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JCPenney Unveils Clothing Aimed At Kids With Disabilities

  From  Disability Scoop A major department store is rolling out a new line of children’s clothes with adaptive features and will also be selling a host of accessories for adults and kids with disabilities. JCPenney said its new private brand  Thereabouts , which is being released this week, is designed to be an “inclusive line of kids apparel that celebrates diversity of shapes, sizes, styles and abilities.” The collection includes a line of adaptive clothing that’s aimed at kids with sensory, dexterity or mobility needs. The apparel has features like easy-access openings, sensory-friendly seaming, hidden abdominal access and no tags, the retailer said. “We believe all kids should feel confident and capable in the clothes they wear, and parents should feel good about the clothes they buy,” said Michelle Wlazlo, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer. “We are proud to say that the Thereabouts collection is our most inclusive kids brand ever.” The Thereabouts line has

Milestone Tracker Parent Recruitment Outreach

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC)  Learn the Signs. Act Early.  program is updating its  Milestone Tracker  app , a mobile app designed to help parents track their children’s developmental milestones with illustrated milestone checklists, encourage their children’s development with tips and activities, and more! Before the newest version of the app is released, CDC is looking for parents who are willing to download the test version of the app, try it out for a few weeks, and provide feedback.     Three Easy Steps to Participate!   Email  by July 23 to determine if you are eligible to participate in the app testing process.   If you are eligible to participate, you will receive an email with instructions on how to download the app and test its features. Testing is currently scheduled for September 2 - 13   At the end of the testing period, you will be scheduled to participate in a 30-45-minute phone interview where you will be asked qu

Mental Health Screening

Each day, over 3,000 people take a mental health screen at . Since 2014, nearly 5 million people have been screened for mental health conditions – most of them under the age of 24. MHA knows that they’re scared, confused, and looking for answers. And they’re here to help. After taking a mental health screen, individuals are provided with information, resources, tools, and referrals based on their results. You can access MHA's free online screening tools at  that continue to serve young people and change the trajectory of lives.

Reasonable Accommodations Can Provide You with the Workplace Support You’re Looking For

  From  Social Security Administration Reasonable Accommodations and the  Path to Employment Wednesday, July 28, 2021 3 – 4:30 p.m. ET   Join us on July 28 for our next Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) webinar! The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects the rights of people with disabilities in many aspects of their daily lives, including their rights in the workplace. This month, our guest presenter from the Northeast ADA Center will talk about the ADA and how reasonable accommodations may help you at work. Join this month’s webinar to learn more about: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) What the ADA may mean for your employment opportunities Reasonable accommodations How Social Security’s Ticket to Work (Ticket) Program and Ticket Program service providers can help you along the way Register now Online: By Phone:  1-866-968-7842  or  1- 866-833-2967 (TTY) You will receive a registration confirmation message with instructions on how to log in

Feedback needed for new funding opportunities

Under Section 2014(a) of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the state of Indiana has received supplemental funding to improve programs for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. First Steps is seeking input, though the survey linked below, from the community as we determine spending priorities for the funding. Please consider taking the survey, which will take no more than 15 minutes, by Friday, July 16, 2021.    Take the survey here

Indiana’s Proposed Spending Plan for Implementation of HCBS Enhanced FMAP

From FSSA Thank you for providing thoughtful input regarding how the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration can best use enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentage funds from the American Rescue Plan to improve home and community-based services for Medicaid beneficiaries. Informed by the feedback received from survey respondents and in alignment with Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services guidance, FSSA has developed Indiana’s HCBS Spending Plan to be submitted to CMS on Friday, July 9, 2021. As we discussed, FSSA is sharing a copy of the spending plan with our stakeholder community prior to submission, which can be found  at the link here.  Our spending plan initially focuses on a stabilization phase in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. In concurrent phases, thanks to your input, FSSA has identified four priority areas for our plan to effectively advance HCBS in the state of Indiana. They are as follows: Expand the workforce Enhance HCBS Build prov

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SB-121 Probiotic Study for Teens and Adults With Autism

Cincinnati Children’s is conducting a research study, sometimes known as clinical trial or clinical study, to learn about the safety of a new liquid probiotic supplement mixture - SB-121 - in teens and adults with autism. They also want to learn how well the body manages (tolerates) and responds to the medicine with a possible improvement in behavioral and GI disorders.  You can find more information here

FSSA launches the Indiana Pregnancy Promise Program

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration has recently launched the   Indiana Pregnancy Promise Program , a free, voluntary program for pregnant Medicaid members who use opioids or have used opioids in the past. The program provides support during the prenatal period and for 12 months after the end of pregnancy. Individuals who participate in the Pregnancy Promise Program will be connected to prenatal and postpartum care, other physical and mental health care, and treatment for opioid use disorder. The goals of the Pregnancy Promise Program are to enter prenatal care, access opioid treatment to achieve sustained recovery, receive ongoing support and follow-up care for the individual and infant. Through these supports and relationships, the Pregnancy Promise Program provides hope to parents and babies and sets a strong foundation for their future. The Pregnancy Promise Program is available to pregnant individuals in the state of Indiana. To be eligible participants must meet