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					                                                                               Volume 7, Number 4 — November, 2006




         NEWS
STATE News
Election                                                     S.B. 628. Introduced by Senator Greenleaf (R-
This issue of A Slice of PIE is going to print before the    Montgomery). The bill provides for living wills and
November 7 election. So even though you’ll be reading        health care powers of attorney and the implementation
this after the election, we’re sorry that we can’t include   of out-of-hospital nonresuscitation orders. The bill
election news. We will circulate election news to our        was passed by the Senate on Oct. 16, 2006 and sent
e-mail lists.                                                to the House Judiciary Committee.




Summary of                                                   S.B. 669. Introduced by Senator Costa (D-Allegheny).
                                                             Provides for court and administrative proceeding
Legislative Action                                           interpreters. The bill passed the Senate on July 3,
                                                             2005 and has been voted out of the House Judiciary
The 2005-06 session of the PA General Assembly
                                                             Committee and the Appropriations Committee and
officially ends on November 30, 2006. Any legislation
                                                             given two considerations by the full House.
which is not passed by both the House and Senate by
that date is “dead” and has to be reintroduced with a
new bill number in 2007. Early in 2007 we’ll be
publishing a review of what happened to legislation of       S.B. 808. Introduced by Senator Armstrong (R-
interest to the disability community in 2005-06. If you’d    Lancaster). The bill would provide access to the
like to receive a copy, contact the PIE office.              Veterans Administration drug benefit for people in
                                                             nursing homes. It has passed the Senate and is in the
                                                             House Professional Licensure Committee.

Bills of Interest                                                                             (continued on page 2)
Below we summarize some bills of interest to the
disability community. For more information about these
                                                                         In This Issue:
or any other state bills, go to:                                 State News . . . . . . . . .      page      1
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/session
.cfm. At the top of the page is a box labeled, “Find             Federal News . . . . . . .        page      5
Legislation By”, choose “Bill #”, then enter the bill            State & Federal News              page      6
number and click on “Go”.
                                                                 Resources . . . . . . . . . .     page      7
Bills of Interest
(continued from page 1)

S.B. 1158. Introduced by Senator Rhoades (R-                 H.B. 881. Introduced by Representative Allen (R-
Schuylkill). This bill, which was drafted with the support   Schuylkill). The bill would amend the Uniform
of disability advocates and the Builder’s Association,       Construction Code. It passed the full House and the
would authorize local tax authorities to offer tax credits   Senate Labor and Industry and Appropriations
to home owners who build or renovate homes to meet           Committees and has been given two considerations by
visitability standards. Passage of this legislation will     the full Senate.
enable local governments which have already passed
laws providing for tax credits, like the City of
Pittsburgh, to move ahead. The bill passed both the          H.B. 1479. Introduced by Representative Pistella (D-
Senate and the House and was signed by the Governor          Allegheny). It would create an Office of Disabilities in
on October 28 becoming Act No. 132 of 2006.                  the Governor’s Office. The bill passed the House on
                                                             June 26 and the Senate State Government Committee
                                                             and is in the Senate Appropriations Committee.
S.B. 1335. Introduced by Senator Armstrong (R-
Lancaster). This bill amends the state insurance law.
As it was amended in the House, it requires private          H.B. 1649. Introduced by Representative True (R-
health insurance policies to provide coverage for            Lancaster). The bill would establish a Drug and
autism spectrum disorders. The bill passed the               Alcohol Treatment and Prevention Fund and would
House as amended on October 24 and is in the Senate          devote a portion of the liquor tax into the Fund. It
for concurrence in the House amendments. See also            passed the House on June 19, 2006 and the Senate
H.B. 2243 introduced by Rep. O’Brien (R-Phila) which         Public Health and Welfare Committee and is currently in
passed the House and is in the Senate Banking and            the Senate Appropriations Committee. See also S.B.
Insurance Committee.                                         727 introduced by Senator Pat Vance (R-Cumberland).



H.B. 412. Introduced by Representative Pistella (D-          H.B. 1773. Introduced by Rep. DiGirolamo (R-Bucks).
Allegheny). The bill would establish the Pennsylvania        This bill would establish a Department of Drug and
Long-term Care Council in law. It was passed by the          Alcohol Programs. It has been voted out of the
House on October 16, 2006.                                   House Health and Human Services and Appropriations
                                                             Committees and given two considerations by the
                                                             full House.

