Resources, legislative news, and topics of interest for parents and caregivers of people with disabilities.
OPARC President/CEO Andrea Erickson is interviewed on CCN Sunrise.
2015 USC UCEDD Webinar Series: Policy Issues in Intellectual & Developmental Disability (I/DD) – What Self-Advocates and Families Need to Know
A free webinar for family members, people with developmental disabilities, and advocates. It includes a presentation and Q & A session.VIEW FLYER
The below links describe services in Washington State (which is promoted as being cutting edge) and Kansas which has a waiting list of 3,000 people with developmental disabilities……all waiting for help. It’s stories like these that reaffirm the need for advocacy to protect the rights of CA people with disabilities!
Late last week, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (HR 1314) providing a measure of relative budgetary stability after months of uncertainty. President Obama signed the measure today. The legislation suspends the debt limit until March 15, 2017 and contains a number of provisions that are relevant to the disability community:
- Reallocating Social Security payroll taxes on a temporary basis, to allow Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to pay full promised benefits until the third quarter of 2022. This action will prevent the 20% cut in SSDI that had been projected at the end of 2016. The legislation also includes a number of provisions that seek to enhance payment accuracy and program administration, and authorizes a demonstration project that would test a new SSDI benefit offset to test ways to end the SSDI “cash cliff” for beneficiaries attempting to work.
- Raising the spending caps on discretionary programs. The caps on defense and non-defense discretionary (NDD) accounts will be raised by $80 billion above the sequester level for fiscal year 2016 and fiscal year 2017. Many disability-related programs (such as housing, education, and employment) fall under the NDD funding category which will increase by approximately 5% for both fiscal years.