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Controversial Education Legislation Overhauled

From  Covering Kids & Families of Indiana House Bill 1134 , a bill critiqued  for restricting teachers and school health professionals as well as potentially limiting the use of social emotional learning practices in schools, will be undergoing major revisions. The Senate sponsor of the bill, Senator Linda Rogers, unveiled a sweeping amendment that removed much of the original language of the bill. Changes highlighted in the legislator's press release include: Removing language allowing staff lawsuits for violations of the bill, and instead allowing parents to appeal to the Indiana Department of Education. Eliminating the sections about material harmful to minors and sexually explicit materials, although much of that language remains in   Senate Bill 17 . Adding language stipulating parental notice requirements do not apply to daily interactions between school staff and students. Specifying that parental notice is not needed in a crisis situation when a student is in immediate

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Feb. 23 Webinar: Anti-Black Racism and the Threat to American Health

  From USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism Racial and ethnic minorities in America experience a lower quality of health services, and are less likely to receive even routine medical procedures than are white Americans, a seminal report led by Brian Smedley, Ph.D., concluded in 2003.  Nearly two decades since that damning Institute of Medicine finding, the fundamental problems of systemic racism in the U.S. health care system remain unchanged, just one aspect of a much broader American story. The tragic deaths of African Americans at the hands of law enforcement and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color have brought these disparities to the forefront of the national conversation, and prompted new and overdue conversations about the role of racism in damaging the health of Black (and indeed, all) Americans. A growing number of governments have joined the CDC in declaring racism a public health crisis, and research is illuminating how racism operates not j

The Importance of Social-Emotional Learning

  From  Indiana Youth Institute Social and emotional development has been proven effective in promoting academic achievement, improving pro-social behavior, and reducing emotional distress in youth.  What do we need to know about Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)?   Today we released our first 2022 Data Spotlight about The Importance of Social-Emotional Learning which provides insight into SEL in Indiana.   Data Spotlight includes the following topics:   What is Social-Emotional Learning?  Five core social-emotional competency clusters  SEL & the Indiana Employability Skill Standards  Academic outcomes related to SEL  Characteristics of high-quality SEL programs & policies  SEL & the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic  Read the Full Spotlight


Thursday, February 24, 2022 2:00-3:30 PM ET Join us for our  ABLE Tax Time Tips  webinar to learn how you can increase your ABLE savings and qualify for tax incentives now and in the future. This may result in significant tax savings and/or a refund you can deposit directly into your ABLE account! Hear how ABLE account owners like you have maximized their ABLE savings through tax deductions and credits, and how you can do the same! In this webinar, we will: Discuss tax incentives, deductions and refunds to build ABLE savings; Share why you should consider filing taxes even if you are not required to file; Tell you about free tax filing options; Cover guidance that will help ABLE account owners’ 2021 tax filing; Identify steps now that may benefit your ABLE account in 2022 tax filing; Webinar Presenters: Don Dill, IRS Senior Tax Analyst with SPEC Headquarters Miranda Kennedy, Director, ABLE National Resource Center Laurie Schaller, Manager, Financial Empowerment, National Disability Ins

Access to At-Home COVID Tests

  There are a number of ways people can access free at-home COVID tests: Anyone with a residential address can order 4 free tests at  or by calling (800) 232 – 0233.  No immigration status or health insurance information is required, and no credit card is needed. As of January 15, 2022, anyone enrolled in a  private health insurance plan  (an employer plan or a plan purchased on or off the marketplace) can get reimbursed for up to  8 free at-home COVID tests  each month. Medicaid  is  required to cover tests , but states can impose barriers such as requiring a prescription to get a test. States can choose to establish policies that make it easier for Medicaid enrollees to get at-home COVID tests, primarily by allowing pharmacists to dispense tests without a prescription. Medicaid enrollees must request tests from the pharmacist, not at the checkout counter. These states created new policies to make tests more accessible:  Alabama ,  Maine ,  Massachusetts ,  New Ham

