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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.

March 26, 2015

United Spinal Association's Advocacy Alliance Strengthens Voice of Wheelchair Users to Create Policy Change - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, March 26, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Spinal Association, the single, largest membership organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with spinal cord injuries and diseases (SCI/D) nationwide, today announced the launch of its Advocacy Alliance,...

Teachers Fight Special Needs Accommodation - DisabiltyScoop
A teachers group is fighting a plan to allow a student with a disability to use a faculty restroom, all because they say the accommodation violates their right to exclusive facilities.

Georgia Autism Insurance Reform Deal Reached - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

Chairman Charlie Bethel and Richard Smith announced at a joint press conference at the Georgia State Capitol that a deal has been reached to pass autism insurance reform SB 1, better known as Ava's Law, which had been held up in the House Insurance Committee.

March 26, 2015

ATLANTA— Chairman Charlie Bethel and Richard Smith announced at a joint press conference at the Georgia State Capitol that a deal has been reached to pass autism insurance reform SB 1, better known as Ava's Law, which had been held up in the House Insurance Committee. If passed and signed, Georgia could become the 41st state in the country to pass reforms that require coverage for autism related medical services.

“Today's announcement on autism insurance is a victory for thousands of children with autism living across Georgia who would receive the medical treatment they deserve under Ava's Law. We are grateful to both the Senate and House for passing this important legislation. Once signed into law, it will make a difference for so many families struggling to access affordable care for their loved ones,” said Judith Ursitti director of state government affairs at Autism Speaks.

The announcement was made after grassroots activists across the state took to social media and put in thousands of calls, emails and visits, leadership announced a deal had been struck.

“After seven years, I am ecstatic that Georgia children with autism will finally have the coverage they need. Thank you to Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Senator Charlie Bethel and Rep. Richard Smith for working to find a path forward in Georgia,” said Anna Bullard, mother of Ava Bullard for whom the law is named.

Both chairmen indicated the law would go into effect later this year after being voted on in the Senate which already passed the non-amended version unanimously earlier this year. The end of the legislative session is on April 2 and coincides with Light It Up Blue, an international awareness campaign that kicks off Autism Awareness Month.

Leaky Roof Repaired, Thanks to SNAP Grant From BankPlus and FHLB Dallas - PRNewswire

JACKSON, Miss., March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When it was raining outside at Jenice Luckett's home, her grandchildren would say, "Grandma, it's raining in your living room!" All she could do to keep the rain from destroying her home was to put pots on the floor. A tornado had...

Natchez Resident Receives New Roof Thanks to SNAP Grant from Concordia Bank and FHLB Dallas - PRNewswire

NATCHEZ, Miss., March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Johnny Hardin's blood pressure rose every time it rained. His leaky roof caused him significant stress and extra work. He had to use kitchen pots to capture the water leaking from his roof into his 1930s home in the historic...

March 25, 2015

Disability-Related Education Complaints Trending Up - DisabiltyScoop
Federal education officials are fielding an increasing number of complaints related to disability discrimination in the nation's schools.
March 24, 2015

10 Albums - One Finger - PRNewswire

EAST LANSING, Mich., March 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Lee Abramson ( continues to defy all odds and inspire those around him with his limitless passion and creativity. Using just one finger, a touchpad and music notation software, he produces genre-crossing...

Despite Setback, Feds Push Forward On Caregiver Pay Protections - DisabiltyScoop
The Obama administration is pressing states to be ready to provide minimum wage and overtime pay to in-home care workers assisting people with disabilities.

Movie Featuring Actor With Down Syndrome Set For Wide Release - DisabiltyScoop
A film starring a man with Down syndrome is set for a nationwide release this spring.

Supreme Court Considers Police Obligations Under ADA - DisabiltyScoop
In a case before the nation's high court, justices are weighing the role of the Americans with Disabilities Act during encounters with law enforcement.
March 23, 2015

U.S. Senator Cory Booker Guest of Honor at Friendship Circle Banquet - PRNewswire
LIVINGSTON, N.J., March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) will be a special guest of honor at this year's annual Friendship Circle Banquet in Livingston, N.J. The senator's dedication to improving the lives of people throughout the state of New Jersey...

ABLE Act Proposes a Better Economic Future for Californians with Disabilities - PRNewswire
SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time, many Californians with disabilities may be allowed to save more than $2,000 without losing their eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and other public benefits. If legislated in California, the...

National Telecommuting Institute Files Suit Against the AbilityOne Commission - PRNewswire

BOSTON, March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a lawsuit filed Friday, March 20, 2015 in the United States Court of Federal Claims – Case No.: 1:15-cv-00293-TCW, by nonprofit National Telecommuting Institute (NTI), the federal jobs program AbilityOne and its advisor,...

Pennsylvania Support Service Providers to People Who are Deaf-Blind Participate in Training - PRNewswire

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Labor & Industry's Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services, and the Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, in conjunction with the Statewide Independent Living...

High-powered lineup of swimmers nominated to Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games Team - PRNewswire

TORONTO, March 23, 2015 /CNW/ - The first athletes have been nominated for selection to the Canadian Paralympic Committee for its Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games Team. Chef de Mission Elisabeth Walker-Young announced this morning the names of 40 swimmers at a poolside ceremony at the...

Maria Menounos Named Global Ambassador by Special Olympics - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Special Olympics announced today that author and television personality Maria Menounos of E! is joining the Special Olympics family as the movement's newest Global Ambassador. Menounos will support Special Olympics by leading a...

Green Cures & Botanical Distribution Inc. announces Rico Suave Energy now available on - PRNewswire

WINNETKA, Calif., March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Green Cures & Botanical Distribution Inc. (OTC Pink: GRCU) ("Green Cures"), a cannabis and industrial hemp products innovator, announced today that Rico Suave Energy drink/supplement infused with hemp is now available for purchase...

