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 of students who are grappling with invisible disabilities. — Cathy Gulli (Feb. 9)
Minnesota Star Tribune: Minnesota is developing alternatives to segregated workshops for people with disabilities
The voluntary initiative, known as “Way to Work,” is based on a similar program in Ohio and has helped hundreds. — Chris Serres (Feb. 4)
Time: President Obama Sends $4 Trillion Budget to Congress
President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2017 Budget on Tuesday, a document that details his policy priorities for not just the coming year, but the nation’s future. It’s a moonshot document to go along with the president’s reach-for-the-stars final year in office. Want proof? Just look at the $4.1 trillion in proposed spending he’s requesting to tackle issues like poverty, climate change and terror threats. — Maya Rhodan (Feb. 9). See also “Under Obama Budget, Disability Program Funding Little Changed,” by Michelle Diament, Disability Scoop (Feb. 9).
USA Today: Narrow marketplace plans in Texas pose problems for autistic children
But 2016 brought some major changes to the individual marketplace and they don’t have the same option this year. Most major insurance carriers in the state have done away with PPO plans and have replaced them with options that provide no coverage for out-of-network care, such as HMOs. Insurers said the move came after heavy losses from large numbers of high-cost enrollees buying individual plans and a shortfall in payments expected from the government. — Kate Harrington, Kaiser Health News (Feb. 6)
The Washington Post: The 2016 conversation has ignored disabled people. Now, they want to be heard.
It’s a safe bet that certain hot-button issues will be addressed in the next round of Democratic and Republican presidential debates this week: unemployment, health care, gun control, the economy. But will the candidates talk about how the unemployment rate among the disabled is more than double that of non-disabled Americans? Or that people with disabilities are far more likely to be victims of violent crime? Will there be any mention of the many disabled people whose struggles are compounded by poverty and inadequate health care? — Caitlin Gibson (Feb. 10)
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