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Parent survey for individuals who use AAC

Still Seeking Participants Dear Parents, We are writing to invite all parents and guardians to participate in a survey related to your experiences caring for an individual who uses  augmentative or alternative ways of communicating (AAC).  Our goal is to better understand how your experiences can influence their use of AAC. This survey should take 15 minutes and all of those who complete the survey will be entered to a drawing to  win $100 cash. At the end of the survey, we will ask if you would like to participate in a follow-up interview. We will pay all of those who interview  $10 for your time . Questions about this survey? Feel free to contact Dr. Natalie Andzik at  nandzik@niu.edu  or Dr. Allison Gladfelter  agladfelter@niu.edu . Follow this link to the Survey: Take the Survey Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser: https://niu.az1.qualtrics.com/ jfe/form/SV_8Dqp2SxPKXqtcX3?Q_ CHL=email Follow the link to opt out of future emails: Click here to unsubscribe Tha

IHCP Will Keep Changes in Place for In-State Ground Transportation After PHE Ends

The Indiana Health Cover Programs (IHCP) removed prior authorization (PA) requirements, including 20 one-way trip limitation and 50-mile restriction, for all in-state ground transportation for the duration of the Public Health Emergency.  They have announced these changes will remain in place after the PHE ends.  See the bulletin below for more details. Bt 202167 by Family Voices Indiana on Scribd

COVID-19 Behavioral Health Policies Affecting CYSHCN: What to Keep, Modify, or Discard? 

  Date : Wednesday, November 10 Time : 10 to 11 a.m. Pacific Time Register Now COVID-driven stressors such as sudden and long-term school closures, lack of face-to-face contact with therapists, disruptions in home care, and lack of respite opportunities for caregivers are taxing children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and their families. While states implemented a variety of positive emergency regulations and policy flexibilities in response to the pandemic, few of these flexibilities focused on identifying and addressing the consequences of these new stressors and the resulting behavioral health challenges facing CYSHCN and their family caregivers. In this webinar, a panel of experts will discuss the regulatory flexibilities that had a positive impact on the behavioral health of CYSHCN, reflect on the unique stressors and behavioral health needs of this population, and highlight policy recommendations to address those needs from the report  COVID-19 Policy Flexibili

Preparing for Halloween with Your Kids

  From The Johnson Center for Child Health and Development

Case management organizations in-person meet and greet

The Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services will be hosting multiple in-person meet and greet opportunities for individuals and families to learn more about each of the awarded case management organizations. The Arc of Indiana will be planning to partner with BDDS in these face-to-face opportunities and serve to support BDDS efforts as well as being an additional support to individuals and families. There will be no formal presentations at these events but rather individuals and families will have the opportunity to speak to and ask questions of each of the case management organizations at their own pace. In addition, staff from the BDDS and Arc of Indiana will be there to answer any questions related to the transition of case management. Following are details on the upcoming CMO meet and greet opportunities: Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. EDT Wabash Center 1500 Salem Street Lafayette, IN 47904 Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021 5 – 7 p.m. EST ADEC Gaining Grounds Center 19670 IN-12

Debunking the Three Biggest Myths About Disability Benefits and Work

  Wednesday, October 27, 2021 3 – 4:30 p.m. ET Learn the answer to this question and others as we debunk the 3 biggest myths about disability benefits and work during our October 27 Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) webinar! Do you believe any of these myths? If I go to work, I will automatically lose my Medicare or Medicaid. If I use my Ticket to go to work, Social Security will conduct a medical review of my case, and I will lose my benefits. If my Social Security payments stop because I go to work, and then I have to stop working because of my disability, I will have to apply for benefits all over again. Learn the truth about these myths and how the Ticket to Work Program can help you succeed on your path to financial independence! Register Now Online:  choosework.ssa.gov/wise By Phone:  1-866-968-7842  or  1-866-833- 2967 (TTY) You will receive a registration confirmation message with instructions on how to log in to the webinar. Please be sure to check your spam folder.  Questio

Webinar: Improving Health Care Transition

  Date Tuesday, October 26 Time 1 to 2 p.m. Pacific Time Sponsors Family Voices, Got Transition, CT Kids As Self Advocates (CT KASA) Details This webinar will highlight a video and story to help youth with special health care needs and their families learn how to use a virtual meet-and-greet appointment to ease the transition to an adult health care provider.  Read more and register .

Comparing Marketplace Plans Made Easier

  From  Covering Kids & Families of Indiana Beyond the Basics designed a worksheet to help compare the details of up to four plans side-by-side. It has space to record annual projected income,  healthcare.gov  username and password, and application ID number, as well as space for additional notes. It also includes a glossary of health insurance terms and some useful tips for selecting a plan. It is available in eight languages. Plan Comparison Worksheet