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Lives Worth Living Documentary

The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) is premiering the documentary film about the history of the decades-long struggle for equal rights for people with disabilities. The film tells the story of the disability rights movement in America, which began after WWII when disabled veterans returned home; and culminated in 1990 with the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The website has an Interactive Timeline of the Disability Rights Movement, a talk back section, and footage from the film.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52973

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Scorecard Offers Vision of Improved Long Term Services: Podcast

With the first wave of 70 million baby boomers turning 65 this year, use of long-term services and supports (LTSS), which include home care, assisted living, and nursing home care, is on the rise. In this podcast, the authors and funders of a new scorecard measuring the performance of state LTSS systems, a resource that should help policymakers and providers identify gaps and develop solutions.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52971

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Identifying Effective Health Care Services for Adults with Disabilities Choosing Wisely: Why Study Designs and Outcome Measures Matter

Adults with disabilities have diverse, complex, and expensive needs for health care services, costing the health care system $398 billion in 2006. This group, which represented 14 percent of the adult population in 2008, will grow larger in the future. This report discusses study designs and outcome measures that can be used to address different comparative research questions. Policymakers, practitioners, and the public need a better understanding of what works for study designs.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52946

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Person-Centered Thinking Tools: Video

What is meant by person centred approaches, thinking and planning?Review a series of nine videos about person-centered planning. The goal of this project is to provide support for the creation of best practice and its implementation by individuals and agencies. Topics include history of lifestyle planning, training, how to get started and personal stories.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52941

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Employment for ME Summit - Maine

On November 15, 2010, the CHOICES CEO Project sponsored an “Employment for ME Summit” to introduce Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ new employment policy. A resource page with extensive information about the summit, and links to technical resource materials disseminated at the conference, was put on a web page for those who couldn’t attend, and for ongoing reference for those who did attend. In addition, 14 important segments were put on YouTube.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52901

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Engaging with Employers - A Breakfast Series in Maine

How is Maine working to increase opportunities for communication and networking regarding employment for those with disabilities? One way is by posting sponsored events online. The videos attached feature short clips from a breakfast series hosted by the CHOICES CEO Project. The sponsored networking breakfasts are for businesses and organizations that provide employment services to people with disabilities.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52813

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The New Health Care Law and the CLASS Program- Video

A vast majority of Americans age 50 and over would prefer to live independently in their own homes and communities as long as they can, rather than relinquish control over their lives in a nursing facility. In this brief video, AARP provides an overview of the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program, i.e., how it works, what it covers and how it can be beneficial.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52795

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Taking Care With Joan Lunden – Online Video Series

View a four-part series that comprehensively examines the physical, mental, emotional, and lifestyle adjustments associated with caregiving. The show underscores the urgent need for understanding the stressful relationships that can evolve and offers guidance on how to manage expectations, providing insight into what support is already in place.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52779

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Getting Connected: Can the ACA Improve Access to Health Care in Rural Communities? – Briefing

What specific provisions in the new law pertain to rural health care? This briefing looked at current health care policy initiatives pertaining to rural issues, with a special focus on information technology, and the opportunities and challenges that the reform implementation presents. Review the briefing's archived webcast, podcast, presentations, transcript and source materials.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52765

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More Than Meets the Eye: Long-Term Care Provisions in the New Reform Law

To provide a look at the various provisions of the new health reform law on LTC, a distinguished panel of experts addressed questions such as: What are the provisions of the law pertaining to LTC? How will consumers, providers and states be affected? What are the major components of the CLASS Act, and what are some of the challenges for states and the federal government in implementation? Access the presentations, transcript, event summary, podcast and more.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52740

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