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February 27, 2015

ASL Services Inc. Named Finalist in the First Annual Bright House Networks Regional Business Awards - PRNewswire
ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- ASL Services Inc., announced today that it has been named a finalist in the first annual Bright House Networks Regional Business Awards in Central Florida. ASL Services Inc. was named a finalist in the large business category for the awards,...

High Court Rejects Autism-Vaccine Case - DisabiltyScoop
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case brought by a woman who says her son's autism was caused by vaccines he received.

Boy With Special Needs Hospitalized Following School Attack - DisabiltyScoop
An alleged bullying incident at a middle school sent a 74-pound student to the hospital for five days and outraged lawmakers.

On the heels of Models with disabilities walking the runway during NY Fashion Week, Models of Diversity USA announces a disabled model competition with Global Disability Inclusion - PRNewswire

SAINT AUGUSTINE, Fla., Feb. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Models of Diversity USA and Global Disability Inclusion, LLC launch a model competition to find the next face of fashion and beauty who just happens to have a disability.  The model competition will run from February 27th...


February 26, 2015

ADA 25th Anniversary Legacy Tour Stops at Los Angeles Abilities Expo, March 6-8 - PRNewswire

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- To commemorate the upcoming 25th anniversary of the historic passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA25), the long-anticipated ADA Legacy Tour will make a stop at Abilities Expo Los Angeles on March 6-8, 2015 at the LA Convention...



Wireless Technology Helps Visually-Impaired - PRNewswire

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Feb. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The blind and visually impaired often have to rely on others for help with basic life tasks such as matching clothing, distinguishing bills or reading a menu at a restaurant. There's some technology that can help, but it often...



Wounded Warriors Canada Set to Host the 2015 Heroes Hockey Challenge in Toronto - PRNewswire

March 27th at the Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens  TORONTO, Feb. 26, 2015 /CNW/ - Wounded Warriors Canada is proud to host the 2015 Heroes Hockey Challenge in Toronto. This year's event will see Canadian Armed Forces members from the Toronto Garrison faceoff against...



Airbus Group extends contract with CGI for support of global HR system - PRNewswire

Stock Market SymbolsGIB (NYSE)GIB.A (TSX)www.cgi.com/newsroom TOULOUSE, France, Feb. 26, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Airbus Group has renewed a contract with CGI (NYSE: GIB) (TSX: GIB.A) for the support of its global human resources system. Under the terms of this three-year, multi-million...



People With Down Syndrome May Actually Age Faster - DisabiltyScoop
The inner workings of people with Down syndrome age much faster than typically-developing individuals, a new study suggests.

AUCD Strategic Map 2015-2016 - AUCD
AUCD is pleased to present our 2015-2016 Strategic Map. This map outlines five key priority areas and corresponding sub-goals for our organization and network over the next two years, and serves as a guide for our collective work and mission.

CCD Letter to House of Representatives urging Members to not support HR 5 as currently written. - AUCD
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities wrote a letter to the House of Representative opposing the current version of The Student Success Act (H.R.5). AUCD signed onto this letter which includes six baseline principles to ensure students have meaningful access to rigorous standards for all students and fully inclusion for students with disabilities in every local school.
February 25, 2015

Quantum Rehab Supports The ALS Association as Premier-Level National Partner to Provide Support for People Affected by ALS - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Quantum® Rehab, a premier manufacturer of complex rehab power wheelchairs, is privileged to further its support of The ALS Association in serving individuals affected by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and their families. ALS...



In Fight Over Service Dog, School Board Is Brought To Heel - DisabiltyScoop
After a two-year legal battle that garnered Justice Department attention, a school district has been ordered to allow a boy with disabilities to bring his service dog to class.

Virksomhedsulykkesforsikring betaler for første gang i Tyskland udgifterne til et ReWalk-system - PRNewswire
BERLIN, February 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Virksomhedsulykkesforsikringen Træ og Metal (Holz und Metall - BGHM) har som den første tyske ulykkesforsikringsinstitution betalt udgifterne til et ReWalk-exoskelet. Dette bærbare, robotstyrede system hjælper personer, der...

New York Developing Plans to Change Medicaid Waiver Services - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

Public comments in writing on the draft transition plan from the Office of Persons With Developmental Disabilities sought through March 18. The second webinar will be held on Tuesday, February 24.

February 24, 2015
The state is developing plans to make changes that will go into effect in 2019. Now is the opportunity to learn about these changes and get involved in these decisions that will affect individuals receiving Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS).

