Policy Links

ADA Compliance and Technical Assistance
Resource Directory

The National Arts and Disability Center [NADC] would like to inform you about our new State Resource Directories on ADA Compliance and Technical Assistance. Each state has its own directory that contains listings of organizations and agencies that provide technical assistance regarding the ADA and the Arts. Included in these listings are disability agencies and organizations for creating an access advisory committee for conducting outreach to the disability community.

The NADC is a resource, training and information center dedicated to
promoting the full inclusion of artists and audiences with disabilities into the arts community. You can visit our web site at http://nadc.ucla.edu.  For additional information, contact Beth Stoffmacher, Technical Assistance Coordinator, National Arts and Disability Center, Phone: (310) 825-5054 Email: bstoffmacher@mednet.ucla.edu

ADA--Steve Gold.com

Steve Gold provides great information for disability rights activists on a variety of policy issues, including the ADA and the Olmstead decision.

Behavior Support Guidelines

Developed by the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living,  these guidelines are an excellent model for policy regarding positive behavior supports.  Another helpful resource is a paper about Vermont's Crisis Intervention Network by Pat Frawley, Ph.D. and Al Vecchione, Ph.D.

Beyond Restraint: Testimony by Cyndi Pitonyak

On July 12, 2012, my wife Cyndi Pitonyak testified before a Senate Committee on the use of restraints in public schools.  Entitled
Beyond Seclusion and Restraint: Creating Positive Learning Environments for All Students  footage of her testimony provides powerful examples about what can be done to support kids with troubling behaviors in thoughtful and respectful and ways.

Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy

The Center provides public education, leadership development and training, technical assistance and information dissemination, and conducts action-research and analysis of public policy issues affecting individuals with disabilities and their families.

Coalition Against Institutionalized Child Abuse

"No child should be abused or neglected, and no child should die in the name of treatment."  So begins the Coalition's description of its web site.  A very helpful resource for anyone who is concerned about the use of aversive procedures.

Direct Service Worker Resource Center

The National Direct Service Workforce (DSW) Resource Center supports efforts to improve recruitment and retention of direct service workers who help people with disabilities and older adults to live independently and with dignity. A helpful site with web-based clearinghouses, technical experts, training tools and more.

David Ferleger: Human Services Restraint: Reduce, Replace, or Relinquish?

David Ferleger is a Pennsylvania-based attorney with extensive experience in issues of disability.  In this thoughtful paper, David presents compelling reasons why every human services organization should end seclusion and restraint.  Visit David's web site www.ferleger.com for additional information.

US Department of Education

This website offers "one-stop-shopping" for links to legislation, Federal Register Notices, Policy Guidance, and Grant Applications for the
No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Links to Legislation, Regulations, and Policy Guidance for programs still being implemented under the Improving America's Schools Act are also on this site (Site and description submitted by Mike Savory).

Medicaid Utilization Data

The data base is intended to help the public better understand the Medicaid program at a state level. The database is comprehensive, with information about benefits covered by each state, for what populations the benefits are available, and the limitations, co-payments, and payment rules that apply to the benefits. The database is searchable by Medicaid benefit as well as by state (description submitted by Mike Savory of AWAKE Advocacy).

Medicaid Waiver Information

The National Association of State Medicaid Directors have a web site with a listing of all Medicaid Waivers by State.  A helpful tool for advocates.

MiCASSA -- the ADAPT site

MiCASSA, the Medicaid Community Attendant Services and Supports Act, would change our long term care system and institutional bias so that people who experience disabilities could choose where and how they receive services.  Check out this important site from ADAPT!

National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS)

The NASDDDS is a nonprofit organization, established in 1964, to improve and expand public services to people with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities.   The Association's goal is to promote and assist state agencies in developing effective, efficient service delivery systems that furnish quality supports to people with developmental disabilities.

National Center on Workforce and Disability

The National Center is based on the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  Funded by the US Departmenht of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, this site contains helpful information for people who experience psychiatric disabilities and are seeking work.

Olmstead  -- Bazelon Center

The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law has published several reports on the implementation of the Olmstead decision.  Opinions available in .PDF format.

Olmstead --Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

What are states and people who experience disabilities telling CMS about their efforts to implement the Olmstead decision.  Find out at the CMS site.

Olmstead -- National Conference of State Legislatures

To better understand the Olmstead Ruling, the National Conference of State Legislatures conducted a 50-state survey.  The results are available for downloading at this site.