The mission of The Arc is to promote and protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively support their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. The Arc’s national office policy staff has prepared this issue of National Policy Matters on The Affordable Care Act and the elements of the law that impact people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Visit The Arc online Action Center to contribute to ongoing advocacy efforts.
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
AUCD is a membership organization that supports and promotes a national network of university-based interdisciplinary programs. AUCD’s mission is to advance policies and practices that improve the health, education, social, and economic well-being of all people with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and their communities by supporting our members in research, education, health, and service activities that achieve the vision of full inclusion for people with disabilities.
Visit the AUCD Public Policy website to learn more about policies that affect people with disabilities and to contribute to ongoing advocacy efforts.
Anti-Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Resources from SaferSchools Ohio
The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) offers a variety of bullying prevention resources for families, schools and communities. These resources include a model anti-bullying policy and related presentation materials, a webinar series and links to helpful websites. Districts can take advantage of these tools for help in meeting their legal requirement to establish a policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation and bullying.
Onlineschools.org has created a resrouce called A Guide to Bullying and Cyber Bullying which provides additional information on bullying in schools and communities.
Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) Disability and Health Briefs
HPIO has released a two-brief series examining disability and health in Ohio. The first brief is titled “Health and disabilities basics: Overview of health coverage, programs and services” (pdf, 12 pages). This brief provides an excellent overview of health coverage, programs, and services for people with disabilities, and also contains information on disability demographics, scope issues, and eligibility. The second brief, “Health and disabilities basics part II: The health challenges facing Ohioans with disabilities” (pdf, 12 pages), looks at the challenges for people with disabilities in achieving optimal health, examines current policies designed to mitigate these challenges, and also makes recommendations for future policies to better address these barriers.
Visit the HPIO website for up to date policy news in Ohio: https://www.healthpolicyohio.org/
Ohio Medicaid Expansion Study Brief
This 2013 brief from the Ohio Medicaid Expansion Study, a partnership between the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, the Ohio State University, Regional Economic Models, Inc., and the Urban Institute, describes the potential impact of expanding eligibility for Medicaid in Ohio.
A two-page executive summary is available here.
The Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) provides policy updates, free resources, and opportunities for participation in advocacy activities. Please visit the AUCD Public Policy webpage to view updated information.
Disability Rights Ohio (DRO)
Disability Rights Ohio is a non-profit corporation with a mission to advocate for the human, civil, and legal rights of people with disabilities in Ohio. If you think that your legal rights have been violated because of a disability, DRO may be able to help. If you think you have been abused or neglected, discriminated against, denied services or been unable to access public facilities, you can contact their intake department for assistance.
Disability Rights Resources in American Sign Language
Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) and Deaf Services Center (DSC) have created 18 videos interpreting many of DRO’s most requested resources into American Sign Language (ASL). The two organizations worked together on the project, thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Ohio State Bar Foundation.
The videos address a wide variety of important topics, from requesting accommodations at work to negotiating with your child’s IEP team for special education services. The collection offers more than 3.5 hours of information, which was interpreted into ASL and signed on camera by Molly Estes, who is Deaf and who has a background in assessing and teaching ASL.
“When preparing for this project, it was important for us to work closely with John Moore and Molly Estes at DSC to select the resources that would be most useful to the Deaf community in Ohio,” says DRO Executive Director Michael Kirkman. “We hope that the approximately 100,000 Ohioans who rely predominantly on ASL to communicate will be able to use this information to advocate for themselves and their families. We also encourage them to contact us if they need further assistance with any disability-related issue.”
“DSC is proud to be a partner with DRO in tearing down communication access barriers with the development of the ASL videos,” explains DSC CEO and Executive Director John Moore. “This will enable members of the Deaf and hard of hearing community who are linguistic users of ASL to know their rights in the language they are most comfortable with.”