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Rise In Measles Cases Marks A 'Wake-Up Call' For U.S

... So far this year there have been 84 measles cases in 14 states. That's already more cases than the U.S. typically sees in a year, the CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat told reporters on a conference call Thursday. "This is a wake-up call to make sure measles doesn't get a foothold back in our country." ...

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Mental health providers wary of effort to regulate use of behavioral health drugs

... Kari Bruffett, secretary of KDADS, met Wednesday with the Kansas Mental Health Coalition to ask its members to drop their opposition and instead help her draft a workable bill. ...

... Coalition members agreed to sit down with Bruffett but made it clear they would likely continue to oppose any proposal aimed at limiting Medicaid patients’ access to brand-name antipsychotic drugs. ...

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Kmart Will Pay $102,048 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination

... According to the lawsuit, after Kmart offered Lorenzo Cook a job at its Hyattsville, Md., store, Cook advised the hiring manager that he could not provide a urine sample for the company's mandatory pre-employment drug screening due to his kidney disease and dialysis. Cook requested a reasonable accommodation such as a blood test, hair test, or other drug test that did not require a urine sample, the EEOC charged.   Kmart refused to provide that alternative test and denied Cook employment because of his disability, according to the suit. ...

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New to the TILRC Website:

Securing the Social Contract: Reforming Social Security Disability, January 29, 2015 - In this report, National Council on Disability examines the policies behind the SSDI and SSI programs in light of the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act and offers concrete policy recommendations. (Report in PDF format/in DOC format)

An Uneven Playing Field: The Lack of Equal Pay for People With Disabilities, This report by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) uses the latest U. S. Census data to examine the wage disparity between people with disabilities and their non-disabled peers and offers solutions to address the problem.

Older Americans With a Disability: 2008−2012, Issued December 2014 - The report examines the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, as well as the geographic distribution of the older population with a disability, with a focus on those in poverty or living alone.


LET US HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR INDEPENDENT LIVING GOALS!

If you are a TILRC consumer you may already know how we help people who want to transition from an institution, like a nursing facility, back into the community or how we help folks get the attendant care services they need through the Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver Programs, but you may not be aware of all the other ways we help people with disabilities maintain or increase their independence. Learn more about how our advocates can help you be more independent in many aspects of daily living.


Job Openings

ONLINE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities Webinars

Commit to Inclusion, February 4, 2015, 2-3pm CST

Building Partnerships to Promote Oral Health for Older Adults, February 10, 2015, 1-2:30pm CST

Strategizing and Crafting an Effective Advocacy Message, February 12, 2015, 1-2:30pm CST


AccessibilityOnline Webinar Series

Accessible Play Areas - "Advanced Session", February 05, 2015, 1:30-3pm CST


JAN Monthly Webcasts

Current Events in Job Accommodation, February 10, 2015, 1pm CST


JAN's Federal Employer Winter 2015 Webcast Series

Promoting Employment of Individuals with Disabilities in the Federal Workforce, February 18, 2015, 1pm CT


WISE Webinar Series

Ticket to Work: Support for People with Disabilities on the Journey to Financial Independence, February 25, 2015, 2-3:30pm CT


POLICYMAKERS/RESEARCHERS NEED YOUR INPUT:

New Mobility Magazine Survey on Longevity of Relationships - the results of this short, anonymous survey on relationships after disability will appear in the February issue.

Participants Wanted for Neurogenic Bladder Focus Groups - United Spinal is recruiting people living with spina bifida or spinal cord injury who use intermittent catheterization and experience urinary symptoms due to the loss of normal bladder function to participate in 1-hour focus groups. Those interested should contact Ceylan Hasan at 202-877-1591 or email ceylan.hasan@medstar.net.

PEAT Online Job Applications Survey - PEAT is conducting a national survey about the accessibility of online job applications. This initiative will help us to better understand and document accessibility needs related to online job seeking and inform PEAT’s future efforts in this area.

Crutch User Survey - Researchers at the University of South Florida (USF) are looking into ways to improve walking assistance provided by walking crutches in a grant from the National Science Foundation. To help better guide this research and make future crutches more effective and usable, they are asking crutch users for their help in completing a short survey about crutch use.

University of Colorado at Boulder Research Study on Employment Experiences of Blind and Visually Impaired Americans - We are looking for legally blind adults over the age of 18 who live in the United States and who are currently seeking employment, as well as high school and college seniors and graduate students who plan to graduate by December 2014, to participate in our study. In exchange for your participation, you will receive three $10 gift certificates to a merchant of your choice (either Amazon.com , Itunes.com , Olive Garden Restaurant, or AMC Theaters), one for each phase of the study. For more information email Arielle.silverman@colorado.edu.

United Spinal Association Medicare Beneficiary Wheelchair Repair Survey - This survey is being done to gather information on the ability of Medicare beneficiaries to get timely repairs to their wheelchairs. The results will be shared with Medicare officials and policymakers

Survey of Cognitive Disability and Technology - The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Cognitive Rehabilitation (RERC-ACT) and its partner Beneficial Designs are conducting a survey to gather stakeholder feedback on what makes technology difficult or easy for people with cognitive disabilities to use. People with expertise in cognitive disabilities, including caretaking or research, may take the survey online. Individuals with cognitive disabilities are invited to schedule a structured telephone interview about their technology use and opinions by contacting Seanna Kringen at 831/685-4798 or seanna@beneficialdesigns.com.

New Mobility Airline Accessibility Survey - We’ve seen the stories about wheelchair users being mistreated by TSA agents or forced to crawl across the tarmac. Is this typical, or are these incidents few and far between? Are some airlines better than others for wheelchair users? And how often is equipment damaged or destroyed by airlines? Please take our short survey so that together we can explore the state of air travel for wheelchair users today — and how it can be improved.

Wireless RERC Survey on Emergency Communications & People with Disabilities - This survey by the Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center asks you to share some information about yourself, your experiences, and your preferences for communicating in emergencies. Your answers will be used to improve accessibility of emergency communications for people of all ages and abilities.

ITEM Coalition Survey on Access to Assistive Devices Under Medicare - The Independence Through Enhancement of Medicare and Medicaid (ITEM) Coalition is surveying Medicare beneficiaries with disabilities and chronic conditions to assess their experience accessing the devices they need to function independently in everyday life. ITEM is interested in getting feedback from individuals who access medical device and assistive technology in areas where Medicare has implemented a selective provider contracting program known as the DME Competitive Bidding Program, and comparing that feedback to individuals who use devices outside of those areas.

SABE Self Determination Survey - Tell SABE if your local or statewide self advocacy organization's activities help its members to be more self-determined.

SPREAD THE WORD TO END THE WORD! - Help eliminate the use of the R-word in everyday speech.

ACTIVITY CODES FOR PERSONAL ASSISTANT SERVICES (T1019) IN THE MR/DD WAIVER AND PERSONAL SERVICES (S5126) IN THE PD AND TBI WAIVERS, (PDF Format) (Word Format)


ACTIVITY CODES FOR ATTENDANT CARE SERVICES LEVEL I, LEVEL II, AND SELF-DIRECTED IN THE FRAIL ELDERLY WAIVER, (PDF Format) (Word Format)

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