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.
Chuck Graham (February 24, 1965 – May 19, 2020) It is with great sadness that we share the passing of our dear friend and NAB member Chuck Graham. Chuck was a tireless advocate who believed in the call to service and the responsibility of us all to make the world a more inclusive place for [...]
Each year, 1 in 5 Americans experience a mental health condition. Positive mental health practices are important for everyone. During Mental health Awareness Month we will share some info and resources to help promote positive mental health practices for you and your family.
This week we look at the current state of food insecurity in America, celebrate National Nurses Week AND we revisit the 1995 White House AGING Conference PLUS another COVID-18 inspired Anthem all in What We’re Reading!
To help navigate the myriad resources on COVID-19 pandemic, national consulting firm A&M has created a comprehensive guide to the Health and Human Service response. The resource includes summaries of legislation as well as policy actions affecting civil rights, individuals with developmental disabilities, food supports and loans.
America heads into another week of social distancing, how COVID19 affects medical care and what some “aging hippies” did about it AND the biggest story that didn’t happen in disability ed, PLUS a greeting from a galaxy far far away in this week’s What We’re Reading!
This week: EEOC gives the green light for COVID-19 Testing at work, a renewed call for Caregivers and PAs, and how to address mental health and loneliness concerns for older Americans, PLUS Alicia Keys and the Rolling Stones add to your Pandemic Playlist.
This Week: NAB Asks Congress to Protect the Rights of People with Disabilities and Older Adults during the Pandemic, lessons from Native American communities on fighting the food crisis AND the latest artist to pen a COVID-19 Anthem all in What We’re Reading!
This week: Why is Coronavirus different for Black people? One of the most important films about disability is on Netflix and you can watch it right now, Ed Roberts and how he changed the world as we know it, what we’re learning about aging from animals AND why is Coronavirus different for Black people? PLUS three artists release social distance anthems AND all in this week’s What We’re Reading!
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.
Major disability org launches a new program honoring Fannie Lou Hamer, DOL offers new regulations to help with masks to support health professionals AND multiple communities weigh in on their thoughts about Coronavirus – you won’t believe which group is least worried – al in this week’s What We’re Reading.
Self isolation from COVID-19 has many Americans staying indoors and getting acquainted with homeschool and telework for the first time. If you are dealing with the isolation blues or just need a little support, here are some Isolation Essentials to help get you through.
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. 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.
Are you (and much of the world) self isolating? Catch up on the latest on HIV, how Hollywood is working on disability inclusion and DD Awareness month PLUS a roundup of Corona Virus articles from the week in What we’re reading!
This week we celebrate International Women’s Day and recognize the lifelong advocacy and fortitude of Judith Heumann. PLUS Corona Virus and its affect on nursing homes and older Americans AND the FDA Finally bans shock treatment for people with disabilities in this week’s What We’re Reading!
Today, we join everyone in the nation thinking about Corona Virus, learn how accessible last week’s Mardi Gras parades were, and College students say that even after 30 years the ADA is no enough PLUS March is Women’s History Month! All this and more in this week’s What We’re Reading!
We recognize the passing of B. Smith, learn how individuals with disabilities are learning about work opportunities in Texas, and learn about how our own Lex Frieden got his start in Disability advocacy, PLUS Let the good times roll as we celebrate Mardi Gras 2020!
This past week gave us the end of a Presidential Impeachment, anther Presidential Debate, as well as some surprises at the Oscars. Catch up on the rest of the news on aging and Divisibility in What We’re Reading!
Kansas City clinches the Super Bowl Win, Punxatawney Phill predicts an early spring as well as the new look for Barbie and advances in adaptive gaming as we also say goodbye to Jim Lehrer in this week’s What We’re Reading!
Crip Camp kills at Sundance, The Hill Highlights states that are doing disability employment right, and the NYPD hires an officer whose first language is ASL, and the Grammys — as the Nation mourns Kobe Bryant – in this week’s What We’re Reading. .
Welcome to a new decade! A Deaf/Blind advocate talks about her experiences at Harvard, connections between depression, mental health and poverty and a Presidential candidate releases a disability plan all in the first What We’re Reading of 2020!
This week saw disability being discussed at a Presidential Debate, celebrations of Hanukah, Festivus and Christmas as well as the DisCo’s loss of Mama Cax. 2020 is right around the corner – see through the Holiday Haze with this week’s edition of What We’re Reading.
Inclusion is front and center in a classic holiday story, new technologies to manage medical data and fight Alzheimer’s disease and Democratic Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang releases his disability plan in this week’s edition of What We’re Reading!
As we countdown to the holidays and the New Year it can be hard to keep up with what’s going on. Find out about aging, disability and caregivers as well as the best Star Wars Commercial you never saw all in this week’s What We’re Reading!
This week we are spooning out all of your post Thanksgiving Leftovers including Worries about air pollution and older adults, food as medicine, and a LTSS Plan from Presidential hopeful Peter Buttigeg all in What We’re Reading!
Gig Economy Compounds Problems for Disabled Workers, Azza Altiraifi Says | Bloomberg In this edition of "Bloomberg Equality," Azza Altiraifi, Disability Justice Initiative research associate, discusses the challenges and biases that permeate the gig economy with Bloomberg's Scarlet Fu on "Bloomberg Markets: The Close." (Source: Bloomberg) International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day | American [...]
How to gently help your parents with finances, Florida places children in nursing hoes with little reason and America pauses or recognize the service of our veterans, all in today’s What We’re Reading!
Disability advocates sue around dockless scooters, we continue to celebrate NDEAM and why it may be time to have “The Ta;l” with Nana. Come see all of the articles on aging, disability and LTSS, that motivated us this week in What We’re Reading.
September is National Recovery Month – an opportunity to increase awareness and understanding of mental health conditions and substance use disorders and celebrate the people in recovery. This year the “Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger.” We sat down with Andrea Cook, Program Manager/Advocacy Director at Northern California Mental Health America to learn how we can support our families, friends and communities who are dealing with mental health conditions and living in recovery; as well as become more aware of our own mental health and wellness.
18 years after the events of 9/11 a new generation enters adulthood where those events were history rather than experience. What do we pass on to them as we consider the events of that day in September?
With the growing recognition of World Duchenne Awareness Day on September 7, Congress returning to work after summer recess, our kids heading back to school and the need to reach out to teachers and administrators about Duchenne, September is the perfect month to take action to raise awareness and crucial funds to support our fight to End Duchenne.
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The ADA is forward thinking but when it was signed we may not have anticipated how many aging Americans would need its protections. As Disability and aging become mainstream, our views on these issues have evolved and as a result we are more concerned about issues of caregiving.
The use of smartphones, wearables, and advancements in digital entertainment and gaming are making current generations wonder why digital access was not made more explicit in the original ADA text. The ADA is certainly a bastion for protections tied to access, but as technology develops and becomes a larger part of our day to day lives, have the protections in the ADA also expanded?
In 2019, The Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 29. As it teeters on the precipice of a new decade, it made us think about how the ADA will continue to develop civil rights policy of tomorrow. As we move toward the ADA Anniversary join us as we review some ideas about the ADA’s past and hopes for the future.
In 2019, The Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 29. As it teeters on the precipice of a new decade, it made us think about how the ADA will continue to develop civil rights policy of tomorrow. As we move toward the ADA Anniversary join us as we review some ideas about the ADA’s past and hopes for the future.
Can it really have been 20 years ago that the Supreme Court made clear, in Olmstead v. L.C., that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits states and localities from unnecessarily segregating people with disabilities in order to provide them disability-related services? Eve Hill offers her commentary and expertise on this still important issue!
Each year in May we pause to acknowledge Older Americans‘influence on our society as well as consider how to maintain a society in which the presence and engagement of older Americans is respected and valued. This year the theme for Older Americans Month is Connect, Create and Contribute. We are encouraged to:
While one person with a disability was raised to power, another was erased from history. Learn more about what you may have missed in What we’re reading — our weekly round up of news articles and events that were important to us.
During Autism Acceptance Month, we remember that Autism is a natural part of the life experience, and we can do our part to design and promote spaces, both physical and otherwise, that don’t exclude individuals with different sensory experiences or who process things differently, but instead find ways to better engage and support people in
We, as a society, must seriously re-evaluate how we treat marginalized women’s healthcare needs, especially disabled women and women of color. Reproductive healthcare, and healthcare in general, should provide adequate treatment to all women in an accessible manner without inherent bias.
A Note From Your Hearing-Impaired Colleagues: Just Use a Microphone Already | Chronicle of Philanthropy Dear colleague: Today at the faculty meeting, I really wanted to tell you something: "It’s not about you." When you were offered the microphone to make your comments, you said, "No thanks, I’m good." But it’s not about how you [...]
Google Doodle pays tribute to Japanese inventor Seiichi Miyake | CNET When Seiichi Miyake found out a close friend was losing the ability to see clearly, he wanted to help. That desire led to an entirely new way for the visually impaired to navigate big cities, railways and parks. In 1965, Miyake invented the tactile [...]
Bankrupt vets can lose their disability benefits. This new effort would protect them. | Military Times Two senators just introduced a bill designed to shield veterans’ disability benefits from debt collectors. When a disabled vet declares bankruptcy currently, the law allows debtors to count a veteran’s disability benefits as disposable income, allowing them to seize [...]
March 1, 2019 Disability Day of Mourning On March 1st, the disability community gathers across the nation to remember disabled victims of filicide–disabled people murdered by their family members or caregivers. This year disability activists, advocates and allies joined again to recognize those lost, as well as reaffirm the fight to value and respect the [...]
The Alarming Future For An Aging Workforce | Forbes When the late Dr. Robert N. Butler coined the term ageism in 1968, he intended to raise awareness of the blatant denigration of the aging population. Butler, the first to publicize age-related stereotyping, focused his life on changing negative perceptions society levied against an aging cohort. [...]
