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

 

1/29/2015

Testimony of Jennifer Mathis, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

on behalf of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

Jennifer Mathis, the director of programs, at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law delivered testimony on behalf of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on 'Employer Wellness Programs: Better Health Outcomes and Lower Costs'

pdf File Testimony of Mathis wellness programs HELP 1 29 15.pdf [download]
 
 

1/26/2015

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

This edition of In Brief reports on the State of the Union address, employment and pay disparities for people with disabilities, Senator Alexander's update to No Child Left Behind, a proposed balanced budget constitutional amendment, and Senate hearings for the President's nominee to be Attorney General

 
 

1/26/2015

Letter from CCD to Senator Lamar Alexander opposing the Every Child Ready for College and Career Act of 2013 (ECRCCA)

The Education Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities wrote a letter on June 10, 2013 opposing the Every Child Ready for College and Career Act of 2013 (ECRCCA).

pdf File CCD ltr Alexander 2013.pdf [download]
 
 

1/26/2015

National Center for Learning Disabilities-- Assessment & Accountability: Students with Disabilities & The AA-AAS

NCLD believe in for high standards for all students with disabilities. The overwhelming majority of students with disabilities can take the general assessment with accommodations. Therefore, administration of the alternate assessment based on alternate academic achievement standards (AA-AAS) needs to be appropriately limited to students with the most significant cognitive disabilities in order to prevent misuse and overuse.

 
 

1/26/2015

Shared Civil Rights Principles for the Re authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Shared statement of civil rights principles for the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

pdf File 2015-01-13 ESEA Principles Accessible FINAL.pdf [download]
 
 

1/25/2015

The Advocacy Institue's A Look back at Alternate Assessment on Modified Academic Achievement Standards

The Advocacy Institute analyzes the Alternate Assessment on Modified Academic Standards.

 
 

1/20/2015

CCD Education Taskforce Letter to Chairman Alexander re: Re-authorization of ESEA

A letter written on behalf of the Education Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities to Chairman Alexander.

pdf File CCD Ed TF Ltr Pre-Hearing 1 2015.pdf [download]
 
 

1/20/2015

Letter to Chairman Lamar Alexander re: Re-authorization of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

Letter to Chairman Alexander regarding the reauthorization of ESEA.

pdf File letter to Chairman Alexander re discussion draft-1-20-15.pdf [download]
 
 

1/12/2015

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

This issue of In Brief covers congressional leadership, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Social Security Disability Insurance, employment, fiscal policy and child abuse prevention.

 
 

1/6/2015

Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiave

an Obama Administration effort to increase equal employment opportunities and financial independence for individuals with disabilities, with a particular emphasis on individuals with significant disabilities
pdf File Curb Cuts White House document.pdf [download]
 
 

1/6/2015

Introducing "Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All"

"Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All" is a brief weekly video spot produced by AUCD featuring policy staffer Liz Weintraub discussing current disability policy issues. These videos are a compliment to AUCD's popular written publication of "AUCD Disability Policy News In Brief" and are designed to make oftentimes complex policy issues more easy for everyone to understand.

 
 

1/5/2015

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

Our new In Brief is easier to find, read, share, and subscribe! This issue covers the start of the 114th Congress and litigation on the Department of Labor's Home Care Rule.

 
 
 

Resources

 

FY15 Final Appropriations Chart

Summary of funding for disability programs in the final fiscal year 2015 omnibus appropriations bill.

pdf File FY15 Omnibus Funding Chart.pdf [download]
 
 

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]
 
 
 

AUCD Legislative News
In Brief

1/26/2015

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

This edition of In Brief reports on the State of the Union address, employment and pay disparities for people with disabilities, Senator Alexander's update to No Child Left Behind, a proposed balanced budget constitutional amendment, and Senate hearings for the President's nominee to be Attorney General


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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.