New York has proposed changing its Medicaid waiver program for Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) in order to comply with a federal directive that prohibits services that "isolate" participants from the general community, and is inviting public reaction. The new rules will affect group homes, adult residential facilities, congregate living health facilities, and other settings.

This is a positive announcement from the Office of Persons with Developmental Disabilities as it forces states to make sure services are developed in a person-directed manner.

Individuals with autism and their caregivers who receive or want Medicaid waiver funding can comment on thenew proposalthrough March 18. Further information is available at the OPWDD websiteHERE.

Click here to view the slides of webinars held by OPWDD on February 23 and 24.

The 30-day public notice and public comment period for the draft transition plan is being held to solicit meaningful public input from recipients, providers and all stakeholders on the development of the draft transition plan. The public comment periodends March 18, 2015.

Comments and suggestions can be mailed to:

OPWDD
44 Holland Avenue, 4th Floor
Albany, New York 12229
Attention: DQI HCBS Settings

Comments and suggestions can be emailed toQuality@opwdd.ny.gov. Please reference "HCBS Settings Transition Plan Comments" in the subject line.

What's the issue?

Early this year, the federal government issued new guidelines that may affect how you as an individual with autism or a caregiver will receive services through Medicaid. New York has proposed revising its Medicaid program to comply with the new regulations, which can affect services such as in-home or out-of-home residential support, day activities like supported employment or day habilitation, and other services like respite and family support. For more information about these rules, check out this replay from Autism Speaks'live chat.

What can you do about it?

New York is now required to seek public input. This is your opportunity as an individual with autism or a caregiver to affect how these changes take place in your state.

The new rules were published in early 2014 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency responsible for administering the Medicaid program. The regulations outlined criteria for certain HCBS programs operated under specific Medicaid waiver programs.

Medicaid HCBS programs provide a variety of services and supports that individuals with autism need to live in the community. These programs offer an alternative to institutional services for people with disabilities who need ongoing support to meet their functional needs. All states operate HCBS programs that serve individuals with developmental disabilities, like autism, but these programs vary widely from state to state in terms of eligibility requirements and available services. More information about Medicaid HCBS is availableonline.

What do the new rules mean?

The rules require all Medicaid HCBS programs to allow individuals to be able to choose their services and have access to the community. In particular, states are prohibited from using HCBS funding for settings that isolate individuals from the broader community. This is an important new protection that could help individuals with autism live in settings that are more integrated with the community.

However, in implementing this new requirement, each state Medicaid office has significant discretion in determining whether a given setting results in “isolation.” As a result of the rules, states are beginning to 1) identify the type of settings that may no longer be in compliance with the new rules, and 2) develop plans on how they will change their HCBS programs.

CMS developed these rules over a number of years, and Autism Speaks has long been involved in helping ensure that the needs of the autism community were represented in the development of these new standards. Now that the rules are final, states are beginning to implement the necessary changes to their programs includingidentifying the type of settings that may no longer be in compliance with the new rule, and to develop plans that outline any changes they will make to their HCBS programs as a result.

What is Autism Speaks doing and what can autism families do?

During this process, states are required to obtain input from advocates and Autism Speaks urges each state to seek and incorporate stakeholders' views on what constitutes isolating settings and how best to integrate individuals into the broader community. For more information on Autism Speaks' position on Housing and Residential supports, view our position statementhere.Individuals with autism and their family know firsthand the barriers to true community integration and are the most appropriate individuals to help define isolating settings.

Not sure what to say?
  • Medicaid policy can be very confusing and the state documents that describe programs aren't written in a way that most people can understand. But that shouldn't stop advocates from expressing their opinion. CMS has published two sets ofexploratory questionsto assist states in assessment ofresidential settingsandnon-residential HCBS settings,that advocates can use to help them think about their experiences and create their message to state officials.

If you are in a waiver program already, usethese questionsto tell about your experience. For example:

  • What was your experience planning your waiver services? Were you able to choose the services you wanted and get them where and how often you wanted?
  • Does the place where you get your services reflect your needs and preferences? Did you have options to choose from?

If you are not yet receiving waiver services(because you are on a waitlist or otherwise) but expect to be using waiver services in the future, usethese questionsto talk about what services will be important to you in the future. For example:

  • Do you want to be able to work? If not, what type of meaningful non-work activities would you like to be involved in?
  • Would you like to have roommates or live on your own? How often would you like to have visitors? What types of supports are necessary for you to live as independently as possible?
February 24, 2015

Helen Keller International wins BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Development Cooperation for its family-led agricultural programs, proven effective in the fight against malnutrition - PRNewswire
MADRID, Feb. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The seventh annual BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Development Cooperation category goes to American non-governmental organization Helen Keller International (HKI) for...

