LSA-DN Weekly Update

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Friday, July 26, 2019


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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Feds Earmark $150M For Disability Housing Assistance

Federal officials say they plan to dole out millions of dollars to help thousands of people with disabilities access housing in the community.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is offering up $150 million in grants that they say will help some 18,000 people with disabilities ages 18 up to 62 across the country.

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Trump Administration Cautioned Against Changing IDEA Policy

Disability advocates and former federal special education officials are warning of possible Trump administration moves to alter policy related to a central tenet of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Advocates met with top officials at the U.S. Department of Education last week after receiving what they called “credible information” indicating that the agency planned to change or reinterpret policy on IDEA’s requirement that students with disabilities be served in the least restrictive environment, or LRE.

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Goodwill Takes Heat For Halting Pay For Workers With Disabilities

Illinois lawmakers expressed outrage after a downstate branch of Goodwill Industries announced plans to stop paying many of the nonprofit’s employees with disabilities, citing expected rising payroll costs due to the pending state minimum wage increase.

Yet after much backlash on social media, Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries in Springfield this week reversed its decision, with the chief executive officer issuing an apology to “our constituents, our clients and our faithful donors.”

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Research & Reports

Evidence for the Impact of the Money Follows the Person Program

Since 2007, states with Money Follows the Person (MFP) programs transitioned more than 90,000 people receiving long-term services and supports in institutions back to their homes and communities. Based on institutional population data from multiple sources and on LTSS expenditure data, analyzed separately for people with and without intellectual and other developmental disabilities, this report offers evidence that states with robust MFP programs fared better than states without MFP or with minimal MFP programs, both in terms of reducing institutional populations and expenditures and in rebalancing their LTSS systems

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Resources, Opinions & Opportunities

People With Disabilities Want To Help Make Over The Travel Industry

Gone on a trip lately? I did—last week. That’s when I realized that the travel industry is in what you might call the mullet stage of their accessibility makeover. That’s right—stuck in the 80s. Transportation in general—airlines, buses, subway systems, ride shares and railways—seem to need the most work. On the positive side, large attractions and destinations that serve families, as well as hotels that cater to big businesses, seem to be the pacesetters. How have they gotten ahead while other venues lag so far behind? Mostly by making simple changes.

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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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  • Policy & Advocacy Team
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  • Administrative Cost Survey Working Group

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