Aging Americans are a big market for tech investors, who also want to monitor their parents | CNBC Greg Yap is a venture capitalist looking for the next big thing in digital health. At age 45, he's also the father of young kids and the son of an aging mother, who lives nearby in an [...]
Sleep patterns can change with aging. Does that mean health troubles ahead? | The Washington Post When Carol Gee turned 55, she made a new friend: 4 a.m. In the past, she usually slept through it. But once she entered menopause, it became her new wake-up time. “I would go to sleep and wake up [...]
by Dr. William H. Graves, Ed.D February is National Senior Independence Month. As we think about how to live an independent lifestyle as we age, we must remember that independence is also about making honest and deliberate choices about where we wish to be and how we will stay engaged in our communities. In this [...]
Because of how 2019 plays out this year the past weekend as well as today have offered some great events work recognizing: February 2 was Groundhog Day - Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow around 7:30 a.m. ET and did not see his shadow, predicting an early spring for us all. "Faithful followers, there is no [...]
Executives Discuss Disability Inclusion: Davos Panel | Bloomberg A panel discussion at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on disability inclusion in the workplace. The speakers are Bloomberg L.P. Chairman Peter Grauer, Unilever Chief Executive Officer Paul Polman, Tech Mahindra Chander Chief Executive Officer Prakash Gurnani, Procter & Gamble Group President Carolyn [...]
Kathy Brill, an individual and family services industry expert The Importance of Family Caregivers: A Discussion with Kathy Brill, Yanira Cruz and Sandy Markwood As a new generation of Americans move into the 60 and over Age group, we as a society are beginning to re-think how we perceive aging. The idea of maintaining personal [...]
Image of Martin Luther King, Jr. Today on January 21 we observe the legacy ad memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Many of us will take this time to reflect on the mission of inclusion for which Dr. King gave the ultimate sacrifice for many Americans to even have a concept of this level [...]
‘Drive to Home,’ Medicare Changes Are Creating More Integrated Senior Care | Home Health Care In years to come, cross-continuum collaboration and the formation of integrated care delivery models that keep people away from hospitals will be the main catalysts for lowering U.S. health care spending. For senior housing, assisted living and independent living providers, [...]
Hive's new Link at CES 2019 could help you care for aging loved ones | CNet Monitor a family member's routine remotely with Hive Link. Hive, creators of the View Outdoor Camera, have something new at CES 2019 -- the Hive Link. Hive Link is a service created jointly with the Carers UK charity to [...]
Lost Voice Guy: Why 2018 was 'a big year for disability' | BBC News Billy Monger winning a prize at Sports Personality of the Year, paratriathlete Lauren Steadman in the semi-final of Strictly and Anne Hegerty in I'm a Celebrity. They all happened in 2018 and are all reasons why Lee Ridley - better known [...]
US government shutdown will last until deal on border wall: Trump – video | The Guardian https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdqLXBBuzxo On Christmas morning, the US president drew a line in the sand: money for his border wall or the shutdown will continue. The partial US government shutdown took effect after the Senate failed to pass a budget that [...]
Here's what's at risk in the Texas Obamacare ruling | CNN Politics Whether you know it or not, Obamacare has affected nearly every American. The Affordable Care Act does far more than allow millions of people to get health insurance through exchanges or Medicaid expansion. It saves senior citizens money on their Medicare coverage and [...]
Can Running Ward Off the Ills of Aging? | U.S. News & World Report Science reveals potential running benefits may be linked to better health in our older years. WHEN JUSTUS ORTEGA walked into a gathering of older adult runners in Boulder, Colorado, in 2014, he was reminded of the 1985 movie "Cocoon" about seniors [...]
International Day of Persons with Disabilities On December Third the international Community turns its attention to the needs and experiences of individuals with disabilities around the world. While the experience of the disabiltiy community in the U.S. helps set the tone for disabiltiy policy around the world, internationals large growing populations in India, China and [...]
New Opportunities at n4a The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging is looking for a motivated individual to help manage the n4a Disability Business Institute. The Deputy Director will help manage the day-to-day operations of the Business Institute, including developing, implementing, and managing programs, partners and services that align with the project’s goals and [...]
County preparing for aging populace | Journal Gazette Boosted by today's lower birth rates, longer lifespans and aging baby boomers, the group that makes up the nation's oldest citizens is growing rapidly. By the 2030s, people 65 and older are expected to outnumber those under age 18 for the first time in U.S. history, the [...]
The Camp, Woolsey and Hill wildfires have quickly devastated large parts of Butte, Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, leaving countless people without their homes and belongings in Southern California, in addition to creating poor air quality for our families and friends in the Northern part of the State. If you are in California, our friends [...]
New Physical Activity Guidelines Urge Americans: Move More, Sit Less |NPR You've likely heard the idea that sitting is the new smoking. Compared with 1960, workers in the U.S. burn about 140 fewer calories, on average, per day due to our sedentary office jobs. And, while it's true that sitting for prolonged periods is bad [...]
5 questions answered about Ohio’s aging jail population | Daytona Daily News Can you be too old for jail? The aging prison population presents health care issues and other costly problems. News Center 7 investigates the concern for taxpayers and the proposal causing some controversy Thursday, Nov. 1, beginning at 5 p.m. There are more [...]
Aging can be hard for those in the trans community | Washington Post Jess T. Dugan, a photographer, and Vanessa Fabbre, a social worker and assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis, discovered their work had more in common than they realized. Dugan’s work focused on identity, gender and sexuality, specifically within the transgender [...]
Transgender could be Defined out of Existence under Trump Administration | New York Times The Trump administration is considering a legal definition of gender as immutable and fixed at birth, the most drastic in a series of moves. The move would be the most significant of a series of maneuvers to exclude the population from [...]
How California's aging population is its greatest natural resource | LA Times The Oct. 7 article on California’s aging population focuses welcome attention on the needs of this fast-growing demographic. However, there is temptation to concentrate only on the negatives when there is another side to the story. Older Californians are valuable — our only [...]
Disability in Africa: 'I'm no longer ashamed of my disabled daughter' | BBC News When Agnes Mutemi discovered that her first-born daughter Nambia was mentally ill at the age of two, her first reaction was to be ashamed. She remained in denial for several years until she found a school which specialised in caring for [...]
The Most Damaging Way Movies Portray People With Disabilities | The Huffington Post When Alice Wong was growing up in 1980s Indiana, she “always felt like the odd person out.” She was one of just a few Asian-Americans in her school and the only student with physical disabilities. “In many ways, not seeing myself represented [...]
Drug cocktail could extend your life, killing cells related to aging | CNBC Dr. James Kirkland, Mayo Clinic's Center on Aging director, joins 'Squawk Box' to discuss his new drug, research involving senolytic cells and how they combat age-related diseases. 4 Ways to Grow Your Business By Learning More About Disabilities | Forbes What do [...]
Americans Want to Believe Jobs Are the Solution to Poverty. They’re Not. | The New York Times Vanessa Solivan and her three children fled their last place in June 2015, after a young man was shot and killed around the corner. They found a floor to sleep on in Vanessa’s parents’ home on North Clinton [...]
How To Have A Meaningful Conversation About Disability At Work | Forbes If you have a disability, you very quickly come to understand that it is an issue most people don’t open up about at work. Sure, talking about your experience with chronic fatigue syndrome, depression or a learning disability such as dyslexia might happen [...]
John McCain, senator and former presidential candidate, dies at 81 | CNN Whenever America was in a fight during his long lifetime, John McCain was in the thick of it. McCain, who has died at the age of 81, was a naval bomber pilot, prisoner of war, conservative maverick, giant of the Senate, twice-defeated presidential [...]
The Misperception Of Disability | WNPR In the summer of 2018, the Colin McEnroe Show and the entire talk show team at WNPR had the honor in selecting Jason Perez for an internship at Connecticut Public Radio. Perez worked with Colin McEnroe Show senior producer Betsy Kaplan to produce an episode, aired August 8, that [...]
Counter-Protesters Flock to Downtown D.C. to Oppose White Supremacists | Washington City Paper In a powerful rebuke to the Nazis and white supremacists rallying in D.C. near the White House on August 12 for the one year anniversary of the violent "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, thousands of counter-protesters took to the streets [...]
Germany's aging population desperate for more nurses | Deutch Weisse Germany faces a massive lack of medical care personnel, which means many hospitals are overburdened. Nurses complain that they are too short-staffed to properly tend to their patients. Currently, roughly 1 million people work in the country's nursing industry. It is projected that 3 million [...]
Celebrating the 28th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act | NAB July 26, 2018 ADA Anniversary 2018 - The NAB and #ADA28 | Wakelet AAPD Disabiltiy Download | AAPD July 2018 Owning Otherness – Claudia Gordon | Ted Talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lMtaZ3uoNg&feature=youtu.be On the Anniversary of the ADA, Demand That Lawmakers Defend Our Care | [...]
by Merrill Friedman, Sr. Disability Policy Engagement Director, Anthem, Inc Hailed as the Bill of Rights for people with disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 has fulfilled much of its promise since its enactment 25 years ago. To realize the landmark federal law’s promise – ensuring citizens can be full participants in society [...]
Straw Bans Raise Concerns for People With Disabilities Since companies like Marriott and Starbucks have announced plans to ban plastic straws, many people with disabilities have spoken out against the movement. News4's Aimee Cho spoke... Report: Brands Need To Rethink Attitudes About Consumers And Aging | Media Post Following Procter & Gamble's Marc Pritchard's recent [...]
