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CCD letter of support to Sen. Sanders regarding amendments to the Family Caregiver Support Program

CCD supports Senator Sanders' amendment to the Older Americans Act reauthorization to help aging parents care for their adult children with disabilities.

pdf File CCD letter of support to Sen. Sanders regarding amendments to the Family Caregiver Support Program.pdf [download]


2011 Wingspread Conference Final Report: Building a National Agenda for Supporting Families with a Member with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

A group of diverse national and state family support leaders and stakeholders met during a three-day intensive conference held on March 6-8, 2011 at the Johnson Foundation's Wingspread Conference Center in Racine, Wisconsin. The purpose of the conference was to generate recommendations for a National Agenda on Family Support for families of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).



AUCD Summary and Comparison of House and Senate FY2014 Budget Resolutions

The House and Senate Budget Committee Chairs, Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Patty Murray (D-WA), have introduced their respective budget resolutions. AUCD urges Congress to work together to undertake balanced deficit reduction that improves our fiscal health while protecting the important programs that serve people with disabilities.



Testimony of Jane Boone to Senate HELP Committee

Jane Boone, Consultant to the State Employment Leadership Network in Washington State testified before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions in February 2013.

pdf File Boone Testimony February 26 2013.pdf [download]


The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act is Reintroduced in the 113th Congress

Frequently Asked Questions and a One Pager describing the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act that was reintroduced in the 113th Congress. The purpose of this legislation is to provide a tax-deferred savings vehicle for persons with disabilities.



Final Legislative Report for the 112th Congress

The First Session of the 113th Congress began on January 3rd, 2013 with 96 freshman members. Below is a summary and final report on legislative issues that impact people with disabilities in the second session of the 112th Congress, prepared by AUCD's Legislative Affairs staff.

pdf File Final Report for the Second Session 112th Congress.pdf [download]


CCD Reacts to Fiscal Cliff Deal

While Pleased with Step Forward, Serious Concerns Remain for Near Future

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) applauds Congress for taking important steps to pass the Tax Payer Relief Act thus avoiding grave issues of tax increases on the middle class and spending cuts that would come through the sequestration process. However, the CCD recognizes that the bill, passed well beyond the deadline, is far from ideal and sets up a situation that holds great risk for people with disabilities.



Fact Sheet: Protect People with Disabilities, Not Tax Breaks

Prepared by Americans for Tax Fairness

While Congress weighs how to pay for long term deficit reduction, they must protect the programs that are critical to the independence and wellbeing of people with disabilities



AUCD Signs onto Letter Urging Congress to Protect Against Cuts to Medicaid

AUCD joined over 160 organizations in signing onto a letter urging Congress not to make any harmful cuts to Medicaid or change the structure of the program as part of a deficit reduction agreement. The letter states that cuts to Medicaid would shift costs to states and damage local economies, force states to reduce services for children, putting their health, and their success later in life, at risk, and furthermore, would result in even lower rates for providers, meaning more providers would be unwilling to participate in the program.

pdf File Medicaid Letter.Dec18 2012.pdf [download]


Americans for Tax Fairness Statement on Why Raising Rates is Critical

Americans for Tax Fairness explains why tax reform requires raising rates and limiting deductions for the richest 2 percent.



Factsheets on Supplemental Security Income

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for low-income disabled children are back in the news, in part because of a recent New York Times column by Nicholas Kristof (see letter from SSI coalition for download). Unfortunately, the program is being subject to some sharp criticism that is based on misunderstanding of key issues related to SSI for poor children with disabilities. Discussion and debates concerning this program should be rooted in facts and data, not impressions, misimpressions, and anecdotes. Here are some key documents released this month which present basic facts about the program and try to clear up some significant misunderstandings.



Americans for Tax Fairness Talking Points for the Lame Duck Congress

Americans for Tax Fairness has published talking points on creating a tax system that works for all Americans.



Comprehensive Analysis of the 2012 Elections, prepared by Cornerstone Government Affairs

Cornerstone Government Affairs released this post-election analysis in order to identify the impact of the election results on the nation?s politics and policies. The report discusses the election results, lameduck session predictions, and perspectives on various issue areas including tax policy, education, employment, and healthcare.

pdf File 2012ElectionAnalysis.pdf [download]


Summary on Advocacy Briefing: Employing People with Disabilities

On September 27, 2012, Governor Markell met with national advocates to discuss his National Governors Association (NGA) Initiative, A Better Bottom Line: Employing People With Disabilities. The briefing was an opportunity for the advocacy community to hear from Governor Markell about the NGA Chair?s Initiative and for the governor to hear from representatives of the advocacy community about current efforts to employ individuals with disabilities.

pdf File NGA Advocacy Briefing 9.27.2012.pdf [download]


2012 Presidential Party Platforms: Comparison of Disability-Related Issues

This document, developed by the Arc's national office, is a side by side comparison of disability-related issues from both the Republican and Democrat Party Platforms. The issues are broken down into two categories: "Disability Mentions" and "Entitlements." This information is provided for individuals to use in making their own judgments and to inform their vote.

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