Officials learn from MDA panel about improving access to higher education, employment and independent living for people with disabilities
When Angela Wrigglesworth, who has spinal muscular atrophy and uses a power chair, first started college at Texas A&M, she planned to be a business major.
Getting to the business school, however, involved crossing a set of train tracks, and one day, Wrigglesworth’s chair got struck on the tracks.
Wrigglesworth received help from bystanders to free her 300-pound chair before a train came...
ADA: More info
Check out ADA Roundup 2011 for Quest’s annual review of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Funds from the Affordable Care Act are now available in most states to help people move out of, or avoid, institutional care
The federal government is moving ahead with plans to expand access to home and community based services for individuals who receive Medicare and Medicaid benefits.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced in April that $3.7 billion in federal funds will be made available to implement the Community First Choice Option, a provision of the new health care law (the Affordable Care Act) which...
A nonprofit led by a teacher and minister with limb-girdle MD again is offering postgraduate scholarships and small quality-of-life grants
(Update 9/14/11: The 2011 scholarship winners have been selected. To view a list of winners visit www.deshae.org/cmms/awards/2011/scholars.pdf. Applications for quality of life grants continue to be accepted and are awarded on an ongoing basis.)
A state rehabilitation program remodeled my bathroom — and my life
I never thought I would be so excited about getting a new toilet, sink and shower. But my new fully wheelchair-accessible bathroom has made such a difference in my life, my attitude and my outlook that I can truly say this makeover has been a life-changing event.
More than 10 years ago, I received a diagnosis of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease). Over the years, I’ve...
Need help confronting the costs of home modifications such as a bathroom redo (see Bidets: A Disability Friendly Way to Go)?
To help lessen the financial burden of paying for home modifications (including adaptive bathroom equipment and bathroom modifications as well as other home modifications), the resources listed here provide a good starting point in your search for more information...
Even in tough times, this self-directed service option is giving Medicaid consumers more flexibility and saving states money
Cash and Counseling, a government program that gives Medicaid recipients in 15 states direct control over their personal-care spending, has been so successful that a majority of states are now adopting it or similar programs. A new report tells why and how.