Film program to facilitate conversations about disability and inclusion

This is a ‘do it yourself’ version of the “Ethan the Brave” classroom project for kids in grades K-6. It is a film program for parents/teachers/schools/volunteers to facilitate conversations about disability and inclusion in the classroom and school community. The film is short (7 minutes) and the whole presentation can be completed in 15-30 minutes.

To start the program, click here, plug in your email address and enter the password Ethan8. Within the document there is a lesson plan and a link to the “Ethan the Brave” film presentation. The film and the discussion questions are embedded within the presentation.

What is Important to YOU about Community Living?

WHAT WE NEED: We need to share REAL stories, YOUR stories.  Tell us about how you — as a person who receives HCBS services, a family member, friend or provider — have seen an improved quality of life, more independence, and more opportunities because of Medicaid-funded HCBS services.  Tell us about your life in the community and about what participating in your community means to you. We particularly encourage stories from people who have transitioned to the community from an institution and from people with significant support needs. 

HOW TO WEIGH IN: Please send your story (500 words or less) and a photo (optional) to Tell us what state you live in, whether you/your family member/friend/client receive HCBS for aging or disability services, what types of services you receive (help with work, getting dressed, shopping, etc.), how it has improved your/their quality of life, and anything else you want to share about the value of home and community-based services.

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New immediate threats to Medicaid

New Threat to Medicaid with Graham-Cassidy Bill

What is Happening?

Senators Cassidy (R-LA) and Graham introduced a new bill last week to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.  This bill would make huge cuts to the Medicaid program, end the Medicaid expansion and marketplace subsidies in the Affordable Care Act. It would also allow states to waive protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

This bill would be devastating to people with disabilities and their families and threaten access to community living, employment opportunities, and educational supports.

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