LSA-DN Weekly Update

Disability Network News
Friday, August 9, 2019


LSA-DN Summer Meeting This Week in Philadelphia

LSA-DN's 2019 summer meeting is being hosted by KenCrest in Philadelphia from August 7-9, 2019. Our meeting is taking place at the Notary Hotel in Philadelphia. We are very excited that our summer meeting includes Medicaid experts Stacy DiStefano and Fady Sahhar, as well as a visit from staff in Senator Casey's and Rep. Fitzpatrick's office. LSA-DN also had an opportunity to tour KenCrest and learn more about their programs.

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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House Passes Autism Act

Federal legislation allocating over $1.8 billion in government spending on autism efforts is one step closer to being approved.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support, or Autism CARES, Act, by a voice vote Wednesday.

The legislation, H.R. 1058, would renew a federal law that originated in 2006 and ensures support for research, prevalence tracking, screening, professional training and other government activities related to autism.

More from Disability Scoop


A Wisconsin lawmaker who's paralyzed isn't allowed to call into meetings; he says that keeps him from doing his job

A state lawmaker who is paralyzed isn’t allowed to participate in committee meetings by phone under a legislative rule that he says keeps him from performing his job as well as he should.

Democratic Rep. Jimmy Anderson of Fitchburg said the Assembly rule discriminates against him because he has difficulty getting to some meetings for health reasons. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and other Republicans who control the Legislature have declined to accommodate his request to call into meetings

More from Journal Sentinel

In Settlement Win for Disabled NYers, City Agrees to Fix Inaccessible Sidewalks

A judge approved a lawsuit settlement Tuesday that requires New York City to take stock of its sidewalks and curbs, and commit to a plan to upgrade all street corners so they’re accessible for people with disabilities.

The settlement, approved by a judge in the Southern District of New York, stems from a class-action lawsuit filed against the city in 2014 over the state of its sidewalks and pedestrian curb ramps, which disability rights groups say are often unusable for wheelchair users or the visually impaired. They cite broken pavement and steep or missing curb cuts, as well as street corners lacking the detectable warning strips that let blind pedestrians know where a sidewalk ends.

More from City Limits

Research & Reports

Medicaid Waiver Tracker: Approved and Pending Section 1115 Waivers by State

This page aggregates tracking information on pending and approved Section 1115 Medicaid waivers. Scroll down or click on the links below to jump to resources such as an overview map and figure, detailed waiver topic tables, and explanatory briefs.

KFF’s #Medicaid waiver tracker has detailed tables on Medicaid work requirements, behavioral health, eligibility & enrollment restrictions, and benefits/copays/healthy behaviors. It also has tables w/ approved & pending 1115 waivers by state.

More from Kaiser Family Foundation

Resources, Opinions & Opportunities

Grocery Chain Rolls Out Adaptive Shopping Carts

Thanks to one mom, a supermarket chain is the first to provide carts in all of its stores designed for children with special needs who are too big to sit in regular carts.

Wegmans — a regional supermarket chain with 99 stores in six states — said it will offer the Firefly GoTo Shop adapted carts at each of its locations.

The specialized cart includes a cushioned seat with adjustable head and lateral supports and a five-point harness. It’s intended for kids with special needs ages 2 to 8 who weigh up to 77 pounds, according to the cart’s maker.

More from Disability Scoop

Upcoming Events

LSA-DN 2020 Winter Meeting

January 26-29, 2020
Atlantic Beach, FL


For more information on our topic specific work groups, please email Dania Douglas at

  • Policy & Advocacy Team
  • Culture and Engagement Workgroup
  • Administrative Cost Survey Working Group

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Dania Douglas 
Director of Public Policy
LSA Disability Network
Lutheran Services in America