When you’re aging alone, who will take care of you if you get sick? | The Washington Post Not long before I turned 60, my husband and I split up, and a health concern that I’d never really worried about jumped out at me: What would I do, now alone, if I became seriously ill? [...]
Inclusion Clearinghouse Helps Tech Companies Tackle Diversity and Inclusion | Black Enterprise Inclusion Clearinghouse is a platform that helps you spend less time searching for diversity and inclusion information and more time using it. Whether you’re a corporate leader, practicing or aspiring tech professional, founder, journalist, or philanthropist, Inclusion Clearinghouse has the data and insight [...]
How A 25-Year-Old Drug For Nerve Pain Called Gabapentin Showed Up In Opioid Overdoses |Tech Times The Problem With The Drug Gabapentin is a generic drug that is typically used to treat nerve pain and seizures. The 25-year-old drug was one of the most prescribed medications in 2017. "Gabapentin was prescribed off-label for pain because [...]
On June 22 we recognize the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Olmstead v LC. & E.W. which established that individuals with disabilities that are in institutions have the right to received community based care instead of being institutionalized. Still not yet 20 years old, the Olmstead decision is considered by some to [...]
On June 15, the United National recognizes World Elder Abuse Day. In a time where even older celebrities such as Stan Lee can be a victim of elder abuse, this day is a reminder of the importance of paying attention to the problem of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of older adults. In the beginning of [...]
Older Americans Among "The Unseen" In The Opioid Epidemic | The Fix Opioid misuse nearly doubled for Americans older than 50 over a 12-year span. The focus of the opioid crisis tends to be on younger generations. But this could be problematic, as, according to the Washington Post, older generations are increasingly at risk to [...]
Disability Leads Dallas Sidley Austin Partner to Create Support Group } Texas Lawyer When Sidley Austin partner Mike Hatcher was 23 years old, he was a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot with dreams of becoming the first astronaut to land on Mars until a disability changed both his life and his career. If it weren’t [...]
The disability system is blocking people like Jaki from their benefits – literally | The Guardian (UK) If you want a symbol of Britain’s benefit system, Jaki would be it. The 36-year-old spent her 20s in Essex grafting – taking on any job to provide for her four children, even shelf-stacking for 60 hours a [...]
‘A Dangerous Son’ Trailer: Liz Garbus Chronicles Children Struggling With Mental Illness in a Chaotic World | Indie Wire Prolific documentary filmmaker Liz Garbus is currently preparing to debut her new series “The Fourth Estate” at this month’s Tribeca Film Festival, but she’s already got another brand-new feature ready to go. Her latest film, “A [...]
How one reporter tied immigration rhetoric to losses in health coverage | Center for Health Journalism One woman who emigrated decades ago from the former Soviet republic of Georgia skipped chemotherapy for her multiple myeloma in 2017 out of fear that she might be deported. Two other cancer patients who had overstayed visas were scared [...]
New campaign hopes to help young people struggling with mental health | NBC News With the hashtag #MyYoungerSelf, a group of celebrities discuss their own struggles to help erase the stigma and encourage kids to get help. Many older Americans have active sex lives, survey shows | CBS News If you think seniors abandon their [...]
Using Your Home Equity For Aging In Place | Forbes A new Bankrate survey says 62% of homeowners never plan to move. If you’re one of those who'll be aging in place, you may be considering using your home equity to help do it, by taking out a reverse mortgage, a home equity line of [...]
Aging death row: Is executing old or infirm inmates cruel? | AP Vernon Madison has spent decades on Alabama’s death row. Now 67, Madison has suffered from strokes and dementia and his lawyers say he no longer recalls the crime that put him there: the 1985 killing of a police officer. His speech is slurred, [...]
"Intersectionality, as coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw and rooted in a longer history of black feminism, helps us understand that discrimination against autistic people who experience more than one kind of marginalization will look different than it does for autistic people who don't. This Autism Acceptance Month, we join our community members in recognizing the voices [...]
New York switching to CCO model for disability services | State of Reform Starting July 1st, New York is changing how people with disabilities receive their services as the Medicaid Service Coordination program is replaced with Health Home Care Management, a new and improved service coordination program. Adults and children with intellectual and development disabilities [...]
Governor Ivey Announces Funding for New Behavioral Health Services | Center for Public Representation Governor Kay Ivey announced on Friday that Alabama has set aside $11 million in its recently passed budgets for the Alabama Department of Mental Health to expand behavioral health services for Medicaid-eligible children and youth. When combined with federal matching funds, [...]
"Tough Talk" With Your Aging Parents Is Now More About Prescription Drug Abuse Than Finances | Forbes It used to be that having the “tough talk” with your aging parents meant trying to get them to open up about their finances and plans for their future, including their desires about what they want us to [...]
As Trump targets immigrants, elderly and others brace to lose caregivers | Chicago Tribune The two women have been together since 2011, a 96-year-old originally from Italy and a Haitian immigrant who has helped her remain in her home - giving her showers, changing her clothes, taking her to her favorite parks and discount grocery [...]
'Access+Ability' exhibit showcases designs for, and by, those with disabilities | CNN Eye-catching objects designed for, and by, people with physical and other disabilities are the focus of the current "Access+Ability" exhibition in New York. More than 70 exhibits, including colorful prosthetic leg covers and jeweled earrings that are also hearing aids, are featured as [...]
How architecture can create dignity for all | Ted.com Link directly to the article and transcript above or watch the video below If architect and writer John Cary has his way, women will never need to stand in pointlessly long bathroom lines again. Lines like these are representative of a more serious issue, Cary says: [...]
#DistheOscars | Twitter Did you enjoy watching the Oscars last night? If you want more, catch up on some of the disability response to Hollywood's Annual Awards event by checking out the #DistheOscars thread When it comes to depicting disability, Hollywood keeps 'cripping up' | CNN The 90th annual Academy Awards are nearly here, and [...]
Disability rights group threatens to sue Texas over voter registration | Houston Crhonicle Lawyers for a disability rights group are threatening to sue the state for failing to provide voter registration services to Texans with disabilities who obtain job training from state agencies, a violation of federal law, according to a letter sent Monday afternoon. [...]
Tiburon woman’s apps teach sign language, build disability awareness |Marinij.com When Valerie Carter’s daughter Grace came home from school — like any parent — Carter wanted to know how her day went. But, because Grace has Down syndrome and apraxia, it was difficult for her to answer and for the two to communicate.In their frustration, [...]
Teaching People With Intellectual Disabilities How To Protect Themselves From Assault | Spokane Public Radio Earlier this month, NPR aired a series of stories detailing sexual harassment of people with intellectual disabilities. The network told stories about caregivers and others in positions of authority who raped women. The Arc of Spokane operates a program that [...]
I’m proud to identify as disabled. I worry about the use of disability as a political strategy | STAT I was born with a hearing loss. I’ve struggled with mental illness my entire life. And since a spinal-cord injury four years ago, I’ve walked with a cane and brace. I’m proud to identify as disabled. [...]
Here's what happens to Social Security and disability benefits during a government shutdown | AOL The federal government entered into a partial shutdown at midnight Saturday. In the event of a shutdown, Social Security and disability checks will still go out. While core functions would not be affected, some Social Security Administration employees would be [...]
MLK 2018 Round-Up January 15 is our annual celebration of the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and recognition of the contribution that he made to enhancing freedom for all Americans. For many this day serves as more than a holiday or a time to catch up on sleep or family activities. [...]
PCA's Joe Snyder, an expert on aging, retires - and finds applying for Medicare 'maddening' | Philadelphia Inquirer After his childhood best friend Cecil Green Jr. died in May, Joe Snyder realized he was done working. Green’s passing at age 62 occurred “even though he ate right and worked out all the time,” said Snyder, [...]
Happy New Year! We hope that you enjoyed a Festive Holiday Season and look forward to 2018! We will continue to offer information on Disability LTSS and Aging, and look forward to you sharing your ideas with us as well! Area Agency on Aging of Central Texas offering new classes |KDH News Beginning the new [...]
"Tell me, what else should I have done? Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" – Mary Oliver from William Graves The holiday season is upon us and many of us will find ourselves on the road to [...]
Life expectancy is down for a second year. Drug overdoses are a big reason why. | USA Today Health researchers have some grim news for Americans: We are dying younger, and life expectancy is now down for the second straight year — something not seen in more than half a century. One undeniable culprit is [...]
Cantwell, Portman Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help People Receive Care in their Homes, Reduce Health Costs | Maria Cantwell – US Senator for Washington U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Rob Portman (R-OH) have introduced the Ensuring Medicaid Provides Opportunities for Widespread Equity, Resources, and Care Act – or EMPOWER Care Act – to help [...]
Paul Timmons and Marcie Roth of Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies bring us up to speed on how people with disabilities are being left out of supports during emergencies. 2017 will certainly be distinguished by our response to national disasters and emergencies. From floods, to an unrelenting hurricane season, as well as yet another round of [...]
As Hearing Fades With Age, Dementia Risk May Rise | U.S. News and World Report Age can often bring a loss of hearing, and for some, mental decline in the form of dementia. But are the two linked? New research does suggest that hearing loss raises the odds for dementia, but the jury is still [...]
AARP opposes Senate tax bill, calls Medicare cuts and Obamacare mandate repeal 'troubling' | CNBC Health Care AARP, the lobbying group for almost 38 million older Americans, on Thursday blasted the Senate's proposed tax bill for threatening cuts to Medicare, repealing a key Obamacare rule and hiking taxes on many seniors. "We urge the Senate [...]
The Best and Worst States for Mental Health | Mental Health America Over half of American adults with mental illness do not receive any type of care. Even among the top-ranking states in the report, less than half of American adults with mental health conditions received any type of treatment. That means that mental health [...]
