Living Well Wednesday: February Vaccine Update

Join us for our Living Well Wednesdays EVERY Wednesday at 11 on Zoom and Facebook LIVE!

This Living Well Wednesday, February 24th at 11 am, we will share updated information about the COVID-19 vaccine and who is eligible to get the vaccine. We will be joined by Marcia Stickel, a retired nurse working as a member on the State Medical Disaster Committee, who will share additional information about receiving the vaccine and how to continue to keep yourself safe until it is your turn to get the vaccine. Mitch Hagopian, an attorney from Disability Rights Wisconsin, will join us to talk about his work on the vaccine subcommittee and any new developments on when people with disabilities and their caregivers might be eligible to receive the vaccine. We will also be joined by self-advocates who have received the vaccine to hear from them about their experience signing up for and getting the vaccine.

Living Well has collaborated with DHS to provide plain language fact sheets on when people are eligible for the vaccine and frequently asked questions about the vaccine. The fact sheets are also available in Spanish and Hmong. All of our vaccine resources are available at:


You can join us on Facebook Live at:

Or register to join our Zoom Living Well Wednesdays here:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you are in need of an accommodation to access the content of the Zoom session, please let us know and we can help.

Contact Sally Flaschberger with any questions about participating at sally.flaschberger

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Equip yourself with the tools to advocate for disability rights

Federal Disability Policy Delivered Straight to You!

Are you ready to equip yourself with the tools to advocate for disability rights in 2021?

While this year’s Disability Policy Seminar will be virtual due to COVID-19 safety precautions, you can still expect the same great expertise and timely information that make it a can’t-miss event, plus virtual Hill visits!

This year’s policy landscape provides uniquely new opportunities to advance the programs and supports that make community life possible for people with disabilities. With a new Administration, a new Congress, and renewed calls for equity and progress amidst a continuing pandemic, your advocacy has never been more important.

And with sessions available right from the convenience of your computer, it’s never been easier to attend. Register to join us today!

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March 4th Candidate Forum for WI State Superintendent of Public Instruction

March 4th Candidate Forum for WI State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Be prepared for the April 6th election! Join the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition for a conversation with Deborah Kerr and Jill Underly, candidates for Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Hear from the candidates about how they plan to address the needs of students with disabilities, including students with mental health needs.

The March 4th 7 PM forum is open to all, but you must register by clicking the button below.

You may request disability related accommodations when you register, or email info ASAP.

Register Here

You can download an event flyer to share with your networks by clicking the button below.

Candidate websites and campaign contact info:



Event Flyer

The Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition is a project of Disability Rights Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities.

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Federal Autism Committee Remains Defunct, Schools Serving More Under IDEA & More News

Federal Autism Committee Remains Defunct
federal committee charged with guiding the nation’s priorities on autism remains in disarray nearly a year and a half after Congress reauthorized it. Read More >


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Case Study: Rapid Complete Recovery From An Autism Spectrum Disorder After Treatment of Aspergillus With The Antifungal Drugs Itraconazole And Sporanox – PubMed

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Are you a parent or caregiver of a disabled child?

Are you a parent or carer of a disabled child, and finding out about their additional needs?

Navigate is a 6-week programme that puts you in touch with a personal adviser, who will help you to talk about your feelings and concerns.
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New State Advocacy Toolkits & COVID-19 Relief

New Toolkit: Institutions: The Old, the New, and What We Should Do

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Ease the IEP Documentation Burden and Mitigate Risk in your SPED Department

Ease the IEP Documentation & Compliance Burden


Are you a special education professional looking for an easier way to document services, track IEP goal progress and monitor data? Athlos understands it is time consuming to document service minutes and goal progress for students. Our app helps make this easy. Monitor and analyze your data digitally from any phone, tablet, laptop or desktop!



Disability Groups Worried As Supreme Court Weighs Affordable Care Act
 Advocates say that people with disabilities have a lot to lose as the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether or not to strike down the Affordable Care Act. Read More > 
 Even In Adulthood, Autism Challenges Linger For Caregivers Aging caregivers of adults with autism are struggling and new research finds that some factors make the burden especially great. Read More > 
  Advertisement — Continue reading below    Founders with Disabilities Battle for $$ in PitchFest Competition on 11/19! It’s on! On 11/19, 12 diverse & creative founders from the National Center for Disability Entrepreneurship Center at The Viscardi Center will battle for thousands of dollars in equity-free cash grants and special prizes. Join the disability entrepreneurship movement! SAVE YOUR SPOT TODAY! >    
 Airline Policy Bans Some Wheelchairs From Flights American Airlines is reviewing a policy change that may have barred travelers from bringing motorized wheelchairs on its regional jets, effectively cutting them off from over 100 destinations. Read More > 
 Man With Down Syndrome Reaches Historic First By Completing Ironman A 21-year-old with Down syndrome is the first with the chromosomal disorder to complete an entire Ironman triathlon, which entails swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles and running 26.2 miles. Read More > 

Biden Victory Brings High Hopes For Disability Community

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 Feds Push States To Prioritize Community-Based Services

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 SSI, Social Security Benefits Will Increase In 2021

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 Study Links Frequent Doctor Visits To Autism Risk

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 Autism Insurance Mandates Lead To More Behavior Therapists

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 Education Department Addresses Special Ed Concerns Related To COVID-19

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Free teacher resources to support students with autism

Educator ResourcesFor teachers looking for extra guidance on how to support their students with autism, look no further. OAR provides informational guidebooks, professional development videos, and peer education tools to help you and your students thrive in a safe and inclusive classroom.Understanding Autism: Professional Development:Tackle challenging behavior and download a fact sheetof best practices.Hard copyOnline trainingAn Educator’s Guide to Autism:Learn how to support students with autism in the classroom.PDFPaperback eBookAn Educator’s Guide to ASD (Level 1 Supports):Learn how to support students with level 1 autism in the classroom.PDFPaperbackeBook“What’s Up with Nick?” Kit for Kids Peer Education Program:Teach kids in grades K-8 about autism through the story, “What’s Up with Nick?Full hard copy setOnline setUnderstanding Asperger Syndrome: A Professor’s GuideHelp fellow professors understand and better support their college students on the spectrum through this 15-minute video.Life Journey Through Autism: A Guide to Safety:Learn how to create a school safety plan that addresses wandering behaviors, bullying, and more.PDFPaperbackeBookCOVID-19 Resources:Get tips to improve distance learning.

Relevant ReadingsResearch Review: Integrating math and social skills to master real-life tasks – Learn how a group of autistic high school students learned essential math skills through this OAR-funded study conducted by Dr. Jenny Root at Florida State University.Blog Post: Online Education and Autism –Christopher Scott Wyatt offers his ideas for online course design and theory to support autistic students.How To: Offer social skills instructions as an elective – Deborah Hammer, an autism specialist, offers tips for teachers and administrators on how to start a social skills elective.Get Involved!Apply today for an Autism Education Grant of up to $5,000.Help OAR reach its 2021 Autism Awareness Month goals.Register for OAR’s April Health Webinar Series.Enter OAR’s Youth Art Contest.Volunteer as a Writer, Youth Education Leader, Hire Autism Navigator, or Materials Distributor.Fundraise for OAR through the Active for Autism 5K or other virtual races.Donate today to support OAR.       Download and share these resources with a colleague today. For bulk orders, please contact us at
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NSF Autism Research — 1 more result to pass along

Advances in understanding autism, based on “mosaic … › pub_releases › bch-aiu011121

Jan 11, 2021 — Two studies in today’s Nature Neuroscience, led by researchers at Boston … during embryonic development as a cause of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). … the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research, the National Science Foundation

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