AUCD advocates for legislation and policies that increase access to postsecondary education for students with disabilities, such as the Higher Education Opportunity Act.
House of Representatives Approves Perkins Act Reauthorization - the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act
The House of Representatives voted to approve H.R. 5587 - the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which reauthorizes career and technical education (CTE) programs and increases student access to career development and employment training opportunities across all states.
The Department of Education will work with the Social Security Administration to identify federal student loan borrowers with disabilities who may be eligible for a Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) loan discharge.
AUCD signed onto a CCD letter of support for the Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act of 2016. The bill removes a tax penalty imposed on families whose student loans are forgiven due to the death or permanent disability of their child.
Text of the Law
Enacted on August 14, 2008, the HEOA reauthorizes the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.
The Department of Education and the Social Security Administration (SSA) will collaborate to identify and help individuals with disabilities who meet eligibility criteria for a discharge of their student loans. Individuals who have a total and permanent disability (TPD) are eligible to have their federal loans discharged, and the Department of Education will notify them of how to complete this process.
Transition Programs for Students with Intellectual Disability (TPSID) promote post-secondary education for students with intellectual disability. The President proposed ending funding for the program in his FY15 budget. This issue brief explains the TPSID program and why it must continue.
The U.S. Department of Education has released The Post-High School Outcomes of Young Adults with Disabilities up to 6 Years After High School: Key Findings From the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2. The report gives a national picture of what happens to students with disabilities after high school. It includes data on higher education; employment; employment, education, and/or job training activities; living arrangements; parenting status; and social and community involvement.
From the Council for Exceptional Children
From the Council for Exceptional Children
A summary of disability provisions within the Higher Education Act Conference Report that passed Congress
Nomination of Betsy DeVos
AUCD has expressed serious concerns with several of the responses to questions that Betsy DeVos provided at her confirmation hearing to be the next Secretary of Education. As the Senate moves to vote on her nomination, AUCD calls upon Mrs. DeVos to clarify her support for the federal government's role in ensuring that every child with a disability receive a free, appropriate public education consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Think College Publications
Newsletters, Fact Sheets and Policy Briefs
Think College Publications Think College! is an initiative of the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston to conduct research, training, and technical assistance for professionals, families, and students related to postsecondary education for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities
Information and Resources on College Options for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
Transition and Post-School Outcomes for Youth with Disabilities: Closing the Gaps to Post-Secondary Education and Employment
National Council on Disability Report
Institute for Community Inclusion Brief
Online Clearinghouse on Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities
Streaming video, also available for order.
The 19-minute video, "The Next Step," from the Texas DD Council presents personal stories of five Texans with disabilities who enrolled in colleges, universities or technical schools. See the videos on line; videos can also be ordered in DVD and VHS format.