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From Governor's Council for People with Disabilities As Indiana looks towards the fall and re-opening schools, many school systems and districts--along with teachers, parents, and students--aren't sure what that will look like. The State Department of Health has announced that they are creating a liaison to work directly with schools in order to make sure that each district is prepared properly. The approach may also look different from school to school or classroom to classroom, with some more rural districts returning to classrooms, and more urban schools focusing on online courses. Other districts may embrace a more hybrid approach.
From Governor's Council for People with Disabilities To help offset some of the disappointment from not being able to hold games in-person this month, Special Olympics Indiana’s 2020 Summer Games Sports & Fitness Challenge will take place virtually from June 12 to July 25. They'll be streaming things online on Facebook and Zoom! Read More
From SSA's Ticket to Work "Approximately 1 in 3 Social Security disability beneficiaries has a mental illness. For many coping with a mental illness, finding a job is not easy and commonly takes more than one attempt. Fortunately, for people who receive Social Security disability benefits, Work Incentives , like Expedited Reinstatement can help. This year, we're celebrating 30 years since the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) . Today we answer the question: How are people with mental illness protected against discrimination in the workplace? One key feature of the ADA prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in all aspects of employment, including pay, promotion, hiring, and firing. Employers and potential employers are not allowed to treat employees or candidates with disabilities differently than other employees or job candidates. As long as you can complete the essential tasks of the job, you should be considered equally
From ISDH "My name is Leah Klinestiver and I am an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Yaohua (Betty) Feng’s lab at Purdue University’s Food Science department. We would like to evaluate the effectiveness of a home food safety practices curriculum developed for low-income families. We are recruiting individuals who are the primary meal preparers in their home and who have young children at home to participate in two one-hour courses that will be delivered in an online format. This course will be offered in both Spanish and English. All the participants will receive a $50 Amazon gift card incentive after completing the course. Here is the sign-up link for the course: https://purdue. ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ 26t1U927v3k5BhH " Food Safety Research Flyer by Family Voices Indiana on Scribd
The next meeting of the Task Force for Assessment of Services and Supports for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities will be held on Thursday, June 18, 2020, from 9 – 11 a.m. (EDT). The meeting will be livestreamed to the public and it will be a virtual meeting for the Task Force members. The link to the livestream is: https://indiana.adobeconnect. com/state . This will accommodate up to 1,000 participants. Requests for accommodations should be made by contacting Kristina Blankenship at firstname.lastname@example.org. gov , 800-545-7763 on or before June 15, 2020. For more information, visit: www.in.gov/fssa/ddrs/5455.htm . The task force was originally established by House Enrolled Act 1102 in the 2017 session of the Indiana General Assembly and is chaired by Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch. Meetings were held around the state in 2018 for the purpose of gathering input and preparing a comprehensive plan for implementation of community-based services provided to people with
Black Lives Matter Statement of Solidarity and Commitment to Action We are a national network of families of children and youth with special health care needs and disabilities. Our children and families need multiple services and supports to live an optimal life. Unfortunately, Black families with special health care needs and disabilities experience unacceptable inequities in the access to and provision of care and services, and are disproportionately criminalized. We see you. We hear you. We stand with you. We are committed to ensuring that our healthcare systems, our communities, our nation and the world respect, include, and equally value the voices of Black children and families. We stand in solidarity with those who condemn the murder of George Floyd and of so many other Black men, women, and children. We stand united with those who call for an awakening in the collective conscious of our nation. We stand uni