Sign the Petition to PROTECT THE ADA: Tell LACCD to BACK OFF

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Deadline to sign: February 4, 2022

Dear Community Member,

The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) is trying to GUT THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT AND SECTION 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. LACCD plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that our laws only prohibit “intentional” forms of disability discrimination.

In most cases, disability discrimination does not happen because of an intent to harm or exclude people with disabilities. Disability discrimination happens because of how society has been organized and built, and due to thoughtlessness in ensuring that disabled people are included. If LACCD is successful, more than 40 years of hard-fought-for civil rights of people with disabilities will disappear.

The requested ruling in Payan v. LACCD would harm the entire disability community across the country, including blind students who attend LACCD campuses and who face barriers in accessing classroom materials, textbooks, educational platforms, and websites.

Please sign the disability community petition and tell LACCD to BACK OFF our civil rights.

Read more about the Payan v. LACCD litigation.

Deadline to sign: February 4, 2022

Autism history museum opening in Meridian Mall this February

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ngd-I see that Xavier remains his usual dapper self. Congratulations XG!!!

OKEMOS — When he was younger Xavier DeGroat wanted to work at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, but now the Delta Township man is opening his own museum in Meridian Mall.

DeGroat, founder and CEO of nonprofit Xavier DeGroat Autism Foundation, will host a ribbon-cutting event at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4 for the foundation’s museum near Schuler Books.

“Not everything has to be about retail at malls,” DeGroat said.

DeGroat, 31, was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, a condition on the autism spectrum with generally higher functioning, when he was 4 years old.

He founded Xavier DeGroat Autism Foundation around 2018 with the mission to create and promote opportunities for people with autism through advocacy, education, economic opportunities and humanitarian efforts. 

2022 tax filing season begins Jan. 24; IRS outlines refund timing and what to expect in advance of April 18 tax deadline

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The Internal Revenue Service announced that the nation’s tax season will start on Monday, January 24, 2022, when the tax agency will begin accepting and processing 2021 tax year returns.

The January 24 start date for individual tax return filers allows the IRS time to perform programming and testing that is critical to ensuring IRS systems run smoothly. Updated programming helps ensure that eligible people can claim the proper amount of the Child Tax Credit after comparing their 2021 advance credits and claim any remaining stimulus money as a Recovery Rebate Credit when they file their 2021 tax return.

“Planning for the nation’s filing season process is a massive undertaking, and IRS teams have been working non-stop these past several months to prepare,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “The pandemic continues to create challenges, but the IRS reminds people there are important steps they can take to help ensure their tax return and refund don’t face processing delays. Filing electronically with direct deposit and avoiding a paper tax return is more important than ever this year. And we urge extra attention to those who received an Economic Impact Payment or an advance Child Tax Credit last year. People should make sure they report the correct amount on their tax return to avoid delays.”

The IRS encourages everyone to have all the information they need in hand to make sure they file a complete and accurate return. Having an accurate tax return can avoid processing delays, refund delays and later IRS notices. This is especially important for people who received advance Child Tax Credit payments or Economic Impact Payments (American Rescue Plan stimulus payments) in 2021; they will need the amounts of these payments when preparing their tax return. The IRS is mailing special letters to recipients, and they can also check amounts received on

Home Modifications Fact Sheet for Centers for Independent Living

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January 4, 2022

Home modifications or “home mods” are changes a person makes to make their home accessible to them. Home mods can be as simple as a small threshold ramp to get through a doorway or as major as a full renovation. Some of the most common home modifications are ramps, improvements to doorways and entrances, and bathroom modifications.

A lot of Centers for Independent Living (CILs) operate home modification programs to help people make their homes more accessible. In a 2021 NCIL / RTC/PICL survey on home mod programs, 70% of CILs reported operating a formal home mod program. Some CILs help recommend improvements, others help with minor home mods, and some CILs assist with everything from recommendations, planning, and construction.

This fact sheet will share resources for your CIL, along with promising practices and real world examples from several CILs with successful home modification programs: accessABILITY in Indianapolis, Indiana; The Ability Center of Greater Toledo in Ohio; and Placer Independent Living Resource Services (PIRS) in Auburn, California.

Updated With New Information: 25 Common Nursing Home Problems & How to Resolve Them

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Justice in Aging has updated its essential guide, 25 Common Nursing Home Problems—& How to Resolve Them. The revised guide includes new information on how to fight evictions, COVID-19 specific information for the ongoing public health emergency, and more. 

