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State budget voted on tomorrow—Advocate today

The full state Assembly and state Senate are voting this week on the amended version of the state budget bill, which includes a 9% increase to the Medicaid personal care rate in 2019 and a 3% increase in 2020. The Assembly plans to vote on the budget TOMORROW, June 25. The Senate will likely vote on June 26 or 27. After the budget is passed by the Assembly and Senate, it can be signed into law...[read more]

| Monday, 6/24/2019 - 2:17 PM | 0 comments

Children's book about service dogs, independence and community

By Tonya Villwock, Independent Living Services Coordinator—Branch Offices
                                                                     
Growing up, books were my best friend. I could go anywhere...[read more]

| Tuesday, 3/26/2019 - 11:37 AM | 0 comments

Did you know? Rep. Major Owens and the ADA

By Harvey Ross, Independent Living Services Coordinator

This Black History Month, I thought I would share information I recently learned about the contributions that Rep. Major Robert Odell Owens made working for the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Rep. Owens served in the U.S. House of...[read more]

| Friday, 2/22/2019 - 3:37 PM | 0 comments

Educating youth with disabilities on 'the birds and the bees'

By Kristin Stern, Youth Leadership Coordinator
 
Parents of youth with disabilities oftentimes navigate a complex process of interactions with their children. Parents want to guide, protect and nurture their kids throughout the course of their development. Parents today not only face the traditional challenges of parenthood, but they also face how to best deal with the...[read more]

| Thursday, 2/7/2019 - 12:01 PM | 0 comments

Adaptive telephone equipment opens up communication

By Tonya Villwock, Independent Living Services Coordinator—Branch Offices
 
I have recently had the privilege of working with several individuals who needed adaptive telephone equipment in their homes to communicate with other people. It is one of the best feelings to watch an individual who has been isolated due to their hearing loss communicate once again with their...[read more]

| Tuesday, 2/5/2019 - 1:33 PM | 0 comments
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