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Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI 02908, 401-456-8072

News and Highlights

December 18, 2014
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Congress Passes ABLE Act

Bill Promotes Economic Self-Sufficiency for People with Disabilities
Currently, individuals with disabilities who depend on federal health or income benefits (such as Medicaid or SSI) are not permitted to have more than $2,000 in cash savings or assets, which essentially, forces individuals to remain poor and unable to save money for emergencies or investments in the future. Much like existing “529” college savings plans, the ABLE Act will allow individuals and families of children with disabilities to save money for many disability related expenses such as education, transportation, or employment without jeopardizing important health or income supports.

10 Things to Know about the Act

Republican sponsors explain what’s in the Act in short videos

Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Press Release

December 12, 2014
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Leading the Way: Workplace Inclusiveness for People of All Abilities , by Kathy Martinez and Karyn Twaronite, U.S. Department of Labor Blog, December 10, 2014

December 10, 2014
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Tuesday Morning with Liz

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities publishes AUCD Legislative News In Brief each Monday.
Tuesday Morning with Liz is an accessible, consumer friendly version of In Brief available as of this month.

December 4, 2014
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2014 National Council on Disability Progress Report

The National Council on Disability's progress report is NCD's "State of the Union" on disability policy. Each year, NCD submits a report to the President and the appropriate committees of Congress entitled "National Disability Policy: A Progress Report."

The report assesses the status of the Nation in achieving the policies, programs, practices and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities; and empower individuals with disabilities to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society. The report focuses on the emerging issues impacting the lives of individuals with disabilities and makes recommendations for policy change.

December 2, 2014
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2015 Supporting Meaningful Employment Series: A Person-Centered Approach to Career Planning, Job Development and Retention

The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities is offering Community Provider Organizations a flexible and cost effective way to meet training requirements for persons providing employment support to individuals with Developmental and/or Intellectual Disabilities.

Starting in January 2015, multiple offerings of our Supported Meaningful Employment Training Series will be available in half-day and full-day sessions. The series is designed to help employment professionals (job developers, vocational specialists, job coaches, direct support professionals, etc.) to earn an ACRE Certificate. The Sherlock Center is also offering “Best Practices in Employment Services”, a one-day refresher for experienced employment professionals.

October 27, 2014
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Bullying of Students with Disabilities Addressed in Guidance to America’s Schools

As part of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued guidance to schools reminding them that bullying is wrong and must not be tolerated—including against America's 6.5 million students with disabilities.

The press release issued on October 21, 2014 includes a list of suggestions and resources for those who are either targets of disability bullying or know of someone who is, including a fact sheet (PDF) for parents on schools’ obligations under federal law to address bullying.

October 24, 2014
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Who am I?

The new “Who I Am” PSA features nine real people with disabilities. Rather than be defined by disability, these individuals are the sum of their many life roles — which includes working in jobs they love.

October 22, 2014
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CPSD Issue Brief: Achieving a Better Life Experience

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act (S. 313/H.R. 647) is a bill that will encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence, and a better quality of life. These savings accounts could be used for such expenses as education, housing, transportation, employment support, health, prevention and wellness costs, assistive technology, and personal support services. Read full article (PDF).

October 10, 2014
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RI College Diversity Week - Access Challenge

The Sherlock Center sponsored an Access Challenge on Wednesday as part of Diversity Week at RI College. Students and other members of the RIC community participated in simulated activities to “see” what it is like to have low or no vision.

October 5, 2014
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Vermont closed workshops for people with disabilities; what happened next?
By Halle Stockton | PublicSource | Sept. 28, 2014

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