Under New Guidelines, Millions More Americans Will Need to Lower Blood Pressure | The New York Times The nation’s leading heart experts on Monday issued new guidelines for high blood pressure that mean tens of millions more Americans will meet the criteria for the condition, and will need to change their lifestyles or take medicines [...]
How Fast Are You Aging? Checking Your Biological Clock | The Huffington Post Although the idea of aging evokes thoughts of the elderly, aging occurs in every stage of life, mysteriously transforming newborns into nanas. Surprisingly, for a universal biological process, the study of aging remains a field in its youth. Why does a queen [...]
By Merrill Friedman, Sr. Director, Disability Policy Engagement, Anthem, Inc. October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Every year NDEAM is observed in federal and private sector offices to recognize the contribution that individuals with disabilities make in the workplace as well as to yearly renew the promise to keep the American work experience [...]
For many older Americans, the rat race is over. But the inequality isn’t.| Washington Post While the rat race ends with retirement, one of its principal features extends well past a person's last day of work. Income inequality in the United States spills over from the job into the last decades of life, according to [...]
Women and Agng | Wisconsin Public Radio Our guest says there's a persistent cultural stigma around the aging process for women. She shares ideas about how women can feel better about getting older. Older Americans Encouraged to Get Updated Shingles Vaccination | NBC News 10 Philadephipa A federal panel recommended Wednesday that older people already [...]
Older Adults More Likely to Disclose Suicidal Thoughts As They Age | UT News Suicide among older adults is a growing public health issue. Conditions associated with aging such as chronic pain, diagnosed or perceived terminal illness, social isolation and the death of friends and family can push older Americans toward ending their lives. A [...]
Oct 3, 2017 | Richie Bernardo, Senior Writer https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-cities-for-people-with-disabilities/7164/ When searching for a new place to call home, people with disabilities often have a longer and more complicated list of considerations compared with healthier individuals. In addition to common wish-list items, such as reliable public transportation and diverse entertainment options, people with major health conditions also must [...]
Study Shows that Puzzle Pieces Evoke Negativity from the Public | Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism They’re everywhere. On the lapels of NCAA basketball coaches during the Final Four. On a FOX reporter’s bowtie during the World Series. On bumper stickers, backpacks, bracelets, beer koozies, tote bags, and the background of a prime-time soap opera. [...]
Statements on Graham-Cassidy Proposed Legislation Joint statement from American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Hospital Association, Federation of American Hospitals, America’s Health Insurance Plans, and the BlueCross BlueShield Association regarding the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson legislation. America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) National Association of Medicaid Directors AARP Want More Americans to Work? Give Them Medicaid.| [...]
National Suicide Prevention Week https://afsp.org/campaigns/national-suicide-prevention-week-2017/ https://youtu.be/hg_vurAHaUc Disability backlog tops 1 million; thousands die on waitlist | ABC News More than 1 million Americans await a hearing to see whether they qualify for disability benefits from Social Security, with the average wait nearly two years — longer than some of them will live. All [...]
Remembering 9/11 What Older Americans Stand to Lose if ‘Dreamers’ Are Deported | The New York Times When the Trump administration announced on Tuesday that it would end an Obama-era program that shielded young undocumented immigrants from deportation, Sherwin Sheik quickly sized up the potential toll on his business. Mr. Sheik is the chief executive [...]
Hurricane Harvey Relief and Support Efforts! Why students in this program are learning to care for aging NYers | Spectrum News NY There's a shortage of health care workers serving the country's aging population, with the number of specialists shrinking. Health Reporter Erin Billups takes a look at the problem and one possible solution. Mayra [...]
To all of those affected by Hurricane Harvey, Amerigroup offers a 24/7 Disaster Relief Help Line 1-866-417-7107. It is FREE and open to all Texans! ATTN Disability Community: In addition to the #Harvey Wheelchair & Supply Donation Drive in Houston, Camp Craig Allen in North Texas is collecting specific items for donation at a drop off location that you can also [...]
Aging 2.0: Live Healthier, Longer And Smarter | Forbes The world’s population is aging, and the United Nations’ World Population Aging report paints a striking picture of the future. It states, “Population aging is unprecedented, without parallel in human history—and the twenty-first century will witness even more rapid aging than did the century just past,”(see [...]
'Granny pods' become a solution for retirees with limited budgets | CNBC Like many boomers, Jane Baldwin faced a difficult question: "Where do I go next?" The 67-year-old retiree was living alone in Wyoming, and had grown tired of cold winters. She wanted to be closer to her family in Oakland, California. Not ready to [...]
August 21 is National Senior Citizens Day – a day to recognize the wisdom, accomplishments and sheer perseverance of older Americans. We have all been influenced by older Americans – be they parents, relatives or friends -- but the way in which we think about older Americans can often contradict the realities of their day [...]
Disability Organizations Issue Statements in Solidarity with Charlottesville | Anita Cameron ADAPT - http://adapt.org/adapts-statement-condemning-racist-violence-in-charlottesville-va/ Disabled Queers In Action - https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10156302440823265&id=656378264 DREDF Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund - https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10155611962904099&id=55171084098 Not Dead Yet - http://notdeadyet.org/2017/08/not-dead-yet-statement-condemning-racist-violence-in-charlottesville-va.html Access Living - https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10155423475632597&id=91612517596 Center for Disability Rights CDR - https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10155274726592550&id=13882767549 Colorado Cross Disabilities Coalition CCDC - https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1071529202982443&id=100003761201357 Partnership for Inclusive [...]
Bernie Sanders pushes universal health plan in wake of Republican repeal failure | the Guardian US Bernie Sanders has spent the first months of the new Congress defending Barack Obama’s health reforms as Republicans vowed to repeal them. But after the GOP’s seven-year drive to eliminate the Affordable Care Act collapsed on the Senate floor [...]
ADA: Pathway to the Future | Lex Frieden Each year, around the anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), I am asked by the press and others: “Exactly what has the ADA Hundreds gather on the South Lawn of the White House on July 25, 1990, to hear President George H.W. [...]
by Lex Frieden Each year, around the anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), I am asked by the press and others: “Exactly what has the ADA accomplished?” and “Looking forward, what must be done to realize the vision of full participation that underlies the ADA?” These are thoughtful questions and [...]
Local Group Promotes Positive Disability Awareness | WDBJ7 A local support group teamed up with the Roanoke Stars for the first annual No Dunking Allowed basketball event. The goal is to raise awareness about wheel chair basketball and positive disability awareness. People from all over southwest Virginia came out watch and cheer on their favorite [...]
Sweepstakes Entries And Your Aging Parent: Know The Danger| Forbes Here's a true story about a 91 year old we'll call "Jenny" who loved the sweepstakes and entered dozens of them. She was very optimistic that many entries would better her chances. Jenny had been showing signs of diminished capacity for about two years, with [...]
‘Forgotten Ones’: Report Examines Challenges For Aging Latinos With HIV | NBC News A report said to be the first of its kind examines the challenges facing older Latinos living with HIV. The Latino Commission on AIDS and the Hispanic Health Network released a report on Wednesday entitled "Olvidados,” which means “Forgotten Ones” in English. [...]
International Reflections on Disability Inclusion – Where are the Neurodiverse? So on Tuesday 20th June I had the pleasure of being invited by Ruh Global to the Global Business Disability Network meeting, with the International Labor Organisation and the United States Council for International Business. The meeting was attended by a series of inspirational speakers, [...]
June 26, 2017 The Honorable Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader United States Senate S-230 U.S. Capitol Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator McConnell: The National Advisory Board (NAB) on Improving Health Care Services for Older Adults and People with Disabilities wishes to once again express our grave concern and opposition to the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), [...]
Dozens Arrested After Disability Advocates Protest at McConnell’s Office | CNN GOP Threat To Medicaid Threatens Liberty Of Millions Of Americans | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC Aging Gracefully - Two UC Davis research projects tackle getting older | UC Davis Information abounds on the kinds of exercise that can keep your body strong, but what [...]
Gut bacteria might one day help slow down aging process | Phys.org Slowing down the aging process might be possible one day with supplements derived from gut bacteria. Scientists at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston have identified bacterial genes and compounds that extend the life of [...]
Moment of silence marks six months since Pulse massacre | CBS News ORLANDO, Fla. -- The fence around Pulse opened early Monday for an intimate ceremony marking six months since the mass shooting that left 49 dead and 53 injured at the Orlando nightclub, reports CBS Orlando affiliate WKMG-TV. Survivors, staff and family members of [...]
Study finds Airbnb hosts more prone to reject people with disabilities |CNet A new study by Rutgers University has found that travelers with disabilities using the travel hosting service Airbnb are more likely to be rejected and less likely to be preapproved. The study, published in May, was conducted by a team of researchers and [...]
Should Gender Dysphoria be a Federally Protected Disability? | Vice A lawsuit that aims to have gender dysphoria covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act could lend protection—and stigma—to the trans community. I know firsthand what it's like to struggle with gender dysphoria at work, and how aggravating it can be. When I was a [...]
by Constance Garner Summer is beginning, and the time has opened up for barbecues and family game nights. Just in time for the season, our friendly neighborhood expert on health care and education, Connie Garner offers some of her thoughts on mental health, schools, and a popular board game that we may be playing with [...]
Older Americans Month LGBTQ Elders “Loud and Proud but Deeply Angry at Trump Treatment |LGBTQ Task Force As this country pays tribute to its older people during Older Americans Month, I must loudly protest the Trump Administration decision to erase approximately 3 million older Americans in important federal surveys,” said Barbara Satin, an 82-year-old transgender [...]
Service dog federal disability trial continues in Butte court |Montana Standard A federal disability rights trial against a Bozeman landlord expected to finish on Friday was extended to next week after the plaintiff’s case rested Friday afternoon. Bozeman landlord Jaclyn Katz is being sued by former tenant Kristen Newman for housing discrimination after she said [...]