Employers Learn To Embrace Disability Hiring - DisabiltyScoop
Efforts to increase work opportunities for people with developmental disabilities are largely centering on changing attitudes among employers.

2015 UCEDD Leadership Institute - Deadline Extended! - AUCD
After another successful year, the UCEDD Leadership Institute will be back in 2015! Please consider recommending your staff for the 2015 class of future UCEDD leaders representing the full diversity of the country.

UCP Signs on to Letter to Congress Supporting the ACA - UPC
In time for the 5th anniversary of President Barak Obama’s signing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law, UCP has signed on to a letter expressing our support for maintaining affordable access to comprehensive health insurance coverage for people …
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La Conferencia de la ONU en Sendai adopta un marco de acción sobre la reducción del riesgo en los desastres, incorporando perspectivas inclusivas de los discapacitados - PRNewswire

TOKIO, 19 marzo de 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- La Tercera Conferencia Mundial de la ONU sobre la Reducción del Riesgo en los Desastres, fue celebrada entre el 14 y 18 de marzo de 2015 en Sendai, Prefectura de Miyagi. Por primera vez, una de sus sesiones de trabajo estuvo enfocada en la...

March 22, 2015

South Dakota Governor Signs Autism Insurance Bill - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

PIERRE- South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed SB.190, a bill to require coverage for autism related medical care including Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) for children up to 18 years of age.

March 19, 2015

PIERRE- South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed SB.190, a bill to require coverage for autism related medical care including Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) for children up to 18 years of age.

“We applaud the hard work by our advocates and South Dakota leaders who worked to improve the terms of autism insurance coverage. This bill will help many families throughout South Dakota and is an important step for South Dakota families affected by autism,” said Lorri Unumb, Vice President of State Government Affairs at Autism Speaks.

SB.190 sets an annual minimum benefit for applied behavioral analysis (ABA) at $36,000 for children through the age of six, $25,000 from ages seven to 13, and $12,500 for ages 14-18. The bill requires ABA therapy, but only by providers with master's or doctoral degrees. The bill also includes a provision for a workgroup to consider additional coverage options.

The legislation was sponsored by Senators Alan Salano, Corey Brown and Time Rave and Representatives Scott Munsterman, Justin Cronin, Brian Gosch, and Steve Westra. South Dakota joins 38 other states that have passed laws requiring insurance coverage for those with autism.

March 20, 2015

Pennsylvania Receives $8.5 Million HUD Award to Provide Permanent Homes and Services to Low-Income Individuals with Disabilities - PRNewswire
HARRISBURG, Pa., March 20, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced an $8,557,014 award to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) to prevent individuals with...

Churches Work To Include People With Disabilities - DisabiltyScoop
With greater awareness and education, religious leaders are increasingly looking for ways to welcome people with disabilities and their families.

Conferência da ONU em Sendai adota plano de ação para redução de riscos de desastres incorporando perspectivas que incluem deficientes - PRNewswire

TÓQUIO, 19 de março de 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- A terceira Conferência Mundial da ONU sobre Redução de Riscos de Desastres foi realizada de 14 a 18 de março de 2015 em Sendai, Prefeitura de Miyagi e pela primeira vez teve como foco nas suas sessões de...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kaelan Richards: 202-973-7175, 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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                      CONTACT:   January 20, 2014                                                                Kaelan Richards: 202-973-7175                                                                                                         $50,000 prize pool for anyone who can bring the ideas to life! More than 400 ideas submitted through “Change My World in 1 Minute” contest to help people with disabilities around …
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kaelan Richards: 202-973-7175, UCP RELEASES ANNUAL REPORT ON STATES SERVING AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES  8th annual Case for Inclusion report ranks, compares states on Medicaid outcomes Washington, D.C. (April 17, 2014) – United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) …
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Former Deputy Secretary of Labor, LinkedIn VP, Business Leader to Contribute to UCP's Mission - UPC
  United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) elected ten members to its Board of Trustees during its 2014 Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee including three members new to the organization. Seth Harris, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor, Pablo Chavez, LinkedIn's Vice …
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Father and Son Racing Duo Inspire Teams to Get Active, Support UCP - UPC
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is honored to announce that Team Hoyt, Rick Hoyt of Sturbridge, MA and Dick Hoyt of Holland, MA, will serve as the 2014 Steptember event Ambassadors. Steptember is a four-week event to raise awareness and support for …
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Accomplished Cross-Sector Leader Named UCP Chair - UPC
Effective October 1, United Cerebral Palsy’s Board of Trustees welcomed new members and several new officers to help lead the national nonprofit organization for people with disabilities and their families. UCP has more than 80 affiliates in the U.S. and internationally. Gloria …
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USAID Gives $2.2 Million to UCP Wheels for Humanity - UPC
UCP Wheels for Humanity (UCP Wheels), a subsidiary of United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties, has received a $2.2 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and JSI Research & Training Institute to support …
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New Resource for People with Disabilities Driven by Community - UPC
Washington, D.C. (January 6, 2015) –UCP is pleased to introduce a new community-driven resource for people with disabilities called My Life Without Limits. This initiative is a natural companion to UCP's My Child Without Limits program, which was developed for the parents and family …
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AUCD Selects Five Training Programs to Address Diversity and Inclusion of Family Members - AUCD
ITAC has selected five Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) training programs to receive up to $7,000 each in supplemental funding to address priority technical assistance needs. Three projects will address trainee diversity, while the remaining two focus on the support and inclusion of family trainees and faculty.
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