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Possible changes to air travel rules for service animals – Comment by July 9

Information courtesy of the U.S. Department of Transportation

As a result of complaints from consumers and airlines, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is considering major changes for air travel rules for service animals. In 2017, DOT received 70 complaints against airlines from people with disabilities who have had difficulty traveling with their service animal. The airlines are having their own difficulties. One airline complaining to DOT stated that, since 2016, they have had an 84 percent spike in the number of behavior-related service animal problems, including urinating, defecating, or biting.

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Quick Disability Issues Survey – Help improve disability programs and alerts!

What disability issues are most important to you? Let us know! Your responses will help direct our future projects and help us create new trainings, webinars, and information materials. If you would like to help, you can complete the survey here.

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Fighting Fraud – Top 10 Scams Targeting Seniors

Information courtesy of the US Senate Special Committee on Aging

According to the Government Accountability Office, financial fraud costs seniors nearly $3 billion a year. The US Senate Special Committee on Aging is working to combat scams that target older Americans. The Committee has released a book highlighting the top ten scams targeting seniors around the country.

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Parent Survey on Physical Therapy Services For Children with Developmental Disabilities

Information courtesy of Riley Child Development Center and Indiana University

The Riley Child Development Center and Indiana University are researching the perceived value and access to physical therapy services for children with Developmental Disabilities. If you would like to help, you can contribute to their research by completing a brief survey.  The survey should take about fifteen minutes to complete. Your responses will help researchers better understand the challenges that people with Developmental Disabilities face related to physical therapy, and any barriers that may need to be addressed in order to improve access and family satisfaction of physical therapy services.

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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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