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.
Please 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.
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Vote on American Health Care Act (AHCA) cancelled; Budget and appropriations activities this week; New Appointments; ESSA updates; Perkins Career and Technical Education programs; and more
Associations funding recommendations for the network
In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All Liz interviews Donna Meltzer (Executive Director of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities) for the second part of how the President's budget is implemented.
Presidents Skinny budget was made public; American Health Care Act and CBO analysis; HHS and CMS letter to governors; Disability Policy Seminar and AUCD Gala; and more
AUCD signed on to a letter to the CEO of Amazon, requesting that the company take action to prevent the negative public health impacts of toxic chemical-intensive products that exist within certain parts of its supply chain.
In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All Liz interviews Donna Meltzer (Executive Director of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities) about the process of implimenting the President's budget. This is part 1 of 2. Part 2 will be released next week!
; New Health Care Bill; President's Budget; Cuts and Caps to Medicaid; Committee on Education and the Workforce Hearings; ESSA Toolkit/Regulations; and more
AUCD signed on to a CCD letter opposing the H.R. 620 - the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017, which would severely undermine the ability of people with disabilities to enforce their rights under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
This summary describes key provisions of the American Health Care Act, legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through the FY 2017 budget reconciliation process.
In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All Liz interviews four Nutrition is for Everyone ambassadors - Sarah Keathley (Arkansas), Lauren Griffiths (Louisiana), Lee Wallace (Tennessee), and Megan Krampe (Oklahoma). These ambassadors speak about the projects in their states that focus on how eating and learning about healthy food is important for everyone, including people with disabilities.
AUCD signed on to an NDD United letter to members of Congress urging them to avoid making further reductions in nondefense discretionary programs, which serve vital functions and have already been cut heavily multiple times during the past few years.
In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All Liz interviews Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), the father of a son with disabilities. Rep. Sessions talk about the House Rules Committee that he chairs and the ABLE Act that he sponsored.
AUCD signed on to a letter urging President Trump to consider the importance of the work done by federal public health and biomedical research professionals as his administration develops new long-term federal hiring policies.
Trump budget begins to take shape; leaked Republican health care briefing papers show more details on repeal and replace plans; Supreme Court decision on provides clarity on ADA and Section 504 in schools; a record 900 registered for Disability Policy Seminar
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.
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.