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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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2017 NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship – Apply by June 19

Information courtesy of the American Association of People with Disabilities

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is now accepting applications for the NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship.  They are offering eight scholarships for undergraduate or graduate students who self-identify as people with any type of disability. Students must be interested in pursuing a career in the communications, media, or entertainment industry – all majors are welcome to apply. Each recipient will receive $5,625 to help cover the cost of education at their current college or university.

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VSA Emerging Young Artists Program – Young artists with disabilities could win $20,000

Information courtesy of VSA

VSA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts. VSA has announced their new Emerging Young Artists Program to recognize and showcase the work of emerging young artists with disabilities. Fifteen winning artists will share a total of $60,000 in awards. Grand Prize is $20,000, First Prize is $10,000, Second Prize is $6,000, and the remaining Awards of Excellence are $2,000 each. Winners exhibit their selected artwork in a year-long nationally touring exhibition and attend an all-expenses-paid professional development workshop in Washington, DC.

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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 Pulled Without a Vote

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

Last week, Fifth Freedom sent out an alert saying the House of Representatives was scheduled to vote on the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA). However, lacking needed support for the bill, House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the bill from the floor without a vote.  The AHCA would have repealed and replace the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare, and made serious cuts to Medicaid spending, reducing the amount of Medicaid funding states receive for the elderly, individuals with disabilities, children, and all other adults.

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