H.B. 469. Introduced by Representative E. Z. Taylor
(R-Chester). The bill amends the election code to,           H.B. 1813. Introduced by Representative Kenney (R-
among other things, allow for emergency absentee             Philadelphia). The bill provides for a regular cost-of-
ballots up to and including on election day. The bill        living adjustment for county mental health and
passed the House and Senate and was sent to the              mental retardation programs. The bill passed both
Governor on Oct. 30, 2006. He has 30 days to take            the House and Senate, but was vetoed by the
action on the measure.                                       Governor on October 27, 2006.



H.B. 700. Introduced by Representative Maher (R-             H.B. 2202. Introduced by Representative Reichley (R-
Allegheny). The bill re-establishes a state lobbyist         Berks). The bill would require Medicaid to cover home
regulation and disclosure law. It passed both the            infusion therapy. It passed both the House and the
House and Senate and was signed by the Governor on           Senate and was sent to the Governor on Oct. 30, 2006.
November 1, 2006. The bill will take effect on January       He has 30 days to take action on the measure.
1, 2007 and applies to both legislative and
administrative lobbying activities.
                                                                                                (continued on page 3)
2
Bills of Interest
(continued from page 2)

H.B. 2269. Introduced by Representative Sather (R-         H.R. 665. Introduced by Representative Clymer (R-
Blair). The bill would establish a system of protective    Bucks). This resolution directs the Legislative Budget
services for adults between the ages of 18 and 59          and Finance Committee to conduct a comprehensive
                                                           study and cost review of personal care home
who are abused or neglected. It was developed in
                                                           services in Pennsylvania. It was adopted
consultation with a group of consumers, advocates and
                                                           September 27, 2006.
family members. For more information, contact Judy
Banks of Pennsylvania Protection and Advocacy at
jbanks@ppainc.org. The bill passed the House on
October 24, 2006.
                                                           Selective Contracting
                                                           The Office of Medical Assistance (OMAP) is continuing
H.B. 2545. Introduced by Representative J. Taylor (R-      to pursue initiatives under the “Increasing Efficiency
Philadelphia). The bill in part relates to wheelchair      and Integrity” part of the OMAP 2006-07 budget. A
accessible taxicabs. It passed both the House and          new approach to securing providers of certain services,
Senate but was vetoed by the Governor on October           called Selective Contracting, is designed to limit the
27, 2006.                                                  number of possible vendors/providers to those who
                                                           offer the state the best price and who can provide the
                                                           specific services under contract. The first services to
H.B. 2661. Introduced by Representative O’Neill (R-        be affected will be specialty pharmacy items (e.g.
Bucks). The bill would exempt continuing care              injectibles), with proposals due in November. OMAP
retirement communities from the Medical Assistance         continues to develop an RFP for selecting durable
bed approval process. The bill was voted out of the        medical equipment (DME) providers, as well. The
House Health and Human Services Committee, was             development of selective contracting for home care,
given two considerations by the full House and is in the   sometimes also referred to as home health care, is
House Appropriations Committee.                            temporarily on hold. Disability advocates have
                                                           expressed concerns about the effect these changes
                                                           could have on the current home and community based
                                                           services system and on consumer choice. For
H.B. 2699. Introduced by Representative Kenney (R-         information, contact Suzanne Love at
Philadelphia). This bill provides for the expansion of     c-sulove@state.pa.us.
the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and
calls for a study of the HealthChoices managed care
program for medical assistance recipients. It passed
the House and the Senate and was signed by the
Governor on November 2, 2006.                              Homecare
                                                           Licensure Regulations
                                                           On July 7, House Bill 247 was signed into law as Act
H.B. 2706. Introduced by Representative DiGirolamo
                                                           69 of 2006. It establishes licensure of home care
(R-Bucks). The bill amends the crime code to provide
                                                           agencies including those that provide home and
for the offense of sexual crimes against young
                                                           community based services. The Department of Health
people with mental disabilities. The bill passed the
                                                           must write and publish regulations within one year and
House on October 18. See also H.B. 3033 introduced
                                                           has created a section on their website with information
on October 17 by Representative Barrar (R-Chester).
                                                           about the Act at
                                                           http://www.dsf.health.state.pa.us/health/cwp/view.asp?
                                                           A=189&Q=245787. The email address to contact them
                                                           is ra-communityprogramlicensure@state.pa.us.
                                                           Individuals interested in giving input to the regulatory
                                                           process can register to attend one of three
                                                           stakeholders meetings scheduled for December, 2006.
                                                                                                                    3
ADRC Grant Extension                                         Autism
Pennsylvania is among twelve states awarded                  On September 21, the Office of Autism Affairs of DPW
continuation funding for the Aging and Disability            held an informational meeting. The planned first phase
Resource Center (ADRC) grant and will receive                of the development of a system to serve people with
$396,400 over the next two years. The extension will         autism would involve adding 20-40 people with autism
allow the project to build on the work that has been         to the OBRA waiver. This option was chosen as a first
done and expand it into new areas. The funds will be         step with a goal of getting people into service as
used to: 1) Build on the two current centers and             quickly as possible. January 2007 is the target date.
develop improved methods to give consumers easier            For a copy of the power point presentation from that
access to services; 2) Focus more on helping people to       meeting, go to
start planning early for their long term living needs; and   http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/Disable/AutismAffairs/
3) Expand the program into two more areas in the             AutismNews/003675309.htm. For a free DVD, email
state. The new decentralized model that is not based         your name and mailing address to: DPW-
on a physical site will be tested in areas near the          AutismOffice@state.pa.us. DPW’s Autism Affairs web
existing centers so that the new demonstrations can          site is at www.dpw.state.pa.us/Disable/AutismAffairs.
draw on the experience of the Allegheny Link and
Cumberland Link. For more information contact Elaine
Smith at elasmith@state.pa.us, or 717.346.9713.


