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Denise Arland Comments to State Board

To members of the State Board of Education:

Thank you for the opportunity to provide this written input on the revisions to Article 7, as I am home with my child who is ill. While I had hoped to appear before you today to share these comments, I hope that you will allow a proxy to deliver my message to you for consideration.

I support the position paper as presented to you today by Family Voices, and I wanted to highlight a few areas which are vitally important not only to myself but to families in my community who participate in monthly parent support meetings.

First, I believe that the provision which addresses instructional curricula, materials, equipment, and assistive technology devices and services must also address the accessibility of assessment materials, including standardized testing materials and the ISTEP. It is critical that students have access to technologies which support and enhance their learning. It follows that if students require such technology for learning, t…

Arc of Indiana public testimony-Article 7

I’m Jennifer Akers with the Arc of Indiana. I have a nine year old daughter, Grace, who receives special education supports and services. I’d like to speak with you about the proposed changes to Article 7 regarding parental consent. The Arc supports the Family Voices position paper on this, and all other issues.

Families want to partner with schools to ensure their children have an appropriate education; however, when they attend a case conference, it’s not unlike the scenario here. The parents sit alone, and the school professionals greatly outnumber them. A single parent can find herself across the table from a school principal, a variety of therapists, a school psychologist and several teachers. The law intends for the parents’ voice to be equal, but it often doesn’t feel that way to them.

The proposed language in Article 7 will put families at an even greater disadvantage.
Currently, the case conference committee meets, and the group outlines the supports and services that will mee…

Family Voices Indiana Testimony to the State Board of Education

I am proud to be here today representing the families of the thousands of Hoosier students with disabilities served each year in Indiana’s public schools. Family Voices brings the perspective of students, families and direct advocacy and support organizations to the Article 7 revision process. Many families among our membership have personal education experiences in Indiana that date back to a time before Indiana had enacted policies that ensured all students access to public education. It is that heritage and also the ongoing experiences of families in all parts of our state raising children with a wide variety of disabilities that drive our desire to ensure that changes to Article 7 be evaluated in terms of their impact on students above all other considerations.
Family Voices recognizes that each family will have a unique perspective and experience, and it would not be accurate to state that all Hoosier families share uniform views on Article 7. However, Family Voices has sought…

Family Voices Indiana Testimony to the State Board of Education

I am proud to be here today representing the families of the thousands of Hoosier students with disabilities served each year in Indiana’s public schools. Family Voices brings the perspective of students, families and direct advocacy and support organizations to the Article 7 revision process. Many families among our membership have personal education experiences in Indiana that date back to a time before Indiana had enacted policies that ensured all students access to public education. It is that heritage and also the ongoing experiences of families in all parts of our state raising children with a wide variety of disabilities that drive our desire to ensure that changes to Article 7 be evaluated in terms of their impact on students above all other considerations.
Family Voices recognizes that each family will have a unique perspective and experience, and it would not be accurate to state that all Hoosier families share uniform views on Article 7. However, Family Voices has sought…

Opportunity for public comment:Medicaid changes

A proposed rule that would allow more Medicaid beneficiaries to be in charge of their own personal assistance services, including personal care services, instead of having those services delivered by an agency.

Through the rule, found at the Federal Register, CMS requests public comment on how states could allow Medicaid beneficiaries who need help with the activities of daily living to hire, direct, train or fire their own personal care workers rather than working with personnel employed by an agency. Beneficiaries could even hire qualified family members who may already be familiar with the individual's needs to perform personal assistance (not medical) services.

If a state adopts a self-directed personal assistance services state plan option, beneficiaries could receive a cash allowance to hire their own workers to help with such activities as bathing, preparing meals, household chores and other related services that help a person to live independently. Allotments could also be u…

update on Incontinence supplies and Medicaid

Family Voices Indiana has been contacted by several of our members who have concerns about how the transition to 3 vendors for incontinence, ostomy and colostomy supplies will impact them. A letter has been sent to Medicaid members, the content of which is included below for your reference. We hope the following tips will be of assistance during this transition:
Families are encouraged to contact the new vendors and determine if they carry the supplies or equivalents to meet their needs. This will ease the transition for you that will occur by May 1. The new vendors are:
Binson's Binson's 1-888-217-9610)
Healthcare Products Delivery, Inc. (HPD) 1-866-358-9282
J & B Medical Supply Company 1-866-674-5850
Families can continue to purchase supplies from their current local vendors until April 30th· There was some initial confusion where families were told by their local vendors that they could no longer receive supplies "effective immediate…

Care Select Update

Families throughout the state should be receiving informational letters about Care Select in the upcoming days. Please read the information carefully. All affected individuals will need to call the enrollment broker (1-866-963-7383).
· You should ask if your preferred primary care physician is enrolled with Care Select.
· If they are, you will need to simply select that provider. (this is true even if you have private insurance)
· If they are not you can share who that physician is and ask that MD Wise and Advantage try to enroll that doctor. (also true for everyone with and without private insurance)
o Calling soon will allow time for Advantage and/or MD Wise to try to enroll your current doctor.
§ If your doctor chooses not to enroll, you may need to select a new doctor (calling early will give you time to research who will be a good fit for you).
· Individuals who have private insurance in addition to Medicaid may be able to keep their primary care …

Article 7 Position Paper Update

Family Voices Indiana is pleased to announce our plans to present the Article 7 Position Paper at the State Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, February 6, 2008. This presentation will take place during the public comment period of the agenda (see below). This is a public meeting and families who wish to attend to show their support are welcome to do so. A copy of the Position Paper along with complete listings of signatories can be found on this blog! Thank you to all of the individuals and organizations that joined the Position Paper as signatories. Family Voices Indiana will continue to share information about the revision process and opportunities for public comments. If you would like to receive this information directly please join us at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FVIndiana .

NOTICE OF MEETINGS AND AGENDA
Department of Education
James Whitcomb Riley Conference Room
151 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, Indiana
February 6, 2008
9 a.m.
Business Meeting
Strategic Planning Committee Me…