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Vanderbilt University Residential Placement and Respite Care Survey

Information courtesy of Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University is researching factors associated with different types of residential placements and respite care services for adults with disabilities. If you would like to help, you can contribute to their research by completing a brief survey.  The survey will take less than 30 minutes to complete and responses are confidential. Responses will help determining issues and supports related to residential and respite care services. Completing the survey also enters you into a raffle for one of ten $25 gift cards.

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Empower Care Act Would Extend Money Follows the Person for Five Years

Information courtesy of the Arc of Indiana, Medicaid.gov

The Money Follows the Person (MFP) program has helped over 75,000 people with chronic conditions and disabilities transition from nursing homes and institutions back into the community. MFP was designed to increase the use of home and community-based services and reduce the use of institutionally-based services. MFP expired in 2016. However, a bill has been introduced in Congress that would fund MFP for the next five years.

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Partners in Policymaking accepting new applicants – Applications due May 7

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

Are you a person with a disability, or a parent of a child with a disability? Do you want to make a difference in your community? Consider applying for the Partners in Policymaking Academy!  Partners will teach you leadership skills and how to form relationships with the people who make the policy that affect the services you and your family use. Learn to work with elected officials, school personnel, and others to make a difference.

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Contribute to Service Animal Research by Completing the Southwest ADA Center Assistance Animal Survey

Information courtesy of the Southwest ADA Center

The Southwest ADA Center is researching the use of service animals and other assistance animals by people with disabilities in public settings. As part of this research, they are asking people age 18+ who use these animals to complete a brief survey. Your response will help them to understand what access issues people are having with their animal, and to develop and improve the information, support, and guidance needed for the community to improve access for users of assistance animals.

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Medicare Hearing Aid Coverage Act

Information courtesy of Hear Indiana, HealthyHearing.com, WebMD.com, and the Better Hearing Institute

A new bill in the House would add coverage for hearing aids to Medicare. A third of people age 65 to 74 have some level of hearing loss. Hearing aids can cost from $1,000 to $4,000 and more for a single device, and many users need a pair. In addition to making it easier to communicate, studies have shown the benefits of hearing aids to include reduced mental fatigue, decreased feelings of social isolation and depression, and improved memory.

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