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New Analysis of COVID-19 Mortality Risk for Californians with Disabilities Under Age 65

By DREDF / 2021-02-01
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January 31, 2021
H. Stephen Kaye, Ph.D., released a new data analysis of COVID-19 mortality risk for Californians who receive in-home supportive services (IHSS) or services from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) — including recipients under age 65. Dr. Kaye finds that the increased risk for mortality among IHSS and DDS service recipients puts them in a risk category equivalent to other Californians in a higher age group. He finds, for example, that disabled recipients of IHSS or DDS services between 45 and 64 years of age are at greater mortality risk from COVID-19 than the general, community-resident population between 65 and 74 years of age. […]

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DREDF Comment opposes CMS’s Interim Final Rule on COVID-19

By DREDF / 2021-01-07
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January 4, 2021
When Congress enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in March 2020, it included “Maintenance of Effort” (MOE) protections that would require a state to preserve existing levels of Medicaid enrollment and service coverage before the state could receive enhanced federal Medicaid funding rates for the public health emergency. With the new Interim Final Rule, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) tries to interpret the MOE protections as allowing a state to reduce “optional” Medicaid benefits that are critical to people with disabilities such as home and community-based services, physical and occupational services, behavioral health services, and dental and vision services during the pandemic, while still drawing down enhanced federal funds. DREDF’s comment opposes both the substance of the rule as well as CMS’s use of an “interim final rule” which bypasses the usual public comment processes and timeline. […]

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Holiday Support – December 2020 Toolkit

By DNW Contributors / 2020-12-04
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As we endure the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, this December our main focus will be to continue providing urgent COVID-19 resources,

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Helping People with Disabilities Feel Comfortable Wearing Masks (Episode 1)

By Cynthia Miller-Lautman / 2020-09-03
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We are really excited to bring you the first episode of the Disability Progams Specialized Services podcast!

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are encouraged to wear masks when we are out in public. In Québec we have to wear them in indoor public places. For many children and adults (with or without disabilities), wearing a mask can cause a lot of anxiety and discomfort. 

 

In this episode, Cynthia Miller-Lautman, Occupational Therapist, and Dana Lawlor, Speech-Language Pathologist, discuss some strategies that can be used to make the transition to mask wearing a little bit easier.

Cynthia and Dana talk about many of the things discussed in the blog post Why Could People with Disabilities Have Trouble Wearing Masks? You can read that article to learn more details.

References:

Government of Canada. (2020). COVID-19: How to safely use a non-medical mask or face covering. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/covid-19-safely-use-non-medical-mask-face-covering.html

Eby, M., Vegh, M. (2020). Mask Safety 101: Why you shouldn’t mask a baby. Nationwide Children’s. https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/family-resources-education/700childrens/2020/04/mask-safety-101

Additional Credits

Special thanks to Catherine Washipabano for the translation and recording of the introduction into Cree.

Thank you to Aimee Parsons and Sophie-Anne Scherrer for editing and creative input.

Production and technical assistance by Michael Lautman

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Pigeonhole Podcast 27: We have always loved access with Thomas Reid

By Cheryl / 2020-05-11
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Listen to this post: The curb cut effect describes what happens when a technology or design that’s for access for deaf and disabled people works so great that everyone can… read more →

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Pigeonhole Podcast 27: We have always loved access with Thomas Reid

By Cheryl / 2020-05-11
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Listen to this post: The curb cut effect describes what happens when a technology or design that’s for access for deaf and disabled people works so great that everyone can and wants to use it. Like curb cuts! It’s not like you have to walk around a curb cut if you’re not a wheelchair or […]

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Swinging Upside Down Episode 3: Using Routines to Thrive During Self-Isolation (Part 2)

By Cynthia Miller-Lautman / 2020-03-24
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In Episode 2, I talked about how routines can help kids, both under regular circumstances and especially during these trying times.

As parents, we can use routines in our days to help us cope as well. Knowing that we have a schedule, and doing our best to stick to it (with some flexibility) can make our days go more smoothly.

Stay healthy everyone!

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Swinging Upside Down Episode 2: Using Routines to Thrive During Self-Isolation (Part 1)

By Cynthia Miller-Lautman / 2020-03-23
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The COVID-19 global pandemic is having a huge impact, and this is especially true for parents, whether or not their children have disabilities. Many of us are trying to juggle a full-time job (suddenly done from the house) while our kids are at home. Add to that the stress of keeping away from friends and family, and the general uncertainty of the situation, and we get a recipe for stress.

In this episode, I discuss how you can use routines to make your days manageable, and give you some examples of what we’re doing in our family to help make our kids more independent at managing their time.

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ACTION ALERT—Congress: Include People with Disabilities in COVID-19 Relief!

By AAPD_admin / 2020-03-20
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March 20, 2020

As disability right advocates, you’ve made
countless calls to your elected officials. You know how to make your voice
heard. Now, we need you to do something different: use email and social
media
 to tell your members of congress, Mitch McConnell, Chuck
Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and Kevin McCarthy that they MUST center the
needs of disabled people in the new coronavirus relief package
.

The disability
community has been overlooked in Congress’s previous attempts to address
COVID-19. Now, Congress is working on a third bill, the largest one yet—and
we are being excluded again.
 People with disabilities are being hit
the hardest by COVID-19. If we are going to get through this, we need Congress
to pay attention to us and make sure the third bill includes things
like:

  • Extra funding so Medicaid can still provide home and community based services during the crisis.
  • Making sure family caregivers for adults with disabilities are covered by paid leave.
  • Making sure that people on SSI or SSDI are able to receive cash payments like everyone else, without worrying about income or asset limits.
  • Making sure that people with disabilities can get our medications refilled.
  • Making sure we don’t face discrimination in health care.
  • Protecting the rights of students with disabilities.
  • Permanently reauthorizing Money Follows the Person, to make sure that people who are institutionalized during the crisis can return to their homes and communities.

Because of the virus,
there aren’t many people in Congress answering the phones right now. But we can
still make our voices heard. Here’s what you can do:

  • Email your Members of Congress using this tool from The Arc.
  • Tweet at your Members of Congress and tell them that they must include the disability community’s needs in the new coronavirus relief package.

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