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How can states help people with disabilities return to work? Online dialog ends April 24

Information courtesy of The Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Policy Collaborative and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy

The U.S. Office of Disability Employment Policy is hosting an online dialog to develop strategies and practices to help workers return to their jobs after being injured or developing a disability. This dialogue is focused on supporting the transition back to work and is looking for your ideas on ways that states can develop initiatives or programs, or institute policy changes, that support workers in the transition back to work. Your input will play a vital role in supporting individuals who need Stay At Work/Return To Work services and supports to remain in the labor force.

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Vocational Rehabilitation Public Hearings on Order of Selection – April 24 in Evansville, South Bend, and Indianapolis

Information courtesy of the Arc of Indiana

Under a new proposal, Indiana’s Bureau of Rehabilitation Services would implement “Order of Selection” rules to determine who gets vocational rehabilitation (VR) services first. Individuals with the most significant disabilities would be selected to receive VR services first.

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American Health Care Act Vote Rescheduled for Today, March 24

Information courtesy of the Autism Society, ANCOR, NBC News, and the Kaiser Family Foundation

The House of Representatives has rescheduled yesterday’s vote on the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA) for today, March 24. The vote is expected between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm Eastern Time.

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March is Disability Awareness Month!

Information courtesy of the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities

March is Disability Awareness Month. This year’s Disability Awareness Month theme is “I’m Not Your Inspiration” – emphasizing that people with disabilities are people first. Often, people with disabilities who are successful, athletic, employed or simply good neighbors are put in the spotlight as an inspiration to others. While it can be difficult to navigate life with a disability, many people in the disability community would prefer to be acknowledged for the many real contributions they make and for a life well lived.

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Chili’s Supports Feeding Indiana’s Hungry – Now Through May 1

Information courtesy of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry

One in six people in Indiana need food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families. Feeding Indiana’s Hungry and its eleven member food banks work to serve these Hoosiers in need. Now through May 1, you can help support their mission just by having a meal at Chili’s.

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