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Advocacy Update

On February 9, the Administration released The President's Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. The Budget contains a number of increases in programs of vital importance to the AJFCA community, including an
increase of over $28.4 million over the FY2016 enacted levels for the Administration for Community Living (ACL). ACL's programs serve older adults, people with disabilities, and their caregivers. To learn more,
click here and here. Of particular note, the President's Budget includes $2.5 million for Holocaust Survivors. If you have specific questions regarding the Budget, please email AJFCA's Director of Government Affairs, Liz Leibowitz.

AJFCA was proud to be among the co-sponsors of the 2016 JDAD on February 10th. During the meeting over 140 professionals and advocates from across the country came together to learn about and advocate for legislation impacting persons with disabilities and caregivers. Participants learned about disability policy in the Obama Administration, listened to a panel of experts discuss competitive integrated employment, received policy briefings on the Transition to Independence Act (S.1604), the Lifespan Respite Care reauthorization Act (H.R.3913) and the RAISE Family Caregivers Act (H.R.3099) from policy experts at the Autistic Self Advocacy Network and AARP, enjoyed a luncheon featuring speeches by members of Congress, and spent the afternoon in advocacy meetings with members of the House of Representatives. Use the following links to read the legislative briefings for H.R.3099, H.R.3915 and S.1604 from the Jewish Federations of North America.