Join Easter Seals Thrive for an Interactive Twitter Chat About the Representation of Disability in the Beauty Industry - PRNewswire

CHICAGO, Feb. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- WHAT Easter Seals Thrive, a community based mentorship program that empowers young women with disabilities to achieve their goals, is hosting a live Twitter chat on the topic of disability fashion and beauty.   "The Ability...



Students With Disabilities Suspended More Often - DisabiltyScoop
The likelihood that a student with a disability will be suspended from school appears to vary greatly depending on where they live, a new analysis finds.

Training Aims To Tackle Autism Knowledge Gap Among Doctors - DisabiltyScoop
A new effort is in the works to help train doctors and other health care providers to better serve individuals on the spectrum.

Lottery Winner Hopes To Boost Cerebral Palsy Awareness - DisabiltyScoop
A North Carolina woman who will take home $88 million after claiming her Powerball prize said she hopes the win will bring attention to cerebral palsy, a condition her son has.

Welcome, Sarah Boundy! - AUCD
AUCD welcomes Sarah Boundy to our team! Sarah is an intern from the Lab School of Washington, working to support all AUCD departments as she fulfills her junior year internship requirement. She will be with us through May of 2015.
February 23, 2015

Government of Canada helping Canadians with disabilities in the Greater Toronto Area gain job skills - PRNewswire

ETOBICOKE, ON, Feb. 23, 2015 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is helping Canadians with disabilities gain the skills and experience they need to find jobs. The announcement was made today by the Honourable Kevin Sorenson, Minister of State (Finance), on behalf of the Honourable Candice...



The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Awards 75 Nonprofit Organizations Quality of Life Grants - PRNewswire

SHORT HILLS, N.J., Feb 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, a leading nonprofit dedicated to improving quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, announced it has awarded $600,137 in Quality of Life grants to 75 nonprofit...



Photos Shine Light On Need For Medicaid Waivers - DisabiltyScoop
To educate both legislators and the public, a photographer is documenting the everyday lives of adults with developmental disabilities to highlight the need for critical support services.
February 20, 2015

Oregon Adopts Change To Attorney Ethics Rules To Include Protections For Gender Identity And Gender Expression Reported By Attorney Bonnie Richardson, Special Taskforce Representative - PRNewswire

SALEM, Ore., Feb. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- On February 19, 2015 the Oregon Supreme Court signed an order amending the Rules of Professional Conduct that apply to all attorneys practicing in Oregon.  The amendment to the rule now states...



Academy Awards Ad Makes Pitch To Disability Market - DisabiltyScoop
A national television ad debuting during the Oscars is designed to spark conversation about how people with disabilities consume entertainment.

Effort To Prevent Birth Defects Hits FDA Roadblock - DisabiltyScoop
A tweak to the nation's food supply nearly two decades ago led to a significant decrease in birth defects, but advocates say more can be done.

Autism Speaks Salutes John Boehner for His Work To Pass ABLE Act - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

Speaker of the House John Boehner says he's very proud of his association with ABLE (Achieving Better Life Experience) Act

February 20, 2015

Speaker of the House John Boehner says he's veryproud of his association with ABLE (Achieving Better Life Experience), a law enacted in December that will allow the creation of tax-advantaged savings accounts for people with disabilities.

He told Autism Speaks co-founder Bob Wright hetakes personal pride for mobilizing House floor managers to separate ABLE from other tax bills so it could pass the Congress as a standalone bill.

To find out more about ABLE, go to the links below:

ABLE Act Helps Give New Choices for Individuals With Disabilities

10 Things to Know About the ABLE Act

NY Times Highlights ABLE Act for Disability Savings

February 19, 2015

Enjoy A Little Piece of Paradise at Victory Living Programs' Annual "Cheeseburger in Paradise" Event - PRNewswire

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- For one night only, Victory Living Programs will once again transport guests to an island paradise-themed event complete with the best burgers in town, cocktails, music and more! The annual Cheeseburger in Paradise event will be held on...



Sports Illustrated Honors Teen On The Spectrum - DisabiltyScoop
A runner with autism is Sports Illustrated's High School Athlete of the Month.

