Public Policy


AUCD, a leading national disability organization that has a direct impact at the local, state, national, and international levels to advance policy and practice. Current national legislation and advocacy activities have significant impacts on the nature and extent of services and supports for persons with disabilities and their families at the state and local level.


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AUCD Policy Initiatives

AUCD is committed to advancing the rights of persons with disabilities in the following areas:

16th Congress (2019-21)

Developmental Disability Act: The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act) is the fundamental law supporting and enhancing the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Charlotte Woodward Organ Transplant Discrimination Prevention Act: Reinforcing protections afforded in the ADA, the Charlotte Woodward Organ Transplant Discrimination Prevention Act (H.R.1235) would prohibit using an individual's mental or physical disability as the sole basis of determining their eligibility for an organ transplant. 

Education: Students with disabilities face many challenges in obtaining a quality education. While there have been some significant legislative victories, there are still many barriers to receiving a proper education - resulting in students leaving school unprepared for adult life in the community.

Employment: For most people, work provides a pathway to engage in our society's economic and social institutions; however, employment of people with disabilities continues to lag significantly behind those without disabilities.

For the People Act of 2021:The For the People Act of 2021 (H.R.1S.1) would require all states to offer mail-in voting and early voting, institute nationwide automatic voter registration, curtail voter ID laws, limit partisan gerrymandering, and overhaul campaign finance laws.

Healthcare: People with disabilities need universal access to high quality, affordable health care. While progress has been made, there is more work to be done to improve health care access and outcomes for people with disabilities.

Budget and Appropriations: The nation's budget priorities must include funding for programs that promote the independence and self-determination of people with disabilities. Federal and state revenue must be sufficient to fund the programs that people with disabilities rely on to be healthy participants in work, school, and their community.