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Please enjoy OARC’s quarterly newsletter, which includes recent IACC activity, news, events, and community participation opportunities.

Autism Meetings & Events

  The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) Logo empty space October IACC Full Committee Meeting
The October IACC Full Committee Meeting will take place virtually on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET. Committee members will discuss upcoming IACC publications and will hear presentations on employment and aging. The meeting is free and open to the public.
  Susan Daniels during virtual meeting empty space July IACC Strategic Plan Working Group Meeting
At the July working group meeting, IACC members discussed research, services, and policy priorities for the upcoming 2021-2022 IACC Strategic Plan. A recording of the meeting is now available.
National Disability Employment Awareness month poster, which includes woman in wheelchair looking at computer screen empty space National Disability Employment Awareness Month
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). In honor of NDEAM, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. issued a proclamation to celebrate the contributions of people with disabilities and recommitted to promoting equal opportunities for all. A list of news and events taking place this month to celebrate NDEAM can be found on our website.
The White House empty space Proclamation on the Anniversary Of The Americans With Disabilities Act
In July, President Biden issued a proclamation to celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). A collection of news and events that honored the ADA anniversary are available on our website.
Stanford Medicine empty space Stanford Neurodiversity Summit
The Stanford Neurodiversity Summit is a virtual forum where neurodiverse/neurodivergent people, their family members and friends, educators, clinicians, researchers, and all other stakeholders and professionals will share visions, innovations, and inspirations about how neurodiversity can make our society better. The theme of this year’s summit is "How do you contribute to the Neurodiverse Community? Education, Service, Research, and/or Advocacy."
News & Blogs
National Institue of Mental Health, NIMH empty space NIH Awards $100 Million for Autism Centers of Excellence Program
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded a total of $100 million over the next five years to support nine Autism Centers of Excellence (ACEs). Each ACE will include a Plan for Enhancing Diverse Perspectives (PEDP), which outlines strategies to increase the participation of women and people from underrepresented groups. Additionally, each ACE will have an advisory board that includes autistic people and/or parents of individuals with autism. The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development also issued a press release.
Black and red feathers inside a circle empty space Launch of Black Feathers Podcast (Disability Conversation for All)
Crystal Hernandez, Psy.D., M.B.A. and Shauna Humphreys, M.S., LPC launched a new podcast, Black Feathers, to discuss disability-related topics of interest to Tribal communities. They connect to listeners through sharing data, storytelling, and innovative content as well as providing resources. The podcast embraces diversity, equity, and honor within Tribal Nations. Dr. Hernandez is the mother to a child on the autism spectrum.
US Department of Education empty space Education Department Awards $177 Million in New Grants to Increase Competitive Integrated Employment for People with Disabilities
The U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) announced new grants for the Subminimum Wage to Competitive Integrated Employment (SWTCIE) program. A total of $177 million has been awarded to 14 state vocational rehabilitation agencies. The purpose of these grants is to increase access to competitive integrated employment and decrease the use of subminimum wage for people with disabilities.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services logo which includes the letters HHS empty space HHS Delivers First National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through its Administration for Community Living (ACL), released the 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers. The strategy highlights nearly 350 actions the federal government will take to support family caregivers in the coming year and more than 150 actions that can be adopted at other levels of government and across the private sector. The strategy will be updated every two years.
Publications & Reports
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services empty space Money Follows the Person Report
The Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration enables state Medicaid programs to help beneficiaries who live in institutions to transition into the community. The program gives people with disabilities and older adults more choice in deciding where to live and to receive long-term services and supports (LTSS). This report shows that the MFP program has helped more than 107,000 people transition to HCBS between 2008 and 2020.
Community Participation Opportunities
Autism Science Founcation Logo empty space ASF Launches Novel ‘Participate in Research’ Website Directory
The Autism Science Foundation (ASF) has launched a new directory of research participation opportunities to help individuals on the autism spectrum and their families find and more easily enroll in autism research studies. The directory is free and searchable.
US Department of Education empty space Office of Special Education Programs Seeking Input: Prioritizing Equity
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is examining how it can advance equity for underserved groups in the programs it administers. OSEP ensures that states provide early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and a free and appropriate education (FAPE) for children with disabilities. Comments are due by October 31, 2022.
University of Kansas Logo which includes letters KU empty space Input Sought on How To Support Better Care for People With Multiple Chronic Conditions
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking public input about person-centered care for people at risk for, or living with, multiple chronic conditions (MCC). Comments will inform the agency’s work and research agenda. Specifically, they are looking for comments on the current state of care and comments about innovative models, strategies, and approaches. Comments are due November 15.
Administration for Community Living empty space ACL Now Accepting Comments on the National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers
The Administration for Community Living is seeking comments on the newly released 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers. Comments will inform the work of the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregiving Advisory Council and the Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren as well as future strategy updates. ACL is requesting comments on important topics/issues for the advisory councils to focus on moving forward and issues that were not covered by the initial strategy that should be addressed in future updates. Comments are due November 30.