                                                             Home and Community
                                                             Based Services
Office of                                                    The Bureau of Home and Community Based Services

Mental Retardation                                           in the Office of Long Term Living in DPW has received
                                                             CMS approval for a renewal of the OBRA and
The Office of Mental Retardation has issued two new          Independence waivers for a five year period. The
bulletins. For copies, contact Emily Frola at                waivers serve adults with physical disabilities in the
717.783.5761 or go to                                        community. For information about the waiver renewals,
http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/Disable/MentalRetardation         contact Carol Ranck at cranck@state.pa.us or
Services/003670110.htm.                                      717.787.8091.
• Person/Family Directed Services Waiver caps for FY
   06-07 (00-06-12) was issued on Aug. 8, 2006. The
   bulletin establishes the individual cost of waiver
   services, or waiver cap, effective from July 1, 2006
   to June 30, 2007. The cap is raised from $22,083
   to $22,575.                                               DPW Staff Changes
                                                             In August, the Department of Public Welfare (DPW)
• Service Review Protocol for individuals in the             announced the appointment of Allen Warshaw as the
  Consolidated and Person/Family Directed Services           agency’s new chief counsel, replacing Jack Kane.
  waivers (00-06-13) was issued on Sept. 7, 2006 and         Recently, Warshaw has been in private practice. Earlier
  is effective on July 1, 2006. The bulletin’s purpose       he was with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney
  is to ensure consistent application of OMR                 General and he argued on behalf of the state before the
  policies and to create a more timely appeal                U.S. Supreme Court in Pennhurst State School &
  resolution process.                                        Hospital v. Halderman.

                                                             Pat Brady, Deputy Secretary of the Office of Long
                                                             Term Living in DPW will leave her position on
                                                             December 2, 2006.




4
FEDERAL NEWS
2007 Budget                                               Medicare Part D
Only the Defense and Homeland Security                    The six week open enrollment period for Medicare Part
appropriations bills were passed before Congress          D begins November 15. Beneficiaries are advised to
adjourned at the end of September. They have passed       review the 2007 policy to be sure their prescriptions will
a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep all federal          still be covered and that the tier hasn’t changed for any
programs operating until December 8. The remaining        of the drugs they need. Medicare has produced
spending bills that have not been passed may be put       “Stand-Alone Prescription Drug Plans” that lists the
together in an omnibus budget bill when they return for   available plans and some basic information such as
a post-election, lame-duck session on November 14.        monthly premiums. To access the list, go to
                                                          http://www.medicare.gov/medicarereform/local-plans-
                                                          2007.asp and click on Pennsylvania.


