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DOJ Settlement Regarding Services for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

April 2014 — The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it has entered into a 10-year, statewide settlement agreement with the State of Rhode Island. The settlement follows an investigation of Rhode Island’s statewide day-activity service system for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Open Letter to LA Senators Urges Support for Assistive Technology

March 2014 — Former New Orleans Saints player, Steve Gleason, issued an open letter to Louisiana Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and David Vitter (R-LA) and other Louisiana Congress Members  urging them to consider supporting a recent bi-partisan piece of legislation, The Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act [S.948 and H.R. 942].  The Act would amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure that complex rehabilitation technology is covered under Medicare.

Legislation Introduced To Improve Education for Students with Sensory Disabilities

February 2014 — U.S. Representatives Matt Cartwright (D-PA), Mark Takano (D-CA) and Steve Stockman (R-TX) introduced the Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act [H.R. 4040], a new bill to enhance education for students who are blind or have low vision, or are deaf or are hard of hearing.

Legislation Integrating IDEA Act into New Bill Passed by House of Representatives

July 2013 — The Student Success Act [H.R. 5], a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, was approved by the House of Representatives. This is the House’s version of Senate legislation, introduced in June, Strengthening America’s Schools Act of 2013 [S.1094] (SASA).  The H.R. 5, introduced by U.S.


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