25 years of the ADA, 143rd annual APHA meeting, and an opportunity for $50,000! All that and more in this issue of Accessibility for All.

Accessibility for All 

by the Disability and Health Program

Celebrating 25 Years of the ADA!

Throughout the year and on the ADA Anniversary- July 26th- celebrate the 25th year of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).

Celebrating 50 Years of Medicare & Medicaid!

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Medicare and Medicaid programs. On July 30, 1965, President Johnson signed legislation to establish Medicare for the elderly and Medicaid for low-income adults.  For more information read "Medicare & Medicaid: Keeping us Healthy for 50 years.

APHA Annual Conference

The American Public Health Association (APHA) has opened registration for its' 143rd annual meeting & expo.  Held from October 31-November 4 in Chicago, IL, thousands will gather to discuss public health's biggest challenges, exchange information and share best practices.  Click here for more information and to register.

New Study on Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders has published a new analysis looking at Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) symptoms among young children enrolled in the CDC's Study to Explore Early Development (SEED).  The results of the study support the idea that ASD symptoms are found in children both with and without ASD and highlight the many needs of these children and their families.  Because the study enrolled children with varying degrees of ASD symptoms, SEED researchers will be able to explore what puts children at risk for ASD and the different ways children may develop ASD.  To read the abstract and learn more click here

Amputee Rehabilitation Video Services

The loss of a limb can be an overwhelming experience.  New amputees often feel lost and unsure of what life with limb loss will be like and how to navigate the process of recovering from their experience.  These video series, produced by the Amputee Coalition, is designed to help patients during the recovery and rehabilitation process following the amputation of a limb.  Each video highlights an important part of the recovery process, using experiences from other people with limb loss and healthcare professionals with expertise in amputee care and rehabilitation. Click here to access the video series. 

Priced Out in 2014

The report entitled "Priced Out in 2014" examines the challenge that non-elderly adults with disabilities who rely on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) have in finding decent and affordable housing.  The report measures the gap that exists between what an individual living on SSI can afford to pay for housing costs (federal guidelines indicate that these costs should be 30% of one's income) and the average cost of modest one-bedroom and studio/efficiency units as published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. To read the report, click here

10 FAQs: Medicare's Role in End of Life Care

About three quarters of the 2.5 million people who die during the year in US are ages 65 and older, making Medicare the largest insurer of health care provided during the last year of life.  In recent years, Medicare's role with respect to end-of-life care has come to the forefront of policy discussions.  The 10 FAQs linked here provide information on Medicare's current role in end-of-life care and advance care planning and policy proposals being considered. 

2014 National Survey Data Release

The National Center for health Statistics (NCHS) announced the release of a data file from the 2014 National Survey of the Diagnosis and Treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Tourette Syndrome (NS-DATA). The NS-DATA is a followback survey of children who were were identified as ever having Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Tourette syndrome (TS) during the administration of teh 2011-2012 National Survey of Children's Health.  The released file only contains data from the ADHD interview module.  The data set is posted here

Alaska DHP Active Play Website

The Alaska State Health Department has launched a website focusing on active play for children.  The Alaska Disability and Health Program added content and resources addressing the needs of children with disabilities.  A featured section is one on adaptive physical education for children with disabilities. 

Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline

(No, we are not talking about upstate New Yorkers here.) A report released by the National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency, examines the policies and practices that push the nation's schoolchildren, especially those most at risk, out of classrooms and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems, and asks and answers whether existing federal laws offer ways to disrupt this pattern, which has come to be known as the "School-to-Prison Pipeline."  Click here to read the report. 

10 Things Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities Should Know

The Disability Connection newsletter recently posted an article entitled "10 Things Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities Should Know."  To access the article and read the 10 items, click here

Inclusive Hiring Practices for Businesses

The Southwest ADA Center has put together information on how businesses can become inclusive in their hiring practices and the tax incentives that support that goal.  Click here to access the bulletin. 

New Video on Childhood Mental Health

The foundation for sound mental health begins in early childhood.  As early experiences and relationships interact with genes, they shape brain architecture. Disruptions in this developmental process can impair a child's capacities for learning, behavior, and emotional control. A new video from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University explains how improving children's early environments and relationships can prevent initial difficulties from destabilizing mental health later in life. 


Briefs and Tip Sheets

Technical Assistance Guide to Apply Title II of the ADA

Published by the U.S. Department of Justice, this technical assistance guide aims to help State and local government offices apply Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to their programs, activities, and services. The illustrated primer details general nondiscrimination requirements and provides information on applying the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design to the built environment.  Click here to access the guide. 

1-3-6 Newborn Hearing Screening Checklist

1-3-6 Federal and state guidelines say to make sure that all babies are screened for hearing by one month of age, have a diagnostic evaluation after not passing a rescreening by three months of age, and start receiving early intervention services by six months of age if a hearing loss is diagnosed.  Click here for more information.