Bills of Interest
The agenda of the remaining time of the 109th
Congress is uncertain but could include action on         Power Wheelchairs
several bills of interest to people with disabilities,    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
including:                                                recently issued new rules on power mobility devices
• Protecting Children’s Health in Schools Act of 2006     paid for by Medicare and also lowered Medicare
                                                          reimbursement rates. These new rules are scheduled
• Lifespan Respite Care Act of 2005                       to take effect November 15, 2006. Advocates have
  (H.R.3248/S.1283)                                       expressed concern that the new policy will restrict
                                                          access to the devices which people need. For CMS
• Direct Support Professionals Fairness and Security      information on the policy change, go to
  Act of 2005 (H.R. 1264)                                 http://www.cms.hhs.gov/apps/media/press/release.asp
                                                          ?Counter=1966. For more information on the advocacy
• Reauthorization of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act    perspective, contact Emily Niederman at the ITEM
  and the Workforce Investment Act                        Coalition 202.349.4260 or go to
                                                          http://www.aapd.com/News/medicare/indexmedicare.php.
• ADA Restoration Act (H. R. 6258)

• Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act
  (H.R.1227)

• Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act
  (S. 1086/H.R. 3132)

• Extension through 2007 of the Work Opportunity Tax
  Credit (WOTC) that is currently packaged together
  with a bill known as The TRIFECTA that includes a
  partial repeal of the estate tax and a minimum
  wage hike.




                                                                                                                  5
Emergency
Preparedness                                              STATE AND
The Congress has passed the FY 2007 Department of
Homeland Security appropriations bill which includes
the Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform bill.
This bill has important disability provisions such as:
• The inclusion of people with disabilities in every
                                                          FEDERAL NEWS
                                                          Money Follows
   phase of emergency management activities at all
   levels of government;
• Post-disaster case management services;
                                                          the Person Rebalancing
• Requirements for accessible temporary and
   replacement housing;
                                                          Demonstration
                                                          The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
• A National Disability Coordinator; and                  announced the availability of $1.75 billion over 5 years
• Transportation, communications and                      for states under the Money Follows the Person
   temporary housing.                                     Rebalancing Demonstration to provide incentives for
                                                          states to move people from institutions to community
                                                          settings. States are eligible for two- to five-year

Evacuation of                                             competitive grants, which will provide for extra federal
                                                          medical assistance funding (or “enhanced rate”) for
Service Animals                                           services provided to an individual for the first year after
                                                          the individual moves out of an institution to the
The President signed a bill on October 6 that requires    community. Pennsylvania policy-makers and
the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ensure         stakeholders worked together to develop the proposal
state and local government emergency preparedness         in the first step of the process. For a copy of the grant
plans include procedures dealing with the evacuation of   go to www.grants.gov, for the press release with a
service animals and pets. It is Public Law 109-308.       summary of the initiative go to
                                                          http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2006pres/20060726.html
                                                          and to read the input from Pennsylvania stakeholders,

Federal Employment                                        go to
                                                          http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/Health/003675323.htm.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission               Pennsylvania submitted its proposal by November 1,
(EEOC) launched an initiative called the Leadership for   2006.
the Employment of Americans with Disabilities (LEAD)
to address the decrease in the number of federal
government employees with disabilities. The LEAD
initiative includes educational events, seminars and
focus group sessions with federal managers, hiring
                                                          PA Appointment
                                                          President George W. Bush announced on September
officials and others to look at why this has happened     5th his appointment of Stephen H. Suroviec, Executive
and to come up with solutions to correct the problem.     Director of The Arc of Pennsylvania, to the President’s
For more information, go to                               Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities
http://www.eeoc.gov/initiatives/lead/.                    (PCPID).



CMS Resignation
Dr. Mark McClellan, Administrator of the Centers for
Medicare & Medicaid Services at the US Department of
Health and Human Services, has resigned effective
early October. Leslie Norwalk, the former Deputy
Administrator, is serving as the acting administrator
until a permanent administrator is named next year.
6
RESOURCES
IDEA Regulations                                            PA Deafness Services
The final Part B regulations for the Individuals with       In September of 2006 the Legislative Budget and
Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which went into effect   Finance Committee (LBFC) issued their report on
on October 13, 2006, are posted on a new Department         services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
of Education web site at http://idea.ed.gov. Part B         The 244 page report is available at
programs serve children and youth ages 3 to 21. The         http://lbfc.legis.state.pa.us/factsheets/2006/385_deaf.pdf
website contains technical assistance and resources         or by calling LBFC at 717.783.1600.
including searchable versions of the statute and
regulations. The Council of Parent Attorneys and
Advocates (COPAA) web site, www.copaa.org,
provides analysis and comparison to the former              Emergency
IDEA regulations.
                                                            Preparedness
                                                            The National Council on Disability released “The Impact
                                                            of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on People with
                                                            Disabilities: A Look Back and Remaining Challenges,” a
Medicaid Report                                             guide for the President, Congress, and other
                                                            emergency planners to develop inclusive emergency
The Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on
Medicaid & the Uninsured has published a report called      preparedness and response plans that include people
“Medicaid at a Turning Point: Results From a 50-State       with disabilities. For a copy of the report, contact Mark
Survey on State Budgets and Medicaid Policy Actions         S. Quigley at 202.272.2004.
for Fiscal Years 2006 and 2007.” The report finds that
several factors contributed to the lowest rate of           The website of the Department of Homeland Security
Medicaid spending growth across the country in a            has added two new sections with information about
decade. It’s available at                                   emergency preparedness for people with disabilities
http://www.kff.org/medicaid/kcmu101006pkg.cfm.              and older Americans. To view the link, go to
                                                            www.ready.gov.

