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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AUCD2015 Registration Is Open

Deadline: October 30

Registration is currently open for the AUCD Conference! We welcome network members, partners from outside the network, experts from across the disability field, individuals with disabilities, family members, and students to learn and grow together during this exciting event. Whether you're a newcomer to the field or a seasoned professional, the AUCD Conference provides countless opportunities to share with and learn from colleagues across the network and beyond.



National Disability Organization States that Climate Change is a Public Health Issue; Urges Congress to Support EPA Carbon Pollution Rule

The EPA recently released a final Rule that, when fully implemented, will cut carbon pollution from power plants by 32% (below 2005 levels) by 2030. AUCD supports this Rule that will help prevent serious, long-term health consequences for the over 53 million Americans living with disabilities, including increased illnesses; secondary disabilities; and death due to respiratory illness, heat-related stress, insect-borne diseases and increase environmental disasters.



Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

The House and Senate have adjourned for the month-long August recess. Recess offers a good opportunity to meet with your Members of Congress while they are in their home states/districts.



AUCD signed on to a letter from the ACLU to the Department of Education

in response to the proposed revision of the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC)
pdf File ACLU Comments for 2015-2016 Mandatory Civil Rights Data Collection.pdf [download]


Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

Congress is leaving for recess this week so if you have chance please discuss the impact of recent budget cuts and the need to negotiate a budget that will lift sequestration caps.



AUCD sent a letter to Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities

Support of the interim recommendations on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment
pdf File AUCD support letter of interim report [download]



Status Update: HCBS Implementation May 2015

pdf File May 14th SOTA - HCBS Settings (2).pdf [download]

Status Update: HCBS Implementation May 2015

pdf File May 14th SOTA - HCBS Settings (2).pdf [download]

CCD Letter to President Obama on Wellness Programs

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities send this letter to President Obama regarding Affordable Care Act wellness programs and protections for workers with disabilities under the ADA.

pdf File CCD wellness letter.pdf [download]

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AUCD Legislative Priorities



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.