September 20, 2014
Myo - Wearable Gesture Control from Thalmic Labs - YouTube

Check out this Tech! There some amazing implications here for individuals with disabilities maybe we can finally have our Professor X level technology!

September 19, 2014
Talk Like a Pirate Day - September 19

As answer to th’ Ultimate Questions to Brotherhood of disability will always choose Pirates!

"Talk Like A Pirate Day" be celebrated on September 19, ‘n would-be buccaneers who’d be tryin’ t’ natter like a corsair had best learn t’ speak th’ lingo. If ye reckon that jus’ sayin’ "arrrr" at th’ end o’ every utterance will fill yer sails ‘n float yer ship, reckon again, landlubber. It’ll jus’ get ye tossed o’erboard! So don’t settle fer bein’ an imitation pirate:learn how t’ be authentic n’ colorful, like a real swashbucklin’ scallywag o’ th’ sea!

September 18, 2014
Disabled People Hold Signs With The Hurtful Words People Have Said To Them (Photos)

September 18, 2014
Making the New Medicaid HCBS Settings Regulation Work In Your State

Want to make real community integration a reality in your state? 

Interested in learning how you can use the rule to improve services in your state?

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, in partnership with NDRN, AUCD, NACDD and the Collaboration for the Promotion of Self-Determination, invite you to join us for a new Tuesday webinar series on the new Home and Community Based Services settings regulation. 

Learn how the new HCBS settings regulation will impact services in your state and how your advocacy can make the difference between integration and segregation for people with disabilities. Click here to register for our exciting upcoming webinar series. Tell your friends and spread the word! 

September 30th 1-2:30 PM EST Topic: Introduction and overview of new CMS HCBS Settings Rule

In the aftermath of CMS’ recent regulation defining acceptable and unacceptable settings for Home and Community Based Services, states and stakeholders are now considering how to transition their service-provision systems into compliance with the new CMS requirements for greater integration. This webinar will provide an overview of the new regulation, placing particular emphasis on the role that state level advocates can play in influencing how it will be interpreted and implemented.

October 7 1-2:30 PM EST Topic: The New HCBS Rule – How Does it Affect Housing for People with Disabilities?!

The new home and community-based service (HCBS) rule from the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) states that “home and community-based settings do not include nursing facilities, institutions for mental diseases, intermediate care facilities for mentally retarded, hospitals, or any other locations that have the qualities of an institutional setting as determined by the Secretary.”  The new HCBS rule establishes specific qualities that a home must exhibit in order for a state to qualify for federal HCBS funding including being integrated in the community, supporting independence, involving individual choice, and protecting individuals from coercion and restraint. This webinar will walk through these specific requirements, the federal guidance, and a step by step analysis of changes that may need to occur in your state.  Speakers will also discuss how the rule aligns with and moves forward the mandate from Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court that states must design and deliver federally funded services in a manner that does not unduly isolate or segregate individuals with disabilities.

October 14th, 1-2:30 PM EST Topic: Stakeholder Engagement and the HCBS Settings Rule – State and National Perspectives

The new home and community-based services (HCBS) will require significant changes to the Medicaid HCBS program. Such a large change to the program must include robust engagement with individuals with disabilities, their families, and other stakeholders. While the rule requires public comment, advocates are encouraging states to use that public comment period as the minimum, not the maximum, of public engagement. Come to this webinar to learn about how states are engaging stakeholders in the process and how state and national advocacy organizations are organizing to support stakeholders and states in the process.

October 21 1-2:30 PM EST Topic: Employment/Day guidance

As CMS articulates a new standard for what will and will not constitute Home and Community Based Services, advocates and policymakers are paying close attention to the implication for day and employment services. Many expect that new regulation will have a profound impact on integration in day and employment activities. Join us to learn more about the potential impact and how to influence implementation relevant to employment and day services.

October 28 1-2:30 PM EST Title: Enforcement and Monitoring of HCBS Rules

Topic: Presenters will discuss strategies for individuals to enforce HCBS rule requirements; and mechanisms for states to monitor compliance with the rules over the long term. Speakers will highlight potential areas where individuals may face issues in implementation of HCBS rules and available advocacy options, such as grievances or appeals. Examples may include: when assessments of need do not reflect the standard of integration reflected in the regulations; conflict of interest or provider qualification standards are not met; and managed care utilization controls discourage fidelity to person-centered planning. Lastly, presenters will offer tips advocates can use to urge states to include monitoring and enforcement mechanisms in state HCBS Transition Plans.


September 18, 2014

WASHINGTON­—Attorney General Eric Holder announced today the launch of the Justice Department’s National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice.  Funded through a $4.75 million grant, the initiative will create a  substantial investment in training, evidence-based strategies, policy development and research to combat distrust and hostility between law enforcement and the communities they serve.  Recent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, following an officer-involved shooting have brought national attention to the importance of strong police-community relationships, which has been a priority for the Justice Department under Attorney General Holder.

“The events in Ferguson reminded us that we cannot allow tensions, which are present in so many neighborhoods across America, to go unresolved,” said Attorney General Holder.  “As law enforcement leaders, each of us has an essential obligation – and a unique opportunity – to ensure fairness, eliminate bias, and build community engagement.  The National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice represents a major step forward in resolving long standing tensions in many of America’s communities and it will allow us to build on the pioneering work that the Justice Department and our law enforcement partners across the country are already doing to strengthen some of our nation’s most challenged areas.”

The initiative, which will be an ongoing partnership with the Justice Department, will provide training to law enforcement and communities on bias reduction and procedural fairness and will apply evidence-based strategies in five pilot sites around the country.  It will also establish a clearinghouse where information, research, and technical assistance are readily accessible for law enforcement, criminal justice practitioners and community leaders.

The three year grant has been awarded to a consortium of national law enforcement experts led by John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  Yale Law School, the Center for Policing Equity at UCLA and the Urban institute make up the rest of the consortium.  The initiative will be guided by a board of advisors which will include national leaders from law enforcement, academia and faith-based groups, as well as community stakeholders and civil rights advocates.

In a holistic approach, the initiative will simultaneously address the tenets of procedural justice, reducing implicit bias and facilitating racial reconciliation.  The initiative will compliment and be advised by other Justice Department components such as the Office of Justice Programs, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, the Civil Rights Division and the Community Relations Service.

This Initiative addresses a recommendation in the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force report released in May.  The Task Force recommended the Department of Justice establish a vehicle to build capacity in communities and build the evidence base around enhancing procedural justice, reducing bias and supporting reconciliation in communities where trust has been harmed.




September 16, 2014
Lancaster teen is 1st person with intellectual disability to enroll at Millersville - LancasterOnline: Local News

September 16, 2014
Kanye West and proving your disabilities (Opinion) -

September 16, 2014
Politini Media and Human Rights Campaign

September 16, 2014
Bay Area:ReelAbilities Disabilities Film Festival

September 12, 2014
"We’ve got great tools to communicate about everything else. We can text. What do we call it? Sexting."

Leading Democrat says “sexting” is the key to getting out the vote  (via micdotcom)

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