March Edition (2016), Volume 22

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Transition to Adulthood: A Health Care Guide for Youth and Families

Transition to Adulthood

Although approaching adulthood is an exciting time in any young person's life, it is also a time of uncertainty. This guide is intended to help young people with disabilities and their families plan for the transition to adulthood in health care contexts. It includes information on how to ensure that young adults have the support they need to make healthcare decisions, how to access continued healthcare coverage and decide which kind of coverage to get, and how to find an adult-oriented doctor.

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Healthy Transitions

Healthy Transitions: A Pathway to Employment for Youth with Chronic Health Conditions and other Disabilities

All youth need to be connected to programs, services, activities, and support that prepare them for meaningful post-secondary school options; enhance their ability to manage their physical, mental, and emotional well-being; and develop life-readiness skills to make informed choices. This policy brief includes an extensive literature review that was conducted across a number of systems and professional fields including: health care professionals, state education systems, case managers, workforce investment act program, federal, and state legislation. Continue reading...



Health Care Transition for Youth with Disabilities and Chronic Health Conditions

The increasing number of youth with disabilities and chronic health conditions surviving into adulthood has necessitated a shift in the approach to educational, health, employment, and independent living services. To achieve these goals as adults, youth with disabilities and chronic health conditions may require support and services to help transition in all aspects of their adult lives, including employment, independent living, and health care. Health affects all aspects of life--school, community, and job success are all associated with health. Continue reading...


The Affordable Care Act and the I/DD Community

The Affordable Care Act and the I/DD Community: An Overview of the Law and Advocacy Priorities Going Forward

People with intellectual and development disabilities (I/DD) have long faced significant and persistent barriers in health care access and outcomes. This issue brief analyses the implications of the ACA for people with I/DD, with particular emphasis on both the impact of ACA's implementation to date and systems change opportunities with respect to parts of the law scheduled to come into effect over the course of the next several years. This resource will outline the effects of ACA-mandated policy reforms to Medicaid, private insurance and other aspects of our nation's healthcare system. Continue reading...




Action Learning Team

March 7, 2016

1:00 - 2:00, EST

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The AUCD (Association of University Centers on Disabilities) PROMISE TA Center produced this newsletter under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs associated with PR Award #H418P14. The contents of this newsletter do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

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