AUCD Thanks U.S. House for Passing Build Back Better Act & Stands Ready to Work with Senate

November 19, 2021

SILVER SPRING, MD - The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is pleased to see the Build Back Better Act pass the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill contains critical investments in health, education and economic security programs that will improve the lives of people with disabilities, allow them to live in the community, and become economically self-sufficient.

"I thank the Members of the House of Representatives for voting for this historic piece of legislation that will create significant changes in the lives of people with disabilities. It provides historic investments in Home and Community Based Services, the direct support workforce, support for states to transition to real jobs for real pay and away from the use of subminimum wage, and paid leave, among other provisions, said Daniel Armstrong, PhD, president of the AUCD Board of Directors, director of the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami. "The AUCD Network in every state and territory has documented the need for these critical investments and stands ready to implement them."

The $150 billion dollar investment in Medicaid-funded home-based and community-based services will ensure that people with disabilities can live in their homes with the supports they need and that direct care workers receive a fair wage. It will also make improvements in SSI by expanding it to the territories, help states transition away from the payment of subminimum wage to people with disabilities, and provide paid family leave. AUCD stands ready to work with the Senate to make these historic investments a reality for people with disabilities.

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About the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), located in Silver Spring, MD, promotes and supports a national network of interdisciplinary centers on disabilities. The members of AUCD represent every U.S. state and territory. AUCD and its members work to advance policy and practice through research, education, leadership, and services for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities. For more information, visit AUCD's website, www.aucd.org.

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