He’s 13-years-old, autistic and stuck in the hospital for the holidays. He’s not the only one

NWNews | By Austin Jenkins Published December 15, 2021 at 6:05 PM PST LISTEN • 4:44 at https://www.nwnewsnetwork.org/2021-12-15/hes-13-years-old-autistic-and-stuck-in-the-hospital-for-the-holidays-hes-not-the-only-one It’s a growing problem in Washington: kids with developmental disabilities and complex behaviors who are stuck in the hospital with no reason for being there. Usually, they end up in the hospital after a crisis or an incident. But […]

Washington state revenues up nearly $1 billion

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state’s economy is projected to have nearly $1 billion more than previously assumed through mid-2023. Updated numbers by the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council released Friday show that projected revenue collections for the 2021-2023 budget cycle are $927 million above what had been originally forecasted in June. And projections for […]

Your Input Is Needed! How should the Disability Innovation Fund be spent?

The Rehabilitation Services Administration recently released a summary of the utilization of vocational rehabilitation dollars in the Fiscal Year 2021: $299 Million was returned from states $122 Million was reallocated $178 Million to go into the Disability Innovation Fund* We know this past year has been challenging, and many states were unable to draw down their […]

76th Celebration of National Disabilities Awareness Month

The Community Employment Alliance (CEA) would like to invite you to Celebrate the 76th Celebration of National Disabilities Awareness Month. Please help us amplify the message  by joining us for two thoughtful panels. Save the Date!   10/5/2021- Self Advocate Panel/Proclamation (2:00 pm-3:00) This panel will share their stories on employment and the need for […]

Iowa ban on mask mandates at schools overturned by federal judge

A federal judge has sided with parents of disabled children, issuing a ruling that temporarily overturns an Iowa law that had prohibited schools from requiring masks during the pandemic. In a ruling on Monday, US District Judge Robert Pratt wrote that he agreed with parents that the state law “substantially increases” the risk of children contracting COVID-19. […]

Neli Latson, an Autistic young man is — finally — free.

It only took 11 years, two governors and a national conversation about race and disability. Reginald “Neli” Latson doesn’t know yet what he will do with his freedom. The last time he got to choose where he wanted to go and how he spent his days, without having to ask permission from a law enforcement […]

The Arc U.S. Files Lawsuit to Challenge Texas Anti-Voter Law

The Arc, along with the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. and Reed Smith LLP, filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of The Arc of Texas, the Houston Area Urban League, Houston Justice, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated challenging S.B. 1, a new Texas law targeting voting rights.   S.B. 1 includes a […]