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, the money is expected to generate more than $36 million in total spending during the 2019 fiscal year, which begins October 1. The funding will expand services provided at home or in the community to two groups of young people. One group is children and youth with severe emotional disturbance. The other group is children and youth with autism spectrum disorder.
Court ruling could extend disability benefits to thousands of injured veterans | Military Times
Thousands of veterans previously denied disability benefits for pain issues related to their military service may now be eligible for that assistance, thanks to a federal court ruling this week. On Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned a 19-year-old precedent used in more than 11,000 VA claims denials that stated veterans had to have a clear medical diagnosis connected to their pain in order to be eligible for those disability payouts.
Do Churches Rip Off Aging Parents Too? | Forbes
We may think of those who steal from vulnerable aging loved ones as murky figures on the internet or ruthless adult children taking advantage of a parent with dementia. All that is true. But what you might not consider is that your aging parent could be victimized by someone the parent totally trusts outside the family: the church.
Six Simple Tips for Smooth Travel with a Disability | New York Times
Times have changed for travelers who use wheelchairs, are visually or hearing-impaired or have another disability, says Jayne Bliss, a travel adviser with Tzell, who has more than 30 years of experience in planning trips for those with special needs. “No place is off limits, and hotels, museums and cultural institutions offer more accessibility than ever before,” Ms. Bliss said. Here are some of her tips to travel smoothly with a disability:
Hollywood’s diversity push snubs actors with disabilities | ABC News
Eileen Grubba was working alongside other actors on a TV commercial when she realized the director’s eye was caught by her uneven gait. He started positioning her out of shots — and then it got worse. Shooting a scene on a bus, the director ordered Grubba to get up and move from her seat in the middle to one in the rear that was fully out of the frame. “‘So now we’re going to make the disabled people sit at the back of the bus? That’s awesome,'” Grubba, who uses a leg brace because of childhood spinal cord damage, recalled thinking some six years ago.
Alice Wong’s Longmore Lecture, April 2018 | Storify
Paul Longmore was an advocate for owning one’s privilege, thoroughly interrogating one’s place in the academy and resultant hierarchy of oppression. In a conversation with Paul, he once said to me (and others) that not every disabled person need to be an activist
Gallaudet eyes more progress for deaf community 30 years after ‘Deaf President Now’ protest | USA Today
Students at Gallaudet University, the renowned school for the deaf, brought the campus in the nation’s capital to a standstill 30 years ago during a week-long protest to demand a “deaf president now.” The protest forever changed Gallaudet and inspired the deaf community, but students, alumni and experts say more is still needed three decades later to boost the number of deaf leaders and jobs. Less than 40% of people who are deaf or hard of hearing in the U.S. were employed full time in 2016, according to Cornell University’s Institute on Employment and Disability.
Social Security disability recipients targeted in ‘imposter phishing’ scheme | News 6 Orlando
Florida residents who receive Social Security disability benefits are being targeted by imposters who claim their accounts have been hacked and their SSN assets have been frozen. Janice Robinson, of Orlando, a cancer survivor, told News 6 she received two calls on the same day with identical recorded messages.
Aging Populations Will Challenge Healthcare Systems All Over The World | Forbes
Demographic change is a defining issue of our time. As the worldwide population ages, the healthcare systems of every country, including the United States, will face significant challenges to meet the needs of an aging population. This article is the first in a series that will explore how nations are coping with demographic change. The series on aging will give you a close look at the future of long term care through the lens of a number of different healthcare systems.
Don’t let my son plunge off the ‘disability cliff’ when I’m gone | USA Today
My adult son has intellectual disabilities and needs lifelong support systems. For now he has us, but we also need solutions like intentional communities.
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