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Feds direct states to strengthen home and community-based care

Monday, August 22, 2016The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services issued a bulletin August 3, urging states to continue reducing their reliance on institutions in their Medicaid long-term services and supports, LTSS. The bulletin provides a series of recommendations to state Medicaid programs.…

Evaluating new film ‘Me Before You’

Wednesday, July 13, 2016Hollywood’s latest attempt to portray people with disabilities in film debuted to a flood of criticism from disability rights advocates. Me Before You, released on June 3, tells the story of a quadriplegic man who ultimately decides to end…

(Video) New movie ‘Me Before You’ battered by disability rights advocates

Saturday, June 11, 2016Spoiler Warning: This article contains spoilers for both the novel Me Before You, and the movie based on it. Members of the community of people with disabilities and disability rights advocates are arguing that recently released movie Me Before You

Caregivers given additional time to comply with new Obama overtime rules

Wednesday, June 1, 2016Certain employers of caregivers for people with disabilities will be given an extra 34 months to comply with the Obama Administration’s new overtime regulations, a move that comes in response to concerns from industry representatives that the rules could…

Court: Museum must provide caregivers free admission

Tuesday, May 17, 2016A federal court ruled May 9 that a Philadelphia-based museum violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by refusing to waive the admission fee for a caregiver assisting a patron with disabilities. Michael Anderson, a 35-year-old man with quadriplegia, uses a…

More than a hundred disability rights protesters arrested in Washington D.C.

Thursday, April 28, 2016Disability rights activists stormed the nation’s capital last week, demanding that the federal government do more to deinstitutionalize people with disabilities. “I was in a nursing home and I have too many brothers and sisters still locked away because they…

Focusing on the realities of aging with autism

Monday, January 25, 2016In recent years, more attention than ever has been focused on people on the autism spectrum. There has been a rise in the number of young people diagnosed, which is a result of a variety of factors, including an increase…

UK High Court rules for caregivers in challenge to benefits cap

Monday, December 14, 2015The UK High Court ruled November 26 that the UK government is discriminating against certain people with disabilities by failing to exempt payments made to their caregivers from its benefits cap. “My clients have been hit by the benefit cap…

Circuit Court reinstates home-care worker regulations

Wednesday, September 2, 2015The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has upheld new Obama Administration regulations that, for the first time, extend minimum wage and overtime protections to as many as two million in-home caregivers for the elderly and…

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