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Showing posts from April 2, 2017

Action Alert: Protect Healthcare

from NHELP: From  April 7-23  Congress members will be on recess in their home states, waiting to hear from YOU. Get Involved. Save Health Care. 1. Call Congress 1-866-426-2631 2. Go to a town hall Find one on 3. Flood social media #ResistanceRecess #ProtectOurCare NO    to any bill that caps or cuts Medicaid NO    to any bill that ends or harms Medicaid expansion NO    to any bill that harms the ACA NO    to any bill that cuts health care for women NO    to any bill that cuts health care for children NO    to any bill that cuts health care for people with disabilities NO    to any bill that increases health care costs on the elderly NO   to any bill that allows health insurance companies to drop essential health benefits NO   to any bill that decreases the number of individuals who have health coverage ALSO   see this  RecessToolkit  from CAP Action.

Behavior at Home: Improving Family Life

How to get help for your child. Having trouble getting what your child needs? This reader-friendly site offers communication tips to use when seeking help. You’ll learn techniques for keeping things in perspective, focusing on the problem at hand, and what info you should be prepared to provide when you are asking for help. Plus, you can print out a handy checklist to help keep track of the information you gather. How to get help for yourself. The link above will lead you to a group of parents who are raising challenging children. They invite you in and offer their site as a “soft place to land for the battle-weary parent.” Fact sheets! Get your fact sheets here! This site is a fact sheet treasure chest. You’ll find information on an wide range of topics such as anxiety disorders, bullying, ADHD, and autism. Mental health fact sheets. This web site has dozens of fact sheets

Revival of ACA Replacement Legislation

from Ntl Family Voices: After the vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was cancelled on March 24, it seemed that efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were on the back burner for the foreseeable future. But, during the past week, the president and some Members of the House and Senate are talking about reviving the legislation, or  starting anew  to work out some sort of compromise proposal. See  A Possible Trumpcare Comeback .   On Monday  afternoon, Vice-President Pence visited Capitol Hill to talk with The  Tuesday  Group (moderate House Republicans).  On Monday  night, he met with the House Freedom Caucus (the most conservative House Republicans), who  reportedly  were open to suggestions for compromise but would not make any commitments until they saw legislative language. Freedom Caucus leader Mike Meadows (R-NC) reportedly indicated that a vote could come as early as this week if the language was acceptable to the Caucus. Over the weekend, th

Using Positive Methods for Behavior Change at Home

How might you address your child’s challenging behavior? You’ll find this reader-friendly site is well organized. It has facts about all aspects involved in working with children who have challenging behavior. Links to information on assessment and special education are provided. English | Spanish | Yet more on teaching children to manage their own behavior. What Works  briefs from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning summarize effective practices for supporting children’s social-emotional development and preventing challenging behaviors. This 4-pager describes practical strategies for helping children learn to manage their own behavior and provides references to more information. English | Spanish |

President Trump and House Republicans Reviving Attempt to Repeal the ACA and Destroy Medicaid

from NHELP: Possible Vote This Week -- Take Action Now  Unfortunately, new conversations between the president and House Freedom Caucus have resurrected the American Health Care Act and the House may try to push a vote through before  FRIDAY ! The new negotiations keep all of the horrible provisions regarding Medicaid and defunding of Planned Parenthood. But in addition, it now would allow states to eliminate key protections of the ACA. For example, states could decide that insurance companies no longer have to cover essential health benefits (prescription drugs, doctor visits or maternity care) and that states can charge women or people with pre-existing conditions as much as they want. As the  New York Times   wrote : "... the proposed changes would effectively cast the Affordable Care Act's pre-existing conditions provision aside." HERE'S WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE LATEST REPUBLICAN PLAN: Keeps all the devastating cuts to Medicaid -- cuts up

Public Hearing – Amendment to Vocational Rehabilitation Services Section of the 2017 WIOA Unified State Plan to request approval to implement an Order of Selection

The Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS), Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) invites the public to share comments regarding the Draft Amendment to the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services portion of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Unified State Plan. The proposed amendments to the Unified State Plan are to the following sections of the VR Services portion: A. Input of State Rehabilitation Council K. Annual Estimates M. Order of Selection Monday, April 24, 2017 1:30 p.m. to 3:30p.m. (EST) St. Joseph County Library, Centre Branch 1150 E. Kern Road Alligator Conference Room South Bend, IN 46614 American Sign Language Interpreter Available Monday, April 24, 2017 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (EST) Indiana Disability Rights Conference Room 4701 North Keystone Avenue, Suite 222 Indianapolis, IN 46205 American Sign Language Interpreter Available Monday, April 24, 2017 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (EST) Evansville Vanderburgh Central Public Library Browning E

Write Your Own Behavior Plan

By  Terri Mauro Updated September 16, 2016 A good  Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP)  can make a big difference in how a student with special needs acts and reacts in a school setting. However, getting the appropriate school personnel to do the necessary  behavior analysis  and put a plan together can be a frustratingly lengthy process. You may want to propose a behavior plan of your own -- particularly if you have a good relationship with your child study team, and your child's teachers are as frustrated by the delays as you are. When I wrote a behavior plan for my son, he was in the fourth grade and having significant behavior struggles. The school called in a behaviorist ... but her schedule was so packed she wouldn't be able to come for months. Frustrated, I typed up an overview of the behavioral issues associated with his disability, the things I knew worked for my guy, and links to websites with tips from other school districts as to how to handle kids