LSA-DN Weekly Update

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Friday, November 15, 2019


LSA-DN Policy and Advocacy Team Visits Washington, DC: Advocacy Opportunity Builds Relationships

Blog by Lisa Morgan of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia

Knowing that you have the opportunity to influence public policy on behalf of the individuals you serve is a powerful feeling. The week of November 4, I joined fellow advocates from Minnesota, New York, and Pennsylvania to speak up on behalf of the Lutheran Services in America – Disability Network (LSA-DN) in Washington, D.C. We arrived at the table with stories and shared best practices, outcomes, and challenges, which allowed us to advocate for the people we serve, the people we employ, and for our industry.

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Reader's View: Act would boost ranks of care workers

*By Charlotte Haberaecker, President and CEO of Lutheran Services in America

One in four Americans has a disability, and many rely on direct support professionals for long-term care and to help them integrate into their communities. Combine this with the fact that by 2030 one in five Americans will be a senior, many of whom live with chronic health conditions, and it becomes clear that our nation requires a stable, well-trained, direct support workforce.

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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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Disability-Related Hate Crimes Up Sharply, FBI Data Shows

Newly-released data indicates that hate crime incidents targeting people with disabilities are on the rise.

There were 177 reported hate crime offenses stemming from disability bias in 2018, according to figures out this week from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program. By comparison, there were 128 similar offenses the year prior.

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Small group homes for disabled will soon lose licensing exemption

Across Maine, about 1,000 disabled adults have been living for years in unlicensed one- or two-bedroom residences.

This network of 560 small homes, along with some bigger facilities that are licensed, was designed to replace warehouse-style institutions where people with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder had long been neglected and mistreated. The small homes, funded through Medicaid, provide a place where residents can get the support they need in a safe, community-based setting while retaining independence.

More from Portland Press Herald

Research & Reports

Bioethics and Report Series: The Danger of Assisted Suicide Laws

As one part of a report series on bioethics, this report presents information on how assisted suicide laws may impact policies and practices related to the delivery of medical interventions and life-saving medical care for people with disabilities. The purpose of this report is to provide an update to the previous NCD analysis of such laws, to examine whether the NCD predictions about the effect of these laws were correct, and to learn more about the relationship between assisted suicide laws and the provision of lifesustaining medical care and palliative care to people with disabilities.

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Resources, Opinions & Opportunities

For People With Disabilities, Asking For Help Carries Hidden Costs

“It never hurts to ask.”

Disabled people know better than most that this isn’t always true, even when our right to ask is backed up by federal law.

The right to ask for and receive individual help is one of the cornerstones of disability rights law. In the Americans with Disabilities Act, it’s referred to as “reasonable accommodations,” or “modifications in policies, practices, or procedures.”

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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
  • Culture and Engagement Workgroup
  • Administrative Cost Survey Working Group

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Lisa Morgan

Dania Douglas 
Director of Public Policy
LSA Disability Network
Lutheran Services in America