LSA-DN Weekly Update

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Friday, January 31, 2020


LSA-DN Winter Meeting in Atlantic Beach January 29-31, 2020

The LSA-DN Winter Meeting took place in  Atlantic Beach, Florida from January 29-January 31, 2020. Our winter meeting focused on data, outcomes, and building and sustaining a direct service workforce in a challenging Medicaid landscape. We welcomed dynamic speakers including Kezia Scales of PHI and Joe Macbeth of the National Association of Direct Service Providers. Look for updates from this meeting and plans for the LSA-DN Spring Meeting soon.


New Restrictions Proposed For Service Animals On Planes

Federal regulators are seeking to place new limits on service animals in flight in an effort to ensure that such animals really are providing assistance to people with disabilities.

The U.S. Department of Transportation issued a proposed rule Wednesday severely curtailing the types of service animals that airlines must accommodate.

Chiefly, dogs would be the only type of service animal that must be allowed. And emotional support animals would no longer be considered service animals for the purpose of air travel.

More from Disability Scoop


Portland's sidewalks need $123M in repairs; nearly all of them not ADA compliant

Nearly all of the sidewalks in the city of Portland are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and need more than $100 million in repairs, city officials said.

The ADA requires safe access for those with disabilities.

People who use a wheelchair, walker or cane know the challenges of using the city's sidewalks.

"I always have to watch where I'm walking, be very, very cautious and careful. It takes a lot extra time and just. It's tough it's hard to navigate for sure," Portland resident Greg Bronn said.

More from WMTV

Research & Reports

There’s No Place Like Home: A National Study on IDD Housing

In 2019, CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership and The Arc partnered to increase knowledge of housing decision-making and identify barriers to housing decision-making and community relocation for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Through the project, 'There's No Place Like Home: A National Study on IDD Housing,' more than 700 people with IDD and family members of people with IDD from across the nation participated in research which explored where people with IDD live, and their experiences in those settings.

As a result of the study, CQL and The Arc produced a full technical report, fact sheets, and a short video which not only describe the study, but, more importantly, describe key takeaways to improve outcomes in housing decision-making and identify solutions for strengthening community inclusion.

More from CQL

Resources, Opinions & Opportunities

After Medicaid was privatized, I went from a 'normal' life to spending most of the time in bed

An open letter to Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Lt. Governor Adam Gregg, Medicaid Director Mike Randall, Iowa Legislators, Managed Care Organizations, and Citizens of Iowa:

My name is Elaine Gartelos. I was born, raised, and have lived in Iowa all my life. I’ve also been disabled all my life, because of a neuromuscular disease. I’ve used a wheelchair since I was a child, and have always been a very active and independent person.

I have lived what some people would call a “normal” life, never letting my disability dictate or limit what I could do, or not do. I’ve achieved a college degree, worked, paid taxes, and contributed to society and to the economy in, what I’d like to think, are positive and productive ways.

More from the Des Moines Register

Upcoming Events

LSA-DN 2020 Spring Meeting
April 22-24, 2020
Washington, D.C.

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


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