Policy Priorities for the 115th Session of Congress, 2017

October 27, 2017

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The Association of University Centers on Disabilities(AUCD), the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), representing three national networks authorized under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (PL 106-402),work to ensure people with disabilities have access to all aspects of society, including quality education, health care,careers, and opportunities for economic self-sufficiency.Our organizations promote equity to address disparitiesin access, outcomes, and quality for underserved populations. Each of our organizations is guided by the input of our members across the country and we workin partnership with each other and broader coalitions to determine how we will work to address the issues below.

During the previous two Congresses, large bipartisan majorities voted to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Workforce Investment Act, and pass the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. These three critical laws support the ideathat every young person with a significant disability should receive a quality education and be prepared fora career in the community that allows them to become taxpayers with the long-term services and supports they need to meet these goals. Our organizations look forward to working with the new Congress and Administration to build on these bipartisan efforts. 

Legislative Priorities for the 115th Session of Congress, 2017

  • Civil Rights
  • Employment
  • Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) in the Community
  • Health Care
  • Social Security
  • Education

AUCD, NDRN, and NACDD look forward to partnering with the 115th Congress, the Administration, states, and local governments to achieve these outcomes.