                                                            The Urban Institute has released a 27 page report
                                                            called “After Katrina” about the federal, state and local
Medicare Handbook                                           emergency management roles of four major social
                                                            programs: housing assistance, unemployment
A 116 page handbook called “Medicare & You 2007” is         compensation, Medicaid, and TANF. The authors
now available at                                            recommend that Congress develop emergency
http://www.medicare.gov/publications/pubs/pdf/10050.        response policies for these important programs. To
pdf. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services           read the report, go to
(CMS) publication has been mailed to Medicare               http://www.urban.org/publications/311344.html.
beneficiaries. It is also available in Spanish and in
alternate formats by calling 1.800.633.4227 (voice),        The American Red Cross has created a Web site to
1.877.486.2048 (TTY) or at www.medicare.gov.                help disaster victims communicate from inside the
                                                            disaster-affected areas to people outside. People
                                                            within a disaster area can register themselves as “safe
                                                            and well” by selecting and posting standard messages
                                                            for friends, family members, caregivers and employers
                                                            indicating their location and ability to make contact.
                                                            The site also has links to agencies that help people
                                                            communicate with one another in disaster areas. The
                                                            Web site can be found at
                                                            https://disastersafe.redcross.org/.
                                                                                                                    7
Mental Health                                            Congressional
Consumers
The National Coalition of Mental Health
                                                         Internships
                                                         Second-semester college sophomores through first-
Consumer/Survivor Organizations (NCMHCSO) has
                                                         semester seniors interested in working on Capitol Hill
been formed to ensure that the consumer/survivor
                                                         can apply for 2007 summer congressional internship for
voice is heard on state and national policy. The
                                                         college students with disabilities. Accepted candidates
Coalition currently consists of organizations run by
                                                         will work in congressional offices in Washington, DC.
consumers representing 28 states and the District of
                                                         Roundtrip air travel and housing will be provided to
Columbia, including representatives from the three
                                                         interns, and each student will receive a stipend.
federally funded consumer-run national technical
                                                         Applications are available from
assistance centers: the Consumer Organization and
                                                         http://www.aapd.com/internships/internship07/internInfo
Networking Technical Assistance Center, the National
                                                         07.htm. Applications are due by December 11, 2006.
Empowerment Center, and the National Mental Health
Consumers Self-Help Clearinghouse. It supports the
efforts of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to transform
the mental health system to one that is recovery-based
and consumer- and family-driven. For additional
                                                         Higher Ed
information, go to http://www.NCMHCSO.org.               PA Protection and Advocacy reports that Pennsylvania
                                                         higher education regulations have been amended to,
The PA Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse       among other things, require universities and colleges to
Services publishes a People First newsletter for         have student services for students with disabilities. To
consumers, supporters and providers of mental health     view this regulation go to www.pacode.com and search
services. The latest issue is available at               for 22 Pa. Code Section 31.33(b)(7) or go to
http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/general/formspub/mental       http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/022/chapter31/
healthpublications/003674986.htm.                        s31.33.html. For information or assistance with
                                                         student services for students with disabilities at a
                                                         university or college contact the combined intake
                                                         system of Pennsylvania Protection & Advocacy and the
                                                         Disabilities Law Project at 800.692.7443 (voice) or
Brain Injury Resources                                   877.375.7139 (TTY) or email ppa@ppainc.org.

