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Medication management for people who are visually impaired

Visually impaired people are more than twice as likely to need help with medication management. Use these tips for medication labels, storage, and administration.

Registration opens in March

Mark your calendars to join us on Thursday, May 2, 2024, for the 7th Annual Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day Symposium!

This free, all-day, virtual event will feature an engaging plenary, informative sessions, and a diverse array of topics addressing the most pressing needs in older adult mental health.

The symposium is brought to you by ACL, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the National Council on Aging (NCOA).

Watch your inbox for free registration information in mid-March!

Who should attend?

Public health practitioners, professionals in the aging network, mental health providers, health care professionals, and anyone interested in ensuring the mental health of older adults are encouraged to attend. In partnership with the E4 Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Disparities in Aging, NCOA anticipates offering continuing education for several disciplines.

Individuals in Maryland who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits may be eligible to receive tuition waivers (free tuition) at Maryland Community Colleges.

Individuals who are legally blind and who meet income and resource requirements are eligible to receive SSI (and, in some cases, SSDI). For children younger than 18, the income and resources of a parent or guardian are considered for eligibility purposes; for individuals over 18 years of age, only their income and resources (and those of a spouse, if any) are included. 

If the individual is enrolled in classes as part of a degree or a certificate program designed to lead to employment, tuition for up to 12 credits per semester may be waived. If they are not enrolled in such a program, tuition for up to six credits per semester may be waived.

To qualify, you MUST file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1. More information can be found at the Community College Tuition Waiver for Students with Disabilities Receiving SSI or SSDI web page. Reach out to the Bridges HelpDesk with any questions or concerns at 410-357-1546, Helpdesk@imagemd.org or via the accessible web form.

OTC 101 Ask the Experts webinar series, webinar #2: How can over the counter hearing aids help? AARP and NIH experts answer questions about new devices available directly to consumers.

Join HLAA for the second event in their OTC 101: Ask the Experts Webinar Series sharing important information about over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids.

This exciting new class of products may provide another pathway to treatment for some adults with mild-to-moderate hearing loss. In 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized its rule permitting the sale of OTC hearing aids directly to consumers over 18, which are now available from a variety of retail and online stores. HLAA is presenting a series of four webinars through spring 2024, designed to answer your questions and clear up confusion.

The next OTC 101: Ask the Experts webinar on February 20 features Charlotte S. Yeh, M.D., chief medical officer for AARP Services, Inc. and Kelly King, Au.D., Ph.D., audiologist and program officer at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), on a panel moderated by HLAA Executive Director Barbara Kelley.

This complimentary event will be captioned, recorded and open to all. 



Boosting Student Success: Integrating Assistive Technology Across the Educational Life Span

Feb 14, 2024 03:30 PM Eastern Time 

Join this engaging leadership panel to gain insights into the assistive technology (AT) guidance released by the U.S. Department of Education in January 2024. The guidance package focuses on promoting and ensuring greater access to assistive technology (AT) for students with disabilities. Assistant Secretary Wright-Gallo will present the core tenets of the guidance. Leaders from the Office of Special Education Programs and the Office of Education Technology will participate in the discussion highlighting resources for students with disabilities and the practitioners, teachers, parents, and caregivers who educate and support them. Register Today

Facilitator: Lindsay Jones, CEO, CAST 

Featured Speaker: Glenna Wright-Gallo, Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education 

Key messages will be provided by Valerie Williams, Director, Office of Special Education Programs, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education and Roberto Rodríguez, Assistant Secretary, Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, U.S. Department of Education.

Panelists: Anita Vermeer, Education Specialist, Office of Special Education, U.S. Department of Education – Zac Chase, Digital Equity Impact Fellow, Office of Education Technology, U.S. Department of Education 



The Arc for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

The Government Accountability Office—a nonpartisan agency that conducts research for the U.S. Congress—has been asked to conduct a survey on child care accessibility.

If you would like to share your experience accessing child care, please take a few minutes to complete one of the following surveys:

Are you a parent or guardian who has a disability? Take THIS SURVEY

Are you a parent or guardian of a child with a disability? Take THIS SURVEY

*You can take both surveys if both apply to you! If you need assistance with the online form, there is a phone number included at the beginning of the questionnaire for help with the survey.
Do you have a personal story about accessing child care you would like to share with us? Please contact us at stories@thearc.org.

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