Students at the University of Michigan are developing products to help people with disabilities.

Incredible things are happening on the ipad, we love seeing the interest in the sector of technology.  More to come hopefully!

Arizona autism coalition on proposed cuts to aid

Emergency Community Meetings to Discuss Respite Reduction

DDD/DES Respite Reduction Meeting

The Arizona Autism Coalition will be hosting two emergency meetings to discuss the AHCCCS respite reduction from a maximum of 720 per Individual Service Plan (ISP) year to a maximum of 360 Individual Service Plan (ISP) per year, as well as the elimination of childless adult coverage. There will be two meetings so that people who are unable to attend in the evening might be able to participate during the day. Both meetings will be held at the Disability Empowerment Center located at 5025 E. Washington Street in Phoenix in the first floor conference room.

Meeting Option 1: Wednesday, June 15 from 7:30-8:30 PM after Superintendent of Public Instruction, John Huppenthal’s discussion with Coalition members which will begin promptly at 6:30 PM (all are welcome and encouraged to attend)

Meeting Option 2: Friday, June 17 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

You do not have to be an Arizona Autism Coalition member to attend, and we encourage you to share this email with anyone who might be interested in learning more about how these changes to AHCCCS will affect you, your business, and the state of Arizona. This issue is not strictly related to autism —  any person or organization impacted by disability can and should participate.

Tips for Parents on Recruiting Providers

Often time’s families chose to recruit their own candidates to be habilitation or respite providers for their loved ones.  This may be a result of not being able to fulfill scheduling requirements with our existing staff, other times it’s simply a matter of wanting more control over the selection process.  If you plan on doing some of your own recruiting, these tips may help.  Once you have found the person you would like to work with, refer them to Exceptional Kidz Inc and we will begin the background checks and intake process.

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Despite widespread belief, Institutions are still functioning in this country

I just read in the news today that Virgina is still operating institutions for the Developmentally Disabled, even despite federal probes.  I was always under the assumption that Geraldo put an end to this practice many years ago with his expose.

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