This is how Americans would like to die | Market Watch When it comes to getting older, many Americans are on their own. A majority of people in Japan (55%), Italy (78%) and Brazil (82%) all believe their government is responsible for financing the aging population, according to the study by The Economist and the [...]
Pat Nobbie writes Mia's Space, a column for Making a Difference, the quarterly magazine of the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities We are proud to repost a column written by our friend and colleague Pat Nobbie. This post was originally published in the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities award winning quarterly magazine, "Making a Difference" in [...]
Can Aging be Reversed | The Huffington Post What would that be like in our world if a new paradigm existed for aging? A paradigm that actually gives practical tools towards reversing the common road our bodies walk as we get older. We see all around us that to age is to decline. The baby [...]
By Reid Knight, Leadership Programs Coordinator, Autistic Self-Advocacy Network April is Autism Acceptance Month! During the month of April we recognize our friends, family members and colleagues on the autism spectrum and further highlight the importance of a society that is more inclusive and accepting of neurodiversity. During April you have probably seen many recognitions [...]
“All of this grief” – Prince Harry Opens up about Mental health, mother’s death |The Miami Herald In a recent interview and Podcast, Prince Harry opens up about how he is still dealing with the grief from the death of his mother Princess Diana, and how he has only recently begun therapy to address his [...]
10 Smart Ways to Make a Home Safer for Your Aging Parents | Reader’s Digest Just under six percent of American households are multi-generational, with three or more generations living together under one roof. And as the U.S. population ages (there are almost 50 million people aged 65 and over in this country), that number [...]
Aging isn’t killing us, lack of sleep is |The New York Post In news that will come as no surprise to anyone over the age of 30, new research has found it gets harder to sleep as we get older. But it’s not young children, partners or weather sabotaging our precious rest, but biology, according [...]
In 2017 Individuals with ID/DD (Still) Want Their Natural Freedom Thirty years after President Reagan first declared March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, how far have we come in ensuring the human and civil rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD), and how far do we still have to go? In recognition of [...]
by Sharon Lewis, Principal, Health Management Associates Thirty years after President Reagan first declared March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, how far have we come in ensuring the human and civil rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD), and how far do we still have to go? In recognition of March 2017 as [...]
NAB Response to H.R. 1628—American Health Care Act of 2017 Huntington Woods author to discuss her book about disability and inclusion Huntington Woods resident Janice Fialka is a speaker and activist who fights for inclusion for those who live with disabilities. Fialka is the mother of two adult children, daughter Emma and a son, Micah, [...]
March 22, 2017 The Honorable Lamar Alexander, Chairman Senate Health, Education, Labor Chairman and Pensions Committee 428 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Orrin Hatch Chairman Senate Finance Committee 219 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Greg Walden Chairman House Energy and Commerce Committee 2125 Rayburn House Office Building [...]
Why is job opportunity still lagging for people with disabilities? ICYMI there was a nice segment on PBS NewsHour on employment and disability. The study they cited suggested that employment discrimination remains, and there is much work to be done. We hope segments like this will help change attitudes, and we think they can. New [...]
On March 15, we held our first Twitter Chat! The topic for discussion was Women's History Month and participants offered great insights about the identity and roles of women as well as how to best promote allyship and positive engagement that supports everyone. You may see the high points of the conversation here and if [...]
by Charles H. Christiansen, EdD This month on March 17 we mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of occupational therapy and the inception of the American Occupational Therapy Association. From its roots in mental health to its current broad scope of practice serving a wide spectrum of children and adults who need support for [...]
#CriptheVote Twitter Chat: Protecting the ADA and Disability Rights #CriptheVote hosted their 17th Twitter Chat on the Americans with disabilities Act and specifically HR 620; the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017. Here is a sample of the conversation Nominations for the US Business Leadership Network Leadership Awards are now open! The awards [...]
Most 'anti-aging' remedies are bogus, but here's what you should know about aging from 20s to your 60s | Business Insider It's generally accepted that with each decade of our lives comes a new visible marker of age. To combat these tell-tale signs, dozens of "anti-aging" products and routines are marketed at people (mostly women) [...]
Celebrate Women's History Month! March is National Women’s History Month and as a means of recognizing Women’s History and continuing to have disability be a part of the conversation, we will be hosting a Twitter Chat on March 15, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. EST.. Our chat will be a conversation about the experiences of women, and some [...]
How Yayoi Kusama, the ‘Infinity Mirrors’ visionary, channels mental illness into art |The Washington Post Don’t ask Yayoi Kusama what’s been the highlight of her career. She might be 87 years old, internationally renowned and about to have major, simultaneous exhibitions in the United States and Japan, but she’s not done yet. Kusama, who has [...]
As we enter 2017, the National Advisory Board on Improving Health Care Services for Older Adults and People with Disabilities (NAB) has revamped our website with a new look and more content. We hope you like it and invite you to take a look around as you will find the great resources are still available [...]
by Dr. Cynthia Overton, Ph.D. “Organizations that support an African American stakeholder base are positioned to highlight that disability is a part of life--some experience it earlier and others experience it with age—and that it’s not something to be ashamed of, feared, or ignored.” February is Black History Month and though there has always been [...]
Valentine’s Day: I [HEART] the ACA and Medicaid On Valentine’s Day, many disability groups are sending love letters to the ACA and Medicaid as a means of showing support for the legislation. An aging global population and its economic implications Nations will have to make many changes or face slower economic growth and increased social [...]
Wrinkles in Time: Why Diana Ross Is My Aging Icon | NY Magazine A series investigating the effects of gravity on the female form. When I think about those “ageless” beauty campaigns, women like Helen Mirren, Tilda Swinton, Charlotte Rampling, and Diane Keaton come to mind. I love [...]
Why You Need To Start Including Disabled People In Your Health Care Activism |The Establishment The most affected group is also frequently the most ignored. With all the recent public discussion about the Affordable Care Act and women’s access to health care, I’ve seen a lot of posts urging people to “seek healthcare now, while [...]
The Columbus Dispatch: Suicides in nursing homes hard to track, prevent Suicides among older adults remain disturbingly high despite improved screening and treatment for depression. And although there is growing awareness about suicide, the one area in which it is less documented, not very well understood and much more hidden is in nursing homes, advocates [...]
The Atlantic: A First-Aid Class for Mental Health Most people know how to help someone with a cut or a scrape. But what about a panic attack? — Meagan Morris (Feb. 12) Maclean's: How universities are helping students with ‘invisible’ disabilities Schools are racing to figure out how to use accommodations to handle the wave [...]
The Baltimore Sun: Police training expands for encounters with people who have developmental disabilities The 11 recruits will be the first police class in Howard County to take the four-hour training on intellectual and developmental disabilities after it became a requirement for recruits across Maryland. — Tim Prudente (Jan. 17) The Guardian: Poor housing is [...]
Governing Magazine: Can Technology Help Prevent Drug Overdoses? The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has begun using analytics – basically software algorithms – to sift through sets of data to spot patterns and to devise an early warning system about hotspots in the state where possible overdoses and deaths might occur. Using data in [...]
The Atlantic: By 2050, There Could Be as Many as 25 Million Poor, Elderly Americans A back-of-the-envelope estimate suggests that the number of elderly Americans in poverty will increase substantially in the coming decades. In 2010, 46.6 million Americans were over 65. Using the OECD’s measure of impoverishment, which takes into account food insecurity and [...]
NPR: Anatomy of Addiction—How Heroin and Opioids Hijack the Brain They trigger the release of dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter that causes intense pleasure in parts of the brain that include the limbic system, according to Savage. It links brain areas that control and regulate emotions such as the pleasures of eating, drinking and sex. [...]
The Huffington Post: If Uber Kills Cabs, Cities Must Ensure Accessible Vehicles Live Now there's a figure to back them up: According to a recent report, the number of wheelchair-accessible vehicles for hire in San Francisco fell significantly in the past few years -- all while services like Uber and Lyft were rapidly expanding in [...]
Posted Jan. 4, 2016 | The year 2015 was full of celebration, dedication and recommitment to the movement for independence. Following the momentous anniversaries of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Older Americans Act, the Social Security Act, Medicare and Medicaid, and IDEA, each of us at the National Advisory Board has been reenergized to make [...]
Posted Dec. 22, 2015 | From our families to yours, the National Advisory Board wishes you the happiest of holidays and a bountiful New Year. We look forward to reconnecting, on the Declarations blog and through our weekly feature, “What We’re Reading,” in 2016.
Posted Aug. 4, 2015 | On July 30, the president signed the Steve Gleason Act (S. 984) into law, a bill to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide Medicare beneficiaries access to eye tracking accessories for speech generating devices and to remove the rental cap for durable medical equipment under the Medicare Program [...]
Posted Jan. 29, 2015 | Declarations, the new myDFI blog, is kicking off 2015 in celebratory style. On the Blog this month is NAB member and the Shepherd Center’s Director of Advocacy Mark Johnson with a look-back on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which turns 25 later this year. So what are Mark’s Declarations for 2015? To [...]
Hailed as the Bill of Rights for people with disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 has fulfilled much of its promise since it was signed into law 25 years ago, according to a survey of disabilities leaders released July 23, 2015 in collaboration with the National Council on Disability. But the findings [...]
The National Advisory Board (NAB) on Improving Health Care Services for Older Adults and People with Disabilities has submitted responses (pdf) to several questions posed by the 2015 White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) about long-term services and supports (LTSS), as well as the critical role of informal and formal caregiving, to support older Americans [...]
