Disability Policy News

January 6, 2020

Disability Policy News logo, every Monday, from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
Disability Policy News logo, every Monday, from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
                January 6, 2020   |   Vol. MMXX, Issue 1

New year, new look! Your weekly policy news has a new look. In an effort to bring you policy news every week in plain language, AUCD felt it was time to make the title "InBrief" more accessible. So we now bring you Disability Policy News! You will find plain language sections for each policy update, what it might mean to you, and our suggested action steps. We hope you find this even more helpful to bring federal policy news to you weekly. Please share any feedback you have on our new look!

capitol domeCongressional Updates 

We are now at the halfway point of the 116th Congress. Looking ahead to 2020, many policy actions will continue to keep the House and Senate busy: Impeachment trial, fiscal year 2021 appropriations, campaign 2020 election races, and more.  

Plain Language: 

  • We are in the middle of the 116th Congress.  

What this means to you:  

  • There is still time to foster and develop relationships with your members of Congress. 

Action steps: 

moneyBudget and Appropriations 

President Trump signed the Congress-approved spending package to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2020. Now is a great time to wish your members of Congress a Happy New Year and send a thank you for funding programs that are important to the disability community. AUCD will begin FY21 appropriations ask and advocacy soon. Stay tuned! 

Plain Language: 

  • The President signed the budget for 2020 to fund the government.  

What this means to you: 

  • Many programs that impact the disability community and your centers received level funding and some even saw increases in funding. 

Action Step: 

  • Reach out to your Members of Congress to thank them for their hard work in finalizing appropriations and the commitment to funding programs related to disability.

checklistCampaign 2020  

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro announced last week he is ending his campaign for president.  

Senator Elizabeth Warren is the latest Democratic candidate to release a disability policy plan, Protecting the Rights and Equality of People with Disabilities. 

Next week, January 14th, CNN and the Des Moines Register will host a debate, to be held at Drake University. Currently, the following five candidates have qualified: Biden, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Sanders, and Warren.

DPSDisability Policy Seminar

Registration is now open for the Disability Policy Seminar and the AUCD Emerging Leaders Policy Forum.  Learn more information about the events.

You do need to register for both events if you plan to attend the Sunday AUCD Policy Forum before DPS.


JPK fellowshipKennedy Policy Fellowship

The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation Public Policy Fellowship, a 1yr intensive immersion experience in Washington DC for emerging leaders in the area of inclusive community supports for people with intellectual & developmental disabilities is accepting application Read the guidelines and application.

AUCD Policy Talklogo of AUCD Policy Talk

Happy #ADA30! Check out our new Policy Talk blog on what the ADA means to an AUCD emerging leader. As we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the ADA, what does the ADA mean to you? Share your story on AUCD Policy Talk!

Action Steps:

Tuesdays With Liz:

Former Executive Director of AUCD, Andy Imparato, speaks with Liz about what he accomplished during his time here, how he sees the future of Tuesdays with Liz, and what's up next. Beginning February 3rd, Andy start his new role as Executive Director of Disability Rights California (https://www.disabilityrightsca.org/pr...). Best of luck, Andy!


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