By Sunrise Group on June 1, 2016
Letter from the President: 40 Years and Growing
It is with personal regret but warm wishes that Sunrise announces the retirement of our President & CEO, Les Leech, effective June 30. Les’ departure marks the end of an era for Sunrise Community. He was the leader who expanded Sunrise operations outside the state of Florida, managed through the devastation of Hurricane Andrew and tirelessly fought for community inclusion and the rights of people with disabilities. We are indebted to his vision and commitment for propelling us to our present position in the industry. His work has assured our established a strong foundation for our future success. In his last letter from the President, Les shares his thoughts on Sunrise’s future.
By Sunrise Group on May 23, 2016
Inclusive Voices: Hometown Paradise
Ah vacation. How many of us don’t sometimes wish we could escape the hustle, bustle, & day-to-day responsibilities of our normal lives for a week of fun and relaxation somewhere far, far away? The truth is that for many of us a traditional vacation is not always in the cards. Between restaurants, hotels, and transportation, travel costs can add up fast especially when those costs are multiplied for a family. And even when the cost isn’t a factor, sometimes physical limitations, transportation and accessibility issues or health concerns prevent us from leaving town anytime the urge strikes. But who says you can’t enjoy a “staycation” in your own backyard? Cape Coral Sunbeam writer shares his favorite hometown spot.
By Sunrise Group on May 20, 2016
National Public Policy: Disability Providers Get Reprieve From New Wage Rule
The U.S. Department of Labor is giving disability providers more time to comply with a new rule expanding overtime pay amid concerns that the change could negatively impact services for people with disabilities. After heeding widespread concerns from providers of home and community based services to people with developmental disabilities, the administration announced its committing to delay enforcement of the new mandate for such providers through March 17, 2019. The Labor Department said that the non-enforcement period will apply to providers of Medicaid-funded services to people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in residential homes and facilities with 15 or fewer beds.
By Sunrise Group on May 19, 2016
Public Policy: Georgia Commits To De-Institutionalization by 2018
On Wednesday, May 18th, Georgia state officials acknowledged their efforts, to to find appropriate, safe homes for people with disabilities who have been institutionalized for decades, have fallen short. In a statement from Governor Nathan Deal, he described the new agreement as “a significant accomplishment for the state of Georgia. They agreed to at least two more years of federal oversight, pledging new spending if necessary. Advocates for people with disabilities praised the new agreement, saying it indicates the state will try much harder to ensure quality care for patients transferred into community facilities. The state’s new efforts will specifically focus on former hospital patients with particularly complex medical issues. As of January, 266 Georgians with developmental disabilities remained in the hospitals.
By Sunrise Group on May 16, 2016
Sunrise Supports #REVUP – Making the Disability Vote Count
More than any time in recent memory, Americans with disabilities have the power to influence the outcome of the 2016 Primary and General Election. Elected leaders and political candidates are recognizing the 57 MILLION Americans with disabilities—from birth to advanced age—as a powerful, important constituency. Issues important to people with disabilities – like accessibility, community inclusion and aging in place – must be part of the platform for any candidate running for public office. Join Sunrise in support of the REVUP campaign to advocate for policies that allow people with disabilities to fully participate in the political process, including ensuring the accessibility of polling locations and through promoting the availability of accessible voting technology.
By Sunrise Group on May 13, 2016
Happy Friday 13th! … Sunrise Community of Maryland is #Fearless at the State Convention
Arc Maryland’s 2016 State Convention kicked off on the morning of Friday the 13th and Sunrise Community of Maryland’s Executive Director, Norma Israel, joined the #BeFearless Campaign. Arc of Maryland chose this year’s theme, #BeFearless, because they believe that fearless people support each other. Without question, cooperation and collaboration are vital for self-advocates and their families to make changes in the system and the communities where they live. Representing Sunrise’s dedicated employees and the services we provide in Maryland, Norma provided educational outreach to attendees and their families from the floor of the exhibition hall. A longtime advocate and professional service provider, she truly is a fearless leader!