The 25 problems identified in the guide are common across the country and in all types of nursing homes. The guide gives residents, family members, friends, and other advocates the tools they need to identify and solve the problems residents most frequently face. 

Get the guide.

CDC Director’s Comments About COVID Deaths Spur #MyDisabledLifeIsWorthy Movement

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On the morning of Friday, January 14, 2022, ABC aired a segment with Rochelle Walensky, the current director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the interview, Good Morning America host Cecilia Vega asked the head of the CDC, “Is it time to start rethinking how we’re living with this virus — that it’s potentially here to stay?”

Walensky’s response, as it was presented by the morning news show, triggered immediate outrage throughout the disabled community. She appeared to be jovial, explaining that those dying of COVID-19 were mostly people with preexisting conditions: “The overwhelming number of deaths — over 75 percent — occurred in people who had at least four comorbidities. So really, these are people who were unwell to begin with. And yes: really encouraging news in the context of Omicron.”

Both ABC and the CDC made statements after the fact that her interview had been edited for time and was misrepresentative of Walensky’s statements as a whole. Good Morning America’s webpage swiftly replaced the shorter, modified clip with the original, longer, unedited version that more accurately placed her statement within a much larger exchange. This exchange highlighted the effectiveness of the vaccine in lowering death rates overall. However, the damage was already done. The hashtag #MyDisabledLifeIsWorthy was born.

The hashtag has since taken on a life of its own on social media, with disabled people, adults, and children alike expressing their utter outrage and frustration.

When the Grief That Comes with Rare Disease Is Exhausting

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I think whether you have had a health condition since birth or whether you have acquired one throughout your life, I would say most people have moments/day/weeks/months of finding it emotionally challenging, and that’s totally OK. It may cause anxiety due to your body changing or causing scary symptoms to having low moments of “why me,” or adapting to life where they may not be a cure to your illness or missing out on events with others – of course there are only a few examples.

However, I think what a lot of people go through with illness is grief. This may sound ridiculous because you haven’t lost someone, but you are grieving for the life you had planned but now are not able to have. Or you are grieving for perhaps losing your ability to do certain things, maybe losing your employment or relationships with others. I am going to explain each stage of grief a bit more and reassure everyone that you are totally human for experiencing these emotions.

Denial: refusing to accept reality and protecting yourself from acceptance.

Webinar: Collecting Academic and Behavior Data at Home 

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Thu, Feb 3, 2022 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

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Join Michigan Alliance for Families for Collecting Academic and Behavior Data at Home with Special Education Mediation Services. This one-hour session will focus on the most common issues with data , the realities of data collection during remote learning, and how you can support progress monitoring at home during the COVID- 19 pandemic and beyond.

• How is progress on the IEP goals supposed to be measured

• How to determine what data needs to be monitored and collected

• Practical tips for collecting quantitative and qualitative data

• How to track questions or observations you might want to raise with the IEP team regarding how your student doing at home during remote instruction

f you need an accommodation to attend this event, please send your request to two weeks prior to the event.

iReliev Premium TENS + EMS Therapeutic Wearable System

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Yesterday I wrote about the iReliev Wireless Hand and Wrist Massager.  The company also offers several other devices to help with pain relief and comfort for individuals with arthritis and more.  Another popular product from the same company is the iReliev Premium TENS + EMS Therapeutic Wearable System.

According to their website, the iReliev Premium TENS + EMS Therapeutic Wearable System is the “first truly wireless TENS + EMS System.” Here’s more from the product’s website:

“Completely wireless for pure convenience. Other ‘wireless’ systems connect their pods through wires, leaving you limited in placement. With our truly wireless system, you can place your pods wherever you want with no limitations. And once you set your pods, you can leave your remote behind for the pre-set time you chose and go wherever you want…”

If you’re unfamiliar with TENS units, they work by releasing subtle electrical impulses that intercept the pain signal from the brain, therefore eliminating the feeling of pain while you use the device.

Body Image Summit

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We live in a society that rewards body shame, prioritizes being thin over being well, and promotes losing weight at all costs.  

And to make matters worse, while body dissatisfaction does not discriminate, current interventions and approaches have failed to include every body in ways that account for the role of individual and collective trauma. 

Toxic experiences like abuse, neglect, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and fatphobia have led clients to hate their bodies…

…leaving them stuck in a vicious cycle of shame, depression, anxiety, and dieting.

It’s time to rethink how we intervene with body image concerns. 

That’s why we’re inviting you to this one-of-a-kind Body Image Summit!