Safety campaign seeks to relieve stigma about dementia and expands to four additional multilingual communities in Ontario - PRNewswire
TORONTO, Feb. 19, 2015 /CNW/ - The Alzheimer Society of Ontario, in partnership with the Government of Ontario, is expanding the award-winning Finding Your WayTM   program by reaching out to Arabic, Tagalog, Tamil and Urdu communities. The multicultural safety awareness...
February 18, 2015

Medicare Part D's Most Popular Plans Face Final Hurdle in this Week's CMS Part D Call Letter - PRNewswire
WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The year-long saga over controversial Medicare Part D regulations is expected to end this week when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issues the Part D Call Letter for 2016.  After an initial uproar over a...

Snoopy And Knott's Berry Farm Support Special Education Through Coaster Run - PRNewswire

BUENA PARK, Calif., Feb. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 5,000 people are expected to attend Coaster Run which supports special education at Speech and Language Development Center (SLDC). The race, celebrating its 10th anniversary is at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at...



Michigan Veterans Vehemently Respond To Oakland Township's Stance Against Paralyzed Veterans Housing Project - PRNewswire
DETROIT, Feb. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Michigan veterans issued a vehement and stinging response to Oakland Township's motion to deny paralyzed veterans fair housing. "As a Veteran, I find it absolutely outrageous that the Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America have to sue an...

Mesothelioma Victims Center Now Offers Diagnosed US Navy Veterans or Former Industrial Workers The Top Mesothelioma Compensation Attorneys - Get The Best - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Mesothelioma Victims Center believes the vast majority of diagnosed victims of mesothelioma in the United States get significantly shortchanged due to hiring the wrong type of lawyer. The group says, "Diagnosed victims of mesothelioma...



Dollars 4 Tic Scholars, New Tourette Scholarship Non-Profit, to Launch Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign February 23 - PRNewswire

BOCA RATON, Fla., Feb. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- A South Florida mother-daughter duo recently established a non-profit organization to award college scholarships to students with Tourette Syndrome. Diane and Kelsey Diamantis started The Kelsey B. Diamantis TS Scholarship Family...



Deaf Heroine Shines in Romance, Broken by Tanille as Part of Bestselling Romance Feature on iBooks - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, Feb. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- (www.brokenthenovel.com) Broken by New York Author Tanille Edwards is a young adult novel that stars Milan, the girl everyone wants to be but no one really knows. Milan finds herself in a burgeoning supermodel career right at the...



Lawmakers Look To Rein In Alternative Diplomas - DisabiltyScoop
A new proposal in Congress would ensure that parents of students with disabilities are provided more information before their child is taken off track for a regular diploma.
February 17, 2015

Oscar Contender Depicts Parents Coping With Son's Diagnosis - DisabiltyScoop
A short film documenting the intimate thoughts and fears of a couple after learning that their baby was born with a rare disability is up for an Oscar.

Saliva Test Shows Promise For Diagnosing Autism - DisabiltyScoop
A first-of-its-kind study suggests that protein levels in the saliva of children with autism differ from those without the developmental disorder.

FCC To Put New Focus On Disabilities - DisabiltyScoop
The federal agency tasked with regulating telephones, television and other communications technology is looking for advice on how to better serve people with disabilities.

Nevada to Use Elsevier DirectCourse to Train Employment Professionals - PRNewswire
PHILADELPHIA, February 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Online curriculum via College of Employment Services supports professionals who serve Nevada residents with developmental disabilities   Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and...

Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge Season Arrives! - PRNewswire

CHICAGO, Feb. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Polar Plunge season will kick off its 2015 season with the SUPER Plunge this weekend in Evanston. It is the first of 22 Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunges (including 7 in Chicagoland) that will benefit Special Olympics Illinois...



Genes May Play Bigger Role In Cerebral Palsy - DisabiltyScoop
Once thought to be chiefly related to lack of oxygen at birth, new research suggests that a sizable number of cerebral palsy cases are in fact rooted in genetics.
February 16, 2015

Background: Blossom Ridge Scenic Age-In-Place Development Oakland Township, Michigan - PRNewswire

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich., Feb. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Blossom Ridge is an age-in-place development from The Moceri Management Company proposed in scenic Oakland Township, Mich.  The community will serve both the elderly and residents with needs of varying...



Veterans Support Foundation and the United States Armed Forces Association Finds Oakland Township's Stance Against Paralyzed Veterans Housing Project Outrageous and Cowardly - PRNewswire

DETROIT, Feb. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following statement may be attributed to Keith King, President, Veterans Support Foundation, United States Armed Forces Association: "As a Veteran, I find it absolutely outrageous that the Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America...



