AAHD has joined the March of Dimes and 18 other national organizations in supporting the reauthorization of the PREEMIE Act, a law that works to reduce premature births. The letters to Congress are available for download: House Letter and Senate Letter.
On October 31, AAHD wrote the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) supporting proposed rules expanding Medicaid eligibility in implementing the insurance subsidies offered through exchanges. AAHD also expressed concern that some working adults with disabilities currently supported in some states by Medicaid could lose these Medicaid supports. Read AAHD’s letter here (PDF). AAHD also joined the Consortium for Citizens… Read More »»
AAHD has joined 175 other organizations, led by the National Council on Aging, in running newspaper advertisements to protect Medicaid long term care services and supports. The ad is available for download: PDF.
On October 21, AAHD joined 42 other members of the Mental Health Liaison Group in advocating under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) clear and publicly transparent definitions of “medical necessity” by health plans. Letter of October 21,2011 is available for download: PDF.
AAHD has joined 22 other national disability organizations issuing a position statement explaining the importance of habilitation services and supports for persons with disabilities. The statement is available for download: PDF.
AAHD has worked with numerous national colations during 2011 to promote the health and wellness of people with disabilities. The association has been busy advocating for appropriate implementation of the Affordable Care Act for people with disabilities: Securing essential health benefits Ensuring access to health insurance exchanges and to accountable care organizations Using health information… Read More »»
Augmentative and alternative communication and cell phone use: one off-the-shelf solution and some policy considerations.
Use of cell phones has grown dramatically; however, there remains a gap between people with disabilities and the general public in regard to access to cellular telephony. This article describes the importance of cell phone use among people who use augmentative communication devices. An “off-the-shelf” solution is described and illustrated with the goal of improving… Read More »»
National survey of sexual behavior and sexual behavior policies in facilities for individuals with mental retardation/developmental disabilities.
To obtain information regarding sexual behavior and related policies in state residential facilities for individuals with mental retardation/developmental disabilities, we sent surveys to 168 members listed in the Association of Public Developmental Disabilities Administrators 1998-1999 directory. Response rate was 68.5%. For the 46 facilities where 50% or fewer of clients had profound retardation, sexual relations… Read More »»
This paper reviews the major efforts being made to reform the child welfare system for children with special needs who are in protective placements. Barriers to finding permanent and loving homes result in putting these children at high risk of institutionalization, poor physical and emotional health, and abuse and neglect. Education for prospective parents, foster… Read More »»