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With health law looming, one large insurer wants a 25 percent premium hike - Washington Post (blog)

With health law looming, one large insurer wants a 25 percent premium hike - Washington Post (blog) | Opening Passages | Scoop.it
With health law looming, one large insurer wants a 25 percent premium hike Washington Post (blog) CareFirst, which provides insurance to 70 percent of Marylanders with individual policies, said the rate increase is necessary because, under the law,...
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'Death with dignity' bill is fatally flawed

'Death with dignity' bill is fatally flawed | Opening Passages | Scoop.it
As a born Marylander and disability advocate, I was disappointed to read the article on the proposed physician-assisted suicide legislation in Maryland ( "Dying former official a focus of Maryland assisted suicide bill," Feb. 14). I was particularly troubled by the article's failure to acknowledge concerns from the disability community about assisted suicide.
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Feds: State wrongly took mom's child 2 days after birth

Feds: State wrongly took mom's child 2 days after birth | Opening Passages | Scoop.it
She was 19, a brand-new mother with a developmental disability. Two days after giving birth to her daughter, the state took the infant away and placed her in foster care.
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'Ghost boy' was awake but trapped in an unresponsive body for years

'Ghost boy' was awake but trapped in an unresponsive body for years | Opening Passages | Scoop.it
Born in South Africa in 1975, Martin Pistorius suddenly began to succumb to a mysterious illness when he was 12. After going home from...
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17 year old, Kristiana Coignard, shot and killed by three police officers after brandishing knife

17 year old, Kristiana Coignard, shot and killed by three police officers after brandishing knife | Opening Passages | Scoop.it
American police will kill you .

Run from them , they'll kill you.
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We need rules for how police encounter a person suffering from a mental illness. Surely they can do better than this.

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National Disability Policy: A Progress Report - October 2014: National Council on Disability

National Disability Policy: A Progress Report - October 2014: National Council on Disability | Opening Passages | Scoop.it
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From Kate Fialkowski: "NCD Subminimum Wage Recommendations: Proposed Phase Out
DOL should adopt and implement NCD’s proposal to phase out 14(c) in reference to people with disabilities ...This transformation should be put in place gradually ... NCD recommends a cycle of phased closures and transitions from sheltered workshops at subminimum wages to supported or customized employment at fair wages. This multistep phase-out plan involves the following steps:
o Immediately:CongressshouldprohibittheDepartmentofLaborfromissuing further 14(c) certificates.
o Inthelongterm:TheDepartmentofLaborshouldrequireallproviderswho administer 14(c) certificates to convert to supported employment, on a timed basis:
All individuals in certificate settings for 10 years or less shall be transitioned within 2 years.
All individuals in certificate settings for 10 to 20 years shall be transitioned within 4 years.
All certificates shall expire in 6 years, and all individuals in certificate settings longer than 20 years shall be transitioned within 6 years.
To support this shift, Congress should explore a “Money Follows the Person for Integrated Employment” program, enabling the Federal Government to assume 100 percent of the costs of supported employment services for individuals leaving a sheltered workshop or day habilitation setting for integrated employment."

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KS - Sam Brownback (R) Confronted by Unhappy Parents in Southeast Kansas

KS - Sam Brownback (R) Confronted by Unhappy Parents in Southeast Kansas | Opening Passages | Scoop.it
Sam Brownback has been making his tour of the state, and recently he found himself in the small town of Chanute Kansas. Chanute had been part of the attack on communities earlier in the year, ...
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Police commission adopts new training objectives for people with disabilities

Police commission adopts new training objectives for people with disabilities | Opening Passages | Scoop.it
Several objectives set forth by a state commission created after the death of Ethan Saylor will be addressed in future training by the Maryland Police Training Commission.
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Assisted suicide debate masks disability prejudice

Assisted suicide debate masks disability prejudice | Opening Passages | Scoop.it
Today (Oct. 15), the Supreme Court of Canada will hear argument in an appeal which seeks to strike down Canada’s Criminal Code prohibition against assisting suicide.
The appeal is mobilized by the B.C. Civil Liberties Association and supported by Death with Dignity advocates across the country, many of whom will take to the streets to urge Canadians to “stand on the side of history for assisted dying.”
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Vermont closed workshops for people with disabilities; what happened next?

