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October 9, 2012
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  Disability Update 
  • Wis. disability advocates lobby for competitive wage jobs
    Disability rights advocates in Wisconsin and nationwide are pushing for competitive wages and employment opportunities in the community for all people with disabilities, regardless of the severity of their condition. Officials with community-based agencies contend they still need a sub-minimum wage option to ensure they can get jobs for people who work at low productivity levels. The Capital Times (Madison, Wis.) (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.J. gets approval for Medicaid overhaul to improve care
    New Jersey received federal approval for a redesign of its Medicaid program that will give the state more flexibility in how it serves the elderly and people with disabilities. The plan calls for creating an incentive program for hospitals to improve quality of care, provides money to help people with disabilities live at home, and creates a managed care program for adults with mental illness. (Hackensack, N.J.) (10/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Students with intellectual disabilities attend college program
    The University of Tennessee's FUTURE program allows students with intellectual disabilities to attend college, participating in specialized courses and enrolling in one academic and one physical-education course each semester. Students with disabilities also receive support from student mentors, who help with homework, navigating campus and other tasks. WBIR-TV (Knoxville, Tenn.) (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Program supports continuing education for young adults with autism
    The College Internship Program in Berkeley, Calif., is among those aiming to provide academic and other support for a growing number of individuals with autism as they age out of the public-school system and transition to adulthood. The program provides housing for the students, who often attend community college and learn basic life skills at the program's center. Data show many young adults with autism face uncertain futures, with just about one-third finding employment or attending college. San Francisco Chronicle (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Full Spectrum, UCP October Newsletter
    Highlights: Learn about National Disability Employment Awareness Month and how to build an inclusive workforce; read a World CP Day story from a teacher in Arkansas; get the recap on the National Forum on Disability Issues and more. Read the October edition. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • UCP responds to new report on rights of parents with disabilities
    Last week, UCP issued a statement in response to the National Council on Disability's (NCD) new report, "Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children." The report examines the challenges faced by more than 4 million parents living with disabilities in raising their families. The report identifies parents with disabilities as the "only distinct community of Americans who must struggle to retain custody of their children," and that removal rates run as high as 80% among parents with a psychiatric or intellectual disability. The report details the hardships faced by parents struggling to keep their children, adopt children, or even accessing reproductive assistance, and makes recommendations for how states and the federal government can address each. Learn more and read UCP's statement. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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