Disabled Army Ranger Veteran & VETPOWER Founder Calls Oakland Township Actions Despicable - PRNewswire
DETROIT, Feb. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following statement may be attributed to Frank Campanaro, a decorated Service Disabled Veteran Army Ranger, President and Founder of VETPOWER.org, a Michigan based 501(c3) charity dedicated to helping Veterans' transition...

Clinton Township Supervisor Bob Cannon finds Oakland Township's Motion to Deny Michigan Paralyzed Veterans Fair Housing Appalling - PRNewswire
DETROIT, Feb. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following statement may be attributed to Bob Cannon, Supervisor Clinton Township: "I find it disturbing in this era that discrimination in housing still exists.  I have been an elected official for 31 years and the...

Moceri/DM Investments, LLC. Response to Oakland Township's Reply to Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America Discrimination Lawsuit - PRNewswire
DETROIT, Feb. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement may be attributed to Dominic J. Moceri, Vice President, The Moceri Management Co.: "Oakland Township's responses to lawsuits brought by the Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America (MPVA), former Oakland Township Supervisor...

Florida Developing Plans to Change Medicaid Waiver Services - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

Public comments on the draft transition plan for the Developmental Disabilities Individual Budgeting (iBudget) Waiver sought through March 5.

February 11, 2015
The state is developing plans to make changes that will go into effect in 2019. Now is the opportunity to learn about these changes and get involved in these decisions that will affect individuals receiving Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS).

Florida has proposed changing its Medicaid waiver program for Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) in order to comply with a federal directive that prohibits services that "isolate" participants from the general community, and is inviting public reaction. The new rules will affect group homes, adult residential facilities, congregate living health facilities, and other settings.

This is a positive announcement as it forces states to make sure services are developed in a person-directed manner.

According to the state Agency for Healthcare Administration, "The draft transition plan for the Developmental Disabilities Individual Budgeting (iBudget) Waiver is designed to ensure individuals receiving home and community based services authorized under the iBudget Waiver are integrated in, and have access to, supports in the community, including: opportunities to seek employment, engage in community life and control personal resources."

Individuals with autism and their caregivers who receive or want Medicaid waiver funding can comment on thenew proposalthrough March 5. Further information is available at the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration websiteHERE.

The 30-day public notice and public comment period for the draft transition plan is being held to solicit meaningful public input from recipients, providers and all stakeholders on the development of the draft transition plan. The public comment periodbeginsFebruary 3, 2015 and ends March 5, 2015.

Comments and suggestions can be mailed to:

Agency for Health Care Administration
Attention: HCBS Waivers
2727 Mahan Drive, MS #20
Tallahassee, Florida 32308

Comments and suggestions can be emailed toFLMedicaidWaivers@ahca.myflorida.com.

What's the issue?

Early this year, the federal government issued new guidelines that may affect how you as an individual with autism or a caregiver will receive services through Medicaid. Florida has proposed revising its Medicaid program to comply with the new regulations, which can affect services such as in-home or out-of-home residential support, day activities like supported employment or day habilitation, and other services like respite and family support. For more information about these rules, check out this replay from Autism Speaks'live chat.

What can you do about it?

Florida is now required to seek public input. This is your opportunity as an individual with autism or a caregiver to affect how these changes take place in your state.

The new rules were published in early 2014 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency responsible for administering the Medicaid program. The regulations outlined criteria for certain HCBS programs operated under specific Medicaid waiver programs.

Medicaid HCBS programs provide a variety of services and supports that individuals with autism need to live in the community. These programs offer an alternative to institutional services for people with disabilities who need ongoing support to meet their functional needs. All states operate HCBS programs that serve individuals with developmental disabilities, like autism, but these programs vary widely from state to state in terms of eligibility requirements and available services. More information about Medicaid HCBS is availableonline.

What do the new rules mean?

The rules require all Medicaid HCBS programs to allow individuals to be able to choose their services and have access to the community. In particular, states are prohibited from using HCBS funding for settings that isolate individuals from the broader community. This is an important new protection that could help individuals with autism live in settings that are more integrated with the community.

However, in implementing this new requirement, each state Medicaid office has significant discretion in determining whether a given setting results in “isolation.” As a result of the rules, states are beginning to 1) identify the type of settings that may no longer be in compliance with the new rules, and 2) develop plans on how they will change their HCBS programs.