Vermont closed workshops for people with disabilities; what happened next? | Opening Passages | Scoop.it
Bill Villemaire, 58, has been employed at the Sweet Clover grocery store for four years. Before that, Villemaire, who has an intellectual disability, worked for less than minimum wage in the last sheltered workshop to close in Vermont. (Photo courtesy Champlain Community Services)
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HELP%20Committee%20Disability%20and%20Poverty%20Report.pdf

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Persistent barriers to employment for people with disabilities. The full report is worth the read...

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ASAN Statement On Dr. Phil Episode Featuring K. Stapleton | Autistic Self Advocacy Network

ASAN Statement On Dr. Phil Episode Featuring K. Stapleton | Autistic Self Advocacy Network | Opening Passages | Scoop.it
ASAN Statement On Dr. Phil Episode Featuring K. Stapleton
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Important Notice for Disability Community: Public Comments on Waiver Transition Plan Due March 22

Important Notice for Disability Community: Public Comments on Waiver Transition Plan Due March 22 | Opening Passages | Scoop.it
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Meet the model with Down syndrome who just made fashion history at NYFW

Meet the model with Down syndrome who just made fashion history at NYFW | Opening Passages | Scoop.it
Jamie Brewer just made fashion history as the first model with Down syndrome to walk the runway at New York Fashion Week.
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Pope Joining Kids With Special Needs For Google Hangout - Disability Scoop

Pope Joining Kids With Special Needs For Google Hangout - Disability Scoop | Opening Passages | Scoop.it
Pope Francis will engage with children with disabilities from around the world through an online chat.
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Unified Relay Across America

Unified Relay Across America | Opening Passages | Scoop.it
From May 26 to July 10, YOU can take part in the Unified Relay Across America presented by Bank of America, an event that will unify the nation as it delivers the Flame of Hope to Los Angeles for the Special Olympics World Games.
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Self-Advocate Gets State Of The Union Invite - Disability Scoop

Self-Advocate Gets State Of The Union Invite - Disability Scoop | Opening Passages | Scoop.it
A woman with Down syndrome who was instrumental in lobbying for a law establishing a new way for people with disabilities to save money is now headed to the
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Officer Shot And Killed Psychiatric Patient While Transporting Him To The Hospital

Officer Shot And Killed Psychiatric Patient While Transporting Him To The Hospital | Opening Passages | Scoop.it
The victim had no criminal history, and there is no indication that he was armed.
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Josh Mandel's new ad cites one line of praise he got from editorial that endorsed Connie Pillich

Josh Mandel's new ad cites one line of praise he got from editorial that endorsed Connie Pillich | Opening Passages | Scoop.it
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel seems to have picked up where he left off in 2012 during his failed campaign for a U.S. Senate seat.
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Milwaukee Fires Cop For Shooting And Killing Schizophrenic Man Who Was Sleeping In The Park

Milwaukee Fires Cop For Shooting And Killing Schizophrenic Man Who Was Sleeping In The Park | Opening Passages | Scoop.it
The firing may have been the result of a shift in law and policy that divorced the police disciplinary decision from a criminal investigation.
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Disability Community Rejects Appointee Who Supports Subminimum Wage And Segregated Housing

Disability Community Rejects Appointee Who Supports Subminimum Wage And Segregated Housing | Opening Passages | Scoop.it
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Ed FitzGerald campaign targets attendance at RGA event by two of John Kasich's staff

Ed FitzGerald campaign targets attendance at RGA event by two of John Kasich's staff | Opening Passages | Scoop.it
The event, billed as a policy symposium in July 2013 at a spa and resort in California, was hosted by the Republican Governors Public Policy Committee, a 501(c)(4) corporation which is not required to disclose its donors.
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Deal Reached On Tax-Free Disability Savings Accounts - Disability Scoop

Deal Reached On Tax-Free Disability Savings Accounts - Disability Scoop | Opening Passages | Scoop.it
Federal lawmakers say they've reached a deal to move forward on a bill that would establish a new way for people with disabilities to save money without
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Disability and murder: victim blaming at its very worst - The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Disability and murder: victim blaming at its very worst - The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Opening Passages | Scoop.it
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