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, in particular, that makes establishing relationships with home- and community-based partners all the more important.
Launch of New Data Tool Brings Critical National Visibility to I/DD Providers, Workforce Crisis | ANCOR
Yesterday, the ANCOR Foundation joined with their partners at United Cerebral Palsy to unveil the Case for Inclusion 2019, and the whirlwind of activity that has taken place in the past 24 hours has confirmed the incredible thirst for this valuable data resource.
To mark the official launch, we convened nearly 70 national leaders and I/DD service providers, who heard from some of the nation’s leading researchers, advocates and policy experts during an event at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
- Visit the Case for Inclusion website, where you can download the report and explore data by state or by issue.
- Use the Outreach Toolkit to leverage the report as you continue to advocate for the full inclusion of people with disabilities among policymakers, members of the press, your own professional networks and more.
- Share your story of success with the Included. Supported. Empowered. campaign to show the world what’s possible when we invest deeply in people with I/DD and the supports and services on which they rely.
Imagine your black child is asked to clean up trash throughout his school with all the other black students in an effort to learn life skills. White students are busy learning math, reading, writing, and socializing in the halls. They watch the black students clean up after them. This smacks of demeaning and stigmatizing discrimination. It’s unbelievable in 2017! Except for the fact that if you replace black student with disabled student it’s a very real scenario in many schools throughout America today.
AAPD is proud to recognize Sarah Blahovec and Dustin Gibson as the recipients of the 2019 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Awards. Through the AAPD Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Awards, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) recognizes outstanding emerging leaders with disabilities who exemplify leadership, advocacy, and dedication to the broader cross-disability community. Two individuals each receive $2,500 in recognition of their outstanding contributions and $7,500 to further a new or existing
initiative that increases the political and economic power of people with disabilities.
I haven’t seen “The Upside,” and I’m pretty sure I never will. The movie, which comes out Jan. 11, stars “Breaking Bad” actor Bryan Cranston as a quadriplegic billionaire named Phillip Lacasse who hires a former felon to be his caretaker. So far, the movie has received mediocre ratings — but that’s not why I refuse to see it. As a disabled woman, what I’m not OK with is that Cranston is an able-bodied man playing a disabled character. I’m far from alone in my critique. Cranston and the film in general have garnered major criticism from the disability community on Twitter. Still, Cranston defended playing the role of Lacasse, a wheelchair user.
On Monday, the 37th Annual JP Morgan Healthcare Investment Conference kicks off in San Francisco—a week-long orgy of PowerPoint decks, spreadsheets and geeked-out cocktail parties that draws tens of thousands of digital health entrepreneurs, execs from health care, biotech and Big Pharma, as well as investors from across the globe. But don’t let all of their wonky banter about the ACA and the FDA fool you into thinking this is just an opportunity for scientists, doctors and health policy experts to nerd out; health care venture capital firms raised a record $9.1 billion in 2017, and according to a study commissioned by Forbes, health care startups are on pace to raise more this past year than in 2012 and 2013 combined.
South Korea, one of the world’s fastest-aging countries, is investing in teaching older people how to use social media as they are increasingly looking to social media to find new ways to communicate and reinvigorate their lives. “It is difficult to maintain your workplace as you get old. It is even more difficult to make friends and communicate. The internet broadcast can serve as a way to overcome these difficulties,” Jen Young-Soo, 78, told ABC News.
Megan Willis lives with cystic fibrosis, a deadly disease that causes extensive lung damage. The 22-year-old said she spends around six hours a day administering medications and therapy, and that the disease frequently causes infections and other complications. With the condition, Willis qualified as a disabled adult for Social Security benefits on living expenses. About 10 million other Americans too disabled for work also get the stipend, called Disability Insurance. More importantly, having Social Security gave Willis access to Medicaid, which paid her annual health care costs of over $100,000.
Oregon’s leading statewide disability rights advocacy organization has called on the city of Bend to ensure that any new public transit options that replace a public bus line are accessible to people with disabilities. In a news release issued Tuesday, Disability Rights Oregon voiced deep concerns about a proposal by the City of Bend to replace a public bus route that Cascades East Transit eliminated in July with an “on-demand” ride-hailing pilot project. In other cities, similar ride-hailing systems have resulted in wheelchair users being screened out from accessing the services in violation of the federal civil rights law.
The first dream for my imagined future self that I can recall starts with a sound. I was maybe 5 years old and I wanted to click-clack. The click-clack of high heels on a shiny, hard floor. I have a briefcase. I am walking purposefully, click-clack-click-clack. That is the entire dream. I dreamed of being competent. I have never felt more incompetent than when I was pregnant. I was four months or so pregnant, extremely uncomfortable, and at work when I started bleeding. When you are black woman, having a body is already complicated for workplace politics. Having a bleeding, distended body is especially egregious. I waited until I filed my copy, by deadline, before walking to the front of the building, where I called my husband to pick me up.
A former professional tennis player and NCAA All-Southeastern Conference student athlete, Elizabeth Moorman was trying to conceive her second child when she began suffering from severe headaches, chronic pain, congestion and sinus infections so severe that she underwent four surgeries.
A home-based, multidisciplinary program focusing on both the individual and the environment decreased disability in low-income adults aged 65 years or older while increasing ease-of-life, suggesting that disability may be modifiable, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. “Disabilities are common among adults aged 65 years or older and are associated with poor quality of life, further functional decline, hospitalization, increased mortality, and triple the medical costs,” Sarah L. Szanton, PhD, professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, and colleagues wrote. “We tested the CAPABLE program, a person-directed intervention that helps older adults identify and achieve their own functional goals through a combination of strategies, including targeting the individual and the home environment.”
The long-term effects of sitting in a wheelchair can be painful. People who use wheelchairs can get muscle deformities and even serious injuries. Wheelchair injuries and pains, such as pressure ulcers, normally hit people who spend a significant amount of time in wheelchairs. Bad posture is another major challenge for people who use wheelchairs because they are not able to change their sitting position.
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