Legislative Positions

The AHCA Creates the “Perfect Storm” for People with Disabilities

March 15, 2017
The American Health Care Act (AHCA), a bill unveiled last week by Republicans in both the House and the Senate, tells middle and low–income people with disabilities and their families a simple, brutal message: "You're on your own."

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DREDF letter Opposing HR 3765

August 8, 2016
We strongly oppose the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2015, H.R. 3765. This bill is designed to limit the ability of people with disabilities to enforce their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to access places of public accommodation in the same manner as all other citizens. Twenty-six years after the ADA was enacted, businesses should be expected to know and comply with their obligations under the law.

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Support for SB 577 Developmental Services

March 27, 2014
SB 577 seeks to create a new service funded by the California regional centers that allows providers to assist consumers individually to prepare for employment. This new category could be used to put together micro-enterprise opportunities and to fund the discovery phase of customized employment for people with developmental disabilities.

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Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 3717)

January 28, 2014
DREDF joined with other members of the Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities to oppose the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 3717). While the bill purports to aid families of individuals with serious mental health conditions, it actually contains numerous provisions that would eliminate significant and necessary protections for these individuals.

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Strengthening America’s Schools Act (SASA)

June 9, 2013
SASA eliminates the 2% modified achievement standards and ensures that only students for whom the alternate assessment based on alternate academic standards (AA-AAS) is appropriate may have their progress measured by this standard. It also affirms performance targets for all students, clarifies the size of subgroups as being 15 students, requires data collection to improve school climate and measure academic growth, and ensures that schools implement multi-tier assessments and universal design for learning.

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Medicare DMEPOS Market Pricing Program Act of 2013

May 22, 2013
Consumers, physicians and clinicians all agree that the current bidding program is disrupting the continuum of care by restricting consumers from going to their providers of choice in order to receive the appropriate items and services that they need. Enacting a market-based auction program will ensure that beneficiaries receive high-quality service and equipment that they have become accustomed to receiving and will lower health care costs by enabling beneficiaries to stay in their homes with the products and services on which they depend.

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Enhance Rehabilitation Research at the National Institutes of Health

May 22, 2013
DRRC and DREDF enthusiastically support the introduction of S. 1027 because we believe the time is now to enhance the stature and visibility of rehabilitation research at the world's premier medical research agency and, by so doing, send a clear and unequivocal message that rehabilitation services and devices are critical to the health of people with disabilities, chronic conditions, illnesses and injuries. Access to rehabilitation is the key to full functioning, independent living, return to work and a high quality of life.

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Affordable Accessible Housing for Low-Income People With Disabilities

April 23, 2013
SB 550 is a modest bill which will help California meet the needs of its rapidly growing population of seniors, its veterans, and all low income people with disabilities who need affordable homes which meet their needs and enable them to stay out of institutions and be part of their communities.

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Keeping All Students Safe Act (reintroduced)

April 22, 2013
Efforts to reduce restraint and seclusion should be part of a strategy for school-wide safety and should include the development of district-wide policies, training for all educational staff, crisis preparation, interagency cooperation and student/parent participation. Proactive approaches need to be used, e.g., positive behavior interventions and supports that are safe, effective, and evidence-based. Research demonstrates that the use of preventative and positive approaches is a cost-saving approach that changes how schools respond to students, improving student behavior by promoting and reinforcing desired behaviors and eliminating the unintended reinforcement of and need to respond to problem behaviors.

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