Posted Aug. 6, 2015 | U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez is partnering with governors across the political spectrum to urge their peers and state governments to adopt Employment First policy. Secretary Perez, Governor Jack Markell (D-DE) and Governor Dennis Daugaard (R-SD) penned a letter encouraging all states to focus on the alignment of policies, [...]
Posted Jan. 13, 2015 | Last week, the House of Representatives adopted a sweeping rules package for the 114th Congress including a provision that would stop House lawmakers from transferring money from Social Security’s Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund to the program’s Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund unless lawmakers took steps to “improve the actuarial [...]
Posted Dec. 30, 2014 | Declarations, our new Blog, is live at http://www.declarationforindependence.org/blog. We’ve retooled the blog from the ground up to feature fresh, monthly content directly from the NAB and other leaders in the Independent Living movement. On the blog this month is NAB member and AAPD President and CEO Mark Perriello sharing the five reasons [...]
Posted Dec. 16, 2014 | Congress gave final approval to the most sweeping legislation in support of Americans with disabilities in a quarter century, allowing these individuals and their families to open tax-free bank accounts to pay for long-term needs, such as education, housing, transportation and health care. The move paves the way for creation [...]
Posted Dec. 4, 2014 | The House passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, by a vote of 404 to 17, yesterday evening that would establish tax-exempt savings accounts for individuals born with disabilities. The broadly supported bipartisan bill, which is expected to pass in the Senate, exempts savings, up to certain levels, [...]
Medicaid Expansion after the Midterms: State Stances Unlikely to Change, or New Room for Compromise between the Administration, GOP Governors? Posted Dec. 2, 2014 | Following a strong Republican showing at the midterm elections and in many gubernatorial races, commentators and experts alike have suggested the states’ stances on Medicaid expansion are firm and unlikely [...]
Posted Nov. 20, 2014 | The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on supportive housing and services for older adults and individuals with disabilities. This draft regulation proposes to implement certain reforms to HUD’s Section 202 and Section 811 programs made by statutory changes to the programs in [...]
Posted Nov. 18, 2014 | On Nov. 1, 2014, President Barack Obama issued a presidential proclamation in recognition of National Family Caregiver Month. The president said, “In the United States, more than 60 million caregivers provide invaluable strength and assistance to their family members… Caregivers support the independence of their family members and enable them to more [...]
Posted Nov. 5, 2014 | Since its inception, the National Council on Disability (NCD) has reported on the status of people with disabilities in the United States of America. The 2014 review of National Disability Policy: A Progress Report continues that tradition, providing policymakers, advocates and other stakeholders with an overview of the progress the United States [...]
Posted Nov. 3, 2014 | Election day is tomorrow, November 4. This Election Guide – courtesy of the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) – provides information about the candidates in your state/district as well as information about where to vote. Several disability and civil rights groups have resources about voting and voting rights. The Disability Rights [...]
Posted Oct. 30, 2014 | Leaders of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) recently met with officials from the U.S. Department of Labor to discuss the Fair Labor Standards Act regulation as it applies to home care workers, including their recent enforcement delay (see October 13 In Brief) and state action to comply with the rule in their [...]
Posted Oct. 23, 2014 | The Department of Justice (DOJ) has published two new Technical Assistance (TA) documents regarding the rights of voters with disabilities: The Americans with Disabilities Act and Other Federal Laws Protecting the Rights of Voters with Disabilities and Solutions for Five Common Access Problems at Polling Places. Laws covered in the DOJ TA documents [...]
Posted Oct. 21, 2014 | On October 7, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it would be delaying federal enforcement of the changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) pertaining to wages for certain home care workers. The announcement states that DOL will not bring any enforcement action against employers, including states, [...]
Posted Oct. 14, 2014 | The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced the opening of nominations for public members of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. The committee was established by the Combating Autism Act of 2006 and reauthorized by the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support Act of 2014. Those eligible for nomination include [...]
Posted Oct. 9, 2014 | The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Solutions Initiative – an effort of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget – has issued a call for papers to identify ideas to improve the SSDI program. Earlier this month, former Reps. Jim McCrery (R-LA) and Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) announced the formation of the SSDI Solutions Initiative to identify concrete, practical strategies [...]
Posted Oct. 7, 2014 | This afternoon, the Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division gave notice of a 12-month, time-limited non-enforcement policy with regard to the Oct. 1, 2013 Final Rule that extended Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) protections (e.g., minimum wage and overtime) to most home care workers, which becomes effective Jan. [...]
Posted Oct. 1, 2014 | Federal policymakers, state leaders and national stakeholder groups are ramping up attention on the Department of Labor’s recent changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The rule will impact most Medicaid programs, though to varying degrees. It is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2015. America’s Health Insurance Plans [...]
Posted Sep. 25, 2014 | On September 10, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Fairness Restoration Act (S. 2790). IDEA ensures that children with disabilities receive certain early intervention services, special education and other related services. The legislation would ensure parents could recoup costs for experts engaged in bringing [...]
Posted Sep. 16, 2014 | The Department of Labor is seeking nominations for the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, created by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The purpose of the committee is to study and prepare findings, conclusions and recommendations for the secretary of Labor on (1) ways to [...]
Posted Sep. 8, 2014 | The National Resource Center for Participant Directed Services (NRCPDS) is out with a new resource for participant direction program stakeholders, including consumers and their families, state agencies and others, in response to new Labor Department rules that will take effect January 1, 2015. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Home [...]
Posted Sep. 5, 2014 | The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new resource today as part of the agency’s larger Home and Community-Based (HCB) Settings Requirements Compliance Toolkit. The Statewide Transition Plan Toolkit provides information on the content and process of the transition plan required from each states under the new federal [...]
Posted Sep. 3, 2014 | In a new policy issue brief, the National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC) examines person-centered service planning in the context of both managed care and the recent HCBS Final Rule, analyzing what states are doing – through their Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports programs – to ensure person-centered planning. The [...]
Posted Aug. 25, 2014 | In a joint blog post, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) and U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) announced an opportunity for the public to inform the discussion surrounding the implementation of Title II and Title IV (i.e., of the [...]
Posted Aug. 5, 2014 | Last week the House Ways and Means Committee unanimously approved legislation that would create tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) would make tax-free savings accounts available to cover qualified expenses such as education, housing, medical and transportation. The bill’s sponsors intend [...]
Posted July 28, 2014 | On June 6, 2014, the secretary of Health and Human Services issued guidance on person-centered planning and self-direction for implementing Sec. 2402(a) of the Affordable Care Act. This provision of the law requires the secretary to ensure all states develop systems for the delivery of Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) [...]
Posted July 21, 2014 | States now are beginning to release their transition plans to bring their Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) systems into compliance with the new federal regulations on community-based settings. It is essential that consumers and their representatives be prepared to evaluate those plans and advocate for improvements. Here are four [...]
Posted July 14, 2014 | An historic bipartisan, bicameral bill that amends and reauthorizes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) through fiscal year 2020, has been passed by both the Senate and House and is headed to President Obama for signature (on Tuesday, July 22, as reported by the Advocacy Monitor blog). H.R. 803, [...]
Posted July 3, 2014 | The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an Information Bulletin (IB) to assist states in the wake of the Department of Labor’s regulations pertaining to domestic service workers. As background for the IB, CMS states that, “...it is anticipated that many states will determine that, for purposes of [...]
June 6, 2014 | New guidance has been released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services implementing Sec. 2402(a) of the Affordable Care Act, or Removing Barriers to Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). This provision of the law requires the Health and Human Services secretary to ensure all states develop systems for the delivery [...]
May 13, 2014 | The Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD), the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities and the National Disability Rights Network have launched a new web site to help advocates get involved in their states and improve the implementation of the new Medicaid Final Rule regarding the settings of Home [...]
View Video from the National Day of Dialogue > Download the Full Report > Question: Have you identified or prioritized the top services needed to deliver independent living? If so, have you built pro forma financial models to accomplish these goals? Response: No – we have not done so. It seems to us that priorities [...]
Kaiser Health News: Baby Boomers Set Another Trend - More Golden Years in Poorer Health After the last of the baby boomers become fully eligible for Medicare, the federal health program can expect significantly higher costs in 2030 both because of the high number of beneficiaries and because many are expected to be significantly less [...]
National Journal: I'm Not Broken I’m hardly the only person with autism who has ended up pursuing a career in Washington; people with autism are, after all, everywhere in the world. Yet despite our presence in D.C., the political conversation surrounding autism is often maddeningly disconnected from our lives. — Eric Garcia (Dec. 4) Disability Scoop: [...]
Administration for Community Living: Remembering Jamie Kendall ACL is mourning the loss of Jamie Kendall, Acting Director of the Independent Living Administration, who died November 12. Jamie was an inspirational leader, brilliant colleague and dear friend, but these words do not begin to really capture who she was, or how many people she touched. In [...]
Government Executive: Disabled employees in federal government reach all-time high More individuals with disabilities work for the federal government than in any time in the 34 years agencies have been tracking the statistic. Between fiscal years 2011 and 2014, federal agencies hired nearly 72,000 full-time permanent employees with disabilities. Between fiscal 2013 and 2014, the [...]
The New York Times: The chains of mental illness in West Africa Every society struggles to care for people with mental illness. In parts of West Africa, where psychiatry is virtually unknown, the chain is often a last resort for desperate families who cannot control a loved one in the grip of psychosis. Religious retreats, [...]
Bloomberg The Job of the Future Is... Home Health Care The BLS has projected that by 2022 there will be 1.9 million home health care workers, making it the fastest growing industry in the land over the coming years, just ahead of the not entirely dissimilar categories of individual and family services and outpatient, laboratory [...]
Health News Florida Isolation Increases Florida's Rural Suicide Rates Florida's rural counties are seeing suicide rates for youth almost double that of the state's large cities. And experts say isolation, poverty, access to firearms and a lack of mental health resources are to blame. — Daylina Miller & Nancy Klingener (Sep. 24) Kaiser Health News [...]
