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How to Talk About Coronavirus With Kids
People getting sick, schools closing, and news about the coronavirus can be scary and confusing for kids—especially for younger kids. Older kids may worry about grades slipping or not being prepared for upcoming exams. And in general, kids may feel anxious about the unknown.
Kids who learn and think differently can have added challenges. For example, it’s common for kids with ADHD and other learning and thinking differences to also struggle with anxiety.
The House passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R.6201). The bill is now being considered in the Senate. The bill includes a 6.2% federal medical assistance percentage increase to support Medicaid funding to the states. There are some provisions that … Continue reading →
On March 11, the House passed the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020 (H.R.4334) with Senate amendments. This bill reauthorizes the Older Americans Act, including the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP). The NFCSP provides information to caregivers about available … Continue reading →
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On March 11, the House Committee on Education and Labor’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing on the Healthy Families Act (H.R.1784). This bill provides for paid and unpaid sick leave for employees to meet their own medical needs … Continue reading →
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On January 14, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a proposed rule that erodes the protections of the Fair Housing Act. The proposed rule is a big step back from efforts to fight housing discrimination and segregation … Continue reading →
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Direst Support Professionals (DSPs) make it possible for many individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead lives in their communities. They provide personal care, social support, and physical assistance individuals in a wide range of activities when needed. They work in a variety of settings including individual and family homes, group homes, supported apartments, schools, workplaces, recreational and fitness settings, etc. Currently, the need for DSPs exceeds the number of such professionals working in the field, and this workforce shortage is only expected to increase. New Jersey must address the workforce issues to ensure services will continue for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who depend on it.
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