Press Releases


Sara Wolff speaks in support of the ABLE Act (credit:


Congress Passes ABLE Act

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.



New Prevalence Data Finds 1 in 68 Children Have Autism Spectrum Disorders

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.



Executive Order Increases Federal Contractor Minimum Wage, Includes People with Disabilities

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.



AUCD Supports President's State of the Union Agenda of Equality and Opportunity for All Americans

AUCD strongly supports the agenda of equality and opportunity that the President laid out in the State of the Union address last night. While the President did not mention people with disabilities specifically, his agenda includes policies that the disability community has long championed and we believe that when he says everyone he means everyone.



AUCD Applauds Stronger Medicaid Rules on Community Living

SILVER SPRING, MD (January 13, 2014) The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) applauds the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the regulation released Friday that strengthens the Medicaid home and community-based services available to people with disabilities.

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'Supporting Diversity in the Developmental Disabilities Network through Minority Partnerships' Released by AUCD

This report describes the efforts of two University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) in addressing health disparities experienced by minority populations and describes the importance of promoting diversity within DD Network programs. To download a free PDF of the report or to purchase a hard copy, visit

AUCD Executive Director Andy Imparato and His Excellency Khaled Al Kamda, Director General of the Community Development Authority


AUCD Signs MoU with Dubai Community Development Authority to Share Best Practices in Disability Services

The agreement will facilitate the cooperation between CDA and the AUCD to bring the best practices and programs for people with disabilities for the first time to the Middle East. The agreement will also enable advanced consultation and trainings to CDA staff by members of AUCD.


Media Contacts

Executive Director

Andy Imparato, JD

Director of Legislative Affairs

Kim Musheno


Leslie Cohen, JD