News to Know 6/28/12

Published Jun. 28, 2012

News to Know 6/28/12

Articles include High court upholds Obama health law by 5-4 vote, Longview man with Down syndrome earns black belt, Fewer disabled students found in charter schools, study finds,Bremerton to offer freshmen, sophomores more space in alternative school, Gov. Patrick Signs Bill on Down Syndrome Information, Feds Approve ABA Therapy As Medical Benefit, Center for Independence, Annual Youth Leadership Forum, Diversity & Inclusion - Employing People with Disabilities Conference,  Informing Families Bulletins – Managed Care

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High court upholds Obama health law by 5-4 vote
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld virtually all of President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul, including the hotly debated core requirement that nearly every American have health insurance. The 5-4 decision meant the huge overhaul, still taking effect, could proceed and pick up momentum over the next several years, affecting the way that countless Americans receive and pay for their personal medical care. The ruling hands Obama a campaign-season victory in rejecting arguments that Congress went too far in approving the plan. However, Republicans quickly indicated they will try to use the decision to rally their supporters against what they call "Obamacare," arguing that the ruling characterized the penalty against people who refuse to get insurance as a tax.

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Longview man with Down syndrome earns black belt
LONGVIEW, Wash. — Dustin Bean of Longview punched and kicked at the air Thursday in perfect synch with the Bruce Lee movie fight scene on the TV in his bedroom. Dustin, who is 33 with Down syndrome, knew every minute of the 1972 film "Fist of Fury." When Lee began fighting off his attackers with nunchucks, Dustin, who earned his black belt in Kung Fu in April, grabbed his nunchucks and began swinging. The smiling woman watching the performance in the small bedroom took a step back. "Wow. That's hard to do," the visitor said, clapping her hands. "You are the Little Dragon," she said, touching Dustin's shoulder. "Well done." It was no ordinary compliment. The woman was none other than Linda Lee Cadwell, who was married to Bruce Lee from 1964 until 1973, when the martial arts legend died unexpectedly of a cerebral edema. In the years since, Cadwell published the books "Bruce Lee: The Man Only I Knew" and "The Bruce Lee Story." Her son with Bruce Lee, actor Brandon Lee, died in a movie-set accident while filming "The Crow" in 1993. Cadwell, 67, decided to visit Dustin after a friend showed her last month's Daily News story about Dustin's 13-year quest to earn his black belt, like Bruce Lee. Cadwell contacted Dustin's teacher at the Academy of Kung Fu in Longview and arranged a meeting at the Columbia Heights-area home of Dustin's mother, retired school bus driver Toni Wainwright. Hearing how her late husband continues to touch people's lives is incredibly rewarding, Cadwell said.
Fewer disabled students found in charter schools, study finds
WASHINGTON — Public charter schools, a small but fast-growing segment of K-12 education, enroll fewer children with disabilities than traditional public schools, according to a federal study. The report, released Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office, examined how many disabled students are served by charter schools as compared with traditional public schools. About 8 percent of the students at charter schools are disabled and require special services, compared with 11 percent in traditional public schools, the GAO found. Differences in enrollment were seen across a range of disabilities, from autism to speech impairment.
Bremerton to offer freshmen, sophomores more space in alternative school
BREMERTON — More alternative high school slots will open for freshman and sophomores next year in what Bremerton School District has dubbed Phoenix Academy. Up to 90 students will be at the academy whose classrooms will be at the former Francis Haddon Morgan Center. The school district is leasing the space from the state Department of Social and Health Services.

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Gov. Patrick Signs Bill on Down Syndrome Information
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill into law that requires care providers to offer up-to-date educational information to parents whose children are diagnosed with Down syndrome. The Democratic governor signed the bill Friday in a small ceremony with families, advocates and state lawmakers. Under the legislation, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health must make the most recent, evidence-based written information on Down syndrome available to individuals and facilities that provide prenatal and postnatal care or genetic counseling. The information must include details such as life expectancy, intellectual and functional development and treatment options. Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray, who attended the signing, said the new law will help ensure that important resources are available to parents.
Feds Approve ABA Therapy As Medical Benefit
A recent change in federal policy could lead many more families affected by autism to gain insurance coverage for applied behavior analysis, advocates say. In a major shift, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management said that it has determined there is enough evidence behind the use of ABA therapy to deem it a medical rather than an educational service. The office is responsible for managing benefits for federal government employees, so the announcement paves the way for health plans offered to government workers to include coverage for the popular autism therapy for the first time. What’s more, autism advocates say it sets an important precedent since the U.S. government is the nation’s largest employer.
Center for Independence
We’re new to Whatcom County and we want to meet you.
Please join us Friday July 13, from 5 to 8 p.m.
114 West Magnolia, Suite 104, in Bellingham
Come learn about our Independent Living Services for people with disabilities.
There will be music, food and even some door prizes.
Your RSVP will be appreciated.
Just call 360-393-3890
Phone: (360) 393-3890
Toll Free: (888) 482-4839
Annual Youth Leadership Forum
The Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment (GCDE) is inviting students with disabilities to apply to Washington State’s Eleventh Annual Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) and we are asking for your help in recruiting students to apply.  Please note that students do not have to be receiving services to apply for this Forum.   This year, 35-45 students with disabilities will be selected to attend. The Forum is designed for students with disabilities that are incoming high school juniors, seniors (as of July 1, 2012) and 2012 high school graduates who want to be or are leaders in their schools and communities.  It is an opportunity for them to continue to learn the skills of leadership and citizenship as well as developing their personal and social skills. (Some exceptions may be made.)
To receive the online YLF Student Application form, contact Debbie Himes, (360) 486-5894 or .  (If a student needs a paper application or help filling out the application or if you have any questions, please contact Debbie). 
Diversity & Inclusion - Employing People with Disabilities Conference
WHEN:     October 17th 8:30 am-12 pm
WHERE:  Nordstrom Corporate Office
1617 6th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
Registration and more information coming soon.
HRCI credits pending.
Webinar Announcement - Developing Health Care Initiatives in Washington State
Please join the Department of Social and Health Services and Health Care Authority for a series of Webinar presentations. The Webinars are dedicated to sharing information and the latest developments concerning Washington State’s health care initiatives.  Each webinar will have time dedicated for the exchange of questions and answers. Information about the upcoming webinars can be found in the attachment.  Please feel free to forward this notice to other interested parties. 
Bea Rector
Project Director, Duals Innovation Grant
Aging and Disability Services Administration
Blake Office Park West
4450 10th Avenue SE
Lacey, WA 98503
Informing Families Bulletins – Managed Care
Informing Families Bulletins provide information about important topics that effect individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Because we want to make it as easy as possible for you to share these bulletins with others, we make the most recent bulletin both Microsoft Word (when possible) and Adobe PDF format. A second video is now posted on the Informing Families Video You Tube Channel about the upcoming transition to managed care for individuals receiving SSI-Medicaid.  This video complements a bulletin we recently released highlighting Frequently Asked Questions about this change. 
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