2010 Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Contest

To honor the DSP Workforce, ANCOR has announced the 4th Annual Direct Support Professional Recognition Contest. Nominate the best and brightest in the DSP workforce to recognize the contributions of providers of services and supports for Americans with disabilities. Nominations must be received by February 26, 2010.

For more information visit http://www.disability.gov/community_life/news_%26_events.


Vancouver 2010 – Paralympic Games

The Vancouver 2010 Paralympics begin on March 12, 2010. Read the schedule of events for the Biathlon, Alpine Skiing, Wheelchair Curling, Ice Sledge Hockey, Cross Country Skiing and other events that will run through March 21st and learn more about the Vancouver Paralympic Village.

For more information visit http://www.disability.gov/community_life/sports_&_leisure_activities/sports_&_recreation.


Individualized Education Program (IEP) Checklist iPhone Application for Parents & Teachers

The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) has announced the development of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) Checklist iPhone application. The new IEP application helps parents of students with disabilities become better informed about by making IEP information easier to access. A captioned video about how this application works is also available. This tool is for parents and teachers to consider as they develop an IEP. Not every item on the checklist is required by special education regulations. For more information about the IDEA and IEPs visit the Department of Education's IDEA Web site.

For more information visit http://www.disability.gov/education/parent_resources/parent_involvement.


SSA Expands Compassionate Allowance Conditions


The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced that it is adding 38 more conditions to its list of Compassionate Allowances. The new conditions range from adult brain disorders to rare diseases that primarily affect children. Compassionate Allowances are a way of quickly identifying diseases and other medical conditions that clearly qualify for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability benefits. It allows the agency to electronically target and make speedy decisions for the most obviously disabled individuals.

For more information visit http://www.disability.gov/benefits/news_%26_events.



United We Ride National Dialogue Final Report

Last year United We Ride received input from more than 3,500 stakeholders from all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia to answer this question:  What ideas can improve access to affordable and reliable transportation for people with disabilities, older adults, and people with limited incomes?  Check out the just released report that summarizes the suggestions from that input.  You can also download the report as a Word document.