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 Care Hub logoPlease visit AUCD’s Health Care Hub, an online gateway designed to provide technical assistance and information about the current state of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA aka Obamacare) and Medicaid. 

 
 

New in Policy

 

9/18/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayHouse is on recess while the Senate continues; Graham-Cassidy repeal bill; Healthcare hearing by the Homeland Security & governmental Affairs Committee; RAISE Family Caregivers Act; and much more

 
 

9/11/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Mondayapproved draft fiscal 2018 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill; bipartisan hearings on health insurance marketplace stabilization; HCBS Statewide Transition Plans; ADA Education and Reform Act; and much more

 
 
 

Resources

 

Improving Access to Higher Education Act

A bill summary and fact sheet are available for the Improving Access to Higher Education Act, which would amend the Higher Education Act (HEA) to improve college access and completion for students with disabilities.

 
 

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.

 
 

AUCD signs Supreme Court Amicus Brief in Endrew v. Douglas County School District

AUCD signed an amicus brief filed by the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) in the Endrew case, in which the Supreme Court issued a ruling affirming IDEA protections for students with disabilities.

 
 
 

AUCD Legislative News
In Brief

9/18/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayHouse is on recess while the Senate continues; Graham-Cassidy repeal bill; Healthcare hearing by the Homeland Security & governmental Affairs Committee; RAISE Family Caregivers Act; and much more


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Quick Start Guide to Educating Policy Makers

Quick Start Guide to Educating Policy Makers

This guide describes the processes involved in legislation and provides suggestions for maximizing the effectiveness of your interactions with policymakers.

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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.