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April 1, 2015

Cub Foods Bringing Caroline's Cart To All Locations - PRNewswire

STILLWATER, Minn., April 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Cub Foods, the first grocer in the Twin Cities to offer Caroline's Cart to customers with special needs children, today announced it is bringing the one-of-a-kind customized shopping carts to all 76 Cub stores in Minnesota, as well as one...



Kansas Legislature Sends ABLE Act to Governor Brownback - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

The Kansas Legislature voted overwhelmingly to support HB 2216, legislation that contains the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act to allow families the opportunity to set up tax-exempt 529 savings accounts for disability-related expenses.

April 01, 2015

Topeka, KS- The Kansas Legislature voted overwhelmingly to support HB 2216, legislation that contains the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act to allow families the opportunity to set up tax-exempt 529A savings accounts for disability-related expenses.

Under previous law, people with disabilities who saved more than $2,000 would not qualify orwould risk the loss of their Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, and other benefits, but the federalABLE Act disregards the current $2,000 cap on savings for amounts in ABLE accounts.

“We are grateful that the Kansas legislature has passed ABLE so that families can support their loved ones and invest in their futures,” said Stuart Spielman, Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel at Autism Speaks. “We are hopeful that Governor Brownback will join governors across the country to promptly enact this important legislation for the disability community.”

ABLE programs are managed on the state level and require state implementation. Enactment of the Stephen Beck, Jr., ABLE Act of 2014 last December has spurred legislative activity across the country.

West Virginia and Virginia recently became the first states to enact ABLE since the federal law passed. Louisiana and Massachusetts enacted legislation before the federal law passed. Legislation is currently awaiting signature in North Dakota and Utah. Thirty other states have filed bills. States with pending legislation include the following: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Washington.


West Virginia Becomes Second State to Enact ABLE Program in 2015 - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed West Virginia's Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, HB 2902, to allow families the opportunity to set up tax-exempt 529 savings accounts for disability-related expenses. West Virginia is now the second state after Virginia to enact ABLE this year.

April 01, 2015

CHARLESTON- Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed West Virginia's Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, HB 2902, to allow families the opportunity to set up tax-exempt 529 savings accounts for disability-related expenses. West Virginia is now the second state after Virginia to enact ABLE this year.

HB 2902was sponsored by Rep. Denise Campbell (D-Randolph) and made possible at the federal level by the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act enacted in December of last year. The tax exempt savings plans are managed on the state level and require state implementation.

“We are absolutely thrilled that Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has enacted ABLE program in West Virginia and this victory would not have been possible without the support of ABLE sponsor Rep. Denise Campbell and our hardworking grassroots advocates,” said Stuart Spielman, Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel at Autism Speaks.

Under previous law, people with disabilities who saved more than $2,000 would not qualify orwould risk the loss of their Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid and other benefits, but the federalABLE Act amended the tax code to disregard the current $2,000 cap on savings for individuals with disabilities for ABLE qualified programs.

“This is an important victory for families in the West Virginia disability community who can now better plan for the future of our loved ones so that they can lead more independent lives as adults,” said Jill McLaury, Autism Speaks State Policy Chair for West Virginia.

Virginia recently became the first state to enact ABLE since federal passage while Louisiana and Massachusetts already enacted legislation before legislation was enacted federally. Legislation is currently awaiting signature in North Dakota and Utah. 32 other states have filed bills. States with pending legislation include the following: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Washington.


Kids With Autism See Big Benefits From Massage - DisabiltyScoop
Massage can lessen autism severity in the months following diagnosis, making the treatment an effective early intervention, a new study suggests.
March 31, 2015

GreenCare for Troops Project Expands to Assist Wounded, Disabled Veterans In Need - PRNewswire

CLEVELAND, March 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are more than 3.6 million veterans with a service-related disability and the need for day-to-day household and lifestyle assistance services is a major need area. With that statistic in...



Mother's Day Gifts made by Individuals with Disabilities in the USA. - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Make this Mother's Day the best ever by giving mom a unique handmade gift with a compelling story!  From April 20th to May 4th you'll find our entire inventory on sale for 25%-60 % off. St. Coletta Shops (www.stcolettashops.com)...



Supreme Court Rules Against Disability Providers - DisabiltyScoop
Developmental disability service providers cannot sue to force state Medicaid programs to raise their reimbursement rates, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled.

Report Finds More States Limiting Restraint, Seclusion - DisabiltyScoop
Though federal efforts to restrict the use of restraint and seclusion in schools have stagnated, an analysis finds a growing number of states have implemented laws to curtail the practices.