"Jiggery Pokery" for the Greater Good

Click here to read the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative's summary of the King v. Burwell case ruling.  Despite Justice Scalia's minority opinion that there was some "jiggery pokery" going on, the court majority ruled that subsidies available to consumers in the federal exchanges were allowable.  

Get Involved 


2015 Public Forum

The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council invites you to participate in the 2015 Public Forum.  This is an opportunity to share your success story or concerns with Council Members.  Give them your thoughts and comments on the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) State Plan, Order of Selection, ask questions or learn how to work in partnership.  August 11, 2015 at the Hilton Palm Beach Airport Hotel from 5-6pm. For more detailed information click here

Awards and Scholarships

ACL Funds Resource Center for People Living with Paralysis

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) recently awarded a three-year grant to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to sponsor the Paralysis Resource Center (PRC).  To read more, click here.  For resources for people living with paralysis, visit the Reeve Foundation website

$50,000 Grant Opportunity

Click here to access information on an opportunity from the Special Hope Foundation.  Grants of $50,000 each for 1-year period will be awarded.  An informational conference call will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at 12 pm (noon) EST.  The phone number is: 866-951-1151 and the passcode number is 7307522.  Proposals will be due Ausut 13, 2015 by 1 p.m. PST. 



Florida Disability and Health Program

Disclaimer: These links are provided for informational purposes, not to solicit donations to an organization nor to promote one organization or resource over another.

Upcoming Events

Oral health Care Training for Caregivers
July 30, 2015; webcast
What: The University of Miami Mailman Center for Child Development and the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council are offering a FREE live webcast training for professional and family caregivers of individuals with developmental disabilities. A UM registered Dental Hygienist will show you how to perform oral hygiene techniques like brushing, flossing, and positioning in order to help you improve the oral health of the individual you care for.  Click here to register. 

Disability Research Consortium Annual Meeting
August 5-6, 2015, Washington, DC
What: The Disability Research consortium's (DRC) Annual meeting will be held in Washington, DC.  The 2015 Conference will include access to the latest research findings, speakers from state and federal programs, and general information to improve the national disability support system.  View conference details and register

Florida Council for Exceptional Children 69th Annual State Conference
October 1-3, 2015, Hilton Double Tree, Orange County, Florida
What: The conference will continue the collaborative efforts with school districts, universities, family organizations, and Florida Student CEC. The conference will celebrate mutual commitment to children and youth with special needs. Click here for more information.


Florida Centers for Inclusive Communities' 2015 Employment Webinar Series
The third Wednesday of each month from 5-6pm EST, FCIC provides an opportunity to participate in a series of Webinars geared to build capacity on a range of employment related topics.  
July, 2015: No Webinar (summer break)
August 19, 2015: Navigating the Workplace with Invisible Disabilities
September 16, 2015: Coping with the Employment Process: Effective Relaxation and Stress Management Techniques
Click here for more information.

iBudget Waiver Training Session
The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council is looking for individuals whose life has been affected by developmental disabilities. In particular, individuals whose family has been impacted by the iBudget waiver.  They will provide FREE training via power-point presentation to help individuals learn the skills necessary to share experiences with legislator and advocates for increased funding to address the iBudget Waiver waitlist.  Click here for the powerpoint presentation. 

Building Inclusive Healthy Communities through the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD)
Archived, click here to listen.
What: A truly facilitating community is one in which health promotion activities (i.e., physical activity and nutrition) are as accessible to people with disabilities as they are to people without disabilities.  Unfortunately, many people with disabilities or caregivers who have a child or family member with a disability have limited access to physical activity and healthy eating because of the substantially greater number of barriers they experience compared to people without disabilities in accessing programs, services and support systems.  Environmental barriers are discussed and options to increase access to health promoting behaviors in the community are also provided.  Resources from the NCHPAD are described and information on the Inclusive Fitness Coalition are shared.

Act Early Network Virtual Networking Event
Click here to view the webinar
View the Act Early Virtual Networking Event to gain knowledge on effective program methods and strategies that have improved the early identification of autism and other developmental disabilities. The virtual networking event brought together public health, health care, developmental disability, and additional professionals from eh Act Early Network and Friends of NCBDDD coalition to share and discuss developmental screening, monitoring, and early detection practices through interactive posters and presentations.  Listen to the recording to hear the dynamic speakers discuss their projects on the Collective Impact Model, a partnership with the State of Indiana Library systems to incorporate LTSAE materials, the Sixby'15 Campaign Early Childhood goal, the Friends Helping Children Live to the Fullest by Understanding Developmental Disabilities Like Autism thematic area, and early identification advocacy resources.

About the DHP

The Disability and Health Program (DHP) is funded through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Formerly the Florida Office on Disability and Health, the DHP is housed under the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention in Tallahassee, FL with partnership from the University of Florida.
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