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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»



LSAT Administrators Can No Longer Defend Discrimination as “Free Speech!”

Listen to Attention Talk Radio Host, Jeff Copper Interview Robert Tudisco


Here is a huge victory for students with ADHD and other disabilities. It is a perfect example of the power of a unified voice. Unfortunately, the fight is not over. This is a solid first step, but there are several other high stakes tests, like the LSAT, that still discriminate against students with ADHD and other disabilities. We can't stop until discrimination ends for all students with ADHD and other disabilities. Read more»




Succeeding With a Lack of Structure: Tips for Working On Your Own (Part 4)

By Alan Brown


[Link to part 1]
[Link to part 2]
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Over the past several articles (this is the fourth and final article in the series) we’ve been discussing how many of the members of our ADHD tribe LACK many important internal structures – goal-setting, planning, prioritization, etc., not to mention a structured sense of time.  Thus far, we’ve focused on the workplace, but just like your home, any structural improvements in your life must be built on top of a strong foundation.


Today, we’re going to talk about your structural foundation, and how you can overcome any shortcomings in your internal structure by building your own external structures even in the foundation of your life. Read more»



Smart But Stuck: A New Book by Dr. Thomas E. Brown


By Douglas Harris


Ironically, while writing this book review, I often found myself feeling “smart but stuck.”  This review was scheduled to be published last month but my inability to get started until the last minute got in the way.  I believed writing this was important so I set earlier deadlines and forced myself to “work” on it (when I spent plenty of time staring at my blank screen — to the detriment of other obligations.)  But that wasn’t enough in the moment — I just couldn’t force my brain to write sentences.  And now that I’ve read this book, I understand exactly how that can so easily happen to someone with ADHD.


Dr. Thomas E. Brown in his latest book, “Smart But Stuck,” explores the role of emotions in the ADHD experience. Read More»



From Stuck to Unstuck: An Interview with Dr. Thomas E. Brown


By Judy Brenis


Dr. BrownDr. Tom Brown, one of the keynote speakers at this year’s ADDA Conference, being held July 24-27 in Orlando, Florida, will be asking attendees to think about the role emotions play in people with ADHD.


“This is an area that has been neglected in the study and treatment of ADHD,” says Brown, a clinical psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of high-IQ children, adolescents and adults with ADD and related problems.  Read more»


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