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution The Invisible Epidemic It’s an invisible epidemic, as devastating as diabetes but out of the public eye. Look around you, at your family, your neighbors, your coworkers. Chances are excellent that you’ll see someone suffering from mental illness. Nearly one in five adults in Georgia battles mental illness in any given year. [...]
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Addressing Disparities in Medicare - A Six-point Plan CMS released a six-point plan (“The CMS Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare”) for addressing health equity in Medicare at a conference that noted both the 50th anniversary of Medicare and the 30th anniversary of the Heckler Report on minority health. [...]
The National Advisory Board on Improving Health Care Services for Older Adults and People with Disabilities shares in the celebration of the American labor movement and the contributions of workers – past and present – to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country. In observance of Labor Day, What We’re Reading will resume publication [...]
Disability Scoop Feds Clarify Rights Of Parents With Disabilities Technical assistance issued jointly this month from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services clarifies that children should not be taken from their moms or dads simply because a parent has a disability. Similarly, federal officials said that people with [...]
Associated Press U.S. Court Reinstates Home Care Pay Rules A federal appeals court on Friday reinstated regulations drawn up by the Obama administration to extend minimum wage and overtime protections to almost two million workers who provide home care for the elderly and disabled. The regulations, struck down by a lower court about nine months [...]
Associated Press Soldier's journey to heal spotlights 'soul wounds' of war While the idea of warriors feeling remorse over battlefield horrors is not new, moral injury – produces extreme guilt and shame from something done or witnessed that goes against one's values or may even be a crime – has gained more attention following the [...]
NPR Will Doctors Soon Be Prescribing Video Games For Mental Health? At the University of California–San Francisco, neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley is putting a fully immersive video game focused on multitasking through the paces of the FDA approval process for medical devices. If successful, Gazzaley sees great potential to use these games for a range of [...]
Last week was filled with celebrations of the 50th anniversaries of Medicare and Medicaid on Thursday, July 30. In his weekly radio address and a separate video, the president celebrated the anniversaries, praising the two programs for “sav[ing] millions of our people from poverty and hardship.” The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services also celebrated [...]
Last week was filled with celebrations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 25-year anniversary, Sunday, July 26. The president and vice president hosted several thousand new and returning advocates at the White House where the president made remarks in the East Room (see video and fact sheets). The Departments of Labor, Justice, HHS/ACL, and Education also held separate [...]
We’re counting down to July 26 – the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – with the top anniversary articles and blogs. Plus last week’s White House Conference on Aging; the need for childhood, adolescent access to mental health treatment; rise of young people among nursing home population; and recent reports on [...]
Creating Livable Communities presents six strategies or policy levers, gleaned from the two previous research reports, that can be implemented on the federal and local levels to promote collaboration and coordination and support livable community objectives. Each of these strategies is illustrated by actual promising practices at both the federal and state levels that can [...]
The National Advisory Board thanks the men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, and pauses to remember those who died while in service to our country. We extend best wishes on this Independence Day. What We're Reading will resume on Monday, July 13 in observance of the holiday. The information and links provided here [...]
We’re taking stock of last week’s SCOTUS news and all of the headlines since, including: new CMS sub-regulatory guidance on housing supports and home and community-based settings; telehealth adoption by Medicare; state laws supporting family caregivers; gaps for students with invisible disabilities; and, transportation needs among older adults. We were right to be on SCOTUS [...]
This week we’re on SCOTUS watch (along with everyone else), as the Supreme Court prepares to issue a decision on federal insurance subsidies. We’re also reading about innovative solutions to accessible housing; breaking the “school-to-prison pipeline”; the anniversaries of the ADA and Olmstead; and recommendations for expanded rehabilitation benefits for older adults. Kaiser Health News, [...]
This week we’re reading about new Medicaid initiatives to fund supportive housing; pay and benefits for home care workers; the results of a new fall-prevention initiative; state efforts to pay for (and rebalance) LTSS; and a trio of new reports on employment and disability, affordable housing and Medicaid BIP. Kaiser Health News is taking a [...]
This week our focus is still on mental health following Thursday’s news of the latest in mental health reform legislation. We’re also gearing up to celebrate the 16th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision later this month, we’re reading up on the intersection of disability and employment, with a cover story from Governing magazine. [...]
It’s a week full of announcements! This week we’re reading up on the Medicaid managed care regulation released last Tuesday, news from Google of a $20 million investment in universal access, and changes at the Administration for Community Living (ACL). Spoiler alert: ACL announced the new Administration on Disabilities. Called “epic” and a “milestone,” the [...]
Returning from an extended holiday weekend, we’re deep in catch-up mode. This week we’re turning the focus to states’ implementation of mental health parity in Medicaid and CHIP, the incarceration of individuals with mental health and substance use conditions, the rise in hospital observations, and recent advocacy on voting and access rights. Once the public [...]
The National Advisory Board thanks the men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, and pauses to remember those who died while in service to our country. We extend best wishes on this Memorial Day. What We're Reading will resume on Tuesday, May 26 in observance of the holiday.
This week we’re reading about an ‘epic’ regulation in the works for Medicaid managed care, home health worker pay, disability-informed police training, graduation rates, and more. New Medicaid regulations – expected any day now – could be ‘epic’ for managed long-term care, writes the National Journal. More: “When the rules were last updated 13 years [...]
This week we’re reading about the need for new and different strategies to support aging in place, mental health parity, employment of people with disabilities, and access to home and community-based services. The Atlantic explores older Americans’ desire to age in place, suggesting if “staying independent is what people want,” attitudinal changes about natural supports [...]
This week we are reading a lot. Its reports galore following releases this week from the National Council on Disability (NCD), the Employment Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) and Child Mind Institute. Plus, spotlights from others on the wearable device market, supported employment, WIOA’s unified plans for workers with disabilities, and more Americans with Disabilities Act [...]
This week we’re reading up on the Fair Housing Act in celebration of Fair Housing Month with the Disability.gov Blog, as well as staying current on the White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA), tech accessibility, and entrepreneurship for workers with disabilities. As April comes to a close, the Disability.gov Blog is marking Fair Housing Month [...]
This week the spotlight continues on Netflix, as the streaming video provider responds to calls for accessibility. We’re also working through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)’s Proposed Rule on employer wellness programs, personal accounts from the intersection of the criminal justice and mental health systems, accessible design, and more. Netflix announced it is rolling [...]
This week we’re catching up on Cullen v. Netflix and what it might mean for web accessibility; a bipartisan proposal to update the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA); the United Nation’s call to action for inclusive hiring; the White House Conference on Aging's (WHCOA's) healthy aging recommendations; and more. Ars Technica is reporting on [...]
This week we’re catching up on all-things tech with fresh stories from across the country on the intersection of technology, disability and aging. Plus, a draft regulation extends mental health parity to Medicaid, CHIP; new report, study on access to mental health services; and more on Social Security Disability Insurance and employment of people with [...]
This week we’re following the latest on the home care regulation, plus a new proposal to align the Affordable Care Act’s wellness provisions with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) of 2008; more on the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) fix and empowering workers with disabilities. The Obama administration is [...]
This week we’re reading about: The current “doc fix” or Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula debate, which has implications for children’s access to health insurance and Medicare payments to doctors. More: Children from lower- and moderate-income families would be big losers if the Supreme Court rejects premium subsidies for many states in the King v. [...]
This week we’re reading about new federal initiatives to advance hiring for Americans with disabilities, recommendations for integrated health care, health and wellness trends for older adults, and advancements in telemedicine. The White House is launching TechHire, a new initiative to work with communities to get more Americans trained for well-paying technology jobs, including Americans [...]
This week we’re reading about the indirect costs of limited mental health resources, gaps in measuring LTSS rebalancing, the top four lessons of the ADA, and much more. In the U.S., the direct and indirect costs of mental health conditions – including loss of productivity and profitability – make mental health issues perhaps the most [...]
This week we’re reading about proposed changes to Medicare Advantage for 2016, plus an emerging training model for providers serving individuals with ASD. The 2016 Medicaid Draft Call Letter is out, and everyone is sharing their two-cents. Reuters is highlighting the draft’s 0.9 percent cut in Medicare Advantage payments, while Kaiser Health News is focusing in [...]
This week we’re reading about reporting standards for schools, new resources for advancing employment of people with disabilities, transparency and healthcare reform, and more. Schools held to more stringent academic reporting standards are more likely to mainstream children with disabilities by as much as 16 percentage-points higher, according to a new study featured on Disability Scoop. [...]
This week we’re catching up on recent Hill hearings on SSDI and mental health reform, plus state trends toward formularies and the like for prescription drugs for mental health conditions. The debate on SSDI reform is underway following last week’s Senate Budget Committee hearing on the long-term health of Social Security. POLITICO magazine is exploring [...]
This week we’re reading a slew of new federal reports on SSDI, employment and mental health, plus making design and technology accessible. As Congress and the White House tee up their respective SSDI reform proposals, the National Council on Disability weighs in with their own: “Securing the Social Contract: Reforming Social Security Disability.” Also released [...]
This week we’re reading more in the ongoing home care regulation story, the latest SS-DI participation rates plus commentary on the program’s design, and more. Disability Scoop reports that the U.S. Department of Labor has filed a notice of appeal contesting a recent federal court ruling that put a stop to a 2013’s regulation’s home [...]
Disability advocates sharply critical of plan to ease testing. Current regulations allow students with the severe cognitive disabilities to take alternate assessments as opposed to the general, grade-level tests required of most students. Only 1 percent of all students — or roughly 10 percent of those with disabilities — can be counted as proficient by [...]
