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On the Blog: Kathy Brill, “When Care Comes Home: Supporting the Caregiver in Your Life”

Posted Nov. 24, 2015 | llieKathy Brill, executive director of Parent to Parent USA and a member of the National Advisory Board on Improving Health Care Services for Older Adults and People with Disabilities, is on Declarations, the Blog, marking  National Family Caregivers Month by promoting a better understanding of caregiving and caregiver supports.

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What We’re Reading: Nov. 16, 2015

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Administration for Community Living: Remembering Jamie Kendall
ACL is mourning the loss of Jamie Kendall, Acting Director of the Independent Living Administration, who died November 12. Jamie was an inspirational leader, brilliant colleague and dear friend, but these words do not begin to really capture who she was, or how many people she touched. In sharing memories, her colleagues at ACL universally speak of her infectious optimism, quick wit, and ready laughter, which were matched by a unique intellect and a gift for analyzing problems and leading people to develop solutions. — Administration for Community Living (Nov. 13)

USA Today: Social Security, Medicare changes are coming with new budget law
President Obama signed into law a bipartisan budget bill last week that, among other things, changes Social Security and Medicare laws. ... Some 30 percent of Medicare beneficiaries were expecting a 52 percent  increase in their Medicare Part B medical insurance premiums and deductible in 2016. Under the new law, those beneficiaries – an estimated 17 million Americans – will pay about $119 per month, instead of $159.30, for Part B. (Some 70 percent of Medicare beneficiaries will continue to pay the same premium in 2016 as they did in 2015, $104.90.) — Robert Powell (Nov. 13)

The Washington Post: Autism cases in U.S. jump to 1 in 45 -- Who gets the diagnosis, in 8 simple charts
The number of autism cases in the United States appeared to jump dramatically in 2014 according to new estimates released Friday, but researchers said that changes in the format of the questionnaire likely affected the numbers. — Ariana Eunjung Cha (Nov. 14)

The New York Times: As Lives Lengthen, Costs Mount
But in New York today, they face a challenge of prosperity. The boom in housing prices has left many of them vulnerable, often clinging to apartments that are no longer suitable for their aging bodies. ... One result has been to drive relatively healthy people into nursing homes, where Medicaid picks up the tab for eligible seniors, said Daniel Reingold, president and chief executive of the nonprofit RiverSpring Health, which operates the Hebrew Home at Riverdale in the Bronx. — John Leland (Nov. 13)

NEW PUBLICATION: National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability, "Designing Statewide Career Development Strategies & Programs"
Statewide implementation of quality comprehensive career development programs and activities is a promising strategy that states can use to achieve the dual goals of college and career readiness for all high school students. This guide (PDF here) is designed to support states in their efforts to increase college and career readiness among all youth, including youth with disabilities, by providing functional and pragmatic guidance on implementing quality comprehensive systems of career development. — Caroline vanBruinswaardt, V. Scott Solberg and Chonlada Jarukitisakul (Nov. 2)

NEW PUBLICATION: Research on Disability, "Financing Transition Services When Everyone is the 'Payer of Last Resort'"
It’s been seven decades since the first NDEAM and more than two decades since the ADA’s passage. It is time for everyone to catch up with the disability rights movement in redefining terms. In particular, we must reject understanding disability merely in terms of medical significance. This enduring approach marginalizes disabled people by overemphasizing their need for technical solutions and undervaluing their contributions. — Nanette Goodman and Michael Morris, the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University (Oct. 22)

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