LSA-DN Weekly Update

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Friday, January 3, 2020


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. 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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*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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Elizabeth Warren Unveils Plan to Help People with Disabilities

This year is an important one for Americans with disabilities: 2020 will mark the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the 100th anniversary of the country’s vocational rehabilitation program, which helps people with disabilities find and keep jobs.

But even as these milestones pass, people with disabilities remain more than twice as likely to live in poverty as nondisabled people, less likely to graduate high school or hold a job, and are overrepresented in prisons and jails across the country.

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Judge won’t OK Ohio settlement on funding for care of developmentally disabled

After listening to emotional testimony Tuesday from families for nearly six hours, a federal judge in Columbus declined to sign off on a proposed settlement in a class-action lawsuit over how and where Ohioans with developmental disabilities make their homes.

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Superintendent fired from post at center for disabled Iowans

The superintendent of an Iowa care center for people with intellectual disabilities has been fired amid a federal investigation into the facility.

Jerry Rea was notified in a letter Monday that he was being discharged from Iowa Department of Human Services employment and his position at the Glenwood Resource Center.

"This action is being taken as a result of a mounting list of disregard for policies and procedures," said the letter signed by Rick Shults, who oversees the departments mental health and disability services division.

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Research & Reports

National Core Indicators Data Highlight: What Do NCI Data Tell Us About the Characteristics and Outcomes of Older Adults with I/DD?

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.

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Resources, Opinions & Opportunities

American Girl's 2020 girl of the year is 1st doll with hearing loss

American Girl's 2020 Girl of the Year doll is Joss Kendrick.

The new doll, which debuted on "Good Morning America," is a competitive cheerleader and a surfer from southern California.

In a first for an American Girl doll, Joss has hearing loss and wears a hearing aid.

According to her story, Joss was born deaf in her left ear but can hear some out of her right ear with the help of a hearing aid that comes with the doll as an accessory. Pursuing surfing and going all-in with cheer, Joss reaches new heights and discovers a whole new side of herself.

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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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