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Taxis for Senior Transportation

As increasing numbers of older adults stop or limit their driving and consider other options for mobility, there is likely to be increased attention focused on the use of taxicabs. Taxis certainly offer the opportunity for independence and personalized service; however, there are at least two barriers to widespread use of taxis for transportation: the limited availability of taxis, and the cost of rides. Learn more about the challenges, solutions and potential strategies.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52851

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Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORC): A Blueprint for Action

A NORC, the widely used term short for Naturally Occurring Retirement Community is a community that was not originally built for seniors, but that now is home to a significant proportion of older residents. The American population is aging, and these communities will increase over the next 20 years. NORC programs are innovative models that coordinate a broad range of social and health care services to support the senior. The website provides FAQs, a toolbox and assistance with sustainability.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52850

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Crossing Great Divides: Elder Mobility Trends in Indian Country

This Trends paper includes: an overview of the challenges involved in providing transportation services to American Indian elders living on reservations and Indian lands; a discussion of the Tribal aging and transportation services infrastructure; a brief description of transportation funding options; and examples of creative solutions from the field. Information may be replicable by transportation programs for elders living in other rural and frontier areas.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52849

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Money Follows the Person: A 2010 Snapshot

In July 2010, the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured surveyed states about the current status of their Money Follows the Person (MFP) program including trends in enrollment, services and per capita spending. Explore the report for information on the findings regarding information on transitions back to the community, the average monthly cost of transitioning a MFP participant to the community, obstacles to transition, and more.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52835

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Revised ADA Requirements: Effective and Compliance Dates

The Department of Justice published revised final regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for title II (State & local government services) and title III (public accommodations & commercial facilities) in the Federal Register. These requirements clarify and refine issues that have arisen over the past 20 years and contain new and updated requirements, including the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design. The effective date of two revised rules is March 15, 2011.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52831

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Housing Alliance of North Dakota

How does North Dakota ensure that all individuals have access to a decent, safe, affordable, and accessible place to live? Navigate the attachments to learn more about their Housing Alliance program, a statewide organization of individuals and housing and client service professionals, working to identify and address unmet housing needs in the state. Attached is their website and other outreach materials.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52828

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Person-Centered Benefits Access: Lessons Learned from the Benefits Enrollment Centers' First Year

As of September 2010, Benefits Enrollment Centers have submitted over 125,000 applications for a variety of public benefits including the Medicare Part D Extra Help/Low-Income Subsidy (LIS), the Medicare Savings Programs, Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP - formerly known as Food Stamps), the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, among others. To learn more about these efforts, outcomes, and lessons learned please see the attached report.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52827

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Computer-based Testing: Practices and Considerations

Computer-based testing (CBT) has emerged as one of the recent innovative approaches to assessments most pursued by states. CBT is lauded as the answer to having cheaper and speedier test delivery for state and district-wide assessments, as well as an avenue toward greater accessibility for students with disabilities. This report explores the context of CBT, current state computer-based tests, and considerations for students with disabilities.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52775

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Disability and HR: Guidelines for Human Resources Professionals - Florida

Review a presentation aimed at educating human resource workers on how to properly recruit and work with individuals with disabilities. Information is provided on the Americans with Disabilities Act, hiring individuals with disabilities, reasonable accommodations, etc.. Also attached is a quiz on the information that could be used to test HR professionals’ knowledge.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52769

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Toolkit for Making Written Material Clear and Effective

Use this health literacy toolkit to make written material in printed formats easier for people to understand and use. Though the main focus is on material intended for use by individuals eligible or enrolled in programs, the guidelines also apply to material created for people who serve or assist them. The toolkit has 11 parts, including guidelines for writing and design, methods for testing with readers, and guidelines for translation.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52764

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