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AUCD Opposes USCIC-2010-0012: Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds

The Association of University Center on Disabilities (AUCD) writes to express our strong opposition to the above-captioned proposed rule. AUCD is a national organization that supports and promotes a national network of university-based interdisciplinary programs. AUCD's mission is to advance policies and practices that improve the health, education, social, and economic well-being of all people with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and their communities by supporting our members in research, education, health, and service activities that achieve our vision.



Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayLame duck session, remembering President Bush, administrative changes.



Munroe-Meyer Institute (NE UCEDD/LEND) Nets $1.2 million Department of Education Grant

Mark Shriver, Ph.D., professor of psychology and pediatrics at the Munroe-Meyer Institute, will be the project director on a new $1.2 million Department of Education grant from the Office of Special Education Programs. The five-year grant, which runs through a development year and four years of implementation, will train graduate students to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams to address significant behavior problems in schools.



Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayLame Duck Legislation, Shutdown Watch, Public Charge Rule.



Tuesdays with Liz: 2018 Midterm Election Results and What's Next

Catch up on the 2018 midterm election results with Liz as she shares this election's major milestones and how YOU can continue to advocate during the lame duck period.



Tuesdays with Liz: Money Follows the Person

Money Follows the Person (MFP) improves the lives of older adults and people with disabilities, and does so in a more cost-effective way than institutional settings. Watch this archived video with policy expert Joe Caldwell to learn more about the importance of this program to people with disabilities and to communities.



Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayLame Duck, Election Outcomes Continued, Leadership Roles in the 116th Congress, Next Steps from AUCD's 2018 Conference and more.


AUCD Policy Publications


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.


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.


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.





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
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Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayLame duck session, remembering President Bush, administrative changes.

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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.

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AUCD Legislative Priorities



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

A comprehensive guide to providing Senate offices and constituents with valuable information on accessibility throughout the US Capitol Complex, developed by the offices of Senator Mike Enzi (WY). This manual (PDF) 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.