Publications

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5/1/2020

Voting By Mail

Voting is one of the most important rights of a US citizen. It allows people to choose leaders they feel will best represent their needs on the local, state, and federal levels. You can make real change by being an educated voter in your community.

 
 

11/19/2019

Innovations and Best Practices in Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS)

Two new documents from AUCD

The movement to MLTSS is gaining momentum across states and new and pioneering models are emerging. With this shift, stakeholders need to understand how these changes can impact service delivery and also understand that they can help states design quality MLTSS programs.
Two new documents written by Sarah Swanson of the Munroe Meyer Institute and published by AUCD provide specific examples of new programs developed through this systems change, highlight states that are implementing quality programming in their LTSS programs, and outline ways that disability stakeholders can be involved.

 
 
The Transformation to Competitive Employment Act

9/3/2019

The Transformation to Competitive Employment Act

The Transformation to Competitive Employment Act clearly supports that vision by phasing out Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and thoughtfully provides the resources necessary to allow for the transition to a competitive integrated employment business model. This bill represents tangible, life-changing opportunities for people with disabilities and their families.

 
 

8/12/2019

Congressional Recess Guide

A Congressional Recess is an opportunity for you to be able actually to meet with your members in your community when they are less busy. A recess is a good time to talk to members or their staff.

 
 

1/30/2019

Education and Advocacy: Know the Difference

A guide for trainees

As experts with lived experience and knowledge gained from training, research, and direct practice, we have a responsibility to engage in policy education and systems change. It is important to understand the ways you can engage as a representative of a federally-funded training program and which actions should be reserved to your roles as private citizen.

 
 

1/24/2019

Keeping All Students Safe Act

America's schools should be places where every child is safe and protected. The practice of seclusion and restraint in schools exposes students to physical, developmental and emotional harm.

 
 

11/1/2018

About the Autism CARES Act

Fact Sheet for 2019 Reauthorization

If Congress does not take action to reauthorize funding, available funds for LEND and other initiatives funded under the Autism CARES Act will expire in September 2019. This would eliminate interdisciplinary diagnostic services for hundreds of thousands of children, training training tens of thousands of graduate students, and important research being conducted around the nation.

 
 

11/1/2018

State Level Policy Advocacy 101

Advocating for inclusive disability policy at the state and local levels is a great way to make positive change in your community. However, all advocacy is not created equal. It is important to advocate in the most useful, impactful way possible and in a way that will create change. This page will help guide you through things to consider when taking part in effective advocacy.

 
 

10/5/2018

Tuesdays With Liz Flyer

This one-page printable flyer for the AUCD "Tuesdays with Liz" YouTube show is intended for sharing on bulletin boards, in handouts, and anywhere people gather who would benefit from learning more about disability policy in a short, user-friendly format.

 
 

10/1/2018

Public Charge Policy Update

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted a new draft of the "public charge" policy on September 22. Public charge is a term used by U.S. immigration officials to refer to a person who is considered primarily dependent on the government for subsistence.

 
 

10/1/2018

Sample Phone Script

For Calling Members of Congress

Sometimes calling your Congressmember can be scary. You may not know what to say or how to say it. This script from AUCD can be used for any concerns you may have; just fill in the blanks.

 
 

8/1/2018

Contacting Congress

A How-To

This short, easy-to-read document from AUCD explains the What, Why, Who, and How of Contacting Congress.

 
 

7/2/2018

Voting

Voting is one of the most important rights of a US citizen. It allows people to choose leaders they feel will best represent their needs on the local, state, and federal levels. You can make real change by being an educated voter in your community.

 
 

11/16/2017

Health Care Reform: A Research to Policy Brief

Written by: Christine Marcella Grosso, Kim Musheno, John Tschida, Denise Rozell, Adriane Griffen, AUCD

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law on March 23, 2010. The main goals of this landmark health reform law are to: expand access to coverage, improve the quality of care, and make coverage more affordable. Since its passage, the ACA has extended health insurance coverage to approximately 20 million people and contributed toward slower growth of health care costs. The ACA contains many provisions intended to ensure accessible, comprehensive, affordable, non-discriminatory coverage for consumers, especially people with disabilities.

 
 
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4/16/2008

Your Role in Policy Advocacy as a Federally-Funded Program

All AUCD Network members have some responsibility to be engaged in policy education and systems change. Policy education entails informing a person or organization about policy. "Informing" is a key word because it is different than "advocating" for a specific position or action. Providing information about policy options for systems change may be different than advocating for specific policies, so these are important distinctions to remembering understanding your federally-funded role at a LEND, UCEDD,DBP, or IDDRC. Although policy education and systems change are both required roles for all AUCD Network organizations, there are also limitations, permissions, and exceptions with respect to policy education and systems change activities that apply to federally funded Centers and Programs.

 
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