Freedom Friday: The Integration Mandate And Medicaid

Olmstead is a Supreme Court ruling that says it is unlawful for governments to keep people with disabilities in segregated settings when they can be supported in the community. This means that states must offer services in the most integrated setting, including providing community based services when possible.  Medicaid (a government insurance program for individuals…
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What’s Wrong Wednesday: Instagram Takes Down Picture Of Child With A Disability

Charlie Beswick, author of “Our Altered Life,” started her Instagram account in February to show life with her twin boys in a real, honest and often amusing way. One of her twins, Harry, has a rare genetic condition called Goldenhar syndrome, which means he was born without an eye, eye socket, nostril or ear, and a short jaw. In August,…
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Motivational Monday: The Power Of Positivity

Being positive is not just a nice, feel-good way to live but, in fact, is the way to live if you want better health, meaningful relationships and greater individual and team success. Research (Manju Puri and David Robinson, Duke University) has confirmed that optimistic people work harder, get paid more, win at sports more regularly,…
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Freedom Friday: Integration Mandate

An integrated setting is defined as one that “enables individuals with disabilities to interact with nondisabled persons to the fullest extent possible. Integrated settings are those that provide individuals with disabilities opportunities to live, work and receive service in the greater community, like individuals without disabilities, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)…
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What’s Wrong Wednesday: Access Aisle Violations

                I was at Target recently and saw two car the parked in the accessible parking access aisles. People often use access aisles as parking spaces when they were not supposed to making it more difficult when someone uses a wheelchair, walker or scooter and need to use…
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