LSA-DN Weekly Update

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Friday, December 20, 2019


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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. We look forward to welcoming dynamic speakers including Kezia Scales of PHI and Joe Macbeth of the National Association of Direct Service Providers. Register now. 

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More from Lutheran Services of America


Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Portion Of Obamacare

A federal appeals court panel in New Orleans dealt another blow to the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, agreeing with a lower-court judge that the portion of the health law requiring most people to have coverage is unconstitutional now that Congress has eliminated the tax penalty that was intended to enforce it.

But it is sending the case back to the lower court to decide how much of the rest of the law can stand in light of that ruling.

That most likely means the fate of the law will not be settled before the 2020 election.

More from Kaiser Health News

Transportation Department Looks To Increase Airline Accessibility

Airlines would be required to improve accessibility for travelers with disabilities on more of their planes under a new federal proposal.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on a plan calling for all new, single-aisle aircraft to feature accessible lavatories.

Current rules only mandate accessible restrooms on planes with more than one aisle. But the federal agency said that single-aisle aircraft are increasingly being used on long-haul flights.

More from Disability Scoop


Gov. Beshear signs executive order rescinding Bevin's Medicaid waiver

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday that he is rescinding former Gov. Matt Bevin’s executive order on the Medicaid waiver program and will protect the Medicaid expansion instituted by his father, former Gov. Steve Beshear, in 2014.

“The last thing our families need is to pay more for their healthcare coverage, or even worser, to lose that coverage entirely,” Beshear told reporters at a Capitol press conference.

More from Kentucky Today

Justice Department Investigates Experiments on People With Disabilities

Federal prosecutors are investigating whether harmful experiments on hydration and sexual arousal were carried out on people at a state-run home for Iowans with disabilities.

The Justice Department investigation of the Glenwood Resource Center in western Iowa, which revived longstanding questions about the care of some of Iowa’s most vulnerable people, comes after years of alarming news about the facility.

More from the New York Times

Research & Reports

Pediatricians Get New Guidance On Autism

For the first time in over a decade, the nation’s pediatricians are getting updated clinical recommendations on treating children with autism.

A report issued Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics “reflects significant changes in the field” since recommendations were last published in 2007, the group said.

More from Disability Scoop

Resources, Opinions & Opportunities

We must increase pay for those who care for people with intellectual disabilities in Pa.

As the President and CEO of Penn-Mar Human Services I am honored each day to lead an amazing team of professionals supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities.  Our mission is to assist people in pursuing all of the meaningful opportunities that life has to offer.

Penn-Mar provides an array of supports, in residential settings, in the community, or at home with their family, depending on what each individual wants and needs. We also help people find jobs in the community, where they can be integrated with the workforce and earn a competitive wage. 

Direct Service Professionals (DSPs) are at the core of our success. These amazing professionals help the people we support – individuals with an Intellectual Disability or Autism – achieve inclusion and participation in their communities. These men and women are essential in ensuring that those supported by Penn-Mar are moving forward in the pursuit of their hopes and dreams.  

More from York Daily Record

Columbus, Ohio Is Piloting A Mobile App That Helps People With Cognitive Disabilities Use Public Transit

On a brisk autumn day in mid-November, Jose waits for the Columbus city bus with his caregiver, Joshua Cook, associate director of ARC Industries, a service organization for people with disabilities. Jose, whose last name will not be disclosed for protection purposes, is a middle-aged man with vision impairments. 

At the Delawanda Park and Ride bus stop, Jose patiently waits for an app on his smartphone to tell him when his bus has arrived. Cook stands behind Jose and relishes in the fact how independent he has become over the past few months using this mobile app.

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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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