FSN Legislative Survey 2018 Final (002)”]Fair Shake Network (FSN) Legislative Survey for 2018 Disability Agenda The FSN Legislative Committee is conducting a survey to get statewide input on legislative issues. The results of the survey will be compiled and analyzed by the FSN staff and the Legislative Committee. The information gathered will be used to assist in the development of the 2018 Disability Agenda. It is important that you complete and return this survey to the FSN office by no later than November 16, 2017. If you need assistance in filling out the survey, please call the FSN office at 304-766-0061 or 1-800-497-4746. [pdf-embedder url=”https://www.drofwv.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/FSN-Legislative-Survey-2018-Final-002.pdf” title=”
Autism & Safety Toolkit Autistic people have the right to be safe and live independently in our communities. We also face significant threats to our safety, including higher rates of abuse, institutionalization, suicide, and police violence. Too often, autistic voices have been erased from conversations about autism and safety. That’s why ASAN is proud to announce the release of our Autism & Safety Toolkit – the first toolkit made by autistic self-advocates, focusing on safety issues that affect us and the tools to deal with them. This toolkit provides information about: Abuse and neglect Bullying Interactions with police Mental health Safely navigating the community Many people think that people with developmental disabilities must give up our autonomy, or be separated from the broader community, in order to be safe. But in reality, we are safest when we are included in our communities and empowered to take control of our own lives. The toolkit describes safety risks we face, discusses different… Read More > ASAN’s Autism and Safety Toolkit is Now Available
Research In Focus: A Weekly Digest of New Research from the NIDILRR Community Brief Coaching Can Help Youth Receiving Wraparound Services Become More Engaged in Their Treatment Planning The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in five children or youth may at some point have a serious emotional, mental, or behavioral disorder such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or conduct disorder. They may receive services from clinicians, social workers, and other mental health professionals. “Wraparound” is a comprehensive, team-based program providing individualized services to children and youth with serious mental health conditions and available in most states. Youth enrolled in Wraparound are usually involved with multiple service systems, such as foster care, juvenile justice, and state mental health systems. Wraparound teams typically consist of the youth, family members or caregivers, people from the family’s network of social support, professional service providers, and a care coordinator, who meet regularly to coordinate the youth’s treatment plan. Wraparound is intended to prioritize… Read More > Research In Focus: A Weekly Digest of New Research from the NIDILRR Community
Social Security Benefits to Increase in 2018 Posted on October 13, 2017 by Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications When we announce the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), there’s usually an increase in the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit amount people receive each month. Federal benefit rates increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). The CPI-W rises when prices increase, making your cost of living go up. This means prices for goods and services, on average, are a little more expensive. The COLA helps to offset these costs. As a result, more than 66 million Americans will see a 2.0 percent increase in their Social Security and SSI benefits in 2018. Other changes that will happen in January 2018 are based on the increase in the national average wage index. For example, the maximum amount of earnings subject to Social Security payroll tax will increase to… Read More > Social Security Benefits to Increase in 2018
Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: What to Expect in the Trauma Center, Hospital, and Beyond Based on Research by TBI Model Systems A severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) affects more than just the injured person. It also affects family members and friends who love and are close to the person who is injured. As one of these people, you play a very important role in caring for a loved one with a severe TBI. For many, this role is new and comes with a lot of questions. What is severe TBI? TBI occurs when an outside force disrupts the brain’s normal function. Falls, car crashes, assaults, and a blow or strike to the head are the most common causes of TBI. Severe TBI always includes a period of unconsciousness (uhn-KON-shuh s-nis). During this time, the person will not be able to stay awake. He or she will not be able to interact with surroundings in a purposeful way, such as reaching… Read More > Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: What to Expect in the Trauma Center, Hospital, and Beyond
What’s the Difference Between A “Service Animal,” An “Assistance Animal,” And An “Emotional Support Animal”?
As written in this space (and elsewhere) all too frequently, professional apartment owners and managers have seen a significant surge in the number of reasonable accommodation requests by residents with animals. Some of these requests are legitimate and we are happy to approve them. An increasing percentage of these requests, however, appear to be questionable at best and reflect an effort to avoid otherwise legitimate pet rent/fees. As a part of the review and evaluation process, here are some definitions that, I hope, will help leasing offices as we engage in the interactive process with our residents/applicants: A ”service animal” is defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as a dog that is specifically trained to performs tasks for its owner with a disability. Think of a dog that assists someone with a vision disability cross the street. For the most part, the ADA does not apply to residential apartment communities. The exception is that the ADA does apply… Read More > What’s the Difference Between A “Service Animal,” An “Assistance Animal,” And An “Emotional Support Animal”?
The 24th Annual People First of West Virginia Conference will be held September 6-8th at Jackson’s Mill in Jane Lew, WV. Click here to read more and see the full itinerary!
How Will You Celebrate the ADA? Posted on July 10, 2017 by naricspotlight This month will mark the 27th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This landmark civil rights legislation has changed lives and formed the basis for similar legislation in countries around the world. We’ve shared personal reflections on the ADA from our Director, Mark Odum, and other NARIC staff members, on life before and after the ADA and what it means to have a “seat at the table.” It’s amazing to consider that there are young adults with disabilities, including college students, job seekers, and newcomers to the workforce, who have grown up with the ADA. We wish we could say these young people don’t know a world with barriers to places, programs, and services, but these barriers (physical, digital, programmatic, and attitudinal) still exist. Change is happening, however, and we here at NARIC will celebrate the future of access and participation for everyone!… Read More > How Will You Celebrate the ADA?
Reasonable Accommodations: Emotional Support Animals As an animal lover, I take extra notice when I see a dog in a public place, like a restaurant or a grocery store. Usually, the dogs are wearing a vest, a special bandana, or a slightly different leash to point out that they are service animals and to not bother them because they are working. “Working” for these dogs means they are offering some type of service to their owner. The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, defines service animals as “dogs who are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability.” Examples of such work include pulling a wheelchair, guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, among others. However, dogs and other animals that only offer emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA and may not be allowed in public… Read More > Reasonable Accommodations: Emotional Support Animals