By Sunrise Group on August 23, 2016
National Public Policy: Service Providers Turn To Washington For Help
The Disability Community Act, which is supported by United Cerebral Palsy, Autism Speaks, the Autism Society and Easter Seals in addition to ANCOR, is estimated to cost about $300 million. The bill was introduced by Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., and has support from Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, as well as both chairs of the Congressional Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus, Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., and Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I. If passed, the bill would offer a temporary increase in federal Medicaid dollars for programs serving people with developmental disabilities. Advocates are still working to get a companion bill introduced in the U.S. Senate.
By Sunrise Group on August 12, 2016
Dedicated DSP in the Spotlight: Greeneville, Tennessee
It’s amazing how a hand-full of select people just seem to “know their dream job” even when most people are still trying to decide their career oath. Choosing the right career is tricky. Economist Neil Howe estimates that only five percent of people find a good career match on the first try. And even beyond this chilling stat, there’s so much external pressure to land the perfect job, follow your passion and be super successful by the end of your 20s. No wonder most people break into a cold sweat when asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” That was never the case for Sunrise Community of Tennessee in Greeneville’s Josh Hensley. Josh has known he want to work in the greater disabilities field since before he was even eligible to apply. As he continues his career in the field, Greeneville thanks him for years of dedication, congratulates him on his B.A. and wishes him nothing but the BEST!
By Sunrise Group on August 10, 2016
Disability History: The Hidden History of Eugenics
The first eugenics law in the United States was passed in Connecticut in 1895. Then in 1927, the U.S. Supreme Court decided, by a vote of 8 to 1, to uphold a state’s right to forcibly sterilize a person considered unfit to procreate. The case, known as Buck v. Bell, centered on a young woman named Carrie Buck, whom the state of Virginia had deemed to be “feeble-minded.” All told, as many as 70,000 Americans were forcibly sterilized during the 20th century. The victims of state-mandated sterilization included people like Buck who had been labeled “mentally deficient,” as well as those who who were deaf, blind and diseased. Who was Carrie Buck, and why must we never forget her legacy?
By Sunrise Group on August 8, 2016
Public Policy: Implementing the New DOJ Agreement in Georgia
The United States v. Georgia case has now entered a new phase. The State has committed to taking additional steps to improve its community system for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in areas where the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Independent Reviewer found the State had not complied with terms of the 2010 Settlement Agreement. The goal of the “Extension Agreement” is to ensure that all people with I/DD can live and thrive in the community, including people with complex needs. The Extension Agreement has been approved by US District Court Judge Pannell and is court-enforceable. This agreement will have broad impact on ALL people in the I/DD system, like changes to support coordination and access to the clinical oversight program for anyone with complex needs.
By Sunrise Group on August 5, 2016
UCP of Southwest Florida in Naples Hosts A Mock Candidate’s Forum
As Sunrise is gearing up for our participation of National Voter Registration Day on September 27, 2016, we are working to make sure that our staff and the self-advocates we serve are not left out on election day, November 8th, 2016. We believe that realizing human rights is the essential first step to building just societies. Recently, UCP of Southwest Florida hosted a mock candidate’s forum; where individuals learned about the campaigning and election process. A tremendous thanks to Heather Wysocki, Voter Education Coordinator, Office of the Honorable Jennifer J. Edwards, Supervisor of Elections who created ballots for our Naples “special election.” as well as for bringing voting equipment for training day. Every one had fun!!
By Sunrise Group on August 1, 2016
RIVA Recognition: 20 Years & Still Going Strong
Congratulations on your 20 Years of Service! Janice Brent has been with Resources for Independence of Virginia (RIVA) since 1996. When Janice started with RIVA, there were only two group homes. She has seen a lot of changes and growth in her 20 years with RIVA. There are now eight group homes serving 42 people and another 50 people being served in their community homes. Janice began her career with RIVA as a Direct Support Staff. She has remained faithful to RIVA and the individuals RIVA supports. After 20 years of loyal service to RIVA, Janice continues to exhibit love, patience, kindness and commitment. Janice is a shining example of dedication and devotion to the mission of Resources for Independence of Virginia, Inc. THANK YOU JANICE!