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It’s OK to Take a Mental Health Day

The idea of taking a "mental health day" has exploded in popularity in recent years. Now, jobs and schools are increasingly incorporating them into their policies.  Read more in this  article  written by  Sarah Simon  for  verywell health  about how more jobs & schools are normalizing mental health days, how policy-sanctioned mental health days could impact society for the better, and how to optimize your own mental health day.

Tell the IACC to Support Communication Access!

  Help tell the U.S. Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) to do more to support nonspeaking autistics and communication access! Public comments are due November 30. CommunicationFIRST has prepared sample comments you can use  here .  At least one-third of autistics require communication tools and supports, but nowhere near enough attention and resources are spent to ensure nonspeaking autistics are provided with access to robust, language-based augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), or provided with equitable access to education, employment, and community living opportunities. Help us encourage the IACC to fix this! Access Sample Comments for the IACC Here

Upcoming Emergency Broadband Benefit Changes

Important Emergency Broadband Benefit Program changes will take effect next year.    Congress recently created the Affordable Connectivity Program, a new long-term, $14 billion program, which will replace the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.    What's Changing?    The maximum monthly benefit will change from $50 per month to $30 per month for households  not  located on qualifying Tribal lands. The monthly benefit will remain at $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands.   Households have new ways to qualify for the Affordable Connectivity Program such as: receiving WIC benefits or having an income at or below 200% of the  Federal Poverty Guidelines .   Households that qualified for the Emergency Broadband Benefit due to a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29,  2020  or by meeting the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's COVID-19 program will need to requalify for the Affordable Connectivity Program.   You can

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you and your family a joyful Thanksgiving holiday!

Social Security offices will be closed to the public November 25 and 26

Social Security offices will be closed to the public Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November, 26. The National 800 Number (1-800-772-1213) is operating with limited capacity on Friday, November 26. You can still use the automated telephone services and  online services  to conduct business. Scheduled hearings on November 26 will still be held.

INSILC Releases Guide on COVID-19 Vaccinations and Home & Community Care

The information in this resource is specific to COVID-19 vaccinations and home and community care providers or staff entering our homes.   INSILC developed this guide to support peers navigating through tricky and often uncomfortable scenarios in regards to COVID-19 vaccination.    INSILC Guide on COVID-19 Vaccinations and Home & Community Care (FINAL) by Family Voices Indiana on Scribd

Military Family Relief Fund: Operation Holiday Program


Resources for National Family Caregiver Month

From the National Center on Law & Elder Rights November is National Family Caregiver Month, a time to recognize and honor family caregivers and an opportunity to raise awareness of caregiving issues, educate communities, and increase support for caregivers. Older adults may be family caregivers or have family caregivers. Advocates working with them can provide support and assistance to promote caregiver health, connect caregivers to benefits and resources, and provide the tools for them to deliver safe and effective caregiving. Many resources on the topic are available: NCLER Training: Grandparents and Other Non-Parent Families : Information on kinship care, including grandparents raising grandchildren, and ways to support and serve kinship families. NCLER Training: Trauma-Informed Lawyering: Effects of Secondary Trauma on Attorneys & Advocates : Information on vicarious and secondary trauma. Family caregivers may be grappling with secondary trauma and burnout. Caregiver Action

Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine and Mix/Match Booster Data Updates

  Date:  January 11, 2021 Time: 3:00pm to 4:00pm EST -  Webinar Notes:  This webinar  will discuss new information regarding the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, booster vaccines, and research regarding interchangeability of boosters.   The webinar presenter is David Martin. David is a Senior Medical Science Liaison (MSL) with Janssen Vaccines. An Indiana native, he earned his Doctor of Pharmacy from Butler University and then completed post-graduate residency training in infectious diseases at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County and the University of Chicago Medical Center. David then worked as an infectious diseases/antimicrobial stewardship clinical pharmacist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for several years before becoming an MSL. As a vaccines MSL, David is responsible for bringing the latest scientific information to the healthcare community in the Midwest and serving as a resource for clinical questions related to the disease states and vaccines he supports. Registration: J