LSA-DN Weekly Update

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

NATIONAL

Buyer Beware: New Cheaper Insurance Policies May Have Big Coverage Gaps

If you're looking for cheaper health insurance, a whole host of new options will hit the market starting Tuesday.

But buyer beware!

If you get sick, the new plans – known as short-term, limited duration insurance — may not pay for the medical care you need.

More from NPR

STATE

Georgia’s Separate and Unequal Special-Education System

Seth Murrell, a four-year-old boy with dreadlocks to his chin, moved with his family to Atlanta in the fall of 2015. On his first day at his new preschool, he cried the whole morning. He wouldn’t sit still in his chair. He’d pop up and snatch the glasses off a classmate’s face, or spit at the teacher. When he was tired, he waved his arms in the air, begging his teacher to hold him. On the rare occasions that his teacher complimented him, he shouted “Yay!” too loudly.

More from the New Yorker

Texas Saved Billions Cutting Special Ed: Now The Bill Comes Due

NEW YORK — Texas’s 5.4 million students are returning to school this fall amid the usual scramble for textbooks, lockers, and desks. The state is also facing a huge problem of its own creation: how to find, evaluate and properly teach as many as 200,000 students wrongly denied special education or overlooked as it sought to limit spending for the nation’s fastest-growing school population.

And then there’s the question of how Texas, under orders from the U.S. government, will pay for it all.

More from the Disability Scoop

RESEARCH & REPORTS

When It Comes To Inclusion, Does Religion Need A Wake-Up Call?

Having a child with special needs can be a deterrent to attending religious services, new research suggests, but the likelihood that families participate varies greatly depending on the type of disability.

Overall, children with chronic health conditions are 14 percent more likely to never attend worship services, according to findings published recently in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

More from Disability Scoop

RESOURCES, OPINIONS & OPPORTUNITIES

The Most Damaging Way Movies Portray People With Disabilities

 When Alice Wong was growing up in 1980s Indiana, she “always felt like the odd person out.” She was one of just a few Asian-Americans in her school and the only student with physical disabilities.

 “In many ways, not seeing myself represented or reflected in my social environment was the norm. I never thought it was odd,” Wong says.

More from the Huffington Post

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