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The Affordable Care Act: What Disability Advocates Need to Know

Article is reprinted with permission from The Arc


Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the disability community must work to better understand the law and the many benefits it can provide to people with disabilities. This will be critical to the community’s role in helping to move states forward with implementation. Click here for complete report.



Final mental health and substance use disorder rules break down financial barriers and provide consumer protections


The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury jointly issued a final rule increasing parity between mental health/substance use disorder benefits and medical/surgical benefits in group and individual health plans.

The final rule implements the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, and ensures that health plan features like copays, deductibles and visits limits are generally not more restrictive for mental health/substance abuse disorders benefits than they are for medical/surgical benefits.


AUCD Legislative News In Brief


On Tuesday March 4, 2014, President Obama released his FY 2015 budget request. The following is a link to a report and commentary developed by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), which breaks down the President’s funding proposals for programs important to people living with ADHD and other disabilities. A program budget such as the one for the Department of Health and Human Services can help to improve economic opportunity for people living with ADHD by providing investments in research, health care, and disease prevention. Read more»


Snowpocalypse and the Art of Embracing Change

by Michelle Frank, Psy.D.


I live in Chicago, a city temporarily though aptly referred to as Chiberia this winter. As of February 9th, in fact, we survived 19 days of subzero temperatures, a record not rivaled since 1884. (Only slightly longer than the time elapsed since the Cubs won the World Series.)


For those able to resist the urge to hibernate, January and February of 2014 have been an excellent opportunity to cross country ski down Michigan Avenue… bless their optimism (and pardon my sarcasm). For the rest of us, this cold snap has been an exercise in maintaining some semblance of sanity and wakefulness during work hours. Read more»



Succeeding With a Lack of Structure: Tips for Working On Your Own (Part 1)

by Alan Brown


We’ve all heard entrepreneurs are disproportionately ADDers, many of the most famous declaring their ADHD or other LD was in some way an asset in their success.

And indeed, many of us seem to gravitate toward work situations where we can operate independently – the sole proprietor, artist or designer, field salesperson, etc. – many of these in the antithesis of the structured corporate environment, the home office. This can be both blessing and curse. Read more»



Twice Exceptional or Double Trouble? A Journey of Self Discovery

by Douglas Harris.


A high IQ is considered a “gift,” while ADHD has “disorder” in its very name. But over time, I’ve found the two share a lot of common ground. As a child, I knew I was smart, and so did everyone around me. What they didn’t understand was why I was such a poor student and caused so much trouble in school. Today, I would be classified as Twice Exceptional, but in the 1960s there were only “good students” and “bad students.” Read more»



ADDA Advocates for Professionals


ADDA is a member of the CCD and has a representative, Dr. Janet Kramer, who participates in the CCD Civil Right Committee in support of advocacy for professionals with mental health disorders. ADDA recently signed onto a letter sent to Jocelyn Samuels, the Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, concerning a young attorney with mental health issues who was targeted with special requirements for licensure solely due to her admission of successfully treated bipolar disorder. Read the letter here».


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