We sat down with two of our NAB members, to learn about the hurdles individuals with developmental disabilities (IDD) and their parents are still facing and how they navigate education, supports and services.
April is Autism Acceptance Month. During this time we recognize the importance of creating an inclusive society that values neurodiversity, and the benefit that all of us have when we can bring our whole selves to school, work and our community. In this month’s blog, Jonathan Kratchman talks about how being autistic has been a challenge and a benefit in his personal and professional life.
Anthem is pleased to have Courtney Felle join us as the 2020 Lex Frieden intern. We are so incredibly fortunate to have Courtney join our Disability Policy Engagement team in Federal Affairs, which includes supporting the work of the NAB. In addition to her work with us, Courtney is a member of the 2020 Disability Advocacy Certificate Program organized by the American Association for People with Disabilities (AAPD). She wrote this blog post in recognition of the 30th anniversary of the ADA, and it can also be found on AAPD’s social media channels.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month ! In this blog, Martha Barbone, Interim Director of Operations at the National Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS) offers some insights on how you can address your own mental health, as well as the important role that peer supports play in supporting each other for better health and wellbeing.
May is Older Americans Month. We turn to our NAB Member, Sandy Markwood of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) to offer us suggestions on how we can support older Americans, and create communities that are supportive, inclusive, and accessible for everyone.
June 22 is the anniversary of Olmstead v. L.C. This landmark decision was a key part of civil rights protections by affirming that individuals with disabilities have the right to live in and receive care in their communities — rather than being forced to leave their home and families and live in institutions. The decision not only affirmed the promise of the only 9 years old ADA but seeks to make sure that institutionalization is not the only future for Americans with disabilities. In our latest blog looking back at the 21 years if the Olmstead decision, NAB Member Billy Altom tells us about the “perfect place” to recognize this important anniversary for civil rights.
The unexpected events of 2020 altered how we care celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the ADA. NAB convener Lex Frieden, and Merrill Friedman give their unique perspective on the ADA Anniversary and the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ongoing discussion about #voting and the latest comments form the President are a reminder that our duty as citizens is not a game. In our latest blog penned by our pals at The American Association of People with Disabilities learn why people with disabilities have to take voting very seriously.
September is National Preparedness Month! Paul Timmons shares his thoughts on the future of inclusive emergency preparedness and the steps we need to take to make sure that people with disabilities are not left behind during emergencies.
We are heading into peak holiday season, but it might not feel as festive with COVID as a possible unwanted houseguest. In this week’s blog we give you some ideas of how to celebrate and stay safe during the pandemic.