POLICY

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03/19/2021

AUCD pre-DPS 2021: Policy Education 101

Join us to review basics of federal government and consider ways to educate members and connect real experience and expertise to policy.

07/13/2020

National Disability Voter Registration Week

In 2020, over 35 million eligible voters will be people with disabilities, according to Rutgers University. That figure jumps to over 62 million eligible voters when you add in family members in the same household. Millions of others are connected to disability in work and community. AUCD is excited to join partners across the disability community working to increase the political power of people with disabilities by sharing resources and getting folks registered to vote. This National Disability Voter Registration Week is part of our plans to continuously share information and resources up to Election Day 2020.

03/25/2020

National Virtual Hill Day

#DPS2020 is upon us! While we aren't meeting in-person this year, YOU can make an impact by contacting your members of Congress and being apart of our National Virtual Hill Day. Learn how to contact your members and educate them on the impact of the policy on the lives of people with disabilities. Our guide below is to support you in having your Hill visits virtually and continue to build relationships with your Members of Congress. If you have questions or need support during our National Virtual Hill Day, please contact AUCD at _______

04/30/2019

Importance of Sexual Health for Individuals with IDD

Sexual health is an important topic for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Unfortunately, conversations related to sexual health are often not fully addressed or are pushed aside because of fear, lack of comfort with the topic, or lack of information. Join us for a webinar on the importance of sexual health for individuals with IDD. Participants will hear from Joe Shapiro from NPR and Barbara Thomas from the Tall Institute as they discuss why this sensitive topic needs to be addressed.
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04/25/2019

Policy Post Session: A Webinar for AUCD Emerging Leaders who attended DPS2019

Join us to learn about next steps after attending the 2019 Disability Policy Seminar. You'll get tips about how to follow up with your policymakers.
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03/14/2019

Policy Prep Session: A Webinar for AUCD Emerging Leaders attending DPS2019

Join us for a chance to learn about what to expect during the 2019 AUCD Policy Forum and the Disability Policy Seminar. You'll get tips around setting up your Hill visits! Lastly, we'll be available to answer any questions you may have as you prepare to join us in Washington, D.C.

10/18/2018

ABLE: The Big Picture

This webinar will use the ABLE Act as an ongoing case study in disability policy, from legislation development and passage to implementation, evaluation, and revision. It will also help trainees and practicing professionals feel more confident in their abilities to advocate for ABLE accounts and other structural solutions that support positive outcomes for their patients/clients across the lifespan.
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10/10/2018

ABLE Basics: How it Works

This webinar will inform self-advocates, family members, and other interested individuals about the basics of ABLE accounts.
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10/04/2018

2018 Annual Coleman Institute Conference on Cognitive Disability and Technology

fromhttps://www.colemaninstitute.org/
REGISTRATION for the 2018 Coleman Conference is now open. For more information about this year's conference and to register, please visit: www.colemaninstitute.org

04/22/2018

2018 AUCD Trainee Summit

On Sunday evening immediately before the Disability Policy Seminar, AUCD is hosting a special Trainee Policy Summit! Attendees will have exclusive access to Hill staffers and former trainees now working in policy, and learn from the experts how to best craft your message for Wednesday's Hill visits. An evening reception will provide a comfortable background for trainees to meet and network with over 200 peers from around the country.

04/02/2018

Policy Prep Session: A Webinar for AUCD Trainees attending DPS2018

Join us for a chance to learn about what to expect during the 2018 AUCD Trainee Summit and the Disability Policy Seminar. You'll get tips around setting up your Hill visits, and hear first hand from a previous attendee who is also a trainee! Lastly, we'll be available to answer any questions you may have as you prepare to join us in Washington, D.C.

05/25/2017

Policy Education and Systems Change Advocacy as a Federally Funded Program

In this time of heightened civic engagement, political activity, and significant policy changes at the federal and state levels, AUCD network programs increasingly find themselves in a politically precarious position - balancing requirements around trainee and community education against limitations put on federally funded programs. In this webinar, AUCD technical assistance staff will review a summary of federal guidance on how UCEDD, LEND, and DBP programs should and should not engage in advocacy on behalf of and in partnership with people with disabilities and their families. They will use the federal guidance to outline a spectrum of systems change activities possible for individuals and centers/programs. A veteran director will then discuss how his center/program has operationalized this guidance, with attention to potential pitfalls.
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03/20/2017

Disability Policy Seminar 2017 and Trainee Summit

fromhttp://disabilitypolicyseminar.org/
The Disability Policy Seminar is the premier opportunity to cultivate champions on Capitol Hill and advance the grassroots movement for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Join AUCD, the Arc, AAIDD, NACDD, SABE, and UCP as we learn about and advocate for access to health care and community living supports, and bedrock civil rights protections. The first 100 days of any new Administration and Congress are key to setting the agenda, and this year, more than ever, we need you in Washington, DC.

01/31/2017

The Health Care Policy Debate: Why Does it Matter? What is Your Role?

Learn about the current health care policy debate and what policies are important to children, youth, and adults with disabilities and their families. Strategies for successful health care advocacy will also be discussed. This webinar is specifically designed for AUCD network trainees.

12/04/2016

AUCD 2016 Conference: Navigating Change, Building Our Future Together

fromhttp://www.aucd.org/conference
The AUCD 2016 Conference, "Navigating Change: Building our Future Together," highlights both the change that comes at the end of a Presidential term as well as our need to work together to create a future in which children and adults with disabilities are able to participate fully in all aspects of life as valued members of their communities. Join us to engage in powerful, important, and inspiring personal and professional discourse on December 4-7 in Washington, DC.
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