The new Impact: Feature Issue on the ADA and People with Intellectual, Developmental, and Other Disabilities, from the Insititute on COmmunity Integration, University of Minnesota is now available online.
This issue marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with articles by individuals with disabilities, families, advocates, service providers, researchers, and others talking about how the ADA has made a difference in their lives, the lives of their loved ones, and in our nation. At the same time, this Impact also focuses on ways in which the ADA hasn’t fully addressed a number of the barriers faced by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they seek equal opportunity and inclusion in their communities. By sharing this range of perspectives, this Impact issue encourages readers to both pause to celebrate the anniversary of the ADA as a turning point in our nation’s journey, and continue traveling toward that horizon of full inclusion we have yet to reach. View the pdf version of the issue here. Get the text version.
Complementing this issue of Impact included over 40 video clips on the Institute’s website, Self Advocacy Online. Here, individuals with disabilities talk about the ADA. View the Institute’s website and video clips
If you would like a complimentary print copy of this issue of Impact email the Institute’s Publication Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-624-4512.
The ADA Legacy Tour is stopping today and tomorrow in Millersville, Pennsylvania. Events include meetings with local advocacy groups, Centers for Independent Living, and the Disability Student Union; opportunities to learn about the history of disability and the ADA, and a focus on Millersvile University’s inclusive post-secondary education programs. Learn more on ADALegacy.com, and Millsersville.edu
Millersville University student Kelli Buckwatyer created this video to promote the event:
Thunderclap is a social media tool to amplify messages. By putting our networks together we can reach thousands more people and encourage them to join our effort to achieve big things for people with disabilities, but we can’t do it without you. We need at least 100 supporters by July 24 to join our ADA Anniversary Thunderclap. Join the Thunderclap!
HCBSadvocacy.org is a platform for the aging and disability communities to post information and resources regarding the new HCBS settings rule and steps each state is making to comply with the new rule.
In January, 2014 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a new regulation regarding the settings of home and community-based services funded through Medicaid 1915(c) waiver, 1915(i) state plan, and 1915(k) Community First Choice Option. It seeks to improve the community living and integration of people with disabilities and older people, focusing on the experience of individuals receiving HCBS.
States are beginning to assess their current HCBS settings and write plans to come into compliance with the rule. To help advocates learn about the rule and get involved, the DD Network partners – AUCD, NDRN, and NACDD – created HCBSadvocacy.org, a hub of information and resources for state advocates to share, learn, and post. The site includes new tips and ideas about how to get involved and help your state implement the rule and improve community living for people with disabilities and older people across the nation.