‘Aspie Seeks Love' Follows Quest Of Man With Asperger's - DisabiltyScoop
When a man with Asperger's wanted to impress a woman, he sought out the help of a documentary filmmaker. He didn't land a date, but the filmmaker stuck around.

Mississippi 40th State to Enact Autism Insurance Reform - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

Governor Phil Bryant signed an autism insurance bill making Mississippi the 40th state to require autism-related coverage statewide after the legislature voted overwhelmingly to support reform. The measure, House Bill HB 885 was sponsored by Rep. Steve Massengill (R-Hickory Flat).

March 27, 2015

JACKSON- Governor Phil Bryant signed an autism insurance bill making Mississippi the 40th state to require autism-related coverage statewide after the legislature voted overwhelmingly to support reform. The measure, House Bill HB 885 was sponsored by Rep. Steve Massengill (R-Hickory Flat).

The legislation signed by the governor requires coverage of autism-related services, including applied behavioral analysis (ABA), for children ages two to eight with the possibility for additional coverage if deemed medically necessary by a doctor.

“This new law is a major step forward for autism families in Mississippi,” said Lorri Unumb, Esq., Vice President, State Government Affairs for Autism Speaks. “We express our gratitude to the bill sponsors and Secretary Hosemann, who worked tirelessly to reform the insurance laws of the state to benefit children with autism. We look forward to assisting Mississippi families, providers, and insurers as they implement HB885.”

This reform is timely as rates of children with autism continue to grow. Just last year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their prevalence rates for autism in the United States to one in 68 children (one in 42 boys and one in 189 girls) as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD) which was a staggering 30% increase from 2008 to 2010.


Virginia Becomes First State to Enact ABLE Program in 2015 - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

Governor Terry McAullife signed Virginia's Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, HB 2306 to allow families to invest in tax-free savings accounts for disability related expenses, becoming the first state to enact the legislation since the federal ABLE Act was signed in December of 2014.

March 20, 2015

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAullife signed Virginia's Achievinga Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, HB 2306 to allow families to invest in tax-free savings accounts for disability related expenses, becoming the first state to enact the legislation since the federal ABLE Act was signed in December of 2014.

The accounts, modeled after 529 college savings plans, require state-level implementation. Virginia's ABLE Act, HB 2306, received overwhelming bipartisan support in both chambers and was sponsored by Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Springfield) and Senator Walter Stosch (R-Henrico).

“When I learned of the ABLE Act's passage at the federal level and the incredible work that my constituent, Stephen Beck put into the Act, I knew that Virginia should have accounts operational as soon as possible. I am thrilled that the Governor has signed my bill, HB 2306, making Virginia the first state to put ABLE accounts into law after the federal bill. I look forward to these accounts creating a positive opportunity for so many,” said Delegate Filler-Corn.

Under previous law, people with disabilities who saved more than $2,000 would not qualify orwould risk the loss of their Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid and other benefits, but the federal ABLE Act amended the tax code to disregard the current $2,000 cap on savings for individuals with disabilities for ABLE qualified programs.

“The passage of ABLE is a victory for Virginia families with autistic children who can now do what every parent deserves- plan for their child's future,” said Stuart Spielman, Senior Policy Adviser and Counsel at Autism Speaks. “We are grateful for the efforts of Sen. Stosch, Delegate Filler-Corn and we thank Gov. McAullife for promptly signing ABLE into law. We now must ensure that the remaining states implement ABLE so that our families can have the option of saving for disability related expenses.

Louisiana and Massachusetts have already enacted legislation and 30 other states have already filed ABLE bills this session. Additional states with pending legislation include the following: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia.


New Study Shows Shifting Realities of Caregiving Today - PRNewswire

CHICAGO, March 31, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ready or not! This familiar childhood phrase that you hear called out during neighborhood games carries the same sentiment around what has become "the new normal" for 66 million1 Americans of all ages. You never know when you'll be...



ACL Blogpost: Toward a More Inclusive Definition of Diversity in the Disability Community - AUCD
As Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month draws to a close, it is important that we take time to reflect on the values embodied within the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000.
March 30, 2015

Miracle League of Ellis County Selected as Beneficiary of Magnablend's 2015 Clays for a Cause - PRNewswire

WAXAHACHIE, Texas, March 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Miracle League of Ellis County has been selected by Magnablend as the beneficiary of their third annual Clays for a Cause sporting clays tournament.  Magnablend is dedicated to improving the lives of those in the community, and...



Birch Sponsors Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, Ga - PRNewswire

ATLANTA, March 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Birch Communications, Inc., ("Birch") a leading provider of communications, network and cloud services to small, mid-sized, enterprise and wholesale businesses nationwide, announced today its lead sponsorship of the 2015 Cherry Blossom Road Race...



