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March 31, 2015

GreenCare for Troops Project Expands to Assist Wounded, Disabled Veterans In Need - PRNewswire

CLEVELAND, March 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are more than 3.6 million veterans with a service-related disability and the need for day-to-day household and lifestyle assistance services is a major need area. With that statistic in...



Mother's Day Gifts made by Individuals with Disabilities in the USA. - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Make this Mother's Day the best ever by giving mom a unique handmade gift with a compelling story!  From April 20th to May 4th you'll find our entire inventory on sale for 25%-60 % off. St. Coletta Shops (www.stcolettashops.com)...



Supreme Court Rules Against Disability Providers - DisabiltyScoop
Developmental disability service providers cannot sue to force state Medicaid programs to raise their reimbursement rates, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled.

Report Finds More States Limiting Restraint, Seclusion - DisabiltyScoop
Though federal efforts to restrict the use of restraint and seclusion in schools have stagnated, an analysis finds a growing number of states have implemented laws to curtail the practices.

‘Aspie Seeks Love' Follows Quest Of Man With Asperger's - DisabiltyScoop
When a man with Asperger's wanted to impress a woman, he sought out the help of a documentary filmmaker. He didn't land a date, but the filmmaker stuck around.

Mississippi 40th State to Enact Autism Insurance Reform - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

Governor Phil Bryant signed an autism insurance bill making Mississippi the 40th state to require autism-related coverage statewide after the legislature voted overwhelmingly to support reform. The measure, House Bill HB 885 was sponsored by Rep. Steve Massengill (R-Hickory Flat).

March 27, 2015

JACKSON- Governor Phil Bryant signed an autism insurance bill making Mississippi the 40th state to require autism-related coverage statewide after the legislature voted overwhelmingly to support reform. The measure, House Bill HB 885 was sponsored by Rep. Steve Massengill (R-Hickory Flat).

The legislation signed by the governor requires coverage of autism-related services, including applied behavioral analysis (ABA), for children ages two to eight with the possibility for additional coverage if deemed medically necessary by a doctor.

“This new law is a major step forward for autism families in Mississippi,” said Lorri Unumb, Esq., Vice President, State Government Affairs for Autism Speaks. “We express our gratitude to the bill sponsors and Secretary Hosemann, who worked tirelessly to reform the insurance laws of the state to benefit children with autism. We look forward to assisting Mississippi families, providers, and insurers as they implement HB885.”

This reform is timely as rates of children with autism continue to grow. Just last year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their prevalence rates for autism in the United States to one in 68 children (one in 42 boys and one in 189 girls) as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD) which was a staggering 30% increase from 2008 to 2010.


Virginia Becomes First State to Enact ABLE Program in 2015 - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

Governor Terry McAullife signed Virginia's Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, HB 2306 to allow families to invest in tax-free savings accounts for disability related expenses, becoming the first state to enact the legislation since the federal ABLE Act was signed in December of 2014.

March 20, 2015

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAullife signed Virginia's Achievinga Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, HB 2306 to allow families to invest in tax-free savings accounts for disability related expenses, becoming the first state to enact the legislation since the federal ABLE Act was signed in December of 2014.

The accounts, modeled after 529 college savings plans, require state-level implementation. Virginia's ABLE Act, HB 2306, received overwhelming bipartisan support in both chambers and was sponsored by Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Springfield) and Senator Walter Stosch (R-Henrico).

“When I learned of the ABLE Act's passage at the federal level and the incredible work that my constituent, Stephen Beck put into the Act, I knew that Virginia should have accounts operational as soon as possible. I am thrilled that the Governor has signed my bill, HB 2306, making Virginia the first state to put ABLE accounts into law after the federal bill. I look forward to these accounts creating a positive opportunity for so many,” said Delegate Filler-Corn.

Under previous law, people with disabilities who saved more than $2,000 would not qualify orwould risk the loss of their Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid and other benefits, but the federal ABLE Act amended the tax code to disregard the current $2,000 cap on savings for individuals with disabilities for ABLE qualified programs.

“The passage of ABLE is a victory for Virginia families with autistic children who can now do what every parent deserves- plan for their child's future,” said Stuart Spielman, Senior Policy Adviser and Counsel at Autism Speaks. “We are grateful for the efforts of Sen. Stosch, Delegate Filler-Corn and we thank Gov. McAullife for promptly signing ABLE into law. We now must ensure that the remaining states implement ABLE so that our families can have the option of saving for disability related expenses.

Louisiana and Massachusetts have already enacted legislation and 30 other states have already filed ABLE bills this session. Additional states with pending legislation include the following: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia.


New Study Shows Shifting Realities of Caregiving Today - PRNewswire

CHICAGO, March 31, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ready or not! This familiar childhood phrase that you hear called out during neighborhood games carries the same sentiment around what has become "the new normal" for 66 million1 Americans of all ages. You never know when you'll be...



