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Looking for Families Interested in Interview on Pandemic's Impact on People with Disabilities

The Center for Health Equity at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana... is looking for families interested in doing an interview on the pandemic's impact on people with disabilities. The interviews would be edited to shorter clips that would be become part of the Indiana Disability History Project: . The videos are hosted on the projects YouTube Channel. Clips are sometimes shared on the project’s Facebook page. This spring they will be working on two longer (8-10 minutes) topic focused videos: 1) impact of COVID-19 on people with disabilities in Indiana and 2) experience of Hoosiers with disabilities who are members of racial/ethnic minorities. We will be using excerpts from interviews conducted over the past 2 years to create the videos. It’s also possible someone may use the clip for teaching. Depending on what is talked about, a clip might be produced for the vaccine project. The interviews will be conducted v

Bureau of Quality Improvement Services training on honoring rights

The Bureau of Quality Improvement Services is committed to supporting our provider network in working toward a true person-centered system which includes ensuring that individuals and those who support them honor rights and responsibilities. As part of that commitment, BQIS is hosting a web-based training opportunity focused on rights that all people have. We are particularly pleased to share that two individuals who have received home-and community-based services will be partnering with us on this training. The presentation will review rights and responsibilities, the Home-and Community-Based Final Rule and self-determination. This is the second in a series of trainings highlighting components of the HCBS Final Rule. This opportunity is being provided at no cost to participants and is  mandatory  for all current Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services home-and community-based services providers. This means if your organization is a current BDDS service provider of  any  home-and

Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program will become the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) on December 31, 2021

The temporary Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program will become the  Affordable Connectivity Program, a new longer-term program, on December 31, 2021.   Households enrolled in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program as of 12/31/21 will continue to receive their current monthly benefit until 3/1/22.   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 fo

New ABLE Contribution Limits for 2022

The ABLE contributions limits have been posted on the IRS website. The annual ABLE contribution limit is the same limit as the annual exclusion for gifts. It increases to $16,000 effective January 1, 2022. The ABLE to Work Contribution Limits for 2022 are $12,880 for residents of the continental U.S.; for residents of Alaska $16,090 and Hawaii $14,820.  The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has published their 2022 Inflation Adjustments for 2022.

2022 Cost of Living Adjustment

  Ticket to Work Update: 2022 Cost-Of-Living Adjustment Ticket to Work sent this bulletin at 12/16/2021 09:30 AM EST Update: 2022 Cost-of-Living Adjustment People who receive Social Security benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) often get a yearly cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to help meet the new cost of daily expenses. Read today’s  blog post  to see the payment increase for 2022 and how to find your new benefits amount. . Read Now

Learning Opportunity - Access to Care Through the Lens of Diversity and Inclusion

Increasing Access to Care Through the Lens of Diversity and Inclusion   New! Online CME Learning Activity   MGN has released  free  online learning activities that address Health Equity and Diversity. Studies show that Implicit Bias and Gender Diversity can impact care and genetic counseling. The MGN is committed to providing educational opportunities to increase access to care and address barriers. These online sessions are available and open to the broad healthcare community and relevant beyond the field of genetics.    Project Inclusive Genetics: Disability Bias and Patient Centered Care; Presenter: Dr. Shoumita Dasgupta Link:     Beyond the Binary: Gender Inclusive Genetic Services; Presenters: Kim Zayhowski, CGC and Tala Berro, CGC Link:      This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. If you would like to receive CME, you must complete the post session evaluation, including your name and contact inform