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United Spinal Association Answers FAQs on Health Care Reform

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act celebrated its first anniversary on March 23, 2011. A lot has happened since the law passed — legal challenges and vitriolic congressional debate — and there is considerable confusion about when or even whether the reforms will move forward. To introduce some much-needed clarity, the United Spinal Association […]

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Federal Interagency Conference on TBI Planned for June 2011

The third Federal Interagency Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury will be held June 13-15, 2011, at the Washington D.C. Hilton. Sponsored by a consortium of federal agencies and advocacy groups, the conference brings together clinicians, researchers, consumers, and policymakers to share cutting-edge advances in TBI research and clinical care. The 2011 conference will include — for the […]

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Be Prepared: Marcie Roth Leads FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination

On the morning of August 29, 2005, Marcie Roth received a call she has never forgotten. A friend and colleague asked Roth to help Benilda Caixeta, her sister-in-law. Caixeta, who was a quadriplegic and used a wheelchair, had been trying to evacuate from her Upper 9th Ward New Orleans apartment for three days. Despite the […]

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Taking it to the Streets: Mammovan makes breast cancer screenings easier for Metro Washington, DC, area residents

To make early detection of breast cancer accessible to all women in the Washington, D.C., Metro area, the George Washington/Medical Faculty Associates launched the GW Mammovan in 1996. The Mammovan is a mobile screening mammography program, which is accredited by the American College of Radiology and certified by the FDA under the Mammography Quality Standards Act. The Mammovan travels […]

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The “Year of Community Living”

In 2009 — on the 10-year anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Olmstead v. L.C. — President Obama proclaimed 2009 the “Year of Community Living.” The landmark Supreme Court ruling supported community living options for people with disabilities. Shortly after Obama’s proclamation, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced an initiative to make it easier for older people, younger […]

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2010 Southwest Conference on Disability: Call for Participation

The annual Southwest Conference on Disability is scheduled for October 6-8, 2010, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The themes of this year’s conference are: ADA at Forty: Looking Ahead to 2030 Impact of Technology on Improving the Quality of Life for People with Disabilities Improving the Quality of Life of Children with Disabilities: What Works, What Doesn’t […]

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2010 Paralympics in Vancouver

Paralympics are elite sports events for athletes with disabilities. The competitions have grown from 400 athletes from 23 countries in Rome in 1960 to almost 1,400 athletes from 40+ countries at this year’s games in Vancouver. The games are always held in the same year and at the same location as the Olympics. This year’s […]

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Community Innovations for Aging in Place Has a New Website

Congress authorized the Community Innovations for Aging in Place (CIAIP) Initiative in 2006, when it reauthorized the Older Americans Act (OAA) to help communities help older adults age in place in their homes and communities. CIAIP now has a new website to help carry out its work: www.ciaip.org Applicants for funding under the CIAIP initiative are asked to assess their […]

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Taking it to the Streets: Mammovan makes breast cancer screenings easier for Washington, DC, area residents

The George Washington University Medical Center, GW Medical Faculty Associates and the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation are using a new state-of-the-art “Mammovan” to perform breast cancer screenings at locations throughout the Greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan region. GW’s original Mammovan has screened nearly 19,000 women since its introduction in 1996. The new Mammovan continues the good work […]

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Percentage of People with Disabilities in Workforce Declines from February 2009 to February 2010

In February 2010, the percentage of people with disabilities in the workforce was 21.9 — a decline from 2009, when 23 percent of those with disabilities were in the labor force, according the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The employment rate in February 2010 for people without disabilities was 70.1 percent. The […]

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