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Friday, June 14, 2019


Register Now for the LSA-DN Summer Meeting in Philadelphia

It's time to register for the LSA-DN Summer Meeting! This year's meeting is being hosted by KenCrest in Philadelphia from August 7-9, 2019. Our meeting will take place at the Notary Hotel in Philadelphia. Be sure to reserve your room  by July 17, 2019 to ensure that you will receive the group rate.Our summer meeting will be a chance to gather with your colleagues and engage in strategic thinking around cutting-edge issues. It will also be an opportunity to tour KenCrest and learn more about their programs.  We look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia. 


Ali Stroker Makes History as First Wheelchair User to Win a Tony

On Sunday night, Ali Stroker became the first person who uses a wheelchair to win a Tony Award.

“This award is for every kid who is watching tonight who has a disability, who has a limitation or a challenge, who has been waiting to see themselves represented in this arena — you are,” Ms. Stroker said while accepting her statuette for her role as Ado Annie in the Broadway revival of the musical “Oklahoma!.

More from The New York Times

Savings Accounts for Disabled Americans Catch On, but Slowly

New state-based accounts that let disabled people work and save money without risking the loss of government aid are slowly catching on. But advocates say millions more people with disabilities could be taking advantage of the accounts.

Forty-one states and Washington, D.C., now offer the accounts, which first became available in 2016. The tax-free accounts, known as ABLE accounts, are named after the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act, the 2014 law that created them.

More from The New York Times


Disability and Technical Issues Were Key Barriers to Meeting Arkansas’ Medicaid Work and Reporting Requirements in 2018

Over 18,000 people lost Medicaid coverage in Arkansas in 2018 due to the work and reporting requirements imposed under a Section 1115 demonstration waiver. There were four safeguards available to waiver enrollees that were intended to prevent people with disabilities and others who should not have been subject to the requirements from losing coverage. For example, the safeguards were intended to protect coverage for people who should not have been required to work due to a disability as well as for enrollees who did work the required number of hours but had difficulty navigating the monthly reporting process.

More from Kaiser Family Foundation

Research & Reports

Turning Rights Into Reality: How Guardianship and Alternatives Impact the Autonomy of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

NCD undertook this report to increase the understanding of guardianship and its impact on the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) and their families. In this report, NCD examines why people with ID/DD are at increased risk for becoming subject to guardianship as adults, and how that impacts their ability to benefit from civil rights laws aimed at advancing the self-determination and opportunities available to people with ID/DD, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Developmental Disabilities Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

More from National Council on Disabiity

Resources, Opinions & Opportunities

Why People With Disabilities Want Bans On Plastic Straws To Be More Flexible

It was a hot day at the zoo when Jordan Carlson's son, who has motor-planning delays, got thirsty. "We went to the snack bar and found out they had a 'no straw' policy," Carlson says. "It was a hot day and he couldn't drink."

Their only option was to leave the park and look for a business that sold drinks with a straw. Without one, her son can't drink beverages. At home they use reusable straws, and she tries to keep some on hand when they leave the house, but "I'm human and sometimes I forget," Carlson explains. People with disabilities have to be much more conscious of what businesses and communities offer, Carlson says.

More from NPR

Upcoming Events

LSA-DN 2019 Summer Meeting
August 7-9, 2019
Philadelphia, PA

LSA-DN 2020 Winter Meeting
January 26-29, 2020
Atlantic Beach, FL


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