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April 17, 2014

US Drug Watchdog Stresses the Urgency for DePuy Pinnacle All-Metal Hip Implant Recipients to Ask About a Specific Blood Test that Can Detect Premature Failure - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The US Drug Watchdog says, "We want every US recipient of an all-metal hip implant to call us for the code for a specific blood test that has been designed to measure the levels of cobalt, or chromium levels in a recipients blood stream. If...



Beneficios del Gobierno para personas con discapacidades - PRNewswire
WASHINGTON, 17 de abril de 2014 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- Las discapacidades afectan las actividades diarias de una de cada cinco personas en Estados Unidos, según informan los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC, por su sigla en...

Government Benefits for People with Disabilities - PRNewswire
WASHINGTON, April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in five people are affected by disabilities. Some of those disabilities happen at birth, while others are the result of injury, illness, or aging. Despite the...

Ranking Names Best States For Disability Services - DisabiltyScoop
An annual ranking of states offering the best services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities reveals a familiar but evolving landscape.
April 16, 2014

Special Olympics Teaches Victory Living Programs Clients Healthy Diet and Exercise Habits - PRNewswire

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Teaching healthy diet and exercise habits to adults with special needs can be more challenging than with most groups of people, but for Karlyn Emile it's also more...



Walk to Cure Arthritis Comes to San Francisco - PRNewswire

SAN FRANCISCO, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Help find a cure by participating in and fundraising for the 2014 Walk to Cure Arthritis on May 17 at the Golden Gate Park Music Concourse in San Francisco. Formerly Arthritis Walk, Walk to Cure Arthritis is the Arthritis Foundation's...



Feds Impose Stiffer ADA Penalties - DisabiltyScoop
For the first time in more than a decade, the fines that the federal government can impose for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act are set to rise.

UCEDD Directors Retreat and TA Institute Meeting Materials Available - AUCD
This meeting provided an opportunity for UCEDD leaders to network, meet with their federal project officers, and learn of new initiatives, national trends, and other information vital to the administration of the UCEDD programs.

LEND Directors Meeting Materials Available - AUCD
This meeting was held in Washington, DC, in conjunction with the Disability Policy Seminar. Significant time was spent on discussing the following topics: training opportunities in transition, trainee long-term follow up surveys, increased participation of self-advocacy trainees, trainee diversity efforts, examining LEND programs, the new MCH Workforce Development Center, LEND leadership training, AUCD Network Strategic Planning, the need to reauthorize the Combating Autism Act, and regional group work.

Royal Walker, JD, Appointed to the National Council on Disability - AUCD
President Obama has appointed Royal Walker, JD - Executive Director of the Mississippi University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), the Institute for Disability Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi - to the National Council on Disability. Royal is a past AUCD President and has served on the board of directors of the American Task Force for the Homeless, the Governor's Interagency Coordinating Council for Children with Special Needs, the Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities, and the Mississippi March of Dimes. AUCD congratulates Royal Walker on the appointment.

Six-Year Quest For Kansas Autism Insurance Reform Ends in Victory - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

Gov. Brownback enacts law making Kansas 10th state to expand coverage

April 16, 2014

OVERLAND PARK, KS(April 16, 2014) -- Governor Sam Brownback today signed legislation expanding autism insurance coverage beyond the state employee health benefit program, culminating a six-year campaign to enact more meaningful reform in Kansas. Enactment of the law also made Kansas the 10th state to amend its original autism insurance law to make it stronger.

“Autism Speaks applauds Governor Brownback's support of the autism community," said Mike Wasmer, a Kansas resident who serves as Autism Speaks' director of state government affairs. "This bill is an important step toward providingaccess to medically necessary treatment for allindividuals with autism in Kansas.”

Sponsored by Rep. John Rubin (R-Shawnee), the new law,HB.2744, will require state-regulated large group and "grandfathered" small group individual health plans to cover medically necessary treatments, including applied behavior analysis (ABA), for autism for children up to age 12.

