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Behind the Times

First an excerpt from Seattle Times article June 27, 2017: “Fircrest and other institutions have changed a lot. Yet states have a mandate, under the 1999 U.S. Supreme Court Olmstead decision, to rely on segregated facilities as little as possible when serving people with disabilities. Tennessee in May joined the ranks of more than a […]

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Posted in Disability Policy, Inclusion

Medicaid – 1965 Was a Very Good Year

I admittedly don’t know much detail about Medicaid. What I do know is that much of the funding for individuals with disabilities living and working in our community are supported through this funding. According to Wikipedia: “The Social Security Amendments of 1965 created Medicaid by adding Title XIX to the Social Security Act. Under the […]

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Posted in Advocacy, Disability Policy

Lawsuit Brought by DRW to Close the Institutions

Over several posts I have shared King 5 news investigators reports on “Last of the Institutions”.  This hard hitting and truthful series pointed out Washington State’s archaic practice of institutionalizing individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Advocates for inclusive communities have been waving the banner for years to close the institutions pointing out all the […]

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Posted in Advocacy, Disability Policy, Inclusion, State Policy

Last of the Institutions – Part II

In December I posted a comment and link to a series of reports conducted by King 5 Investigators. The series entitled “Last of the Institutions”, is a multi-part in depth series examining the many facets of Washington States institutions for individuals with developmental disabilities. Susannah Frame who produced and narrates the series explores the social, […]

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Posted in Advocacy, Disability Policy, Inclusion, State Policy

“Last of the Institutions” a must see

Over the past several weeks, King 5 Investigators have been airing “Last of the Institutions”, a multi part in depth series examining the many facets of Washington States institutions for individuals with developmental disabilities. Susannah Frame who produced and narrates the series explores the social, political, and emotional issues from various views of individuals who […]

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Posted in Advocacy, Disability Policy, Uncategorized

Taxes and Institutions

The November 20th edition of the Puget Sound Business Journal includes an article titled “Washington’s Economic Detective: Dick Conway (pictured) explains why the tax system of today starves the state.” Mr. Conway is a regional economic researcher and serves on the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers. As a proponent of a single rate income tax […]

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Posted in Advocacy, Disability Policy, State Policy

New Workforce Law Holds Much Promise

The Workforce Investment Act was passed and signed into law in acted in 1998.  It combined many federally funded work training programs into one act including the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (landmark legislation that vastly improved vocational services for individuals with disabilities).  The act replaced the Job Training Partnership Act and gave local councils […]

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Posted in Disability Policy

U.S. Department of Justice Joins Lawsuit Against State of Oregon

It amazes me how people, programs, things develop.  There are whole disciplines that study both organizational and human development and still it’s confusing.  What confounds me is how differently things can develop even when they are in close proximity.  If you heard my sister and me share stories from our childhood you would undoubtedly think […]

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Posted in Disability Policy