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Monday, July 26, 2021

Maryland Health Department Weighs Ending Provision That Gives More Flexibility To Caregivers Of People With Disabilities During COVID



Caregivers and family of those with disabilities are worried the Maryland Department of Health may be about to end a provision early that gives them more flexibility in how services are billed for and delivered during the coronavirus pandemic.

Known as Appendix K, the temporary rule allows family members to act as paid support staff; enables providers to conduct services virtually; permits services inside a person’s home; and authorizes easier billing standards for remote and in-person care.

To read more on this story, click here: Maryland Health Department Weighs Ending Provision That Gives More Flexibility To Caregivers Of People With Disabilities During COVID


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Apple Taps ‘CODA’s Siân Heder To Helm & Write Judy Heumann’s Memoir ‘Being Heumann’; ‘Oklahoma’ Tony Winner Ali Stroker Eyed To Star



EXCLUSIVE: Apple Original Films has landed rights to a package based on Judy Heumann’s bestselling memoir Being Heumann. Siân Heder, whom Apple signed to a multi-year overall deal in the wake of winning an auction for her Sundance sensation CODA, is adapting the film to direct. Ali Stroker, the first actress who uses a wheelchair for mobility to appear on Broadway and the first to win a Tony for her work in Oklahoma, is being eyed to star.

To read more on this story, click here: Apple Taps ‘CODA’s Siân Heder To Helm & Write Judy Heumann’s Memoir ‘Being Heumann’; ‘Oklahoma’ Tony Winner Ali Stroker Eyed To Star


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Friday, July 16, 2021

Promoting Access to Voting



Tell the Federal Government How to Improve Voting for Americans with Disabilities!

You are submitting an official comment to Regulations.gov.

Comments are due 07/16/2021 at 11:59 pm EDT.

To submit comment, click HERE.



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What ‘Free Britney’ shares with ‘Justice for Jenny’



Eight years ago this month, before Jenny Hatch won her freedom in court, her attorney Jonathan Martinis talked to me about his ultimate hopes for her case.

He hoped she would be the “rock that starts the avalanche.”

He hoped she would change the national conversation about guardianship.

He hoped she would push people to focus on what individuals can do, instead of what they can’t.

“If I go to a mechanic, no one assumes I can’t drive,” he told me at the time. “Where you and I would be called wise for getting help, when a person with a disability needs help, it’s just assumed they’re incapable of doing anything.”

To read more on this story, click here: What ‘Free Britney’ shares with ‘Justice for Jenny’


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Thank You, Goodlife Innovations!



Thank you to Mike from Goodlife Innovations in Kansas City, KS who gave us a tour of how they are creating neighborhood networks and using technology to support people while promoting independence and self determination

David shared his apartment and demonstrated all his technology










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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

The Vaccine Raffle Results Are In!




On June 11, 2021 it was posted on our blog, RCM Revitalizing Community Membership Empowering Independence, that we would be having a vaccination raffle for employees. 

You can view the post here: Calling All RCM Employees: Vaccination Raffle!

                       The results are in, and the winners are…


The winner of our Vaccination Raffle for an Apple iPad is... 

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The winner of our Vaccination Raffle for $3,000 is...

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The winner of our Vaccination Raffle for the 2-night/3 day vacation is...         

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                        Congratulations! To all of our Winners!


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Friday, June 11, 2021

Happy #PrideMonth From Everyone At DC Developmental Disabilities Council



 

DC Developmental Disabilities Council

Happy #PrideMonth from everyone at DC Developmental Disabilities Council. We celebrate all orientations, genders, and abilities here. 🏳️‍🌈 

[ID: Three Black and disabled folx smiling and displaying mini flags. On the left, a non-binary person holds up both a rainbow pride flag and a transgender pride flag, with her cane resting on the wall behind her. In the middle, another non-binary person waves the rainbow flag while sitting in their power wheelchair. On the right, a woman waves both a rainbow and transgender pride flag.

Image by "Disabled And Here." https://affecttheverb.com/gallery/disabledandhere/prideandtransflags/?fbclid=IwAR1Eyk36n3FAuUnKPTo-_7tlnH5BX5zfRPdN9CoVJbpRDH_JyWwidjH_SIo



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Airlines Have Lost Or Damaged More Than 15,000 Wheelchairs Since Late 2018



The Washington Post - By Hannah Sampson 

The country’s largest airlines have lost or damaged at least 15,425 wheelchairs or scooters since they were required to start reporting those numbers to the government at the end of 2018. Those figures...

To read more on this story, click here: washingtonpost.com




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