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 enrolled in Medicaid Service Coordination must enroll with a Care Coordination Organization (CCO), which are new entities formed by existing providers of developmental disability services. The CCOs will coordinate the Health Home Care Management services.
For 93-year-old Joseph Brown, the clearest sign of aging was his inability the other day to remember he had to have his pants unzipped to pull them on. For 95-year-old Caroline Mayer, it was deciding at age 80 to put away her skis, after two hip replacements. And for 56-year-old Dr. Thomas Gill, a geriatric professor at Yale University, it’s accepting that his daily 5½-mile jog now takes him upward of 50 minutes — never mind that he long prided himself on running the distance in well under that time. Is there such a thing as normal aging?
Bayard Rustin Elementary will open in Rockville in September. Montgomery County’s newest public school will be called Bayard Rustin Elementary, honoring a civil rights champion and becoming the district’s first school named for an openly gay individual.
When Simone Landrum felt tired and both nauseated and ravenous at the same time in the spring of 2016, she recognized the signs of pregnancy. Her beloved grandmother died earlier that year, and Landrum felt a sense of divine order when her doctor confirmed on Muma’s birthday that she was carrying a girl. She decided she would name her daughter Harmony. “I pictured myself teaching my daughter to sing,” says Landrum, now 23, who lives in New Orleans. “It was something I thought we could do together.”
Dementia can be a terrifying word most of us never want to hear when it comes to our own aging parents. In the work we do at AgingParents.com, we see families fighting about whether a parent has it or not. Some siblings, or even the other aging spouse may be convinced one way or the other, while the rest are so sure they’re wrong. These disputes get very emotional.
First Lady Glenna Bevin today joined Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Kentucky Medicaid to announce donations from Anthem to the First Lady’s Foundation, #WeAreKy!, Inc., and the Department of Community Based Services (DCBS) within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Anthem presented a $15,000 donation for the First Lady’s #WeAreKy! Foundation to further programs aimed at assisting Kentucky’s foster youth. The foundation works to support the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable children through foster care and adoption initiatives.
Forcing companies to disclose their gender pay gap has been like pulling back the curtain. For the first time, we’re seeing the real picture behind the often-secretive world of pay: one in which every industry from academia and local councils to FTSE companies is underpaying women. As part of this, it has been refreshing to see the impact of race and class on the gender gap discussed, despite the fact the gender audit didn’t include these factors. But disability hasn’t been mentioned at all. In the UK, there is no complex breakdown of disability pay like the gender pay investigation has provided but what we know shows stark inequality.
Today marks the start of the Black Mamas Matter Alliance’s inaugural Black Maternal Health Week. This week seeks to magnify and bring attention to the voices of black mothers and women and increase attention to the issue of maternal mortality. Raising the profile of this issue could not be timelier. From the acclaimed ProPublica/NPR series spotlighting the stories of everyday women who have died from pregnancy-related complications to tennis star Serena Williams sharing the story of her health care provider ignoring her distress after experiencing a health complication the day after delivering her daughter, the maternal deaths of black women have recently been front and center in the media. America can no longer turn a blind eye to this urgent and ignored health issue. And while maternal mortality among black women is a major public health concern, fully addressing the issue lies within the very systems and institutions that affect various aspects of black life.
There are plenty of gender-neutral terms that people have tried to make a thing in American English. Take upstart pronouns like xe or zir, which have had champions for centuries and remain little-used. Consider “first-year student,” which is gaining steam but has a long way to go before supplanting freshman. Or recall the discussions about genderless military titles, like “midshiperson,” which have yet to leave port. There have also been success stories, from flight attendant to alum. And it appears that the adjective Latinx — an alternative to Latino or Latina — is headed in that direction. Academic centers are adding the word to their titles. The term is becoming de rigueur among artists and politically active youth. Media outlets like NPR are using it without remark or explanation. Another sign that this word has staying power: dictionaries have recently taken the time to define it.
Members of the President’s Commission on Disability Issues are developing a disability studies minor for University of Maryland undergraduate students to be launched in fall 2019. This university has more than 70 undergraduate and graduate courses that cover various aspects of this field. While the commission — whose 30 members advise the administration on disability issues — does not anticipate the school would have to create many new classes for the minor, more sections of the already existing introductory course may have to be added to meet demand, said JoEllen Barnhart, who serves on the commission.
The Dogged Investigative Reporter on the Aging Beat | Next Avenue
How ProPublica’s Peter Gosselin got the story on IBM and its older workers. When you think of investigative reporting, your mind probably goes to journalists digging for dirt on political malfeasance. Peter Gosselin, a contributing reporter at the nonprofit newsroom ProPublica, has a very different investigative beat: Americans 60 and older. More specifically: age discrimination and the treatment of older workers. His recent exposé of IBM laying off older workers and replacing some with younger, less experienced, lower paid ones — Cutting ‘Old Heads’ at IBM — is a masterful example.
“In 2018, every large-scale music event should be all-inclusive,” said Suzanne Bull, CEO of British music charity Attitude is Everything. A new music task force has been launched in the United Kingdom to make it easier for deaf and disabled audiences to book tickets to live concerts.
This is the second essay of our three-part series, “Degree Interrupted,” in which Youth Radio reporter Brooke Reotutar interviewed college students who had non-traditional paths to higher education. Today’s story comes from Gina Marie, a student at Palomar College in San Marcos, California.
The Cerebral Palsy Foundation will host its third annual Design for Disability Fashion Show and Gala on May 9 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Metropolitan Pavilion at 125 West 18th Street in New York. The event showcases breakthrough innovations in fashion for people with disabilities, featuring student-designed looks that are both fashion-forward and accessible.
Anna Sui is this year’s Design for Disability Design Mentor. Over the past several months, she has mentored fashion design students from Fashion Institute of Technology, Pratt Institute and Parsons The New School of Design, as they tackle the challenges in fit, closures, durability and form to create collections which address the physical needs of people with disabilities. The outfits will be showcased in a high-powered runway show, featuring notable and accomplished individuals in the world of disabilities.
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