LSA-DN Weekly Update

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Friday, June 28, 2019


Twenty Years Later: Reflecting on the Promises of Olmstead

This past weekend marked the 20th Anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in the landmark case Olmstead v. L.C. and E.W. in which the Court found that the Americans with Disabilities Act protects people with disabilities from “unjustified segregation.” Instead, the Court found that people with disabilities have the right to work and live in the most integrated setting possible, alongside their nondisabled peers.

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Statewide program providing new homes for adults with disabilities

One organization in our state is serving adults with disabilities by pairing them with mentors and giving them a new home. Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) is a non-profit organization. They have nine service lines, including helping people with disabilities. About two years ago, LSI started ‘Host Homes.’ They match their clients with host families. The adults move in with their mentors with the goal of creating a strong relationship.

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Register Now for the LSA-DN Summer Meeting in Philadelphia

It's time to register for the LSA-DN Summer Meeting! This year's meeting is being hosted by KenCrest in Philadelphia from August 7-9, 2019. Our meeting will take place at the Notary Hotel in Philadelphia. Be sure to reserve your room by July 17, 2019 to ensure that you will receive the group rate.Our summer meeting will be a chance to gather with your colleagues and engage in strategic thinking around cutting-edge issues. It will also be an opportunity to tour KenCrest and learn more about their programs. We look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia.


House Votes To Renew Program Helping People Leave Institutions

Following years of uncertainty, federal lawmakers are working to renew a popular Medicaid program that moves people with disabilities from institutions into the community. The U.S. House of Representatives voted 371 to 46 last week to extend the so-called Money Follows the Person program for four and a half years.

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Rights For People With Disabilities: 20 Years After Olmstead Case, Progress Comes With Costs

By late morning, it’s getting hot in Lisa Archibald’s garage, even with the big door pulled open. She points a whirring box fan at her brother, John-David Mixon. He sits in a wheelchair and watches the occasional car pass by their home in Byron, Georgia. One of Mixon’s nurses, Pam Walton, tends to his feeding tube, giving Archibald a welcome break. “I can go 72 hours at a time without taking more than a 20-minute catnap on the sofa or in the recliner,” Archibald said.

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New reports on Direct Support Professionals highlight low pay, poor benefits

Organizations across the state that supply Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) to families with someone who has a disability or who's older are experiencing high turnover. The University of Minnesota, in conjunction with the state, set out to collect concrete data on the problem. 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has the new findings and possible solutions. The problem of high turnover with DSPs hit one Bloomington family really hard when agencies told them they simply didn't have any workers to help them, so they had to take matters in their own hands.

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Deaf printers once helped create every day’s Washington Post newspaper

On a March night in 1988, Janie Golightly’s boss — a man namedPaul Poteat — suggested that she and her colleagues take off work, leave the building and watch history being made. The workplace was The Washington Post. And the history? Students at Gallaudet University were marching to the Mayflower Hotel to confront the school’s board of trustees, who had just announced a hearing person would be the school’s next president.

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Research & Reports

Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment Decline Suggests the Child Uninsured Rate May Rise Again

There is no debate over the fact that children are losing Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage. Overall, more than 828,000, or 2.2 percent, fewer children were enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP, combined, at the end of 2018 than the previous year. A drop in child enrollment is unusual; between 2000 and 2016, enrollment declined in only one year—2007—by 1.1 percent. During this period, the nation achieved historic success in covering children with the rate of uninsured children reaching an all-time low of 4.7 percent in 2016. In 2017, child enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP was basically flat while the uninsured rate for children increased for the first time in a decade to 5 percent despite the strong economy.

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Resources, Opinions & Opportunities

None of the 2020 Presidential Candidates' Websites Are Fully Accessible to Disabled Voters

When Virginia Jacko found out the first Democratic presidential debates of the 2020 election cycle were going to be held in Miami, she was excited to learn more about the candidates and their policies before they arrived in her city. But as she clicked on the candidates’ websites, she realized that most were not accessible to blind voters like her.

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Upcoming Events

LSA-DN 2019 Summer Meeting
August 7-9, 2019
Philadelphia, PA

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


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