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President's Budget FY16: Expanding Opportunities for People with Disabilities

President Obama has just released his Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request to the Congress. The budget includes many funding requests to expand opportunities for people with disabilities, including throughout the AUCD Network.



Department of Justice and HHS Office for Civil Rights Letter on FLSA and Olmstead

The US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights released this joint dear colleague letter regarding the Olmstead obligations of state implementing the Fair Labor Standards Act as it relates to home care workers.

pdf File 2014-12-15 FLSA Dear Colleague Letter.pdf [download]


President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities Holds 2014 Meeting

Committee now has record number of people with disabilities and many AUCD network members

The President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities held their 2014 meeting September 3-5. The committee how has significantly more members with intellectual disabilities and strong representation from the AUCD network.



UPDATED: CMS Releases Final Rule on Home and Community Based Services

On January 10 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a regulation that greatly strengthens access to community-based services in the Medicaid program. On March 20, CMS released a toolkit of materials for states and stakeholders.



Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2014 Introduced in the House

Bill includes five year continued authorization for funding LEND and DBP training programs

On Friday, May 9, Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Mike Doyle (D-PA) introduced a bill to reauthorize the Combating Autism Act for five years. The bill, HR 4631, has 35 bipartisan cosponsors.



HCBS Advocacy Site Launched

This site - created by the National DD Network partners - will help states and advocates from learn, post, and share information and resources to improve implementation of the HCBS settings rule and improve community services for people with disabilities and older people across the nation.



Senator Harkin Announces New 6x15 Campaign

Six organizations commit to six goals by the end of 2015

At the Disability Policy Seminar on Monday night, Senator Harkin announced a new campaign led by six national disability organizations to achieve six national goals by the end of 2015, marking major anniversaries of the ADA and IDEA.



AUCD Supports President's State of the Union Agenda of Equality and Opportunity for All Americans

AUCD strongly supports the agenda of equality and opportunity that the President laid out in the State of the Union address last night. While the President did not mention people with disabilities specifically, his agenda includes policies that the disability community has long championed and we believe that when he says everyone he means everyone.



Kaiser Health News Highlights Habilitation Benefits in ACA

Article includes input from AUCD network members and staff

In their "Insuring Your Health" series, Kaiser Health News discusses the importance habilitative benefits - now available because of the Affordable Care Act - with input from AUCD network members and staff.



7 Reasons You Are Absolutely Required to Educate Policymakers

Need some inspiration? Read our 7 reasons why you must educate policymakers.



You're Invited to the Family Support SIG Meeting at AUCD 2013

Join the Family Support SIG at the AUCD Annual Meeting, November 18, 2013 at 12:45-2:00pm.



Community of Practice Project (MO UCEDD, with NASDDDS, NACDD and HSRI)

This five year grant will identify and implement policies and practices that will serve as a national framework for states to use to support families with members with I/DD across the lifespan. 5 states will each form a team that is facilitated jointly by the state I/DD service system office and the state Council on Developmental Disabilities with additional membership from self-advocacy and family organizations, university, education, aging and other organizations.



'Parents Perspectives' Video Series from the OK UCEDD

This short video series features parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities or special health care needs. In the videos, parents share their perspectives on getting a disability diagnosis, supporting their children through transitions in the school system, and dealing with emergency personnel.



AUCD 2013: You're Invited

Promoting Inclusion in an Increasingly Diverse World

This Conference theme promotes our network values of inclusion of all persons with developmental and other disabilities in community life and engages the network in conversation and practices to ensure our work reflects the changing cultural and linguistic landscape in our Centers and States.



'Understanding a Down Syndrome Diagnosis' Booklet Available Through Kennedy Foundation and Kentucky's Human Development Institute

Copyright to the nationally lauded booklet has been donated to the The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation. The booklet continues to be available in print and as a free digital download through the Lettercase program at the University of Kentucky's Human Development Institute. Over 25,000 copies of Understanding a Down Syndrome Diagnosis have been distributed nationwide since 2008.

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