Social Security Overpayments

  From  the National Center on Law & Elder Rights When:  Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at 11:00-12:15 P.T./2:00-3:15 E.T. An overpayment of Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits occurs whenever an individual receives more money for a month than the amount that should have been paid by the Social Security Administration (SSA).  This training  will review the options individuals have when they receive a notice of an overpayment from SSA. Presenters will cover the steps advocates can take to ensure the accuracy of an overpayment claimed by SSA, to reduce or eliminate the amount taken by SSA, and to enforce clients’ due process rights. Participants will also learn about recent changes SSA has made to address some of the problems with the overpayment appeal and waiver processes, and how advocates can be part of the efforts to tackle these problems. Presenters: Kate Lang, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging Trinh Phan, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging

Hearing needed for Arc health bill

 " The Arc of Indiana has three major priority bills this legislative session. House Bill 1073 our bill expanding the state's Lemon Law to include accessible vehicles; House Bill 1107 our education bill expanding protections for families and students receiving special education services; and House Bill 1158 our health bill assigning the 1102 Task Force to come up with some recommendations for the Direct Support Professional workforce shortage and Community Integration and Habilitation waiver application review process.  House Bills 1073 and 1107 are scheduled for committee hearings for this coming week. You all asked for House Bill 1107 to be heard in the Senate Education Committee and Chairman Raatz put our bill on the calendar for a hearing.  Now we need your help to get House Bill 1158 scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Health Committee.    Please contact the chairman of the Senate Health Committee, State Senator Ed Charbonneau. Ask Chairman Charbonneau to hear House Bil

School-based Suicide Prevention: Promising Approaches and Opportunities for Research

  Date:  January 14, 2022 Location:  Virtual  In this NIMH-hosted webinar, presenters from Washtenaw County and Detroit, MI, Boston, MA and Baltimore, MD described innovative practices in school-based suicide prevention they are currently implementing, with a particular focus on risk identification, follow up, and referral for additional services for high-risk youth. In addition to describing the programs, presenters discussed preliminary research efforts and challenges, as well as ways to overcome common barriers to implementing suicide prevention in schools, including data collection and evaluation. Watch the recording

Webinar: Entrepreneurs with Disabilities: An Emerging Force

  From National Disability Institute February 17, 2022 | 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET In celebration of  National Entrepreneurship Week , join National Disability Institute (NDI) on Thursday, February 17, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET, for the webinar,  Entrepreneurs with Disabilities: An Emerging Force . Hear from entrepreneurs with disabilities about their journey to business success. Learn about NDI's new SBA-funded  Community Navigator Pilot Program (CNPP)  that is expanding the eco-system for entrepreneurs with disabilities through collaborative partnerships with more than 25 organizations in the greater Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia area. Speakers include: Adam David Jones -  CEO/Founder of  Zeer Diego Mariscal -  Founder, CEO & Chief Disabled Officer -  2Gether-International Doris Quintanilla -  Co-founder of  The Melanin Collective Diana Perkins –  Co-founder and CEO of  includesign Nikki Powis –  Program Director,  CNPP Michael Morris –  Legal Advisor,  CNPP REGISTER NOW!

Indiana's Benefit Counseling Systems

  From Work to Include March 31, Noon to 1 Eastern And March 31, 6 pm Eastern Work to Include presents an overview of the benefit counseling systems.  This webinar is designed to give individuals with disabilities and families an understanding of the supports available to help someone go to work and understand the impact on important safety nets such as Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income and Medicaid.  The session will be held at noon on the 31st and then repeat at 6 pm.  Feel free to register for one or both sessions (NEVER HURTS TO HEAR THIS INFORMATION TWICE). Featured Presenters   Tina Skeel, Director with Indiana Works Sarah Level, BIN Project Coordinator with the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Center on Community Living and Careers Jared Price, Youth Counselor with the Will Center Al Hublar, Parent Register in advance for this meeting: Zoom Registration NOON Eastern Time Webinar Zoom Registration 6 pm Eastern Time Webinar