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Aim Higher Act would reauthorize Higher Education Act , make changes for students with disabilities

An informational alert prepared by Fifth Freedom

Last week, the House introduced the Aim Higher Act (H.R. 6543). This bill reauthorizes the Higher Education Act. The bill would require colleges to accept disability documentation from high school, eliminating the need for students to reprove their disability in college to receive accommodations. The bill would also reauthorize the Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities, which awarded grants to colleges to create or expand transition and postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities.

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Disability Rights Storytellers Fellowship – Apply by September 4

Information courtesy of the American Association of People with Disabilities

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ABLE Age Adjustment Act would make more people eligible for ABLE accounts

Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Accounts allow people with disabilities to save for their future and pay for disability-related expenses without jeopardizing their access to public benefits. Currently, the accounts are only available to people who were diagnosed with a disability before the age of 26, but legislation currently before Congress could change that.

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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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