Friday, July 31, 2015

Free Checkups for Special Olympians

LOS ANGELES – They arrived in Los Angeles by the thousands to run, jump and swim and to play such team sports as soccer and softball.
This week, however, Special Olympics athletes from around the world also are taking part in what could be called the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat events.Tucked into a corner of the University of Southern California’s sprawling campus is a makeshift medical clinic that seemingly sprouted overnight. There, hundreds of doctors, dentists and other health care providers are working to ensure thousands of athletes go home with clean bills of health — or the closest thing to them that can be produced in a week. A few athletes will even leave with the ability to hear for the first time.

CDC: 1-in-5 Adults Have a Disability

One in five American adults have at least one kind of disability, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Thursday.The study, drawn from 2013 data, says 53 million Americans have a disability.
“We know disability types and related challenges can vary,” said Elizabeth Courtney-Long, a health scientist with CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. “In order to understand and address their needs, we need to understand their diverse circumstances. This report provides a snapshot into that.”

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Study Focusing on Autism Treatment

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Researchers at the Yale School of Medicine will lead a four-year, $28 million national study that could help improve the way children with autism spectrum disorders are treated.
The Yale team will collect data in Connecticut from preschoolers and school-aged children affected by autism spectrum disorders. The data then will be evaluated along with data taken from four other locations: Duke University, Boston Children’s Hospital, the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Washington.
The study is being led by James McPartland, associate professor at the Yale Child Study Center.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Feds Question Virginia Reforms

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Justice Department says Virginia is not being serious enough about efforts to comply with court-ordered reforms to its program for people with disabilities.
A letter to the federal judge overseeing a 2012 federal settlement, sent by the Justice Department last month, points as evidence to the way the state has used proceeds from the sale of state-run institutions that treated people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Obama: ADA 'Fight Is Not Over'

In marking a quarter century since the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act became law, President Barack Obama said much more work is yet to be done
Obama spoke Monday before a packed house in the East Room of the White House about the impact of the ADA at an event just days ahead of the law’s 25th anniversary, which will occur Sunday.

Health & Human Services Post Filled

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appointed Paul Francis as his deputy secretary for health and human services.
Francis, an attorney, was Cuomo's director of agency redesign early in his first term.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Proofreading Blamed for Misused Funds

Federal auditors told Maryland officials earlier this week that more than $34 million for the care of developmentally-disabled citizens during 2010-2013 had been spent improperly, and the money needs to be refunded.
This latest disclosure indicates the state continues to harbor chronic and widespread deficiencies involving the care for people with disabilities despite “fixes” implemented over 10 years or longer. While recent criticisms mainly address administrative deficiencies, numerous programmatic stresses involving quality, scope, and sufficiency of care and fairness of caregivers’ compensation appear to exist as well.