Week of January 17

US Customs Promotes Hiring of Persons with Disabilities

On January 7, the Cypress Times reported a U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Bureau agreement to hire persons with disabilities.
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Disability Demographics by Residence Type

Mathematica Policy Research has prepared a study in Demography describing the working age population with and without disabilities by residence type.
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Autism Hospital Units Inadequate

On January 12, Disability Scoop reported the findings from a Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders study documenting the inadequacy of hospitals for persons with autism.
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AHRQ Seeks Comments on Quality Outcomes Measurement for Persons with Disabilities

AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) seeks comment by February 6: Learn more now.
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AHRQ Seeks Comment on Rehabilitation for Traumatic Brain Injury

AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) seeks comments until February 9.
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Paralysis Research Awarded by Popular Mechanics

Research supported by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation was recently awarded Popular Mechanics 2011 Breakthrough Award. This research known as Epidural Spinal Cord Stimulation (EpiStim), has allowed a paralyzed man to stand, step with assistance, and move his legs voluntarily.
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National Disability Organizations File Supreme Court Amicus on Affordable Care Act

On January 12, Market Watch reported that several national disability, disease, and advocacy organizations filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court defending the “individual mandate” in the Affordable Care Act. The American Association of People with Disabilities, the Arc, and the March of Dimes were parties to the filing.
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Potential Public Health Disasters If Entire Affordable Care Act is Voided

January 13 Huffington Post commentary analysis of the ACA public health supports.
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Employers Integrate Wellness Programs into Disability Management

January 10 Benefits Canada and AHIP Wellness Smart Brief article.
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Coordinating Care for Adults with Complex Care Needs in Patient-Centered Medical Homes

New AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) report.
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CDC Allocation of Prevention and Public Health Fund by States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has prepared two U.S. maps on the fiscal year 2011 allocation of Prevention and Public Health Fund dollars. One map shows the states by receipt of dollars and the other map shows the states by number of programs funded. The maps are here: Map #1, Map #2.

CMS Announces Independence at Home Demonstration

On January 1, CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid) announced available funding for independence at home demonstrations.
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