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
- Support Money Follows the Person through the IMPROVE Act! – December 11, 2018
- Join the Call-In Day to Support Money Follows the Person! – November 15, 2018
- #StopKavanaugh – October 4, 2018
- Tell Your Senators to VOTE NO on Kavanaugh – September 14, 2018
- Tell Congress to Pass the EMPOWER Care Act – September 6, 2018
- Tell your Senators to Uphold Disability Rights by Opposing the Nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court – August 21, 2018
- Celebrate the 28th Anniversary of the ADA by Helping to Pass the ABLE Age Adjustment Act! – July 23, 2018
- Join the June 26 National Call-In Day to Protect SNAP – June 25, 2018
- Support the EMPOWER Care Act and Community Living – June 14, 2018
- Protect the School Discipline Guidance – May 29, 2018
- Tell Congress: Don’t Cut Off Our Food Assistance! – Vote possible this week – May 16, 2018
- Tell Congress: Don’t Cut Off Our Food Assistance! – May 3, 2018
- #StopTheShock and Torture of People with Disabilities – April 19, 2018
- Tell your Representative to vote NO on a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) – April 10, 2018
- Urge Congress to Pass the EMPOWER Care Act to Get People with Disabilities & Seniors Back Home – March 6, 2018
- Congress just voted – now it’s OUR TURN to vote! – February 15, 2018
- URGENT ACTION! Don’t Let Congress Chip Away at the ADA! – February 15, 2018
- The EMPOWER Care Act Gets Individuals with Disabilities & Seniors Back Home – January 30, 2018
- We Must Continue the Fight to Protect Medicaid – January 25, 2018
2019 Sign-On Letters
- Letter Supporting the Raise the Wage Act of 2019 (1/16/2019)
AAPD joined a letter supporting the Raise the Wage Act of 2019, which would sunset the ability of employers to pay workers with disabilities a subminimum wage through certificates issued by the U.S. Department of Labor.
- Letter Supporting Back Pay for Federal Contractors (2/4/2019)
AAPD joined a letter supporting efforts to secure back pay for employees of federal contractors who were unpaid during the recent government shutdown.