ACL Blogpost: Toward a More Inclusive Definition of Diversity in the Disability Community - AUCD
As Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month draws to a close, it is important that we take time to reflect on the values embodied within the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000.
March 30, 2015

Miracle League of Ellis County Selected as Beneficiary of Magnablend's 2015 Clays for a Cause - PRNewswire

WAXAHACHIE, Texas, March 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Miracle League of Ellis County has been selected by Magnablend as the beneficiary of their third annual Clays for a Cause sporting clays tournament.  Magnablend is dedicated to improving the lives of those in the community, and...



Birch Sponsors Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, Ga - PRNewswire

ATLANTA, March 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Birch Communications, Inc., ("Birch") a leading provider of communications, network and cloud services to small, mid-sized, enterprise and wholesale businesses nationwide, announced today its lead sponsorship of the 2015 Cherry Blossom Road Race...



Lawmakers Call For Tougher Truancy Penalties For Special Ed - DisabiltyScoop
Stiffer penalties could soon be in store for parents in one state whose children skip school, but the harsher punishment would only apply to those with kids in special education.

FFC held first meeting of the Disability Advisory Committee and Appointment of Membership - AUCD
By this Public Notice, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) held the first meeting and appointment of members to, the Disability Advisory Committee (DAC or Committee). The DAC will provide advice and recommendations to the Commission on a wide array of disability matters within the jurisdiction of the Commission and facilitate the participation of people with disabilities in proceedings before the Commission. The DAC is being organized under, and operated in accordance with, the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).

Minister Bergen addresses Autism Leadership Summit and highlights Harper Government support for Canadians living with Autism Spectrum Disorders - PRNewswire

OTTAWA, March 30, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development, delivered opening remarks at the Canadian Autism Leadership Summit. This event, organized by the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance, brings together key stakeholders...


March 27, 2015

Canada Post's Massive 2014 Profit Confirms: No Need To Withdraw Door-to-door Delivery - PRNewswire

OTTAWA, March 27, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, the Canada Post Group reported a massive profit from operations of $299 Million for 2014. The Canada Post segment reported profit from operations of $204 M and a profit before tax of $194 M. "This is affirming news for our members," said Denis...



PSAC achieves an agreement with Treasury Board on mental health task force - PRNewswire

OTTAWA, March 27, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - PSAC is very pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with Treasury Board on the establishment of a joint task force on mental health. PSAC tabled the proposal in January to ensure a more proactive approach to improving mental health....



CHINA AID, the 10th China International Exhibition of Senior Care, Rehabilitation Medicine and Healthcare to be held in April - PRNewswire
SHANGHAI, March 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- CHINA AID, the 10th China International Exhibition of Senior Care, Rehabilitation Medicine and Healthcare, second to none in China's senior service industry, will be held at Shanghai New International Expo Center on 22-24 April. On 25 February,...

GI Troubles May Be Early Sign Of Autism - DisabiltyScoop
Gastrointestinal issues common among many on the spectrum are often apparent in infancy -- well before individuals are diagnosed with the developmental disorder, researchers say.

Disability No Barrier For New White House Receptionist - DisabiltyScoop
Charged with welcoming world leaders and handling the official guest book, the newly-appointed White House receptionist just happens to be deaf.

North Dakota Passes ABLE Program - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

North Dakota's Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, HB 1373, has passed both chambers of the legislature and is now headed to Governor Jack Dalrymple. Once enacted, North Dakota will become the second state to enact ABLE legislation in 2015.

March 27, 2015

BISMARCK –North Dakota's Achievinga Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act,HB 1373, has passed both chambers of the legislature and is now headed to Governor Jack Dalrymple. Once enacted, North Dakota will become the second state to enact ABLE legislation in 2015. HB 1373, was sponsored by Reps. Mark Dosch (R-Bismarck) and Rep. Wayne Trottier (R-Northwood) in the House and and Sen. Kyle Davison (R-Fargo) in the Senate.

ABLE accounts, modeled after 529 college savings plans, allow families to invest in tax-free savings accounts for disability related expenses . Under previous law, people with disabilities who saved more than $2,000 would not qualify orwould risk the loss of their Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid and other benefits. Enacted late last year, the federalABLE Actamended the tax code to disregard the current $2,000 cap on savings for individuals with disabilities for ABLE qualified programs.

“We are thrilled that North Dakota families are one step closer to having the opportunity to set money aside to plan for their children's future,” said Stuart Spielman, Senior Policy Adviser and Counsel at Autism Speaks. “We are very hopeful that Governor Dalrymple will sign the legislation in short order.”

Virginia, Louisiana and Massachusetts have already enacted legislation and West Virginia and Utah have passed ABLE in both state chambers. Additional states with pending legislation include the following: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Washington.

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