Press Releases


Children in the Classroom, Courtesy Department of Education on Flickr


Statement on Final Rule to Improve the Academic Achievement of Students with Disabilities

AUCD applauds the Department of Education for eliminating the use of the Alternate Assessment based on Modified Academic Achievement Standards (AA-MAS), or the so-called "2% Rule," opening the door to many more students graduating from high school prepared for college and careers.



National Disability Organization States that Climate Change is a Public Health Issue; Urges Congress to Support EPA Carbon Pollution Rule

The EPA recently released a final Rule that, when fully implemented, will cut carbon pollution from power plants by 32% (below 2005 levels) by 2030. AUCD supports this Rule that will help prevent serious, long-term health consequences for the over 53 million Americans living with disabilities, including increased illnesses; secondary disabilities; and death due to respiratory illness, heat-related stress, insect-borne diseases and increase environmental disasters.



Testimony by Rachel Gandell, on Behalf of the Friends of NICHD

Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies

Testimony submitted to the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee by Rachel Gandell the Chair of the Friends of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

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Dr. Antosh speaks at the Congressional Autism Caucus Briefing on April 23, 2015


Rhode Island UCEDD Director Dr. Anthony Antosh Speaks at Congressional Autism Caucus Briefing

On Thursday, April 23rd, 2015, Congressmen Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Mike Doyle (D-PA), Co-Chairs of the Coalition for Autism Research and Education, hosted a congressional Hill briefing on "Autism and the Aging Out Crisis." The briefing was held to shine a spotlight on the need for increased federal support for improved transition services for the youth and young adults with autism and their families.



AUCD's "Tuesdays with Liz" Webcast Features Interview with House Democratic Leader of the ABLE Act

On Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015, AUCD policy advocate Liz Weintraub interviewed Congressman Chris Van Hollen (Maryland) for AUCD's weekly video policy newsletter Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All. This YouTube series provides cutting-edge policy news in a fun, accessible way to engage policy experts, constituents, students, and people with disabilities alike. This episode features Congressman Van Hollen, the lead House Democratic sponsor of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, which President Obama signed into law in December 2014.

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.


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Andy Imparato, JD

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Kim Musheno


Leslie Cohen, JD