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. 

 
 

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3/20/2017

#SaveMedicaid: Urgent Action Items

UPDATED

The House of Representatives introduced the American Healthcare Act on March 6, 2017. If passed, this bill will have devastating effects on access to basic healthcare and Medicaid funded services and supports for America's most vulnerable populations: Children, people with disabilities, seniors, and low income Americans. The bill is moving through the House quickly and will reach the Senate soon. Join us to tell Congress that Medicaid cuts and caps are dangerous and unacceptable!

 
 

3/21/2017

Tuesdays with Liz: Federal Budget Part II

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All Liz interviews Donna Meltzer (Executive Director of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities) for the second part of how the President's budget is implemented.

 
 

3/20/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayPresidents Skinny budget was made public; American Health Care Act and CBO analysis; HHS and CMS letter to governors; Disability Policy Seminar and AUCD Gala; and more

 
 

3/17/2017

AUCD signed onto a Letter to Amazon Urging Prevention of Toxins

AUCD signed on to a letter to the CEO of Amazon, requesting that the company take action to prevent the negative public health impacts of toxic chemical-intensive products that exist within certain parts of its supply chain.

 
 

3/14/2017

Tuesdays with Liz: Federal Budget Part I

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All Liz interviews Donna Meltzer (Executive Director of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities) about the process of implimenting the President's budget. This is part 1 of 2. Part 2 will be released next week!

 
 

3/13/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday; New Health Care Bill; President's Budget; Cuts and Caps to Medicaid; Committee on Education and the Workforce Hearings; ESSA Toolkit/Regulations; and more

 
 

3/13/2017

Letter of Opposition to ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 620)

AUCD signed on to a CCD letter opposing the H.R. 620 - the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017, which would severely undermine the ability of people with disabilities to enforce their rights under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 
 

3/8/2017

Proposal to Replace the ACA: American Health Care Act

This summary describes key provisions of the American Health Care Act, legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through the FY 2017 budget reconciliation process.

pdf File Proposals-to-Replace-the-Affordable-Care-Act-Summary-of-the-American-Health-Care-Act-1.pdf [download]
 
 

3/7/2017

Tuesdays with Liz: Nutrition is for Everyone Ambassadors

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All Liz interviews four Nutrition is for Everyone ambassadors - Sarah Keathley (Arkansas), Lauren Griffiths (Louisiana), Lee Wallace (Tennessee), and Megan Krampe (Oklahoma). These ambassadors speak about the projects in their states that focus on how eating and learning about healthy food is important for everyone, including people with disabilities.

 
 

3/2/2017

AUCD signed onto an NDD Letter Opposing Cuts to Nondefense Discretionary Programs

AUCD signed on to an NDD United letter to members of Congress urging them to avoid making further reductions in nondefense discretionary programs, which serve vital functions and have already been cut heavily multiple times during the past few years.

 
 

2/28/2017

Tuesdays with Liz: Congressman Pete Sessions

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All Liz interviews Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), the father of a son with disabilities. Rep. Sessions talk about the House Rules Committee that he chairs and the ABLE Act that he sponsored.

 
 

2/27/2017

AUCD signed onto a Letter Stressing Important Work of Federal Public Health Agencies

AUCD signed on to a letter urging President Trump to consider the importance of the work done by federal public health and biomedical research professionals as his administration develops new long-term federal hiring policies.

 
 

2/27/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayTrump budget begins to take shape; leaked Republican health care briefing papers show more details on repeal and replace plans; Supreme Court decision on provides clarity on ADA and Section 504 in schools; a record 900 registered for Disability Policy Seminar

 
 

2/20/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayCongress on Recess; Recess Action Alert; Proposed Rule to Increase Patients� Health Insurance Choices; IDEA Website; Cabinet members; Call for Advocates; and more

 
 
 

Resources

 

Guidance on Section 504 and Restraint and Seclusion

The U.S. Department of Education released a set of guidance documents that provide information about the legal limitations on the use of restraint and seclusion with regard to students with disabilities. These include a new Parent and Educator Resource Guide to Section 504, a Q & A sheet, and a Dear Colleague Letter issued by the Office for Civil Rights.

 
 

New Guidance on Rights of Students with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education released a fact sheet on the rights of students with disabilities in charter schools. The document is intended to inform parents, students and the charter school community as to students' rights under Section 504 and IDEA.

 
 

What Is a Health Savings Account?

 
 
 

AUCD Legislative News
In Brief

3/20/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayPresidents Skinny budget was made public; American Health Care Act and CBO analysis; HHS and CMS letter to governors; Disability Policy Seminar and AUCD Gala; and more


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AUCD Legislative Priorities

 

6/1/2015

AUCD Legislative Priorities: 114th Congress

AUCD members work with state and local partners to design innovative, efficient programs and policies to achieve the outcomes all Americans want: dignity, meaningful choice, and the opportunity to contribute and succeed. In every US state and territory, our centers serve as a bridge between the university and the community to ensure full participation, independent living, and economic opportunity for all people with disabilities. AUCD looks forward to partnering with 114th Congress, the administration, states, and local governments to achieve these outcomes.

 

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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.