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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released theNational Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease: 2013 Update. The update reports on progress made toward the goals set in 2012, and new and revised action steps. The plan includes finding ways to prevent and treat Alzheimer's disease by 2025, improving care for Alzheimer's patients, increasing support for people with dementia and their families, increasing public awareness, and tracking data.
The National Council on Disability (NCD) joins in the yearly celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month-June. NCD celebraties its commitment to advancing the rights for all Americans, including LGBT Americans and LGBT Americans with disabilities.
Legislature and governor could not reach an agreement which would expand autism therapies to more people through Medi-Cal
Medicaid-funded pilot project helps serve 18,000 diagnosed children
SALT LAKE CITY (June 18, 2013) -- The state of Utah, which has the highest autism rate in the nation, will add 35 slots to a Medicaid-funded ABA program offered through a lottery, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.The Utah Autism Coalition has estimated over 18,000 children in the state have been diagnosed with autism.
The pilot program was enacted in 2012 after the Legislature abandoned an autism insurance reform bill. Because the pilot program was slow to start,funding became available to provide for the 35 additional slots. In addition, the age of eligibility was raised from 5 to 6.
The 35 slots will be distributed statewide on the basis of population and chosenthrough a lottery, rather than first-come, first-serve basis.
A new studyhas foundthat adult day care centers offer people with Alzheimer's disease opportunities to be active, and give family members a break from caregiving. Researchers found that caregivers had lower levels of stress on the days when care centers were used. Visit the Alzheimer's Foundation of Americawebsite for more information and resources for caregivers.
There are nearly 57 million individuals with disabilities in the United States, and they are all connected to the people around them in some way. To celebrate our 10th anniversary, Disability.gov has created the "What's Your Connection?" initiative, a grassroots movement emphasizing the connections among all people. Tell us what your connection is.
The U.S. departments of Justice, Education and Health and Human Services have sent a letter to the nation's medical, dental, nursing, and other health-related schools about hepatitis B discrimination. The letter expresses concern that some schools may be making enrollment decisions based on an incorrect understanding of the risk and frequency of hepatitis B transmission in this environment. The letter informs schools on the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.