Civil Rights


AUCD works towards equal civil rights and protections for people with disabilities and for enforcement of federal civil rights laws. 

Click below or at left to learn more about the civil rights issues AUCD follows. Visit AUCD's Action Center and click on "Current Legislation" to see the the latest bills related to civil rights. 

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990 to "provide a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities." The ADA broadened protections and promoted the inclusion, integration and empowerment of Americans with disabilities. In 2008, Congress enacted the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), reaffirming its commitment to protecting citizens with disabilities against discrimination and ensuring them access to opportunity.

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).
The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act protects all Americans from discrimination based on their genetic information with regard to employment and health insurance.

Rehabilitation Act
The Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs conducted by Federal agencies or receiving Federal financial assistance, in Federal employment, and in the employment practices of Federal contractors. The standards for determining employment discrimination under the Rehabilitation Act are the same as those used in title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Section 504 forbids organizations and employers from excluding or denying individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to receive program benefits and services. It defines the rights of individuals with disabilities to participate in, and have access to, program benefits and services.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (also an Education issue)
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) law ensures services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.

International Civil Rights
AUCD advocates for the protection of equal rights of children and adults with disabilities in all parts of the world, through international measures, including ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). 





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]


Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Programs: 2011 Data Update

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This Kaiser Family Foundation report summarizes the key national trends to emerge from the latest (2011) participant and expenditure data for the three main Medicaid HCBS programs: the mandatory home health services state plan benefit, the optional personal care services state plan benefit, and optional 1915(c) HCBS waivers. It also briefly discusses the provision of Medicaid HCBS through 1115 demonstration waivers and highlights findings from a 2013 survey of Medicaid HCBS participant eligibility, enrollment, and provider reimbursement policies.



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]




AUCD signed onto a Letter Opposing the Nomination of Senator Sessions for Attorney General

AUCD signed onto a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee expressing strong opposition to the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, expressing deep concerns over his record and opposition to protecting the rights of people with disabilities.



AUCD signed onto a Letter in Support of Joint Guidance on Civil Rights of Transgender Students

AUCD signed onto a letter to Secretary of Education John King and Attorney General Loretta Lynch expressing support for the joint guidance issued by the Departments of Education and Justice on the responsibility of schools, districts and states to protect transgender and gender non-conforming students from discrimination.



AUCD signed onto a Letter Opposing the SOAR Reauthorization Act

AUCD signed onto a letter urging members of the House of Representatives to oppose the SOAR Reauthorization Act.


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