Lawmakers Call For Tougher Truancy Penalties For Special Ed - DisabiltyScoop
Stiffer penalties could soon be in store for parents in one state whose children skip school, but the harsher punishment would only apply to those with kids in special education.

FFC held first meeting of the Disability Advisory Committee and Appointment of Membership - AUCD
By this Public Notice, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) held the first meeting and appointment of members to, the Disability Advisory Committee (DAC or Committee). The DAC will provide advice and recommendations to the Commission on a wide array of disability matters within the jurisdiction of the Commission and facilitate the participation of people with disabilities in proceedings before the Commission. The DAC is being organized under, and operated in accordance with, the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).

Minister Bergen addresses Autism Leadership Summit and highlights Harper Government support for Canadians living with Autism Spectrum Disorders - PRNewswire

OTTAWA, March 30, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development, delivered opening remarks at the Canadian Autism Leadership Summit. This event, organized by the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance, brings together key stakeholders...


March 27, 2015

Canada Post's Massive 2014 Profit Confirms: No Need To Withdraw Door-to-door Delivery - PRNewswire

OTTAWA, March 27, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, the Canada Post Group reported a massive profit from operations of $299 Million for 2014. The Canada Post segment reported profit from operations of $204 M and a profit before tax of $194 M. "This is affirming news for our members," said Denis...



PSAC achieves an agreement with Treasury Board on mental health task force - PRNewswire

OTTAWA, March 27, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - PSAC is very pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with Treasury Board on the establishment of a joint task force on mental health. PSAC tabled the proposal in January to ensure a more proactive approach to improving mental health....



CHINA AID, the 10th China International Exhibition of Senior Care, Rehabilitation Medicine and Healthcare to be held in April - PRNewswire
SHANGHAI, March 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- CHINA AID, the 10th China International Exhibition of Senior Care, Rehabilitation Medicine and Healthcare, second to none in China's senior service industry, will be held at Shanghai New International Expo Center on 22-24 April. On 25 February,...

GI Troubles May Be Early Sign Of Autism - DisabiltyScoop
Gastrointestinal issues common among many on the spectrum are often apparent in infancy -- well before individuals are diagnosed with the developmental disorder, researchers say.

Disability No Barrier For New White House Receptionist - DisabiltyScoop
Charged with welcoming world leaders and handling the official guest book, the newly-appointed White House receptionist just happens to be deaf.

North Dakota Passes ABLE Program - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

North Dakota's Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, HB 1373, has passed both chambers of the legislature and is now headed to Governor Jack Dalrymple. Once enacted, North Dakota will become the second state to enact ABLE legislation in 2015.

March 27, 2015

BISMARCK –North Dakota's Achievinga Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act,HB 1373, has passed both chambers of the legislature and is now headed to Governor Jack Dalrymple. Once enacted, North Dakota will become the second state to enact ABLE legislation in 2015. HB 1373, was sponsored by Reps. Mark Dosch (R-Bismarck) and Rep. Wayne Trottier (R-Northwood) in the House and and Sen. Kyle Davison (R-Fargo) in the Senate.

ABLE accounts, modeled after 529 college savings plans, allow families to invest in tax-free savings accounts for disability related expenses . Under previous law, people with disabilities who saved more than $2,000 would not qualify orwould risk the loss of their Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid and other benefits. Enacted late last year, the federalABLE Actamended the tax code to disregard the current $2,000 cap on savings for individuals with disabilities for ABLE qualified programs.

“We are thrilled that North Dakota families are one step closer to having the opportunity to set money aside to plan for their children's future,” said Stuart Spielman, Senior Policy Adviser and Counsel at Autism Speaks. “We are very hopeful that Governor Dalrymple will sign the legislation in short order.”

Virginia, Louisiana and Massachusetts have already enacted legislation and West Virginia and Utah have passed ABLE in both state chambers. Additional states with pending legislation include the following: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Washington.

March 26, 2015

United Spinal Association's Advocacy Alliance Strengthens Voice of Wheelchair Users to Create Policy Change - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, March 26, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Spinal Association, the single, largest membership organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with spinal cord injuries and diseases (SCI/D) nationwide, today announced the launch of its Advocacy Alliance,...



Teachers Fight Special Needs Accommodation - DisabiltyScoop
A teachers group is fighting a plan to allow a student with a disability to use a faculty restroom, all because they say the accommodation violates their right to exclusive facilities.

Georgia Autism Insurance Reform Deal Reached - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

Chairman Charlie Bethel and Richard Smith announced at a joint press conference at the Georgia State Capitol that a deal has been reached to pass autism insurance reform SB 1, better known as Ava's Law, which had been held up in the House Insurance Committee.