Listings of Pennsylvania brain injury support groups
and other resources are available on searchable
databases at www.abin-pa.org, the website of the
Acquired Brain Injury Network of Pennsylvania.
                                                         Accessibility Guide
                                                         Iowa State University has published an updated version
                                                         of “Access for Everyone: A Guide to the Accessibility of
                                                         Buildings and Sites with References to ADAAG.” The

Employment                                               guide contains information about making public
                                                         buildings accessible including recommendations based
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission              on universal design principles. For cost and ordering
(EEOC) has issued a fact sheet on the application of     information go to
the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to job         http://www.fpm.iastate.edu/accessforeveryone.
applicants and employees who are deaf or who have
hearing impairments. The new publication is available
online at http://www.eeoc.gov/facts/deafness.html.




8
Government Manual
The most recent edition of the United States
                                                            Transportation Data
                                                            Easter Seals Project ACTION offers a database of
Government Manual is available online. The manual           accessible transportation services in the United States
provides information about the executive, legislative,      to assist travelers with disabilities, travel agents and
and judicial branches of government. For more               tour coordinators. To search the database or to list a
information, go to                                          service, go to http://projectaction.easterseals.com/ and
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/gmanual/browse-gm-                 click on Free Resources, then Travelers Database.
06.html.




Social Security Reports                                     CDC Chartbook 2006
                                                            The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has
The Social Security Advisory Board has posted a new         published “The Disability and Health State Chartbook
report called “A Disability System for the 21st Century,”   2006 - Profiles of Health for Adults with Disabilities.”
The 52 page report is available at                          The report contains state level data on the number of
http://www.ssab.gov/documents/disability-system-            people with disabilities and information about health
21st.pdf. SSA has also issued a report on improving         differences between populations. To read the report go
Hearing processes. It’s available at                        to http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/dh.
http://www.ssab.gov/documents/HearingProcess.pdf.




Assistive Tech                                              Disability Employment
                                                            The Rehabilitation Services Administration has
The Education Law Center has revised its fact sheet on      published an updated version of the Disability
assistive technology for students with disabilities. Go     Employment 101 publication and its new companion
to http://www.elc-pa.org/pubs/downloads/english/dis-        brochure, Disability Employment 101 for Your Business.
assistive%20technology%208-06.pdf. For help with            It includes checklists and various other resources to aid
assistive technology in the school or early intervention    employers as they prepare to employ people with
setting, contact the Education Law Center at                disabilities. These publications can be found at
215.238.6970 (voice) or 877.375.7139 (TTY).                 http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/products/
                                                            employmentguide/index.html.
For general information on rights to assistive
technology, go to
http://www.resna.org/taproject/library/laws.html, the
website of the National Assistive Technology Technical
Assistance Partnership (NATTAP).                            AARP
                                                            Rebalancing Report
                                                            The AARP has published a Public Policy Institute Fact
Taxis for All                                               Sheet on Medicaid long-term care (LTC) financing and
                                                            the progress of state efforts to provide more options for
United Spinal Association has begun a campaign to           individuals to receive these services in their homes and
make wheelchair accessible taxi cabs more widely            communities. To read the report go to
available. To learn more about the campaign and to          http://www.aarp.org/research/housing-
sign up for e-mail updates, including advocacy              mobility/homecare/fs132_hcbs.html.
strategies, go to
http://www.unitedspinal.org/advocacy/taxisforall.




                                                                                                                   9
Federal Website
The federal government has created a website at
www.disabilityinfo.gov that includes many links from 21
agencies for benefits, civil rights, community life,
                                                          CONFERENCES
                                                          Autism Conference
education, employment, housing, health, technology
and transportation. Many sections also have               The second annual Penn Autism Network conference
information about grants and other funding. Click on      will take place on the University of Pennsylvania
“USA Jobs” to see federal employment opportunities.       campus on March 15-16, 2007. The goal of this
                                                          conference, “Journeys through Adolescence and
                                                          Adulthood,” is to build a regional network of individuals
                                                          with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), their families,
                                                          and the professionals who work with them. For more
Speaking for Ourselves                                    information or to apply to be a presenter at the
                                                          conference, contact Deirdre Wright, Conference
Speaking for Ourselves will hold the 2006 annual
conference, REAL Self-Determination Means Freedom,        Coordinator, at dcwright@comcast.net or
on December 4-6 at the Harrisburg Hilton. The             610.853.3747 (phone), or 610.853.6137 (fax).
conference honors Octavia Green. Registrations are
due by November 17, but late registrations will be
accepted if space is available. For questions about the
conference, contact Speaking for Ourselves at
800.867.3330 or info@speaking.org. For information
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