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Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst (APSE) letter to CMS on HCBS

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Letter from APSE to CMS HCBS – October 22, 2015 – identifying a number of observations and recommendations to consider as states return the next round of statewide transition plans to CMS for your review.

Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All – Interview with Sharon and Zoe Lewis on HCBS New Rule

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Liz, Sharon and Zoe LewisLiz interviews Sharon Lewis (Principal Deputy Administrator of the Administration for Community Living) on the new Home and Community Based setting rule, as well as her daughter, Zoe Lewis on her experience of starting her freshman year of college.

Watch the interview of Sharon and Zoe

Opinion Piece in Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

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Kevin Fech, board chair of Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities; Cindy Bentley, director of People First of Wisconsin; and Laura Owens, executive director of the Association of People Supporting Employment First penned this opinion piece for the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.

“Imagine living in a home where you didn’t choose who lived with you. You don’t even have your own key; you have to wait for someone to let you in. You can’t choose what you eat, watch on TV or when you go to bed. You can’t have visitors when you want, and some people aren’t allowed to visit you. Read more on the Journal Sentinel website.

Delaware UCEDD Director Gives Radio Interview on New Rule

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Dr. Mineo addresses the crowd from a podium
Dr. Mineo speaks at a town hall meeting about the new rule

Center for Disabilities Studies Director Beth Mineo brought clarity to complex new federal Medicaid rule in an interview on News Raio 1410 WDOV and 1450 WILM in Delaware. The rule will increase community living and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Listen to the audio of Dr. Mineo’s interview.

Read a transcript of the interview.

Rule would change options for people with disabilities

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Andrew Imparato, executive director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, addresses the audience Monday.
Andrew Imparato, executive director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, addresses the audience Monday.(Photo: JENNIFER CORBETT/THE NEWS JOURNAL )

More than a hundred people gathered at the Embassy Suites in Newark Monday morning to discuss a new federal rule that could dramatically change options in housing, employment and other basics for people with disabilities.

The new rule is meant to signal the government’s intention to support the rights of people with disabilities to live and work in the least-restrictive environment and discourage any vestige of institutional warehousing. It comes with real teeth, because it will regulate the kinds of services the government will pay for. Continue Reading …