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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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Indiana Legislature considering permitless carry

Information courtesy of the League of Women Voters and UPI.com

 

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Indiana Children’s Services Survey – Let the state know your needs for children’s Waiver services

Information courtesy of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration and the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities

Here is your opportunity to let the state know your needs for children on Medicaid Waivers! The Family Indiana Family and Social Services Administration has contracted with the Lewin Group to explore Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS), to assess areas of service fragmentation and to identify opportunities for the system of supports for children in Indiana to become more person centered. As part of this initiative, Lewin has developed the Indiana Children’s Services Survey and is inviting Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services’ stakeholders to participate in the survey which includes families and guardians of children, case managers, providers of children’s services and advocates.

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Indiana Disability Rights Goals and Priorities Survey – Share your thoughts!

Information courtesy of Indiana Disability Rights

Indiana Disability Rights provides many types of advocacy services to individuals with disabilities. They are currently developing goals for the upcoming year, and they are now taking feedback on what disability issues are most important to you and your community. If you would like to share your thoughts, you can complete the survey here.

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