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President Obama press briefing on national debt
President Obama press briefing
With Clock Ticking, Scarce Details on Deficit Proposals and Medicaid Impact

With very little public information about what the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction will put forward in a few weeks, people who rely on Medicaid and other federally funded programs to live an independent life should be paying attention to the Budget Control Act and how it may affect funding for entitlement programs and discretionary disability-related programs. The clock is ticking, and while House and Senate leaders weighed in with their recommendations last week, there is no way of knowing what will happen next.

Learn more about the recommendations made to the Committee and specifics about suggestions pertaining to Medicaid.

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The Arc and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Medicaid, State by State Give to the Best
The McPhail family from Medford, Oregon is set to receive an Extreme Home Makeover from the popular ABC show to help their sons, Sawyer and Thatcher, who have autism. The family is served by the Families for Community program, a parent-driven group advocating for the full inclusion of all children, which is part of The Arc of Jackson County. The episode is currently scheduled to air Friday, October 28 (please check local listings). Read more  A valuable new resource is now available to help guide people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families through the complexities of Medicaid benefits, services and supports. The Medicaid Reference Desk offers detailed, state-by-state information about Medicaid benefits, a glossary of terms, answers to frequently asked questions and more. The project was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Developmental Disabilities. Read more
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Act NOW to Save the Medicaid Lifeline
If you or your loved one lost Medicaid – would you have to stop working? Would you lose the very supports that allow you or those you know to be a part of the community? Right now, everything we as The Arc champion is on the line in federal budget talks. Cuts to important disability-related programs, like Medicaid, could be proposed, harming our families, and people with I/DD and many others who are reliant on Medicaid services. Now is the time to take action and tell your representatives in Congress, "Don’t Cut Our Lifeline." Make a difference. Take action NOW!
Looking Back at Convention 2011
In September, The Arc held its 60th Annual National Convention in Denver, CO. Check out the photos to see attendees in action and our featured speakers, including Lauren Potter from Glee, Dr. Temple Grandin, and Dr. David Braddock. This weekend of education, innovative thinking, and celebration of great minds in our community was a momentous event enjoyed by all that participated. For those of you who missed it this year, mark your calendars – next year we will be in Washington, DC from October 25-29, 2012.
Autism NOW Hosts Employment Webinar Series
Individuals on the autism spectrum or who have developmental disabilities often face challenges when it comes to employment. Over the next few weeks, Autism NOW will offer webinars focusing on employment and post-secondary education including useful strategies and techniques for job seekers with challenging behaviors or communication difficulties. Find out more, register or access webinar archives on the Autism NOW website.
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