The bill as initially proposed by the House Insurance Committee would have limited ABA coverage to 10 hours per week, but was raised after vigorous opposition from the state's autism community. As enacted, the new law allows for 25 hours per week of ABA for four years from the time of diagnosis and then reduces to 10 hours per week.

The new law is spearate from the state's 2010 autism insurance reform law which applies only to state employees. The 2010 legislation when introduced would have covered the private market, but was amended into a pilot program limited to state employees to gauge the impact on health care costs. When the 2010 law was enacted, Wasmer, then president of the Kansas Coalition for Autism Legislation (KCAL), said, "This is not the end, but rather the start of getting autism treatment to all in need in the state of Kansas."

After being judged a success, the program was made permanent for state employees, but Kansas lawmakers continued to resist efforts to expand the coverage to the private market. In 2012, efforts to force a bill out of a committee fell one vote shy of success.

After Rubin introduced a bill this year that would have provided broader coverage, the insurance lobby filed a second version with much more restrictive terms and would have cut back existing benefits for state workers. After heated opposition from the state's autism community, HB.2744 was introduced as a compromise measure.

Wasmer said the new law marks a step forward, but that efforts will continue to provide the best coverage for the most children. The existing state employee autism benefit will continue unaffected by the new law.

April 15, 2014

Study Finds Inpatient Autism Treatment On The Rise - DisabiltyScoop
The number of children with autism who are being hospitalized -- often due to mental health concerns -- is on the rise, particularly among teens with the developmental disorder.

Congress To Weigh Police Interactions With Disability Community - DisabiltyScoop
The mother of a man with Down syndrome whose death at the hands of law enforcement last year made national news will testify before a U.S. Senate panel.

AUCD Unleashed: The Power of Engagement - AUCD
The 2014 AUCD Conference theme reflects our goal of achieving an elevated level of engagement with our respective and collective communities, networks, and well beyond in order to better inform, enhance, and enrich the work we all do to improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families. Ink your calendars, get your submissions in, and make travel plans accordingly to participate in this engaging event that will serve in keeping our work relevant and our vision strong.

NxStage Patient Enjoys Travel and Active Lifestyle - PRNewswire

LAWRENCE, Mass., April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- NxStage Medical Inc., (NASDAQ: NXTM), a leading manufacturer of innovative home dialysis products, is proud to share current NxStage patient Henning's story of resilience and strength. For Henning, who has spent his life pursuing active...


April 14, 2014

Walk to Cure Arthritis Comes to Philadelphia, Pa. - PRNewswire

PHILADELPHIA, April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Help find a cure by participating in and fundraising for the 2014 Walk to Cure Arthritis on May 17 at FDR Park located at 20 Pattison Avenue in Philadelphia. Formerly Arthritis Walk, Walk to Cure Arthritis is the Arthritis Foundation's...



International Caregivers Making A Difference In The Lives of Families Raising Children With Autism - PRNewswire

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- April is Autism Awareness Month. Finding and securing affordable childcare for autistic children is one of the biggest challenges parents of these children face. According to the CDC, 1 in 68 children is on the autism spectrum...



Judge Orders Man To Hold ‘I Am A Bully' Sign - DisabiltyScoop
An Ohio man accused of harassing his neighbor and her children with developmental disabilities stood at a busy street corner this weekend with a sign proclaiming "I am a bully."

UCP ANNOUNCES 2014 AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE - UPC
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kaelan Richards: 202-973-7175, krichards@ucp.org UCP ANNOUNCES 2014 AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE Annual awards honor exceptional people, programs and partnerships across the UCP affiliate network Washington, D.C. (April 14, 2014) – United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is honored to announce the …
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Accessible Frank Lloyd Wright House To Make Public Debut - DisabiltyScoop
The only fully-accessible home ever designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright is set to open to the public as a museum.
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