Bill Promotes Economic Self-Sufficiency for People with Disabilities
"The bipartisan votes for the ABLE Act, coupled with similar votes for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, are a good reminder that Republicans and Democrats in Congress want to see improvements in policy and practice that will result in more Americans realizing the vision of the Americans with Disabilities Act and become full participants in the lives of their communities," said Andrew J. Imparato, AUCD Executive Director.
Numbers represent a 30% increase from previous estimates
This new estimate is based on the CDC's evaluation of health and educational records of all 8-year-old children in communities from 11 states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Utah, and Wisconsin.
AUCD applauds the President for increasing wages for hardworking Americans, and especially for including people with disabilities in his Executive Order.
Major Step Forward in Improving Safety of Children in Schools with Legislation to Restrict the Use of Restraints and Seclusion
AUCD applauds Senator Tom Harkin who announced that he will introduce legislation today to reduce the use of restraints and seclusion in schools. Currently, no federal guidelines exist regarding the use of restraints and seclusion. Evidence shows a disproportionate use of these techniques on students with disabilities, violating their right to nondiscrimination in accessing education.