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#OBRA Evaluation

To: Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS) Providers  From: Julie Reynolds, Director, Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services Re: OBRA System Evaluation
Date: August 19, 2014
The Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) has entered into a contract with Dr. Stephen R. Hall to do a comprehensive evaluation of Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS) state line Objective Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) services. 

This review is part of DDRS ongoing mission to improve efficiency and quality in the delivery of services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities that enable them to live as independently as possible in their communities.
Dr. Hall has been contracted to accomplish the following outcomes in regard to the OBRA system:
 Provide a comprehensive plan to research and analyze the current OBRA system
 Conduct focus groups and provide analysis of results
 Conduct onsite reviews of current service delivery locations…

#Vision Problems & Children with #SpecialHealth Care Needs

from National Center for Family / Professional Partnerships
Children with special needs, particularly those with Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome, are at a higher risk of visual and eye health problems than their peers. These children may receive various interventions through their schools' systems including occupational, physical, and/or speech therapy. However, in most cases, they do not receive a comprehensive eye and vision examination.

If your child with special needs has a vision problem, a pediatric eye care provider (pediatric ophthalmologist or pediatric optometrist) may provide the best help. Pediatric eye care providers are doctors who specialize in the eye care of children. All ophthalmologists and optometrists have training in children's eye problems, but the pediatric providers have additional experience and expertise in examining children and the greatest knowledge of possible conditions that affect the pediatric patient. Find a pediatric provider on the  American…