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US Department of Justice Housing Discrimination Settlement- Housing Info Update #21

This brief information update highlights the United States Department of Justice settlement of a housing discrimination suit that alleged disability discrimination by the Triumvera Tower Condominium Association in Glenview, IL. The complaint alleged the condominium association discriminated on the basis of disability by establishing a written policy prohibiting persons in wheelchairs from using the front door.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/50372

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First Connecticut Regional Forum on Community Inclusion: A Sharing of Ideas on Community Inclusion for People with Disabilities

Expanding upon the \"lessons learned\" from the first Model Communities forum held in Connecticut in May 2004, this Community Inclusion forum held in Ridgefield CT brought together a variety of communities interested in \"enhancing awareness among community members of the barriers faced by people with disabilities in becoming fully included & integrated into communities.\" Participants identified barriers to inclusion and suggested numerous strategies communities can use to address these issues.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/50361

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Curriculum in Ethnogeriatrics Website

This site offers downloadable training materials and information for those providing care to older adults from specific ethnic groups. The materials include information about diseases prevalent in particular groups, cultural beliefs & practices, historical events that influenced particular groups. While the focus is on providing culturally appropriate health care services, much of the information offered is applicable to people providing a broad range of long term care & supportive services.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/50335

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A Health-Conscious Safety Net? Health Problems and Program Use among Low-Income Adults with Disabilities

This brief examines employment & program participation patterns of low income adults with disabilities & how well the current safety net meets their needs. It compares low-income across employment, program participation & income status. These comparisons highlight some of the unique challenges & motivate broader discussion of gaps in the safety net. Particularly striking are the conflicting messages regarding work & program participation sent by existing programs & policies.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/50328

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Wisconsin's Family Care Final Evaluation Report

The Lewin Group under contract with Wisconsin's Legislative Audit Bureau examined the implementation, early outcomes, and cost effectiveness of the restructuring of Wisconsin’s long-term care system for the elderly, the physically disabled, and the developmentally disabled. The report offers key-findings based on over the past few years evaluation.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/50257

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Planning Retreat Presentations: National Vision and Expectations and Systems Overview

Two presentations from the South Carolina Planning Retreat in January 2004 can be found here. A presentation by Susan Reinhard, of the Community Living Exchange Collaborative, focuses on ADRC purpose, goals, and system issues. A presentation by Karen Linkins and Sharon Zeruld, TAE, focuses on national vision and expectations for ADRCs.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/50249

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You Have a Choice! DVD

You Have a Choice! DVD in four formats: standard, with English subtitles, with Spanish subtitles, and audio described. The video is excellent for informing consumers about their options to leave a nursing home and to educate nursing home staff, family members and the general public about the option of transition. Produced by the Nursing Facility Transition project at the Center for People with Disabilities in Boulder, CO. To recieve a copy of the DVD please contact Sharon Finney.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/50248

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CMS Letter: The Transition of Individuals from Institutional to Community Settings Through Medicaid Coverage of Medical Equipment Costs

In this letter, CMS outlines several methods by which states may facilitate the transition of individuals from institutional to community settings through Medicaid coverage of medical equipment (ME) costs. This letter also serves to reiterate the July 25, 2000, State Medicaid Directors’ letter on this issue and to encourage states to explore this opportunity for persons with disabilities.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/50230

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