national policy

Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act

Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act (S. 995/ HR 2035) would reauthorize the Lifespan Respite Care Program to provide grants to states, help build coordinated state lifespan respite systems, help family caregivers pay for respite or find funding sources, encourage development of new and innovative community and faith-based respite opportunities, and trains respite workers and volunteers

Autism CARES Reauthorization

The current Autism CARES Act (S. 427/H.R. 1058), set to expire on September 30, 2019, provides $260 million annually to autism research, surveillance, and education programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Working Hard to Protect LRE (Least Restrictive Environment)

Last week, NDSC received word that the US Department of Education (ED) was planning to release guidance in the immediate future that would likely make it more difficult than it already is for children with disabilities to be educated in the least restrictive environment (LRE) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).