Website: SMD ABLE ACT –

Released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in September 2017, this letter provides guidance to states on the implications of the ABLE Act for state Medicaid programs.

Paid Leave

Nearly all of us will need paid leave at some point – to care for a family member’s or our own serious medical condition, or to welcome a new child. Without paid leave, workers often face a cruel and unnecessary tradeoff: health and family, or work and making ends meet. Learn more about how paid family and medical leave can boost economic security and opportunity for us all, including the 1 in 5 Americans with disabilities and their families.

Easy and Healthy School Lunch Ideas for Busy Parents

Easy and Healthy School Lunch Ideas for Busy Parents

Sponsored by the Autism Research Institute in partnership with the Johnson Center, this You-Tube video shows how to prepare your children’s lunch for school, based on your child’s food preferences, their independent ability to eat the food and take the food out of their containers, level of assistance provided, what the school allows, etc.

Report: Teachable Moments

In this report, Elizabeth Graham, Autism Waiver Service Coordinator at The Arc of Prince George’s County, explains what a “teachable moment” is and how they can be used to develop skills for individuals with autism.

Report: Health Insurance and Medicaid Coverage for Autism Services: A Guide for Individuals and Families

This resource is designed to help people with autism, their families, service providers, and other advocates understand and enforce their rights to health coverage for autism-related services.

Report: The Arc’s 2017 HealthMeet® report

The Arc’s 2017 HealthMeet® report provides an assessment of health challenges faced by the I/DD community, as well as offers promising solutions.


Academic: Scholarships for individuals with autism

The following six scholarships are intended for individuals with autism.  They were donated by Black Wynn Personal Injury Lawyers, the Feldman Law Firm, the Kelly Law Team, the Law Office of David P. Shapiro, RJT Criminal Defense, and Dentistry by John Barras. Details of the scholarships can be found at:\

Website: University of Texas – Division of Diversity and Community Engagement – Services for Students with Disabilities

From The University of Texas – Austin (Division of Diversity and Community Engagement – Services for Students with Disabilities), this resource provides scholarship information for students with various types of disabilities..

Website: SPEAKall

SPEAKall!® is a tablet AAC app differentiated with a special feature set for children with autism spectrum and developmental disorders.  The outcome of using SPEAKall!® is to train the child to find their voice and produce audible speech. SPEAKall!® focuses on language learning and natural speech development based on a system developed by Dr. Oliver Wendt at Purdue University.


Article: Community Police Relations

NCCJD Criminal Justice Attorney Fellow Ariel Simms and Officer Sean Collins of The Arc of Pikes Peaks Disability Response Team and the Colorado Springs Police Department co-authored this article that appears in the March 2017 issue of The Police Chief magazine. The article presents a critical message to police chiefs and other law enforcement leadership all over the world, highlighting the need for a more accurate definition of “crisis” and further collaboration between the law enforcement and disability communities. Further, it addresses the importance of shifting focus in law enforcement from crisis intervention alone to an approach that also includes crisis prevention and a better understanding of disability.

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