Caregiver wage, overtime protections struck down. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said this week that the U.S. Department of Labor overstepped its authority when it moved to mandate pay protections for caregivers. (Disability Scoop, Jan. 16) Congress seeks to limit transfers between Social Security and Disability funds. A sweeping rules package the House approved at [...]
On day one, the new Congress launches an attack on Social Security. The rule hampers an otherwise routine reallocation of Social Security payroll tax income from the old-age program to the disability program. Such a reallocation, in either direction, has taken place 11 times since 1968, according to Kathy Ruffing of the Center on Budget and [...]
Federal court ruling allows minimum wage exemptions for home care companionship services. On December 22, 2014, a federal district court judge vacated part of a federal Department of Labor (DOL) rule preventing home care provider organizations from seeking an exemption to paying minimum wage and overtime. (Open Minds, Jan. 4) Federal hiring of people with [...]
Judge strikes down wage boost for some home workers. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said part of the rules approved last year conflict with federal law that has long exempted third-party providers of in-home care for the elderly and disabled from complying with minimum wage and overtime laws. The decision. (AP, Dec. 22) With caregiver [...]
Bill boosting financial security for individuals with disabilities clears U.S. House, awaits passage in Senate. When his daughter Audrey was 4 years old, Rick Hodges went to a financial planning seminar — “like a dutiful dad,” he recalled. But he knew immediately it was of no help. “All these plans are designed for people with [...]
Is Medicaid expansion reducing disability claims? The total decline in Social Security Income claims in states that expanded Medicaid in the first six months of 2014 was 11.2 percent, compared with 10.0 percent in non-expansion states. (Modern Healthcare, Dec. 6) Report - “Parity or Disparity: The State of Mental Health in America, 2015.” Massachusetts scores [...]
House approves tax-free disability accounts, bill moves to Senate. The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to approve a bill that would establish a new way for people with disabilities to save money without risking their government benefits. The Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE, Act passed by a vote of 404 to 17 [...]
Michigan delays implementing health care program for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees (The Times Herald, Nov. 25) The Michigan Department of Community Health announced the start date for MI Health Link – the State’s program for people eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid – will move from Jan. 1, 2015 to March 1, 2015 to make sure it’s [...]
Blind from birth, but able to use sound to ‘see’ faces (NPR, Nov. 21) A brain area that recognizes faces remains functional even in people who have been blind since birth, research says. The finding, presented at the Society for Neuroscience Meeting last week, suggests that facial recognition is so important that evolution has hardwired [...]
Teen lands venture capital for accessibility device (Disability Scoop, Nov. 14) One school science fair victory, a few national accolades, $35,000 of his parents’ savings and a visit to the White House later, seventh-grader Shubham Banerjee today is the founder of Palo Alto startup Braigo Labs, which aims to become the first purveyor of low-cost, [...]
The best jobs for people with disabilities (Forbes, Nov. 4) As of March 2014, a 1973 federal law designed to protect disabled people from job discrimination got additional teeth, prompting companies to be more proactive about hiring people with physical or mental challenges. Justice department monitoring disability access at polls (Disability Scoop, Nov. 4) Despite [...]
Lawmakers urge feds to listen to autism self-advocates (Disability Scoop, Oct. 31) Members of Congress are calling on the Obama administration to take into account concerns of self-advocates as the federal government works to implement the recently-passed Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support Act, or Autism CARES. Opinion: Students with disabilities are still being [...]
Blog: America’s Social Security benefits to increase 7.1 percent in 2015 (Wall Street Journal, Oct. 22) Americans who receive Social Security benefits will see a modest increase in their checks next year to cover higher consumer prices, according to the Social Security Administration. Retiree beneficiaries will see the first increase in their January payment. Those [...]
Tech pros with disabilities use creativity to level the field (Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology, Oct. 20) To companies considering hiring people with disabilities, Laureen Summers says this: “Disabled employees bring a unique perspective and creativity to problem solving that can enhance everyone’s lives.” Research: Study connects police tactics and mental health concerns (MSNBC, [...]
HUD publishes Section 811 and Section 202 proposed rule (NCSHA Blog, Oct. 9) HUD published in the October 7 Federal Register a Proposed Rule for implementing statutory reforms made to the Section 811 Housing for Persons with Disabilities and Section 202 Housing for the Elderly programs by the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of [...]
Video: A memorial for veterans who lived (CNN, Oct. 5) The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, located just blocks from the U.S. Capitol, was dedicated Sunday in a ceremony that focused on life after war and the many sacrifices disabled veterans still make. White House to convene disability summit (Disability Scoop, Oct. 3) The [...]
New details emerge on autism treatment mandate (Disability Scoop, Sep. 26) Federal officials are taking steps to clarify new requirements surrounding Medicaid coverage of autism treatments. Senators: Widen Medicaid program for frail seniors Sep. 25) More than a dozen U.S. senators from both parties are calling on the Obama administration to broaden [the Program for [...]
Deal reach on tax-free disability savings accounts (Disability Scoop, Sep. 19) Federal lawmakers say they’ve reached a deal to move forward on legislation that would establish a new way for people with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing their government benefits. For autistic adults, coverage options are scarce (Kaiser Health News, Sep. 19) It’s getting easier [...]
A consumer control approach to the delivery of Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) can enable individuals with disabilities “to engage in a full range of life’s activities and to pursue meaningful personal goals, including those of lifelong income generation and aging in place,” according to new research published in the current issue of the Public [...]
Our weekly column will be taking a break the week of September 8. Obama Plans More Measures to Improve Health Care for Veterans (New York Times, Aug. 26) President Obama on Tuesday promised several thousand military veterans that he would take further action to improve their access to health care and housing as he seeks [...]
Medical boards engage in telemedicine reform (POLITICO, Aug. 25) Several state boards of medicine have held or plan to hold special meetings to address their telemedicine policies in order to stay ahead of the growth of the technology in their states. Help Wanted (a Lot): Home-Health Aides (The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 22) Dolores Streater [...]
Lawmakers push new savings account for people with disabilities (The Hill, Aug. 16) Members of Congress are on the verge of creating a new, tax-free savings account for people with disabilities in what would be a rare burst of bipartisanship in an election year. Advocates Cracking Down On Sheltered Workshops (Disability Scoop, Aug. 15) A [...]
President Signs Autism CARES Act into Law (AUCD blog, Aug. 9) President Obama signed into law the Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Supports or Autism (CARES) Act into law. This law reauthorizes the Combating Autism Act for another five years and makes some small improvements. Schumer: People with disabilities should have savings (The Hill, Aug. [...]
Senate passes autism bill (The Hill, July 31) The Senate passed a bill Thursday night that reauthorizes federal support for autism programs. The Autism CARES Act, H.R. 4631, requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to designate an official to oversee national autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research. It also extends autism education programs through [...]
Deal reached on VA reforms (POLITICO, July 27) Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Jeff Miller have reached an agreement to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to an aide briefed on the matter. How employers are tapping talents of disabled workers (CNBC, July 25) A long-overlooked players in the American workplace is finally getting [...]
Bob Doles address home-schoolers on disability treaty (POLITICO, July 22) The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is expected to approve the treaty Tuesday morning, but it’s not clear if it has enough votes to pass the full Senate. The treaty, the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, was adopted in 2006 and signed by [...]
In the first decade of the 21st Century, it is becoming clear that America's demography will become far more multifaceted than we have known in the past. Two of the main demographic engines, propelling these changes, are discussed in this report: first, we examine the rise in America's senior population, which will be propelled by [...]
As states move forward with multiple strategies to support community living for all individuals with disabilities and to promote the principles of person-centered planning, these additional tools and strategies provide complimentary opportunities to accelerate the achievement of inclusive outcomes. With states becoming more advanced with the development of person directed budgets, there are additional opportunities [...]
This AARP Public Policy Institute research paper examines the extent to which states have balanced the delivery of Medicaid-funded long-term care (LTC) services and supports to people in their homes (or in more home-like settings in their communities) and in institutions. What is unique about this report is its primary focus on older people and [...]
This report introduces a new vocabulary as a way to define financial incentives, track their major outcome and impact, and apply this methodology to the study of a number of key incentives. It also provides research findings from a review of the literature in six selected domains: education, employment, transportation, health care and long-term services [...]
The National Advisory Board has released a new resource for legislators, consumers and advocates, entitled Managed Care: Doing It Right – Applying the Independent Living Philosophy. The toolkit addresses a suggested approach to managed care that embraces the independent living philosophy and covers a wide range of information regarding legislation, methodology and public policy recommendations on [...]
Hailed as the Bill of Rights for people with disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 has fulfilled much of its promise since it went into effect 20 years ago, according to an online survey of disability leaders, released July 22, 2010. But the findings also uncover new challenges. Lex Frieden, convener of [...]
The National Advisory Board joined the George Mason University Long-term Care Educational Foundation and Amerigroup Public Policy Institute at the Capitol Hill Visitor Center in Washington, D.C. to provide a forum for key Congressional staff, policy analysts and Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) experts to review the role and relevance of LTSS in health reform, [...]
The National Advisory Board’s National Day of Dialogue was a successful start to the need for more discussion on long-term care and independent living options. Watch the Video > Check out the Additional Q-and-A > Read the Press Release >
America’s healthcare and long-term services and supports systems need to undergo a radical, modern transformation to meet the needs of today’s older adults and individuals with disabilities, according to a report released by a 15-member private, national advisory board. The National Advisory Board on Improving Health Care Services for Older Adults and People with Disabilities [...]
This literature review found promising indications that some models of integrated health and social care for the elderly can result in improved outcomes, client satisfaction and/or cost savings or cost-effectiveness. A substantial and growing body of knowledge is developing about the features of projects that are successful in achieving at least one or more outcome [...]
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