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They Work For Us: A #Self-Advocate’s Guide to Getting Through to your Elected Officials

By Autistic Self Advocacy Network | April 1, 2018

Civic engagement means: learning about how the government works, andmaking sure that the people we elect to government listen to us. Right now, many people are getting involved in political advocacy for the first time. People are going to town hall meetings and making phone calls to their members of Congress. They’re writing letters and using social media to organize advocacy groups. This new wave of political advocacy is incredible. And people with disabilities need to be a part of that.  The first toolkit is “They Work For Us: A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Getting Through to your Elected Officials.” This toolkit is about: who our elected officials are, andwhat strategies self-advocates can use to get our voices heard by the people we elect to represent us. “They Work For Us” covers: Who our elected officials areHow to contact your elected officialsStrategies, scripts, and templates to help you effectively communicate with your elected offi…

Medicaid Home and Community-Based Waiver Redesign Project for BDDS

from DDRS:
Three years ago the Division embarked on a journey to redefine how we deliver person-centered services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our goal was to make person-centered planning a more purposeful conversation with the individuals we work with and their families rather than just completing a checklist of items on a form. This led the Division to embrace and adopt the principles of the LifeCourse Framework. The framework and philosophy has and continues to be our driving force as a shared set of values in that all people have the right to live, love, learn, work and play in their community. Through our work on the 1102 Taskforce, the family listening forums, the Building Bridges meetings, and the multitude of meaningful conversations with families and individuals we recognize that there are opportunities in our current home and community-based waiver systems to serve individuals and families in a more person-centered way. Therefore we are e…

Vocational Rehabilitation Services for Employment

from IRCA: Contributed by Marci Wheeler, MSW

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a state program, which assists people with disabilities to obtain services that help them prepare to obtain and maintain employment. The program is administered by the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) under the authority of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA). Eligibility for VR services is based on state and federal requirements. There are guidelines to determine the services provided and the amount VRS can pay for services. VRS funds can only be used for services, equipment, and other assistance that are necessary for participation in the program and for obtaining successful employment. Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies are required to set aside a percentage of federal funds for the provision of Pre-ETS to students with disabilities who are eligible or potentially eligible for VR services. This is to help ensure …

Newborn Screening Family Education Survey

Welcome to Expecting Health's Family Education Survey!

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Family Newborn Screening Education Needs Survey! This survey is being conducted by Expecting Health, a non-profit organization focused on engaging families and health professionals in pregnancy and newborn health.

If you agree to participate, you will be presented with an online survey. The goal of this survey is to learn about families’ needs and priorities around newborn screening information. The questions will ask you about your: Familiarity with different topics around newborn screening;Preferences on how to receive health information; and,Newborn screening education needs. This survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. You may opt out of any question. 
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N2ZWWXP

In appreciation of your time, you can be entered to win a $75 gift card. One participant will be selected by 6/15/2019. Only the person selected will be notified. You might not…

INDOE Dyslexia Information