite care and the new RAISE Family Caregiver's Act.

 
 

5/8/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday FY2017 omnibus spending bill; House passed Republican legislation to repeal ACA; CHIP Hearing; and more

 
 

5/2/2017

HDI Students Visit D.C. for Disability Policy Seminar

Whittney Darnell and Rongxiu Wu, doctoral students in the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI) Graduate Certificate program in Developmental Disabilities, recently received HDI Student Scholarships to attend the Disability Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C. "What a cool experience that was to exercise the right to have a voice, and share concerns with our elected leaders," said Wu.

 
 

5/1/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayFY17 Omnibus spending package; Update on American Health Care Act; ESSA accountability plans; and more

 
 
 

Resources

 

Advances in Accessibility through PARCC and Smarter Balanced

This document, produced by the Center for American Progress (CAP) reviews progress in promoting accessible education that has been achieved through the work of PARCC and Smarter Balanced.

 
 

Guidance on Section 504 and Restraint and Seclusion

The U.S. Department of Education released a set of guidance documents that provide information about the legal limitations on the use of restraint and seclusion with regard to students with disabilities. These include a new Parent and Educator Resource Guide to Section 504, a Q & A sheet, and a Dear Colleague Letter issued by the Office for Civil Rights.

 
 

New Guidance on Rights of Students with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education released a fact sheet on the rights of students with disabilities in charter schools. The document is intended to inform parents, students and the charter school community as to students' rights under Section 504 and IDEA.

 
 
 

AUCD Legislative News
In Brief

5/22/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayPresident�s full FY 2018 budget; National Institutes of Health funding; Update on AHCA; Lifespan Respite; Career and technical education; Disability Integration Act; 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.