CMS developed these rules over a number of years, and Autism Speaks has long been involved in helping ensure that the needs of the autism community were represented in the development of these new standards. Now that the rules are final, states are beginning to implement the necessary changes to their programs includingidentifying the type of settings that may no longer be in compliance with the new rule, and to develop plans that outline any changes they will make to their HCBS programs as a result.

What is Autism Speaks doing and what can autism families do?

During this process, states are required to obtain input from advocates and Autism Speaks urges each state to seek and incorporate stakeholders' views on what constitutes isolating settings and how best to integrate individuals into the broader community. For more information on Autism Speaks' position on Housing and Residential supports, view our position statementhere.Individuals with autism and their family know firsthand the barriers to true community integration and are the most appropriate individuals to help define isolating settings.

Not sure what to say?
  • Medicaid policy can be very confusing and the state documents that describe programs aren't written in a way that most people can understand. But that shouldn't stop advocates from expressing their opinion. CMS has published two sets ofexploratory questionsto assist states in assessment ofresidential settingsandnon-residential HCBS settings,that advocates can use to help them think about their experiences and create their message to state officials.

If you are in a waiver program already, usethese questionsto tell about your experience. For example:

  • What was your experience planning your waiver services? Were you able to choose the services you wanted and get them where and how often you wanted?
  • Does the place where you get your services reflect your needs and preferences? Did you have options to choose from?

If you are not yet receiving waiver services(because you are on a waitlist or otherwise) but expect to be using waiver services in the future, usethese questionsto talk about what services will be important to you in the future. For example:

  • Do you want to be able to work? If not, what type of meaningful non-work activities would you like to be involved in?
  • Would you like to have roommates or live on your own? How often would you like to have visitors? What types of supports are necessary for you to live as independently as possible?
February 13, 2015

Philanthropist Lois Pope And American Humane Association To Proudly Welcome American Hero Sergeant Matt Eversmann To Palm Beach - PRNewswire

PALM BEACH, Fla., Feb. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An event that is dedicated to honoring heroes on both ends of the leash has just secured one of the biggest war heroes in history as a very special guest. Philanthropist Lois Pope and American Humane Association, the...



United Spinal Association Calls for Implementation of Accessible Taxi Laws in DC: Delays Continue Even for the Limited Number of Accessible Vehicles Required - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, Feb. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Spinal Association today urged enforcement of the long overdue Washington DC Taxicab Commission (DCTC) regulations implementing an increase in accessible taxis required in the DC Taxicab Service Improvement Amendment Act of...



Schools Favor Inclusion When Forced To Report Academic Progress - DisabiltyScoop
As Congress debates the role of testing, a new report finds that schools with the greatest accountability for students with disabilities are most likely to promote inclusion.

Athletes With Special Needs To Get All-Star Treatment - DisabiltyScoop
Athletes with disabilities will share in the spotlight as the NBA's All-Stars converge at Madison Square Garden this weekend.

Key Presidential Election States Focus of Unprecedented Gaming Industry Voting Initiative - PRNewswire

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Likely 2016 presidential candidates are already visiting battleground states where casino gaming supports more than half-a-million jobs and contributes $75 billion to local communities.  The American Gaming Association (AGA) today...


February 12, 2015

National Association of the Deaf Sues Harvard and MIT for Discrimination - PRNewswire
BALTIMORE, Feb. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and four deaf and hard of hearing individuals filed two federal class action lawsuits today against Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), charging...

In First, Model With Down Syndrome Walks Fashion Week Runway - DisabiltyScoop
Among the models strutting the runway at New York Fashion Week will be a woman with Down syndrome.

"Winterize" to Prevent Falls: UM Faculty Highlights Guidelines for the Elderly - AUCD
Beautiful, cold, dangerous. All of these words describe winter weather in Montana. For older Montanans, falls are a major cause of winter-related injuries and some deaths. Dr. Mindy Renfro, a UM physical therapist and the Montana Adaptive Equipment Program Coordinator at the UM Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, wants to make this winter is safe, warm and wonderful for all Montanans.

High School Students Learn About Health Care Careers from Iowa LEND Trainees - AUCD
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education programs are for students in grades K-12 and according to STEM Connector data, females are about 25% less likely to be interested in STEM fields than males. University of Iowa Health Care (UIHC) staff and Iowa LEND Trainees are trying to change that!

Special-Needs Grant Helps Houston Woman Fix Home - PRNewswire

HOUSTON, Feb. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Wanda Richardson has been living on disability income since first being diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis 15 years ago. The high cost of covering her health care has made it difficult for her to finance needed home repairs. Living in an old home...


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