Uncovering biases: "Human books" tell their stories | Homelessness down in Oklahoma City, but unsheltered ranks swell | Thousands suffer in N.M. foster system, suit asserts
September 24, 2018
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Uncovering biases: "Human books" tell their stories
The public had an open invitation to converse one-on-one with people who tend to be stereotyped, such as refugees and those with disabilities, during a "human library" event in San Diego. The "human books" carried titles including "rapper," "journalist," "dwarfism," "transgender," "veteran" and "Muslim."
The San Diego Union-Tribune (tiered subscription model) (9/22) 
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Breaking News
Homelessness down in Oklahoma City, but unsheltered ranks swell
Oklahoma City, whose two major service providers have shifted their focus from shelter to recovery programs, has seen an increase in the number of unsheltered homeless people over the past year, according to the city's Point in Time survey. The 47% rise in the unsheltered population contrasts with a 13.5% decline in overall homelessness.
The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (tiered subscription model)/The Oklahoman (9/23) 
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Thousands suffer in N.M. foster system, suit asserts
A federal lawsuit by child advocates and their attorneys accuses New Mexico of funneling thousands of children into a "broken" foster-care system that worsens the effects of their traumatic experiences. The suit seeks class status and claims children are commonly placed with unqualified foster families and often housed for excessive periods in residential treatment centers, where they are subject to drugging and physical restraints.
Albuquerque Journal (N.M.) (free content) (9/24) 
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Irregular bedtimes add health risks, study says
Irregular bedtimes add health risks, study says
An analysis of sleeping patterns for almost 2,000 adults found those who had irregular bedtimes had higher body mass index readings, blood sugar levels, blood pressure and A1C, compared with those who had more regular sleeping patterns, according to a study published in Scientific Reports. People with irregular sleep patterns also had a higher risk of heart attack, stroke, depression and stress.
Medical News Today (9/24) 
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Government & Policy
Document outlines federal agenda for special ed
The US Department of Education has released a two-page framework outlining how it seeks to address the needs of students with disabilities. Flexibility and more local decision-making are central to the document's goals for "rethinking" special education, wrote Johnny Collett, the department's assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services.
Disability Scoop (9/21) 
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Trump administration diverts health funds to house detained children
Several health advocates and lawmakers have criticized the Trump administration's decision to divert up to $186 million in funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, Medicare and Medicaid to pay for housing migrant children detained after crossing into the US illegally. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., said the administration should ask for an emergency supplemental package from Congress instead.
The Hill (9/23) 
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Career Insights
Productive conversations have clear frameworks
Important conversations have a lot of variables to keep tabs on, and one action that can help is creating a framework, writes David Hiatt. "[T]he conversation should have an agreed upon purpose, confirmation of the time allotted, agreed upon agendas and expectations of people engaged in the conversation, and a goal or outcome at the end of the conversation," he writes.
Great Leadership (9/20) 
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How to keep negative people from bringing you down
It's easier to deal with a negative person when you don't take their comments personally or, in some cases, try to respond with humor, writes Dr. Kristen Fuller. "You may want to ask yourself, what is happening in this person's life that is making them behave this way?" she writes.
Psychology Today (9/13) 
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NASW Updates
Participate in National Voter Registration Day tomorrow, Sept. 25
On Tuesday, Sept. 25, volunteers and organizations from all over the country will "hit the streets" in a single day of coordinated field, technology, and media efforts to create broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach tens of thousands of voters who may not register otherwise. Use these tools to help organize events and activities leading up to National Voter Registration Day.
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How you can help Hurricane Florence victims
The NASW North Carolina Chapter offered tips and advice on how you can help victims of devastating floods in the Carolinas.
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