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.
2019 Action Alerts
- Action Alert: Raise the Wage Bill National Call-In Day, March 26! – March 25, 2019
- Action Alert: National Call-In Day to Support the EMPOWER Care Act on Wednesday, March 6th! – March 5, 2019
- Urgent Action Alert: Disability Integration Act Co-Sponsors Needed! – March 4, 2019
2019 Sign-On Letters
- AAPD SNAP Comments (4/2/2019)
AAPD submitted the following comments on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed rule, “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents.”
- CCD SNAP NPRM Comments (4/2/2019)
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) submit the following comments on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed rule, “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents,” (RIN 0584–AE57, 84 Fed. Reg. 980, published February 1, 2019).
- The State of Texas v. The United States (4/2/2019)
AAPD served as amicus curiae in The State of Texas v The US. The case challenges the 5th Circuit, Judge Reed O’Connor’s, ruling that strikes down the Affordable Care Act in its entirety.
- The Parent/Professional Advocacy League v. City of Springfield (3/28/2019)
AAPD served as amicus curiae in The Parent/Professional Advocacy League v. City of Springfield. The case challenges the City of Springfield’s failure to provide needed services to children with mental health disabilities in their neighborhood schools.
- CCD Disability Principles for Health Care Reform (3/27/2019)
AAPD joined other coalition members of the Consortium for Citizen with Disabilities (CCD) to issue updated principles for health care reform efforts.
- Principles for School Safety, Privacy, and Equity (3/27/2019)
AAPD joined 39 other education, policy, disability rights, and civil rights organizations to release ten principles to protect all students’ safety, privacy, and right to an equal education.
- Disability Rights Statement On The Deaths At Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (3/21/2019)
AAPD joined a letter calling for action in the wake of the deaths of eleven children at the Wanaque Center in New Jersey.
- Letter Urging the FDA to Issue A Complete, Immediate Ban of the Use of Electrical Stimulation Devices (3/6/2019)
AAPD joined a letter urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to issue a final rule that includes a complete, immediate ban of the use of electrical stimulation devices (ESDs) for behavior modification.
- Letter Opposing Section 3 of the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019 (2/27/2019)
AAPD joined a letter in opposition to Section 3 of H.R. 1112, “Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019.
- Letter Supporting the Keeping All Students Safe Act (2/25/2019)
AAPD joined a letter supporting the Keeping All Students Safe Act (KASSA), which is designed to protect school children from seclusion and unnecessary use of restraint and to help states provide districts with resources and training for school personnel.
- Letter Opposing Discriminatory QALYs in New York (2/22/2019)
AAPD joined a letter opposing the use of third party value assessments, especially those relying on quality-adjusted-life-years (QALYs) and similar metrics, as the basis for denying or restricting access to care in the State of New York.
- 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.
- 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.