March 26, 2015

ATLANTA— Chairman Charlie Bethel and Richard Smith announced at a joint press conference at the Georgia State Capitol that a deal has been reached to pass autism insurance reform SB 1, better known as Ava's Law, which had been held up in the House Insurance Committee. If passed and signed, Georgia could become the 41st state in the country to pass reforms that require coverage for autism related medical services.

“Today's announcement on autism insurance is a victory for thousands of children with autism living across Georgia who would receive the medical treatment they deserve under Ava's Law. We are grateful to both the Senate and House for passing this important legislation. Once signed into law, it will make a difference for so many families struggling to access affordable care for their loved ones,” said Judith Ursitti director of state government affairs at Autism Speaks.

The announcement was made after grassroots activists across the state took to social media and put in thousands of calls, emails and visits, leadership announced a deal had been struck.

“After seven years, I am ecstatic that Georgia children with autism will finally have the coverage they need. Thank you to Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Senator Charlie Bethel and Rep. Richard Smith for working to find a path forward in Georgia,” said Anna Bullard, mother of Ava Bullard for whom the law is named.

Both chairmen indicated the law would go into effect later this year after being voted on in the Senate which already passed the non-amended version unanimously earlier this year. The end of the legislative session is on April 2 and coincides with Light It Up Blue, an international awareness campaign that kicks off Autism Awareness Month.


Leaky Roof Repaired, Thanks to SNAP Grant From BankPlus and FHLB Dallas - PRNewswire

JACKSON, Miss., March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When it was raining outside at Jenice Luckett's home, her grandchildren would say, "Grandma, it's raining in your living room!" All she could do to keep the rain from destroying her home was to put pots on the floor. A tornado had...



Natchez Resident Receives New Roof Thanks to SNAP Grant from Concordia Bank and FHLB Dallas - PRNewswire

NATCHEZ, Miss., March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Johnny Hardin's blood pressure rose every time it rained. His leaky roof caused him significant stress and extra work. He had to use kitchen pots to capture the water leaking from his roof into his 1930s home in the historic...


March 25, 2015

Disability-Related Education Complaints Trending Up - DisabiltyScoop
Federal education officials are fielding an increasing number of complaints related to disability discrimination in the nation's schools.
March 24, 2015

10 Albums - One Finger - PRNewswire

EAST LANSING, Mich., March 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Lee Abramson (http://leeabramson.com/) continues to defy all odds and inspire those around him with his limitless passion and creativity. Using just one finger, a touchpad and music notation software, he produces genre-crossing...



Despite Setback, Feds Push Forward On Caregiver Pay Protections - DisabiltyScoop
The Obama administration is pressing states to be ready to provide minimum wage and overtime pay to in-home care workers assisting people with disabilities.

Movie Featuring Actor With Down Syndrome Set For Wide Release - DisabiltyScoop
A film starring a man with Down syndrome is set for a nationwide release this spring.

Supreme Court Considers Police Obligations Under ADA - DisabiltyScoop
In a case before the nation's high court, justices are weighing the role of the Americans with Disabilities Act during encounters with law enforcement.
March 23, 2015

U.S. Senator Cory Booker Guest of Honor at Friendship Circle Banquet - PRNewswire
LIVINGSTON, N.J., March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) will be a special guest of honor at this year's annual Friendship Circle Banquet in Livingston, N.J. The senator's dedication to improving the lives of people throughout the state of New Jersey...

ABLE Act Proposes a Better Economic Future for Californians with Disabilities - PRNewswire
SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time, many Californians with disabilities may be allowed to save more than $2,000 without losing their eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and other public benefits. If legislated in California, the...

National Telecommuting Institute Files Suit Against the AbilityOne Commission - PRNewswire

BOSTON, March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a lawsuit filed Friday, March 20, 2015 in the United States Court of Federal Claims – Case No.: 1:15-cv-00293-TCW, by nonprofit National Telecommuting Institute (NTI), the federal jobs program AbilityOne and its advisor,...



Pennsylvania Support Service Providers to People Who are Deaf-Blind Participate in Training - PRNewswire

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Labor & Industry's Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services, and the Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, in conjunction with the Statewide Independent Living...



High-powered lineup of swimmers nominated to Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games Team - PRNewswire

TORONTO, March 23, 2015 /CNW/ - The first athletes have been nominated for selection to the Canadian Paralympic Committee for its Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games Team. Chef de Mission Elisabeth Walker-Young announced this morning the names of 40 swimmers at a poolside ceremony at the...



Maria Menounos Named Global Ambassador by Special Olympics - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Special Olympics announced today that author and television personality Maria Menounos of E! is joining the Special Olympics family as the movement's newest Global Ambassador. Menounos will support Special Olympics by leading a...


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