Public Policy

 

AUCD advocates for a number of legislative issues that are critical to individuals with disabilities and their families. Legislative priority issues are developed bi-annually by the AUCD Legislative Affairs Committee and Board of Directors. Priority issues are based on the Association's vision and mission as well as input from the entire Network, including individuals with disabilities and their families.

Health Care Hub logoPlease visit AUCD’s Health Care Hub, an online gateway designed to provide technical assistance and information about the current state of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA aka Obamacare) and Medicaid. 

 
 

New in Policy

 

6/20/2018

AUCD Welcomes Public Policy Intern Jillian Odom

Jillian Odom is recently graduated from American University's Master's International program with a MA in Public Anthropology. Through this program she spent two and a half years in The Gambia, West Africa working with deaf populations as a Health Extension Volunteer with the United States Peace Corps. Though her main project was developing a mobile communication resource, it was this experience that allowed her to witness the importance of productive, innovative, human-centered disability policy and effective implementation strategies.

 
 

6/18/2018

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayFY 2019 Labor-HHS-Ed appropriations bill; Primary Elections; NEMT; Opioids; DREAMers; Perkins; and more

 
 

6/11/2018

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayRescission of funds; Healthcare updates; MFP; and more

 
 

6/8/2018

MO LEND Trainees attend AUCD Disability Policy Seminar and Trainee Summit

Missouri LEND trainees, Mark Tapia (self-advocate) and Amy Lake (parent advocate), were able to attend the Spring AUCD Disability Policy Seminar and Trainee Summit. Mark is the Autism Treatment Network's first self-advocate and is graduating this semester with his master's in Special Education.

 
 

6/5/2018

Tuesdays with Liz: Proposed changes to the ABLE Act

Welcome back Liz! Liz returns to AUCD full time after working with the Senate Aging Committee. In this week's edition, Liz gives an update about proposed changes to the ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act that have recently come out of Congress and tells you how you can get involved in advocating!

 
 

6/4/2018

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayRecess; Voting; ABLE; Opioids; and more

 
 

5/28/2018

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayCongressional Recess; FY 2019 302(b) allocations; Introduction of HEAA; �Right to Try�; DIA; Farm Bill Update; and more

 
 
 

Resources

 

2018 Congressional Autism Caucus

Learn about the members of the Autism Caucus, which was founded by Representatives Mike Doyle (PA) and Chris Smith (NJ) who also Co-Chair the Coalition for Autism Research and Education ("CARE" or "Autism Caucus"), the first-ever Congressional Membership Organization dedicated to autism advocacy on Capitol Hill.

 
 

AUCD Summary of the Senate Appropriations Committee

L-HHS-ED Bill for FY 2018

On September 7, the Senate Appropriations Committee completed its mark-up of the FY 2018 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill and voted to report out the bill by a vote of 31-1 with Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla) casting the sole "nay" vote. The House Appropriations Committee completed its work on July 19 (see links to bill and summary). Attached is a summary of how the bill impacts the AUCD network and other priorities of the disability community, along with a detailed table comparing the House and Senate bills with the President�s budget and FY 2017.

 
 

Improving Access to Higher Education Act

A bill summary and fact sheet are available for the Improving Access to Higher Education Act, which would amend the Higher Education Act (HEA) to improve college access and completion for students with disabilities.

 
 
 

AUCD Legislative News
In Brief

6/18/2018

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayFY 2019 Labor-HHS-Ed appropriations bill; Primary Elections; NEMT; Opioids; DREAMers; Perkins; and more


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Quick Start Guide to Educating Policy Makers

Quick Start Guide to Educating Policy Makers

This guide describes the processes involved in legislation and provides suggestions for maximizing the effectiveness of your interactions with policymakers.

pdf File  [download Guide]

 
 

AUCD Legislative Priorities

 

10/27/2017

Policy Priorities for the 115th Session of Congress, 2017

Joint priorities of AUCD, NACDD and NDRN during the 11th Congress, as we work with the Administration, states, and local governments to achieve better outcomes for all people with disabilities.

 

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Senate Accessibility Manual

In recognition of the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Senator Mike Enzi (WY) published an updated version of his Accessibility Manual - a comprehensive guide to providing Senate offices and constituents with valuable information on accessibility throughout the US Capitol Complex.

This manual includes a variety of ideas and suggestions to help address the needs of staff, constituents, and visitors with accessibility needs, including: basic rules of etiquette; locations of accessible routes and entrances; accessible room design; and emergency evacuation procedures.

Please feel free to use this manual as you develop policies and procedures for accommodating individuals with accessibility needs, whether they are visiting our nation's capital or working in a Congressional office.

PDF here.

DOC here.