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).

 

 
 

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8/9/2014

President Signs Autism CARES Act into Law

President Obama signed the Autism CARES Act into law on August 8. AUCD's Director of Public Policy wrote this blog post about the law.

 
 

8/20/2014

A Tribute to Senator James M. Jeffords, A True Public Servant

Jim Jeffords was a man of the people---a gentle, soft-spoken man, always seeking to do the right thing. He was a man of integrity, wit, and wisdom---with a twinkle in his eye. He was a humble man, always willing to take the first step to accomplish the goal---though often shunning the limelight and giving credit to others. His primary purpose was to serve the greater good. Often, when he met with constituents visiting his Senate office, as he was running out of the office for a floor vote or committee meeting...he would wave his hand in the air in a grand gesture and state "I am off to do good"...with a broad smile on his face. The truth is, he really meant it.

 
 

9/2/2014

AUCD Legislative News In Brief

This issue covers federal budget projections, accessibility in Medicare and Medicaid, Higher Education Act, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, family support, and veterans mental health.

 
 

8/25/2014

AUCD Legislative News In Brief

This issue covers appropriations, employment, the Disability Treaty, ABA therapy, and ABLE Act.

 
 

8/18/2014

AUCD Legislative News In Brief

This issue covers the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Autism CARES Act, Disability Treaty, and Caring for Military Children with Developmental Disabilities Act.

 
 

8/11/2014

AUCD Legislative News In Brief

This issue covers the Autism CARES Act, access, and direct support professionals.

 
 

8/11/2014

AUCD Welcomes Ben Jackson as Disability Policy Leadership Fellow

W. Ben Jackson III is currently serving as the AUCD Disability Policy Fellow for 2014-2015. He graduated from The Dickinson School of Law at The Pennsylvania State University in May of 2104. Prior to joining the AUCD he worked with Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy and Law) at the Kennedy Krieger Institute as a law clerk. As a law clerk with Project HEAL he was responsible for researching and drafting memorandums on special education law. He directly advocated for clients by drafting complaints for the Maryland State Department of Education for alleged violations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (2004). He also worked to ensure his clients had appropriate accommodations and placements by advocating during Individualized Education Program meetings.

 
 

8/11/2014

Autism CARES Act Summary

The Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support Act of 2014 or the Autism CARES Act (H.R. 4631; S. 2449) will reauthorize the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011 for five years.

 
 

8/4/2014

AUCD Legislative News In Brief

This issue covers the Autism CARES Act, Disability Treaty, ABLE Act, and health disparities legislation.

 
 
 

Resources

 

Mediciad and Long-Term Services and Supports: A Primer

Website  from http://kff.org

This primer from the Kaiser Family Foundation describes LTSS delivery and financing in the U.S., highlighting covered services and supports, types of care providers and care settings, beneficiary subpopulations, costs and financing models, quality improvement efforts, and recent LTSS reform initiatives.

 
 

Section-by-Section Summary of Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

HELP Committee

This analysis from the HELP committee summarizes the changes made to the Rehabilitation Act by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014.

pdf File TITLE IV section by section.pdf [download]
 
 

Missed Opportunities: The Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid

White House Council of Economic Advisors

This analysis, from the White House Council of Economic Advisers, discusses the economic and health consequences of states' decisions not to expand Medicaid.

 
 
 

AUCD Legislative News
In Brief

9/2/2014

AUCD Legislative News In Brief

This issue covers federal budget projections, accessibility in Medicare and Medicaid, Higher Education Act, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, family support, and veterans mental health.

8/25/2014

AUCD Legislative News In Brief

This issue covers appropriations, employment, the Disability Treaty, ABA therapy, and ABLE Act.


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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.