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.

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New in Policy

 

5/21/2018

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayMedicaid Equal Access; Opioid bills; EVV guidance; Career and Technical Education udpate; Farm Bill Update; and more

 
 

5/14/2018

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayWhite House submitted a rescission package to Congress; Autism CARES Act and role of Developmental Behavioral Pediatric; School Choice Bill in Defense Bill Update; Higher Ed Act Reauthorization Update; MFP; NCI; and more

 
 

5/7/2018

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayRescission of funds; food security; HCBS; MFP; and more

 
 

5/7/2018

Letter to Congress re: HR2: Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (Farm Bill)

In the U.S., all too often food insecurity and disability go together. Families that include people with disabilities are two to three times more likely to experience food insecurity than families that have no members with disabilities. Similarly, people experiencing food insecurity have increased likelihood of chronic illness and disability. AUCD joins the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) to urge Congress to continue the longstanding bipartisan commitment to protect and strengthen the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by rejecting proposals to restrict eligibility, reduce benefits, cap or reduce funding, or make harmful structural changes to SNAP in the Farm Bill.

 
 

5/7/2018

The Boggs Center (NJ UCEDD/LEND) Celebrates Graduation of New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Class of 2017-2018

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities hosted a graduation ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of the New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Class of 2017-2018. New Jersey Partners in Policymaking is a leadership development and advocacy education program for adults with developmental disabilities and family members available through The Boggs Center with funding from the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities. This year's graduates included 7 self-advocates, 12 family members, and 1 family member/UCEDD Trainee prepared to work toward meaningful change in our state.

 
 

5/3/2018

Bitter for Better: former UCCEDD LEND trainee running for State Senate in Ohio

Sara Bitter is a mother, lawyer and leader in advocacy. She and her husband, Kai, are the parents of two children living with a developmental disability. Sara has devoted her entire career to helping improve the lives of people living with disabilities and their families, including her current role as the UCCEDD. She knows that parents of children with special healthcare needs, families who have loved ones living with mental health conditions and communities torn apart by the opioid crisis, do not have lobbyists. Sara would like to bring these voices to the Ohio legislature by creating a Disability, Mental Health and Addiction Caucus.

 
 

4/30/2018

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayAutism CARES Data; Discipline Disparities; Subminimum Wage; HCBS Settings Rule; Housing Rent bill; and more

 
 

4/23/2018

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayRescission package; Autism Cares; Food Security; Higher Ed Reauthorization; Disability Policy Seminar; 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

5/21/2018

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayMedicaid Equal Access; Opioid bills; EVV guidance; Career and Technical Education udpate; Farm Bill Update; and more

4/30/2018

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayAutism CARES Data; Discipline Disparities; Subminimum Wage; HCBS Settings Rule; Housing Rent bill; and more

7/17/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

House Budget Committee is scheduled to release 2018 budget resolution; Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) Vote Delay; hearing on Every Student Succeeds Act; 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.

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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.