LSA-DN Weekly Update

Disability Network News
Friday, November 1, 2019


Register Now for the LSA-DN Winter Meeting

Take a break from winter and join your colleagues for an invigorating meeting in sunny Florida from January 29-January 31, 2020. Our winter meeting will focus on data, outcomes, and building and sustaining a direct service workforce in a challenging Medicaid landscape. Register now. 

Click here to make reservations at One Ocean Resort and Spa

*Note If you are attending CEO Summit, you should register for your hotel room through the CEO Summit link. See article below. 

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Register Now for Lutheran Services in America CEO Summit

Join us January 26–29 in Atlantic Beach, Florida, for the Lutheran Services in America CEO Summit 2020, where we’ll explore concrete ways successful CEOs are designing the future so their organizations can grow, thrive and respond to evolving needs.

Note CEO Summit will be followed immediately by our LSA-DN Winter Meeting. If you are attending both CEO Summit and the DN Winter Meeting, you should be able to extend your hotel reservation through the CEO Summit Link. If you have any problems with this, please alert Dania Douglas at

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Lutheran Services in America Webinar Series: Accreditation

Please contact Sheila Weber at or 202-499-5824 if you have any questions.


Feds Working To Expand Transportation For Those With Special Needs

Government officials say they’re dramatically increasing their investment in improving transportation options for people with disabilities and other underserved groups with a new multimillion-dollar initiative.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said this week that it’s committing nearly $50 million to expand access to transportation for individuals with disabilities, older adults and low-income Americans.

More from Disability Scoop


PG&E power outages frighten ill and disabled

When Toni Vazquez heard she could lose power for days, she worried about how she would breathe.

“I was really scared,” Vazquez said sitting on her bed in St. Vincent’s Bridge to Housing shelter in San Rafael. In her hand was a plastic mask with a tube leading to a nebulizer she uses every morning, sometimes more, for asthma and other breathing conditions.

More from the San Francisco Chronicle

People with disabilities unsheltered in tornado alley

John High knows that when he hears a tornado siren, he’s on his own. 

“I just pray. That’s all I can do,” High says while sitting in his motorized wheelchair at his home in Norman, Okla.

That’s because he doesn’t have a safe place to go. 

“One person told me ‘put on a football helmet and go in your kitchen.’ I got a window in every room of this house, so there’s really no place for me to go. That’s why I’m trying to get a shelter,” he said. 

More from NPR State Impact Oklahoma

Research & Reports

Bioethics and Report Series: Genetic Testing and the Rush to Perfection

This report examines the impact of genetic testing on people with disabilities and on disability communities. Scientific, medical, and technological advances over the past decade have made genetic testing more commonly known and widely accepted among healthcare professionals and the public. Entrepreneurs offer direct-to-consumer genetic testing for individuals seeking knowledge on everything from their ancestry to their chances of developing breast cancer

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Resources, Opinions & Opportunities

Apple's iOS 13.2 introduces more inclusive emoji, privacy features and camera tools

After previewing new emoji this summer, Apple released nearly 60 new characters on Monday, many with a focus on inclusion and diversity.

The iOS 13.2 software update features interracial couples, gender-neutral characters and disability-themed emoji options, including a seeing eye dog, characters in wheelchairs and prosthetic limbs. Other new emoji include a waffle, butter, a sloth and a yawning smiley face

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Upcoming Events

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

LSA-DN 2020 Summer Meeting
August 5-7, 2020
Cincinnati, Ohio


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  • Policy & Advocacy Team
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  • Administrative Cost Survey Working Group

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