LSA-DN Weekly Update

Disability Network News
Friday, July 19, 2019


National Disability Voter Registration Week’s REV UP Campaign

July marks a month full of celebrations and anniversaries for the disability community, including the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26 and the 51st anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. This week, Lutheran Services in America joins with our national partners to recognize National Disability Voter Registration Week.

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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.

Summer Series on Evidence-Based Practices – Sign Up Now!

Lutheran Services in America is offering a Summer Series of webinars about a variety of Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) that align with the outcomes outlined by the Family First Prevention Services Act (or Family First Act). The Family First Act opens up Title IV-E child welfare funds for prevention services; while the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse has not yet released the results of the first round of EBPs under review, numerous EBPs align with the outcomes of the Family First Act. Please see below for additional information and to add the webinars to your calendar. If you have any questions or have recommendations for future webinars, please contact Sheila Weber at

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Despite Success, Federal Funding Plummets For Special Ed Preschool

Lindsey Eakin’s son Corbin was only 6 months old when she started to suspect something was wrong. Corbin, her third child, wasn’t babbling or cooing like his two older siblings had at his age and he was experiencing chronic, painful ear infections. His pediatrician at the time wasn’t concerned. But by the time he turned 1, Corbin wasn’t meeting developmental milestones in speech and Eakins was frustrated that nobody seemed to have answers for her.

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Most States Failing To Meet Requirements Under IDEA

Fewer than half of states are meeting their obligations to properly serve students with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Education says.

In an annual review of performance under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, federal officials found that just 21 states deserved the designation of “meets requirements” for the 2017-2018 school year.

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Research & Reports

A Study Predicts Surge In Disability Voters In 2020

The 2018 midterm elections had recording-breaking voter turnout: 53% of the citizen voting-age population voted, marking the highest midterm turnout in four decades. There were significant increases in voter turnout among minority groups, including Hispanic/Latino and African-American voters.

However, the population that surpassed all other minority populations was people with disabilities, according to a study conducted by Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations.

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Resources, Opinions & Opportunities

Plastic straw bans hurt kids and adults with disabilities, advocates say

As the movement to ban plastic straws grows, so does the concern among people with disabilities who rely on them to drink.

What may seem like a fun convenience for most restaurant patrons can be a necessity for those who are paralyzed, suffer from joint weakness or have difficulty controlling the movements of their mouths and hands. That can cover everyone from quadriplegics and stroke survivors, to kids with Down syndrome

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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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