Principles and Policy Priorities
Principle 1: Community Integration
People with disabilities have the right to live independently in the community in the most integrated setting of their choice.
Community Integration policy priorities:
- AAPD will advocate for policies that ensure people with disabilities have access to affordable home and community based long-term services and supports that enable people to be integrated into the community, including the expansion of the availability of home and community based services to end the institutional bias in the Medicaid program;
- AAPD will advocate for policies to ensure people with disabilities have access to affordable accessible housing, including non-provider owned scattered site housing, and will advocate against the use of institutional or congregate “clustered” models that segregate people with disabilities from their communities;
- AAPD will advocate for policies that ensure that people with disabilities have access to accessible and affordable transportation; and
- AAPD will advocate for policies that promote the development of universally designed technology, and that ensure affordable access to that technology, to support people with disabilities to live independently.
Principle 2: Equal Opportunity and Economic Self-Sufficiency
People with disabilities have the right to equal opportunity, to be economically self-sufficient, and to earn and save without jeopardizing access to the services and supports that allow them to live and work independently.
Equal Opportunity and Economic Self-Sufficiency policy priorities:
- AAPD will advocate for policies that support individuals with disabilities to work in integrated competitive settings in which they are paid competitive wages and for policies that end segregated subminimum wage work;
- AAPD will advocate for policies that provide individuals with disabilities the opportunities to earn and save without losing access to services and supports through expansion of employment based services, including supported and customized employment, and improving Medicaid Buy In and other Medicaid options that provide access to home and community based services;
- AAPD will advocate for policies that improve and enhance inclusive workplaces in both the public and private sectors; and
- AAPD will advocate for policies that provide young people with disabilities opportunities to achieve economic independence, including through education, internships, and mentoring.
Principle 3: Equal Rights and Political Participation
Discrimination against people with disabilities that produces barriers to community integration, independent living, equal opportunity, economic self-sufficiency, and political and civic participation must be eliminated. Strong civil rights laws and enforcement of those laws are essential to ending discrimination.
Equal Rights and Political Participation policy priorities:
- AAPD will advocate for strong enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and other laws that guarantee the rights and full participation of people with disabilities and for improvements in those laws when necessary;
- AAPD will advocate for policies that allow people with disabilities to fully participate in the political process, including ensuring the accessibility of polling locations and through promoting the availability of accessible voting technology; and
- AAPD will promote the ideals of the Americans with Disabilities Act around the world to increase the ability of individuals with disabilities to travel, work, and live abroad.
Principle 4: People with disabilities have a right to Quality, Comprehensive, Affordable Health Care
Health Care policy priorities:
- AAPD will advocate for policies that ensure people with disabilities have access to quality, affordable, and comprehensive health care;
- AAPD will advocate for policies that ensure that individuals with disabilities have control over their health care decisions through the promotion of individual choice, person centered planning, and consumer self-direction; and
- AAPD will advocate for policies that ensure the accessibility of health care facilities and medical devices and equipment.
2018 Action Alerts
- URGENT ACTION! Don’t Let Congress Chip Away at the ADA! – February 8, 2018
- We Must Continue the Fight to Protect Medicaid – January 25, 2018
2018 Sign-On Letters
- Letter of Opposition to Medicaid Work Requirements (2/15/2018)
AAPD joined over 160 0rganization on a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar opposing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) recent decision to approve Medicaid waivers that allow states to deny Medicaid benefits to individuals who fail to comply with a “work requirement” or “community engagement” provision.
- Letter of Opposition to Medicaid Work Requirements (2/7/2018)
AAPD joined the Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) to express strong opposition to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) January 11, 2017 guidance authorizing states to implement unprecedented work requirements for the Medicaid program.
- AAPD Letter to House Leadership Opposing HR 620 (2/5/2018)
AAPD wrote to leaders of the House of Representatives to express our opposition to the ADA Education and Reform Act (HR 620).
- Letter of Support for the “Implementation of the Fair Housing Act’s Discriminatory Effects Standard” Rule (1/26/2018)
AAPD joined other civil and human rights organizations to express support for the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s “Implementation of the Fair Housing Act’s Discriminatory Effects Standard” rule, and to dispel inaccuracies about this Rule that have been presented to HUD in recent months.
- Letter of Support for the Air Carrier Access Amendments Act of 2017 (1/18/2018)
AAPD joined organizations from the Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) on a letter to Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) expressing support for the Air Carrier Access Amendments Act of 2017 (S. 1318).
- Coalition Sign-on Letter on Reforming Procedures in Congress for Combating Harassment and Discrimination (1/17/2018)
AAPD joined other civil and human rights organizations to express support for efforts to address the problem of sexual harassment in Congress.
- Letter to DOJ expressing concerns about withdrawal of ADA guidance (1/8/2018)
AAPD joined the Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and the Collaboration to Promote Self Determination (CPSD) on a letter to the US Department of Justice (DOJ) expressing concern regarding their removal of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidance, including the Olmstead employment guidance.