New Arc resource on CMS new rules on Long term services and supports below.
for the week of February 10, 2014 Announcements
Autism – Local Police Departments Can Access Funds to Pay For Voluntary
Tracking Devices For Kids With Autism.
The Department of Justice has announced that local police departments can access funds
to pay for voluntary tracking devices for kids with autism. Funds are available to law
enforcement agencies, not directly to families of individuals with autism. These agencies
can request grant money to pay for tracking devices and to provide education and training
related to the issue of wandering.
Medicaid / Long Term Services and Supports – New Resource on The Arc’s
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published final rules in the January
16, 2014 Federal Register that implement Section 1915(i) of the Medicaid program and
define the characteristics of a home and community-based (HCB) setting. The Arc’s
national public policy team has developed a National Policy Matter s that describes the
new CMS definition of HCB setting.
Americans With Disabilities Act / Employment Discrimination – The Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Releases State by State Data for
Fiscal Year 2013
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released data for fiscal year 2013
with breakdowns by state and by resolution of complaint for the 93,727 charges (comp laints)
of workplace discrimination filed with the agency. In FY13, there were 25,957 complaints of
disability discrimination in employment which represented 27.7% of all discrimination
complaints filed with EEOC and a 1.2% increase over FY 2012.
Disability Policy Seminar – Early Registration Now Open
Make your plans to attend the 2014 Disability Policy Seminar in Washington, DC April 7-9.
This event is the biggest and best opportunity for advocates to advance the grassroots
movement for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Register now and book your room at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Washington D.C. for a
special early registration rate at www.disabilitypolicyseminar.org and find out more details
about the stimulating program on tap for this year’s event. But act soon – the special rate on
rooms ends March 4.
Hosted by: The Arc, Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), American
Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), National Association of
Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered
(SABE), and United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)
Promotional Support Provided by: Sibling Leadership Network
Paul Marchand Internship in Disability Policy – Applications for the Summer 2014
Session Due Feb 15th
For 38 years, Paul Marchand was a dedicated disability policy advocate and recognized
leader working on behalf of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and
the entire disability community. Upon his retirement in 2011, The Arc, with substantial
contributions from United Cerebral Palsy, other organizations, and individuals with whom Paul
worked during his decades in Washington, established an internship to honor Paul and to
continue to cultivate disability policy advocates. The Paul Marchand Internship Fund will
provide $3,000 per semester or summer session to assist interns pursuing careers in public
policy advocacy for people with I/DD. See Application information and Internship FAQs for
Tony Paulauski Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
20901 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423