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

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September 30, 2014
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Supporting Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities and Their Families: Status and Trends Through 2012

This technical report describes results from a survey of state intellectual and/or developmental disabilities agencies for FY 2012 on the status and trends of long-term supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, focusing on supports provided in individualized settings (the home of a family member, a person's own home, a host home or foster family setting or group homes shared by three or fewer people with disabilities).

Published by the Supporting Individuals and Families Information Systems Project (FISP) of the Institute's Research and Training Center on Community Living. By S.A. Larson, L. Hallas-Muchow, F. Aiken, A. Hewitt, L.L. Anderson, S. Pettingell, C. Moseley, M. Sowers, M.L. Fay, D. Smith, Y. Kardell, and J. Agosta.



September 24, 2014
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HCBS Advocates Toolkit

ASAN has published a toolkit for advocates, families and administrators on how to ensure that people with disabilities receive Medicaid-funded Home and Community-Based Services in integrated settings that offer full access to the community.
The new toolkit includes a resource for advocates and their families explaining what the new rule means and how to make their voices heard as their states make plans to comply with the new rule, a resource for state administrators and professionals on how to come into compliance with the new rule, a research brief, and fact sheet on integrated housing for people with disabilities.



September 18, 2014
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HELP Committee Hearing and Report Address Disability and Poverty pdf logo image

Fulfilling the Promise: Overcoming Persistent Barriers to Economic Self-Sufficiency for People with Disabilities
Full Committee Hearing, September 18, 2014


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Celebrating Babies Month in October! pdf logo image 1.4 MB (PDF)
October 20, 2014, 5:30 – 7:30 PM, Rhode Island College

Join us for a free viewing of the documentary Babies directed by the award-winning filmmaker, Thomas Balmés. Dr. Susan Dickstein, Associate professor, Brown Medical School and Psychologist, Bradley Hospital, will lead the evening with a conversation about fostering “Infant/toddler and Family Mental Health.”

This event is sponsored by the Rhode Island Association for Infant Mental Health and the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities. Registration is required; there is no cost to attend.

September 9, 2014
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RIPIN Fall 2014 Workshop & Training Schedule now available. pdf logo image (PDF).

September 5, 2014
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Nominate a White House Champion of Change for Disability Employment

The White House is now accepting nominations for Champions of Change for disability employment. The Champions of Change award honors individuals across the nation who provide innovative employment opportunities for workers with disabilities, including workers with significant disabilities. Nominees will be invited to the White House to celebrate their accomplishments and showcase their efforts to ensure that individuals with significant disabilities have a fair shot at succeeding in the workforce.



September 3, 2014
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AAIDD 77th Annual Conference

Creating Entrepreneurship Options: Tools, Challenges and Opportunities
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October 24, 2014, Providence, RI
Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities available



August 13, 2014
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President Signs Autism CARES Act into Law

On Friday, August 8, President Obama signed into law the bipartisan Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support Act, or Autism CARES Act of 2014, into law. Autism CARES, which reauthorizes the Combating Autism Act, continues important investments in research, prevalence monitoring and services for both children and adults on the autism spectrum.



August 6, 2014

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Opening the Doors of Small Business

Small businesses create over 50 percent of the new jobs in the United States. This presents an outstanding opportunity for the employment of people with disabilities, yet it is often difficult to convince small businesses that disability employment can be tied to their success.

A new EARN report by The Conference Board's Peter Linkow titled "Opening the Doors of Small Business to Employees with Disabilities: Critical Concerns and Strategies for Success" tries to address the concerns that small business leaders have voiced about employing people with disabilities. It explores extensive research demonstrating that hiring people with disabilities can improve an organization's productivity, work quality, and more at little or no additional cost, while improving the workplace for all employees. Learn more about EARN.


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Financial Capability of Adults with Disabilities

National Disability Institute’s report, Financial Capability of Adults with Disabilities – Findings from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation 2012 National Financial Capability Study, analyzed data from 1,363 of the more than 25,000 respondents to the National Financial Capability Study (NFCS) self-identifying as “permanently sick, disabled or unable to work.”

While the report analyzes one segment of people with disabilities, the results provide an important lens on the financial capability of many Americans with disabilities. According to U.S. Census data, nearly one in three people with disabilities in the United States live in poverty, a figure nearly double the national poverty rate.


August 4, 2014

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2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book available online

The 25th edition of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's signature KIDS Count Data book is now available. Using an index of 16 indicators, the “2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book” ranks states on overall child well-being and in four domains: (1) economic well-being, (2) education, (3) health, and (4) family and community. The report also examines trends since 1990 and highlights policies and practices that have improved child health and development over the years.

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